Stars of Fortune (Guardian Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts
Rating: Very Good
Description: Book One of the Guardians Trilogy - 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... (from Goodreads)
Genre: Romance - Paranormal
Why I Picked This Book: I enjoy Nora Roberts' books and when I saw this newest book at the library I couldn't resist picking it up.
My Impression: You know that voice in your head when you're reading that says "That so couldn't happen!" when you're reading? Yeah, you're going to want to pack that voice up and send it on vacation because you're really not going to want that voice around when you're reading this.
The book starts out with a scene where the three goddesses are making the stones and in a scene very reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty the evil goddess shows up and ruins their fun. This part reminded me very much of Roberts' Three Sisters series that came out in early 2000 but I was pleased that when the actual story started in Chapter 1 that the similarity was gone.
The story starts off with Sasha getting to Corfu and immediately starts rolling. She teams up with Riley and Bran very quickly and they form an immediate team - that's the part you don't want your voice around for. I get predestination and all that but it was very quick. So while that stretches credibility a bit I am glad I didn't have to read through pages of "getting to know you" and we could just get started with the story.
And what a story! This is an adventure quest story with 6 strangers having to form an immediate team and fight a really powerful evil. I liked that they all had problems trusting each other and that there are some challenges because most of the team is used to working individually. I liked that there are consequences and hurt feelings when kept secrets are revealed but on the other hand grudges aren't held and apologies are made. I really liked Sasha's transformation. She starts out the book timid and scared of what she is and by the end she's stepped up and really owned her identity. It was a treat to watch.
The main problem I've had with Nora Roberts' books lately is that they remind me of previous books in a "we've already done this" kind of way. With the beginning I was very concerned it was going to be a retread of the Three Sisters (Dance Upon the Air, Heaven and Earth, and Face the Fire) but it ended up not being the case at all. It did remind me a little bit of Three Fates which is one of my very favorites but only in the best possible ways. I was pleased to see the Merry Band of Misfits concept used again. There's a lot of paranormal here and if that's not something you enjoy this book might not work for you. I was drawn in from the beginning of Chapter 1 and really enjoyed the ride to find the star and outwit the villain. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes of course! Nora Roberts has been an auto-read for me for years and I was really pleased with this one and her last book The Liar.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, especially if you enjoy a little fantasy/paranormal mixed in with your romance.