Book three of the Sign of Seven / Pagan Stone Trilogy
The Seven is drawing closer. First Cal Hawkins and Quinn had to face the demon Lazarus Twisse, then it was Fox O’Deale and Layla Darnell’s turn, and finally it is up to Gage Turner and Cybil Kinski to face the demon that tries to rip them apart.
Gage Turner has never had an easy life. After the death of his mother, his father became an abusive drunk that nothing could be done for. Even through the support of his two best friends Fox and Cal, Gage suffered through years of abuse. He finally fled the house at eighteen to become a successful professional poker player, only to return to the Hollow every seven years to try and cope with the madness that engulfed the town residents under the demon’s curse.
Now he is back and has witnessed both his friends fight the demon and fall in love. Wary of the falling in love business, Gage tries to distance himself from Cybil, even though it means stepping away from his attraction to her. He fails miserably and is soon drawn into a relationship with her, but she is just as disdainful of being forced into a relationship because of fate rather than having her own say in it.
The three ladies are constantly checking facts and making charts of the demonic attacks in town and it just confuses the men, but they soon find useful information that helps them understand more about which points are being targeted and why. It seems as though Fox’s family farm is a “safe haven”, and further investigation shows the farm used to belong to Ann Hawkins’ family and is somehow magically protected. The six devise a plan to get some townspeople to camp there during the Seven, keeping a large chunk safe.
The six managed to find a possible way to kill the demon, but it may be at the expense of one of their own? Is the chance worth it? Can they move past the tragedy of losing Gage? Will Gage still be keen to die for the town once he learns Cybil’s secret?
This book wasn’t bad, and it was a decent conclusion to the series, but I still felt relieved when I finished it. It felt stretched at the end, and with the book only being about a hundred and fifty pages long, it shouldn’t have been so.
I liked Cybil – She was strong and sure of herself and matched Gage’s temper and ego on every level. The demon was still little scary, but looking back now it also seems like a silly trick to portray the demon as a child – very original. The way the book ended left me a bit confused and it was like the end wasn’t really tied together.
Recommendation: Only to Nora Roberts fans