It’s Fantasy! Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Posted November 3, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Penguin First Read in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It’s Fantasy! Stars of Fortune by Nora RobertsStars of Fortune by Nora Roberts
Series: The Guardians #1
Published by Berkley on November 3, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 315
Format: eARC
Source: Penguin First Read
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To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars…


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Sasha Riggs lives a lonely, solitary life as a painter in the mountains of North Carolina. When she becomes plagued by disturbing dreams that manifests into her art, she decides to give into the pull and ends up in Corfu, Greece. From there, she meets five people who will become part of her destiny, one of whom, Bran Killian, will mean much more.


I loved the mythology of this story, which forms the foundation for the tale. The quest is for three stars created many years before by three goddesses of light. They must find and reunite them before a powerful and evil dark goddess does so. Each of the six has unique gifts that are slowly revealed, adding a bit of mystique to the characters. While some are easier to figure out, most aren’t and I enjoyed the surprises. And, they’re pretty formidable.


Sasha at first appears to be the weak link of the group but that doesn’t bear out as the story progresses. I liked her sheer will, which was the impetus for a lovely transformation, emerging from her shell and gathering mental and physical strength from the other five. Bran was simply amazing! His skills were reminiscent of some other fantasy heroes of mine and that’s all I say on the matter:) Theirs was a sweet romance that culminated into something quite explosive.


This was more fantasy than I’d imagined and that was a wonderful discovery. I loved the other characters and their extraordinary gifts. The battles between the six and the dark goddess were well crafted, exciting and vividly described. I can’t wait to continue the trilogy.

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. She married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland where she worked briefly as a legal secretary. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. 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.”

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4 responses to “It’s Fantasy! Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

  1. I was just thinking about lookign nto this series and now i found your review and it has made my mind up for me 🙂
    It will go into my wish list for a rainy day.
    Love your blog, its so bright and vibrant 🙂

  2. I will totally NOT be reading this book until all three are out. I know it sounds crazy, but I have managed with everyone of her trilogies so far, and I won’t break for this one – even with your awesome-tastic sounding review. *grin*