5 incredibly subjective “It’s Nora Roberts and I just love her” stars. (This rating is for the trilogy in its entirety.)
I’ve been reading a lot of epic fantasy lately. And I love it. But fantasy tends to be the steak of my literary diet. (Vegetarian friends, please forgive me for this extended meat metaphor.) Steak provides protein and iron, and is obviously delicious, but when it your diet consists of all red meat all the time, you risk getting gout. Sometimes, you just need to break up your diet. Which is what Nora Roberts’ books do for me. Her books are my popcorn, and the change was wonderful.
Something you need to know about Nora’s books. They’re predictable. Like, Nora-has-a-formula-that-she-applies-to-all-of-her-books predictable. When I pick up one of her books, I know that good is going to win out, that love will conquer all, and that all of the main characters will not only live, but live happily ever after. And that’s exactly why I love them. Sometimes I need a story that is safe and comfortable and, well, predictable. Like popcorn! And Nora is the best in the business at delivering comfort brain-food.
Onto this series specifically. This is soft fantasy, the story of a group of six radically different individuals, drawn together to find three fallen stars and save the world from an insane goddess. All six individuals are mythical in some sense, and the three women each fall in love with one of the three men over the course of their own book. Like I said, predictable. But so much fun. My favorite character in the trilogy was Annika. She was gorgeous and kind and funny and so incredibly different. Her story, Bay of Sighs, was my favorite in the trilogy. But this was a very nice, cosy ending. Everyone lived happily ever after, just as I knew they would. Which was just exactly what I needed. *contented sigh*