Sign of Seven Trilogy
“Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen.”
The Sign of Seven trilogy begins with “Blood Brothers,” a tale of three young boys (Caleb, Fox, and Gage) who go on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. Twenty-one years later, the boys have now grown into men and the evil that comes to the small town of Hawkins Hollow every seven years has progressively gotten worse. The books follow the three friends as they prepare for the upcoming battle and of course, fall in love along the way. “Blood Brothers” is Caleb Hawkins story. The modern day legend of the Pagan Stone draws reporter turned author Quinn Black to the small town to investigate and prepare for her upcoming novel. “The Hollow” stars lawyer, Fox, and Layla, a woman drawn to the town for reasons unbeknownst to her. Together throughout the book, she discovers her newfound ability to see into people’s minds and must lean on Fox for guidance and help. In the final book, “The Pagan Stone,” Gage Turner is a gambling man and a lover of spontaneaity. He doesn’t stay in one place long and tries to stay far away from the town he grew up in. He does, however, have to come back to Hawkins Hollow and reunite with his blood brothers for the final battle against the evil that has been brewing for the past twenty-one years. His love interest is Cybil, friends with Quinn, a woman whose fate is intertwined with the five others.
The books are really quite fabulous. I’m not at all a Nora Roberts fan (much to my surprise, even) but these three books were great. I picked up all three at the bookstore while browsing one day and had them read within just a couple of weeks. There is a love story in each book but it takes a back seat to the main ingredient of the trilogy, evil. All the characters appear in each book and the story-telling is so well done. Roberts does a great job of weaving characters, romance, mystery, intrigue, action, and horror into each book without it seeming overwhelming. While I’ve always been a fan of romance, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed these books. There’s a great supernatural element to them that isn’t “just there” but explained in detail using flashbacks and interesting finds on the characters parts. The books were a little scary, and as much as I would classify them as Mystery or Supernatural, I’d just as easily put them in the Horror section. I highly recommend these if you love a good story and a little scare.
Overall: 4/5 stars.