“Blood Brothers” by Nora Roberts is a supernatural, romance, mystery novel where evil is trying to break free and the now blood brothers must stop it.
For their tenth birthday, friends Caleb Hawkins, Fox Odell, and Gage Turner take a hike to the Pagan Stone. At midnight they swear an oath over the Pagan Stone and to seal it, they each slash their wrists and put them together. When they do, something happens that even 21 years later the boys can not explain. They are thrown back and when they come around, not only do each of them hold a piece of the Pagan stone in their hands but they have the ability to heal all wounds. Fox who needed glasses can no longer see with his glasses on because he has 20/20 vision now. Gage who had been beaten by his father and had scars all over his back, no longer has any scars on his back. But the power the boys have for healing is not the only thing released from the stone.
There is also something evil that comes out of the stone. This something evil rampages through the boys home town of Hawkins Hollow. The people of the town go crazy, killing each other, committing suicide, and just causing trouble for each other. This craziness only lasts for a week, then the people seem to forget what happened and life returns to normal. Every seven years from the date the evil was released, in the seventh month and starting on the seventh day, the evil runs about through the town and the boys do whatever they can to control the damage to the town. The boys call it The Seven.
The Seven has captured the interest of author Quinn Black who writes books about the supernatural and mysterious goings on of places. She now plans to write a book about what happens every seven years in Hawkins Hollow and she is just in time for the next bout of rampages. However, she gets swept up in things and realizes she is part of it, but they aren’t sure how she is a part. Quinn can see the demons that come every now and then through the town giving warning and playing a little before the real fun happens. Quinn changes her plans and decides to stay in the town to help try to solve the mystery and gets a friend, Cybil on board and runs into Layla while in town. All three girls can see the demons and now all six together must try to figure out what exactly was released from the Pagan Stone those 21 years ago because the evil has gotten stronger and all signs point to this being the end and whoever wins this round will win the war.
Nora Robers as always has great characters. This helps in making the story real and draws you into Hawkins Hollow. Cal and Quinn are the main characters of this first novel of the trilogy. This helps set the track for how the story reads. Quinn and Cal are trying to find out why this is all happening so the focus is on the history of the town, and the people, rather than the evil running amok. And every interaction between the characters shows you a little more about them; which is great because it reads more like a story than being interrupted to describe each new character and what they are about. Instead just as they are getting to know each other, we follow along and learn about each of the six players as they do.
The plot and writing are also superb. The romance parts aren’t so much with the romance, which is good because the romance is not a major part in what is happening. It also doesn’t get steamy for those of us that don’t care to blush and turn away because we feel we are looking in on something we shouldn’t be, and would be perfectly fine giving the characters their privacy.
Phil Gigante is the narrator for the audio book. Don’t let his deep voice fool you, he can do a girl pretty well. It was very easy, while listening, to know who was talking before the so and so said was even mentioned. He’s very good at putting feeling behind the words too, so you can feel what the character is likely feeling at that moment.
“Blood Brothers” is the first book of the Sign of Seven Trilogy. The books should be read in order so that you don’t miss any details and can better follow the story. A word of warning, once you finish “Blood Brothers” you won’t want it to end so you will probably want to go pick up “The Hollow” to see what else the characters will find out about what is happening in the town of Hawkins Hollow.