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Dance of the Gods: Circle Trilogy, Book 2 | [Nora Roberts]

Dance of the Gods: Circle Trilogy, Book 2

Raised in a family of demon hunters, Blair Murphy has her own personal demons to fight: the father who trained, then abandoned her, and the fiancé who walked out on her after learning what she is. Now she finds herself training a sorcerer from 12th century Ireland, a witch from modern day New York, a scholar and a shape changer from the mythical land of Geall.
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Publisher's Summary

Raised in a family of demon hunters, Blair Murphy has her own personal demons to fight: the father who trained, then abandoned her, and the fiancé who walked out on her after learning what she is.

Now she finds herself training a sorcerer from 12th century Ireland, a witch from modern day New York, a scholar and a shape changer from the mythical land of Geall. All that while trying to keep herself from staking the sixth of their circle and host: a vampire sired by Lilith, the vampire queen they've been charged with defeating on Samhain.

No stranger to butt-kicking, Blair finds herself taking a good whipping when it comes to that handsome and flirtatious Geallian, Larkin. And a couple of run-ins with Lilith's right-hand gal gives Blair more than she reckoned for, mentally and physically. But will she be able to stay afloat long enough to defeat Lilith's loyal in pre-battle bouts? Or will she find herself falling for the one thing she vowed never to give in to again? If the vampires don't do her in, Larkin is certainly up to the task.

Complete the circle: listen to all three books in Nora Roberts' Circle Trilogy, including Book 1, Morrigan's Cross, and Book 3, Valley of Silence.

©2006 Nora Roberts; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Paranormal fans are assured a good time, as is anyone who enjoys captivating fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Roberts' Celtic-flavored Circle trilogy features superbly crafted characters, three passionate romances, and a bewitching blend of magic and myth." (Booklist)

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    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 01-19-13
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Good"
    What did you love best about Dance of the Gods?

    Although this story was about Larkin and Blair, my favorite part was when Cian kissed Moira. How he all but pleaded with her to stop him before he claimed her mouth with his. Amazing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how Larkin could shape shift. It was interesting to imagine him, soaring with Blair on his back in the form of a dragon, or running around the dark caves as a mouse.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought animation and feeling. My only problem is it seemed like the woman were more fussy than I imagined they would be. Whenever something distressing happened, the women always sounded like they were fighting back tears. He did it for Larkin once and made him sound almost desperate. I would have preferred a little less of that.


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    Cherripunk 05-26-14
    Cherripunk 05-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The Circle Trilogy - Review for all 3 books"
    Any additional comments?

    Morrigan’s Cross: As a storm rages, the tale begins...of a powerful vampire’s lust for destruction - and of the circle of six charged by the goddess Morrigan to stop her. One of the chosen is a medieval sorcerer whose quest will take him through time - and into the arms of a woman courageous enough to link her destiny to his own... Dance of the Gods: As the circle of six prepare for their final clash with the dark army of the vampire Lilith, the battleground shifts. In Ireland, a stone circle serves as the portal to another land and an ancient time. It is in Geall that all will meet their fates - the sorcerer, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one who was lost. And as their courage is tested, hearts will bond as never before… Valley of Silence: Step by step, destiny has brought a sorcerer, a witch, a warrior, a scholar, a shape-shifter and a lost soul to the land of Geall - and to the Valley of Silence. It is here that their voices will ring out against those of evil. The fate of every world hangs in the balance, as humanity rallies behind a newly crowned queen in a clash with a vampire who has reigned for centuries…

    This is one of my most favorite stories ever!! I listen to it or read it several times a year :) They are not stand alone stories and NEED to be read in the proper order. While there is one large main theme throughout, each book does have a couple that is the focus.

    This is a tale about the battle for the worlds! An evil Vampire Queen and her army want to take over all the realms and it's up to six people to come together and save ALL! This story contains all of my favorite elements. Vampires, Magic, Witches, Time Travel, Other Realms, Shape Shifters, Love, Battles, Action, Sex, Good vs Evil!!! Follow Hoyt on the journey the Gods have charged him with to save humans in all lands, to gather those meant to help him. Follow their journey as they learn each other, begin to trust the others in their circle and they begin their training to take on the evil vampire army. Watch them each grow both physically and mentally as they train and hunt the enemy. Watch them accept what they are and cone together as they learn not only to love one another but as they also learn and accept the undeniable pull as they find their other halves. The ultimate tale of how love and good can triumph over evil when you believe, accept and embrace.

