Review: Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts
Series: The Guardians (# 1)
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars…

 

Review:  I love Nora Roberts.  I took a short break from reading her books, but while at the library a month or so ago I saw her Cousins O’Dwyer series and just inhaled them.  So, when I was approached to review the first book of her new series, Stars of Fortune, there was really no choice except to say yes.

Having just read another one of her trilogies, I found myself drawing a lot of parallels.  In many of her recent paranormal series (see Circle Trilogy, Signs of Seven and so on), she has 6 people who have all banded together to fight some evil source.  Each of these groups have 3 men and 3 women who obviously pair off into couples since these are romance.  So, she has a formula… and it works.  The key is that Ms Roberts comes up with an interesting premise to bring all these folks together.

With Stars of Fortune we start the Guardian Trilogy.  Six strangers are all drawn to Greece and we start off with Sasha.  She’s an American artist who is being haunted by images and dreams and in an effort to figure out what’s going on, she books an impromptu trip to Corfu.  Almost immediately upon arriving she starts meeting people she’d been dreaming about (and painting pictures of) and our gang of heroes is formed.  As the story unfolds, these strangers become friends, learn about all their special talents and what drew them on this quest they’ve all seemed to have inherited.

While the overarching story for the search of some mythological stars is taking place (and will continue in the next installment), we get a romance between Sasha and Bran.  For me, the romance seemed to take a backseat to everything else going on.  I mean, you have to meet 6 people, learn about them and their purpose, make some advance in the story and have a romance between the first couple all in about 300 pages.  It’s a tall order.  And it mostly succeeded.  I could have used a touch more romance, but I could see the relationship develop so I didn’t feel too cheated.

In the end Stars of Fortune is a great start to this trilogy.  I’m excited to see what happens next and to learn more about the rest of the group.  Ms Roberts has created another intriguing and compelling story and I can’t wait for more.