It was quite refreshing and a real adventure to read this trilogy. Until those books, I was used to reading only pure romance novels the author had written. This here is different, and yet so incredibly familiar to her other work. The mixture of paranormal fiction with the real-life we all know, that made me curious. And of course, I wanted to know how things unfold, after finishing the first book Blood Brothers.

The Hollow*
by Nora Roberts
Sign Of Seven Trilogy #2
Publisher Jove Books on May 6, 2008
Genre Novel
Pages 336
Format Paperback

For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom-ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone … Now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year, they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to The Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it. Since that day at The Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others´ minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability – and this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she´ll have no defenses against the desire that threatens to consume them both...
While Quinn and Cal take care of their upcoming wedding, Layla fights against the feelings Fox triggers in her. What is the most natural thing in the world for Fox is a great challenge and an almost insurmountable obstacle for Layla: Love. She finds this makes the fight against the demon even more confusing and complicates the whole thing unnecessarily. But soon, like the others, she has to realize that this very feeling has a power that the demon has no objection to.

The storyline begins about a week after friends Cal, Fox, and Gage, along with the three women, Quinn, Layla, and Cybil have fought their first fight with the demon in the first book of this trilogy. Blood Brothers. Profound conversations and thoughtful thinking characterize the story as well as more or less bloody and violent events. But there are also sunny moments full of family idyll, passion, and joy. The main scene was, compared to the book, relatively short and although great written no question, but not quite as dramatic as I expected. On the other hand, the events and dialogues that have led up to that time, have fascinated me far more than the end of the book itself. And there is also no doubt, that the writing style of this book is doubtless Nora Roberts´s unique style. Easy to read, with a hint of action, tension, and some humor.

Nora Roberts´s characters convince, are wonderfully profound, and approach well considered their task. The author brings to life figures that express precisely what is most important, even if not everyone has: the love and cohesion of family and friends. They experience normal fears, hopes, joy, and despair just as we do in the real world. Some figures are growing beyond themselves and following this trend has been exciting and very interesting.

I plunged into this second part full of anticipation and anxious expectation and was a bit disappointed in the end. Yet, despite some flaws, Nora Roberts understands how to captivate her readers and proves that she is a source of great emotion, imagination, and delight in reading. 

Happy reading

*This book will be published on April 23, 2019, by Berkley with this new cover 

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts ©Bruce Wilder

Nora Roberts, born in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming. Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.” She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.



  1. this looks interesting i like the sound of the plot , the demon thing is freaky.

    1. When I read for the first time about this trilogy, some years back, I thought the same. But it is not freaky at all. At least I see it that way. There are some horror elements in it, yes, but not like you would expect it. Thanks for your visit.


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