    I love all the books but my favorite is the final book, not only because the tale comes to an end but because of the couple it focuses on! They are all great and I highly recommend reading them!

    Or listening to them. Dick Hill narrates all three books and I think he does an excellent job in using different voices for each of the characters. He does well portraying the emotions of the characters and is a smooth reader. I really picky with audios but this guy definitely has my approval!!

    Book 1 - Morrigan's Cross is Hoyt and Glenna's story
    Book 2 - Dance of the Gods is Larkin and Blair's story
    Book 3 - Valley of Silence is Cian and Moria's story


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    Dea United States 10-18-13
    Dea United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"

    Great series, I will listen to the entire series! I would recommend.

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    GG 09-19-13
    GG 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "18th century meets 21st I love it!!!"
    If you could sum up Dance of the Gods in three words, what would they be?

    Sorcerers, Vampires and Romance!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hoyt hands down!


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes in the 1st book of series "Morrigan's Cross. Wonderful job!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The romance, but I'm a hopeless romantic!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to get the last in this trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lora 09-07-13
    lora 09-07-13

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "Superb tango"
    What other book might you compare Dance of the Gods to and why?

    It is comparable to the Nora Roberts first book in this series somewhat storyline wise but it doesn't feel redundant because the characters have different personalities.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and he is good. He manages to separate the characters without doing any annoying girls voices. And I liked that


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I laughed the characters were perfect. I felt like I knew them.


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    joseph las vegas, nevada, United States 03-17-13
    joseph las vegas, nevada, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So many twists in this one"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Its a wonderful love story thats full of light and darkness you would really start to care about the characters


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    Michele S. Tracy NJ 01-13-13
    Michele S. Tracy NJ 01-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another fabulous trilogy by Nora Roberts!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This trilogy was more than I ever expected. Most of the time I love to reading Nora Roberts for her love stories and such. This story seemed so different from what I usually expect from her, however, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Most of the time I read books completely different from my older daughter. Of course being a teenage and all, she is totally into books on vampires. This is one series I believe I could pass onto her and she would enjoy it as much as I did.


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    j 07-26-12
    j 07-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dick Hill is a truly engaging performer!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- because it's thoroughly entertaining and performed superbly!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't pick- they were all done great, but if forced, I lean toward Keenan!


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The regional and gender accents are great fun! Mr. Hill brings the book alive with a great energy with appropriate emotion that makes the audio version of this series wonderfully enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud at times!


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    Deborah 07-26-12
    Deborah 07-26-12
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"

    Here is my review of "Morrigan's Cross", the first book of the trilogy. My review stands for all 3 of the books. I really liked them all.

    "I'm glad I didn't read the reviews before I bought this book, as I might have missed out on a very good read. I finished "Morrigan's Cross" (the first book in the Circle trilogy) and couldn't wait to start the second book, to which I am currently listening. I love the paranormal/mythological air of the story, and the coming together of the characters from different times. Yes, as someone pointed out, there is a slight resemblance to the story line in the Sign of 7 trilogy, but only in that a group of characters come together to fight evil; otherwise the story lines are different.
    As far as the narrator, Dick Hill, I think he did a fine job and I enjoyed his narration. He does a great Irish brogue (I love Hoyt's voice), and I am able to distinguish the characters' voices with no problem. The comment was made by another reviewer that he made the female voices sound whiny. I think he did a very acceptable job for a man with a deep voice."

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    Think about this 07-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining link in the series"

    The second book of the Circle Trilogy, has all the characters together, ready to travel and train for the final showdown, against the vampires. The characters are charming, and what makes this story interesting. This one establishes the romance, between Blair and Larkin. It sets up everything for the final book, and by now, I'm ready to get the story over with. It's a good trilogy, and worth reading, but you really are looking forward to the last book, and an ending by the finish of this one.

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    "Superb second instalment"

    Dance Of The Gods is the second of Nora Roberts wonderful Circle Trilogy. The Circle has been formed, and as the time of war approaches, the training and preparation intensifies. The ties of love and friendship bind the characters ever more tightly together as they battle with Lillith's demons and even some personal demons of their own. THIS BOOK WAS EVERY BIT AS GRIPPING AND COMPELLING AS ITS predecessor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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