stars of fortune book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Introverted artist Sasha cannot escape the dreams and nightmares that have been plaguing her, nor can she stop painting the faces of five strangers from those dreams. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where she encounters the first individual from those dreams, Riley, an archaeologist. This meeting begins a chain of events, where six individuals are drawn together in a quest to protect three powerful fallen stars from falling into hands of evil goddess Nerezza.

Stars of Fortune is the first of three novels in Nora Roberts’ new Guardians Trilogy. All six individuals in this story bring their own unique experiences and secrets to this quest. The first novel focuses on the story of Sasha and Bran, but also introduces readers to the other four individuals, Riley, Sawyer, Arrika, and Doyle. Sasha has seen all of the group members in her dreams before she met them, but she feels a special bond with Bran, and has foreseen a romantic relationship in her dreams. But she must overcome her insecurities to be with him. Will she be able to do that? Or will the evil Nerezza capture the fallen stars and destroy those who would seek to protect them?

I’m a big fan of Nora Roberts, and while I enjoyed many elements of this novel, including the magic, the scenery, and the adventure, other parts of it fell flat for me. The romance between Bran and Sasha didn’t have the heat that’s been present between characters in Nora’s other books. And it felt a little strange that these six seemed to come together, no questions asked, without knowing anything about one another. On the other hand, Sasha’s visions and sketches were certainly convincing to the other group members, and all of the individuals felt drawn to Corfu, to each other, and to protecting the fallen stars. There’s also a few surprises about each character that readers are sure to love! If you love Nora Roberts and her more adventure-driven or paranormal series, you are sure to like Stars of Fortune.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between.

Review copy was provided by Berkley. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.