Book Review: Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Title: Stars of Fortune (Book One of The Guardians Trilogy)
Author: Nora Roberts
Published: November 4th 2015 by Piatkus
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Blurb: 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…

First of all I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: I have to admit that I haven't read any of Nora Roberts' previous trilogies. I know they have a lot of fantasy and paranormal in them but given that I never read this kind of genres these days, I never had any interest in picking them. But lately I have read some books by Nora, both her romance books and her crime books, and really enjoyed them and I decided to give this new trilogy a go. I was a bit skeptical at the beginning, as magick and mythological creatures play a big role in the story, but as soon as I got into the story, I really enjoyed it.

This being the first in a trilogy, it is quite an introductory read. We get to know the characters, although you never know what can come next as several major secrets, about who they really are, are revealed during the story and some really took me by surprise. I really liked Riley, the strong and smart archaeologist. Her secret about her identity was the one that shocked me the most as I didn't expected it at all. But it certainly added a new dimension to the story. As per the others, they all had their moment in the story but I was really curious about Annika, the naive girl who seemed to come from another era.  

This story has certainly picked my curiosity and I am already looking forward to the next book in this trilogy. I now understand why Nora's trilogies are so popular. Actually, I had read some reviews that said this one had a lot of similarities with her previous stories, but as it was my first that didn't really bother me. 

Stars of Fortune has more fantasy than I first expected, which turned out to be a nice surprise as I found myself really invested in the story, always wanting to know more. Plus, I liked the ancient mythology line. This just confirms me that Nora Roberts is a woman of many talents. Her style works in many genres but keeps her essence. There's also romance in the story and it fits well, it doesn't seem forced or gets in the way. All in all, a very intriguing start to this series.


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