Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: Stars of Fortune

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1)Author: Nora Roberts
Series: The Guardians Trilogy
Released: November 5th 2015
Publisher: Piatkus
Length: 302 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

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…

When someone is often referred to as the world's greatest storyteller, you can be sure, even before you open her new book, that you're in for a treat. This always stands true for Nora Roberts, who is famous for her exciting plots, unforgettable settings and steaming hot romances. Regardless of whether she writes contemporary romance, paranormal fiction or even futuristic crime fiction as J.D. Robb, the underlying recipe remains the same.

Stars of Fortune is the first in Nora’s brand new paranormal trilogy set on a small Greek island and filled with mythology and ancient mysteries. We meet six very different individuals brought together by fate itself for one common goal – to find three stars forged by three ancient goddesses and protect them from evil forces.

Nora takes her time with these six characters, building each of them into such interesting well-rounded individuals. My favorite, of course, was Riley, because I can’t resist a woman with brains and guts both, but each of these characters has an interesting story to tell and I strongly suspect that three books in their company might not be enough.

Nora wouldn’t be Nora without a very strong, utterly convincing romance. Her relationships always progress at a rapid pace, but she knows how to create strong bonds in a very short time. As a seer, Sasha has foreseen her relationship with Bran long before she ever laid eyes on him, but when she does, she doesn’t trust herself or him enough to let go, at least not at first. Bran has his own secrets to keep and he too works on convincing himself that there are more important things than this woman he’s drawn to. We’re certain, however, from the very first page that they won’t be able to stay away from each other, and the sheer magnetism between them is almost unbearably strong from the start.

The paranormal mystery itself has a lot more to give and the villain Roberts created is powerful enough to make us genuinely afraid for our group of heroes. Dark caves and evil bats are just one of the hardships these six have had to face, with so much more ahead of them in the next two installments. Roberts has written hundreds of books, but it only takes one for a reader to become her loyal fan. I count myself as one and I can’t wait for more of this trilogy and anything else she might decide to write.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.

On a side note: no, I am not dead, and yes, I missed you guys like crazy. But life has a way of messing up our best laid plans and the harder we try to swim, the faster we sink under its weight. Hopefully, I'll be around much more in days to come. 


  1. Maja it's so good to see you back! I have missed you too, I was just thinking of you the other day, remembering the read-alongs we used to do, we need to do another one soon. I hope things are okay with you. As per usual I haven't read a book by Roberts before, I know its despicable of me, but despite not being an ardent fan of paranormal reads as I used to be, I can feel myself gravitating towards this book. Also the romance sounds right up my street. Gorgeous review!

  2. This isn't the type of book I typically read but it sounds interesting. I like that the characters are well-written. Is the narration just following Sasha or does it follow all six characters?

  3. I had no idea Nora Roberts wrote paranormal! I thought all her books where contemporary, though I should have known better since I love her JD Robb books.

    On a personal note, so glad you're back! I hope everything is okay and whatever was pulling you down is releasing its grip:)

  4. I wouldn't have thought by taking a glance at that cover that it has paranormal elements to it. I've read a few books by Nora Roberts and truly enjoyed them. I don't know why I haven't picked up more! I need to change that asap it seems.

    I love that all the 6 characters have individuality! And of course your description of the villain has me excited to meet him. I'll have to give this one a shot.

    Wonderful review, Maja!

    I've missed you! <3

  5. yay for another great Nora Roberts book! I need to go back to her work mainly as I have many at home.

  6. Welcome back, Maja! We MISSED you :) Your Nora Roberts sounds like quality entertainment, great for one of these cold nights.

  7. I'm so glad to see you posting again! Can you believe I've never read a book by Nora Roberts? One day I'll have to. I feel like it's some sort of right of passage.

  8. Yeah! So glad you are back. Hopefully, life will settle down a bit so you can get back on your blog. I read my first Nora book last year, and I can't wait for more. I especially like that this one is paranormal.I am going to see if I can still snag an ARC.

  9. I was just wondering about you! Glad to see you back!

    I didn't know about this book somehow but it takes place on a Greek Island?! My favorite series by her is a paranormal one in Ireland (I read it SO long ago I don't even remember the series) and I think this is one I'll enjoy for sure!

  10. Wasn't this fabulous? I just loved it too! So happy to see you Maja, I have missed you as well!!

  11. Yay, welcome back! I'm glad to hear you really enjoyed this one. It sounds like a strong start to a new series. I also love that the characters were all fleshed out and well-rounded. I haven't read anything by Nora before, but I really should, since she writes in so many different genres, etc.


  12. I've loved all her contemporary romances but I have 50/50 success with her paranormal ones. Not sure why lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  13. Welcome back, and glad to hear that you enjoyed

  14. Evil bats? LOL Interesting. Good to hear that Roberts has done it again.

  15. I missed you as well. Hope things are going well and not bad. :(

    Can you believe that I haven't read her yet? I have a few of her books on my tbr glaring at me and demanding to read it. I will get to them. They just need to keep their covers on until I do! :) I'm looking forward to the romance and will make sure I get this one on the list.

  16. Ack. I'm slowly, but surely chipping away at all things Nora Roberts. Unfortunately, I'm not doing so well as I just finished book #2 of In Death series a a week ago. And she's written so many books! I like the sound of this one.

  17. I'm reading my first Nora Roberts/JD Robb book right now and though it isn't a favorite of mine, it's still wildly entertaining and well-written. I'll definitely have to pick this one up next, I think, and then likely check out some of her non-pseudonym novels. Thanks for putting this one on my radar, Maja! :)

  18. Ooo this sounds great! I'm not a big Nora Roberts fan, but this one sounds up my alley. :)

  19. Dark caves and evil bats? I love how wonderful this book sounds. I am so glad you loved it. I have not read Roberts yet, but I have been curious about her books with the magical bits thrown in.

  20. On my list Maja. I am hoping to read it over winter break :: Glad to see you back . I need to follow by email so I know when you post.


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