Reading My First Nora Roberts

Dance Upon The Air

Nora Roberts is such a prolific author, but I’ve never read a Nora Roberts novel before.

It’s partly because I always think of her as a romance writer (although I haven’t read any of her J.D. Robb mysteries, either – not sure why that is); while I do enjoy the occasional romance, I prefer romance with a large dose of humor, so chick lit is more to my taste.

But a while back when I hosted the Comfort Reads edition of the Bookworms Carnival, Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books submitted as her entry Roberts’s Three Sisters trilogy. I found the concept of the books very intriguing: they feature three independent women, all witches, living on an enchanting sounding island, Three Sisters Island. The combination of magic and every day life has always been very appealing to me, so I requested the first book in the trilogy, Dance Upon the Air, from the library.

I actually picked up Dance Upon the Air immediately after putting down another book, a DNF which I had thought would be very much to my taste, given that it was an urban fantasy with Arthurian elements. I’d read ten pages of this particular novel before realizing I wasn’t really getting into the story at all; I wanted to read something, though, so I picked up Dance Upon the Air from my pile of library books, and started reading.

Roberts is extremely skilled at telling her story; it took far less than ten pages before I was pulled in. I’m about halfway through the book now, and I’m enjoying it very much.

The setting of Three Sisters Island is beautifully rendered; this is a place I’d love to move to! In Dance Upon the Air, the setting itself is as much a character as the other characters in the book.

There’s a good dash of romance but it’s well-balanced well with the intrigue of an abusive husband who’s hunting down his wife. Add in the magical elements, and it’s easy to see why I was hooked so quickly and so thoroughly.

The only quibble I’ve had so far is Roberts’s tendency to describe her main characters too thoroughly. All three of the women in the story are impossibly beautiful, and there’s also the fact that I prefer less description because it’s always more enjoyable for me to use my imagination to fill in a character’s appearance in my mind’s eye.

But really, that’s a small thing. I’ve been enjoying Dance Upon the Air quite a lot so far, and I’m pretty certain once I finish this first book in the trilogy I’ll be moving to the next two books. I’m probably still not likely to read any of Roberts’s straight romance novels, but Roberts has written other trilogies with a dash of the paranormal, and I’ll be keeping my eye out for them.

What about you? Is Nora Roberts one of your favorite authors? What books written by Roberts would you recommend to someone like me who enjoys the suspense and paranormal elements more than the romance?

13 thoughts on “Reading My First Nora Roberts

  1. rhapsodyinbooks

    I’ve never read Nora Roberts, but I imagine after my infatuation with Charlaine Harris, I would get pilloried (by my husband, among others!) for starting up on another paranormal romance series! Obviously these sorts of books are like m&ms, and one has to be careful not to have even one lest one give up, plunge in, and eat the whole bag! :–)
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Review of “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary E. Pearson =-.

  2. Sheila (Bookjourney)

    Ahhhh! I am so excited you are reading this book! In Noras trilogy she seems to always pair people up so you have been introduced tot he girls, I am sure you must be introduced tot eh three guys by now. For me though – it is the magic! I love how Nora has no idea of her power, Riley has the power and hates it and Mia (my favorite character of all time) embracec it – and owns a book store so that is a plus too LOL

    For those of you who think Nora is just all seriously over syrupy romance – these books are not too bad and another trilogy dealing with magic is her Key Trilogy.

    You made my night by seeing that you are reading this book :) I look forward to your reviews!
    .-= Sheila (Bookjourney)´s last blog ..Beguiled by Deeanne Gits and J Lark Betrand =-.

  3. Becky Workman

    I LOVE Nora Roberts. Granted, there are some that I like much more than others, I usually love her books. I read the Three Sisters Trilogy but it’s not my favorite. The Sign of Seven Trilogy (Pagan Stone) was one of my least favorites. My favorite series is the Donovan Legacy. There are four books to the series: Captivated, Entranced, Charmed and Enchanted. There is humor, love, family…it’s got it all. In fact, I’ve read the whole series at three or four times. Her new series, the Bride Quartet is another funny one. It’s about 4 friends who have a wedding planning business. Stories of friendship and finding love.

    Hope this helped give you some new book ideas to try out!
    .-= Becky Workman´s last blog .. =-.

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  5. Margot

    What a relief! Someone else likes Nora Roberts. I’d given up telling people about my love of her books because people look and instantly label me. She is one of my favorite authors but I only reviewed one of her books last year (out of 109) because I didn’t want to be pigeon-holed in the book blogging world. That’s my long-winded way of saying I’m so glad you enjoyed Nora Roberts.

    As to recommendations, it’s too hard to pick just a few out of hundreds of her books. They’ve made some movies of a couple of my favorites: Carolina Moon and Montana Sky. Out of the series books I like the Donovans and a series of Born in Fire, Born in Ice and Born in Shame (set in Ireland). None of them have paranormal qualities. They are straight romance but done so well.
    .-= Margot´s last blog ..Time for Teasers =-.

  6. Deanna Stillings

    I love the J.D. Robb series and read other Nora Roberts books occasionally. I also read and enjoy many other authors.

  7. Meg

    Books with a strong sense of place always seem to become favorites of mine! The setting is so, so important; in fact, when browsing for books online, I usually look to see where the story takes place before I even consider who the characters are. Kind of a strange quirk of mine.

    I haven’t read anything by Roberts, but I actually own Dance Upon The Air — I got it through BookMooch for my sister, who’s a huge historical romance fan. She read this one recently and enjoyed it, though she told me I could pass it along to someone else if I wanted to… hmm. I’ll look into it! :)
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Book review: ‘Blankets’ by Craig Thompson =-.


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