Sunday, April 4, 2010

Nora Trilogy Fizzles

In spite of the fact that I loved Jewels of the Sun, and enjoyed Tears of the Moon, I am now officially off the Nora bandwagon. Heart of the Sea was not a great ending to this trilogy. First of all, I can't imagine something less romantic than two folks making a business-like agreement about their sexual relationship. Yuck! This takes place at the beginning of the story, and I realize that it was consistent with their characters, but still....not romantic, and a bad place to start. I also had a hard time with how mercenary Darcy Gallagher is...her greed for wealth and comfort sort of got on my nerves. Trevor, the hero, is quite likable, but not enough to save this book. Finally, the ending was one of the most abrupt and unsatisfying endings I have ever read in a romance novel. With just pages to go until the end, Darcy is still flinging things at Trevor and pissed off. Suddenly, they propose their love and yippee! it's HEA forever. Too rushed, totally unbelievable. And, after watching Carrick (the fairy king) and Gwen (his ghostly love) suffer and pine for each other throughout all three books, I was really looking forward to their reunion. Nora gives us a couple of pathetic sentences about them flying off on Carrick's horse into the sky, and that's it. Another bummer, and no satisfaction. Oh well. The first book, Jewels of the Sun, was really romantic, so I guess I'm glad I gave this trilogy a go. Grade: B-/C+

I am now off to stuff 10,000 plastic Easter eggs with candy for the annual hunt!

Happy Sunny Easter Day,


kari said...

I completely agree with your thoughts on this one. I liked the trilogy, liked the little bits of magic interspersed and the first two books were great. I really liked the second one best, that pairing was such fun, but this final book didn't do it for me either. Everything you stated was exactly what I thought.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Kari! I guess I'll give Nora another try, but not any time soon. Too many other books to read!

kari said...

The Dance of the Gods trilogy is really good, all the books in it. There is magic in that one, a shapeshifter who can be a dragon among other things, vampires, sorcerers and love stories. It's almost my favorite series of her. The one she has coming out now, about four wedding planners who are life long friends, those are currently my favorites. They are Vision in White(my favorite of the favorites), Bed of Roses and the one coming next month is Savor the Moment. The fourth/last book will be out by the end of the year.
I think you'd like them.
The Irish trilogy just really fizzled at the end, that was the weakest book of the story.