Author: Nora Roberts
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Jove (November 25, 2008)
From the back of the book:
Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight again the demon they awakened. Winner take all...
Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by Fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger - feeding off the terror it creates. But now the three pieces of the bloodstone have been fused back together. If only they could figure out how to use it.
A gambling man like Gage has no trouble betting on his crew to find a way. And though he and Cybil share the gift of seeing the future, that's all they have in common. Were they to take their flirtation to the next level, it would be on their own terms, not because Fate decreed it. But Gage knows that a woman like Cybil - with her brains and strength and devastating beauty - can only bring him luck. Whether it's good or bad has yet to be determined - and could mean the difference between absolute destruction or an end ot the nightmare for Hawkins Hollow.
This was a great series. The Sign of 7 series, is currently my favorite Nora Roberts series.
Growing up Gage had it rough, his father was a drunk and his mother was dead. Caleb and Fox, his friends, kept him grounded though. Their families treated him like one of their own, and made sure he always knew he belonged. Still that didn't stop him from chasing down the next card game. As a child he had it rough, and as a man he was rough and ready always looking for that next thrill, never wanting to stay in one place for too long. And yet every 7 years he found himself coming back to Hawkins Hollow to fight off whatever the boys had released that night when they were 10.
Cybil also had a rough life, her fathers death played a big part in her growing up. Yet, when she found Quinn she knew that she had a friend for life. Her attraction to Gabe was immense, and yet she didn't trust him. Didn't want to get involved with him, all she wanted to do was help her long time friend Quinn and her new friend Layla. She never thought she'd be falling in love.
The story moved quickly, the characters all had detailed backgrounds, and were very well rounded and written. I think that this series would be an awesome movie, if done right. There is enough paranormal in it to make it spooky, but enough romance and friendship to make it the perfect mix.
Rating: 5 out of 5