Title: The Pagan Stone
Author: Nora Roberts
First published November 25, 2008
305 pages, Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780515144666 (ISBN10: 0515144665)
From the acclaimed author of the bestselling novels Blood Brothers and The Hollow comes the thrilling conclusion to an epic trilogy. In The Pagan Stone, three men and three women must unite to face a terrifying evil that threatens to destroy their town.
The Pagan Stone has stood for centuries, but when three young boys spill their blood on it in a bond of brotherhood, they unknowingly unleash a malevolent force that seeks to wreak havoc on their world. Gage Turner, one of the boys who participated in the ritual, has been running from his past for years.
But now, he must return to his hometown of Hawkins Hollow to help his old friends save their beloved community. However, Gage’s fear of emotional attachment has made him hesitant to get involved.
With the fate of their town hanging in the balance, Gage and his friends must find a way to use the Pagan Stone to defeat the demonic force before it’s too late. The Pagan Stone is a heart-pumping, suspenseful conclusion to a thrilling trilogy that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
About the Author
Nora Roberts has written over 200 novels, many of which have become New York Times bestsellers. Her books include Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, and Legacy.
Her latest book, The Becoming, will be released in November 2021 as the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy series. Additionally, she has written a series of futuristic suspense novels under the name J.D. Robb.
With over 500 million copies of her books in print, Nora Roberts is an incredibly successful author.
Nora Roberts is a prolific and popular author known for her engaging and suspenseful romance novels. One of her notable works is “The Pagan Stone,” published on November 25, 2008, and is the third and final book in the “Sign of Seven Trilogy.” Roberts weaves an intricate tale of magic, romance, and danger that captures the reader’s attention from beginning to end.
“The Pagan Stone” takes place in the small town of Hawkins Hollow, where three friends have grown up, forming a bond so profound that it cannot be easily broken, even by a deadly curse that has haunted their families for seven generations. They are Cal, a lawyer who is also part-owner of the town’s only bar; Fox, an artist who has a deep connection with the supernatural; and Gage, a construction worker who is also an expert in dealing with mystical creatures.
The story begins with the three friends performing an ancient ritual to break the curse. They are joined by three women who also have a connection to the town’s history and the curse that has plagued it for centuries.
Through their combined efforts, they believe they have the power to finally put an end to the evil that has tortured Hawkins Hollow for so long. However, their victory is short-lived as they discover that a dark force is using their bond of friendship against them, forcing them to face their deepest fears and risk everything they hold dear to defeat the ancient enemy.
Roberts’ writing style is engaging and descriptive, vividly painting the picture of the town and its troubled history. She creates a perfect balance between romance and adventure, making the reader root for the charming characters while keeping them on the edge of their seats.
The character development is remarkable, especially considering the large cast of characters involved in the story. Roberts manages to create distinct personalities for each character, making them feel fully fleshed out and believable.
The pacing of the story is also well-executed, with the right amount of tension and action building up to an exciting climax. The plot structure is solid, with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end.
One of the strengths of “The Pagan Stone” is the way Roberts incorporates the town’s folklore and culture into the story. The book celebrates the pagan rituals and beliefs that have been part of the town’s history for centuries, adding depth and richness to the narrative.
However, one issue with the book is that some of the supernatural elements may feel a bit contrived, and some readers may find it difficult to suspend their disbelief at times. Another limitation is that the book is part of a larger trilogy, and readers who have not read the previous installments may find it hard to follow the storyline.
Overall, “The Pagan Stone” is an enjoyable read that will delight fans of romance and suspense. It presents a perfect balance between supernatural elements and human relationships, creating a story that is both engaging and emotionally resonant.
The book is highly recommended for readers who enjoy a fast-paced and thrilling story that delves into the hidden mysteries of small towns. It also offers insights into the pagan traditions that have been an important part of human history for thousands of years.
As such, “The Pagan Stone” gets 4.5 out of 5 stars.