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?