I guess it must be about 10 years ago when I first read a Nora Roberts novel. A friend shared with me Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven trilogy) which she had been sent by a Canadian friend. I loved that novel and couldn’t wait for her to get the other two sent to her! More recently, I’ve downloaded other Nora Roberts stories to my Kindle and to my shame, there they still sit … When I saw the blurb for Stars of Fortune I pre-ordered a paperback (I don’t know about you but it’s more likely I will read a paperback I have bought as it’s more visible than something sitting in my Kindle library) and was determined to read it.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Piatkus (30 Jun. 2016)
Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by vivid dreams that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Desperate to understand her visions, she finds herself drawn to the Greek island of Corfu.
She has only just arrived when she encounters Bran Killian, an Irish magician with a warm charisma and secrets dancing in his eyes. Sasha has never met Bran before, but she knows him only too well – because this is the man from her dreams. The man she seems fated to be with…if she can find the courage to accept who she really is.
Sasha soon discovers that four other strangers have been lured to the island. Like Bran, they are all searching for a mysterious jewel known as the fire star – before it falls into the wrong hands. Together, they might just succeed. But first they must learn to trust one another, and reveal their deepest secrets.
On the sun-drenched island of Corfu, love and magic are sparked into life. And for Sasha, nothing will ever be the same again.
I knew I was going to love Stars of Fortune when my spine tingled reading the prologue. A perfect myth – three goddesses with gifts for the new queen and of course a balancing dark goddess (Nerezza) determined to bring the world to darkness, death and ruination.
Sometimes the first story in a trilogy can be slow as the foundations are laid for what’s to come but Stars of Fortune moves at a fast pace. As soon as Sasha realises the place she must go she’s on a plane and on the first evening meets Riley and Bran. On that same evening Nerezza makes herself known. From here it’s a well-paced rollercoaster of the strangers coming together and Nerezza testing the waters before the big finale (or I should say one of the big finale’s seeing as there are two more novels to come!).
As Sawyer, Annika and Doyle enter the story I loved trying to work out what skills and knowledge they would bring to the group. A couple I was wrong about but then they all hide something underneath that outward veneer – love the intrigue. Each person brings knowledge of a different aspect to the myth in the prologue, building up to capturing the star of fire.
Stars of Fortune isn’t all about the quest. Despite Sasha appearing the weakest and not wanting to accept her dream walking skills she’s the one who makes the group take a look at themselves and bind them closer together. Her personal journey of acceptance and learning skills from the others makes her one of my favourite characters in this trilogy so far. Her soul connection with Bran is magical and otherworldly as well as being grounded in the physical and emotional. Perfect.
Love, love, love the magic and the earth healing. There are more secrets to be revealed in the Bay of Sighs and I’m looking forward to the focus being on Annika and Sawyer as they continue to search for the star of water.
The quest may be the age old battle between the light and the dark but the characters, settings and even magical battles make this feel fresh and new.
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