It’s time to share my final review with you guys and girls about Nora Roberts’ Guardians trilogy. The third book is called Island of Glass (Het glazen eiland in Dutch). As always I will start with a description and then I will share my opinion with you all.
As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the wolf within her…
An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love—and save them all…
In this third book the guardians have traveled to county Clare in Ireland, to the home of Bran and the birthplace of Doyle. The last two guardians, Riley and Doyle, are the main characters. Throughout the trilogy you will come to know much about Riley. She’s an archaeologist with a large network of acquantainces who can hook her up with anything and everything she requires. She’s the brain of the operation, where Sasha is the heart and Annika the soul. Riley is logical, extremely loyal, fierce and tough-ass. A great heroine. The fact that she’s a werewolf only adds to the fun. Her character intrigued from the start of the trilogy and I really liked to read from her point of view.
Main character Doyle is a bit more elusive. In the previous books he didn’t seem to play a major role and he is really private and reserved. As a result I didn’t really feel about this character. As always Nora Roberts masterfully develops her characters and slowly reveals what Doyle is struggling with thanks to his curse of immortality. I did come to like him as a result and really hoped he would get his happily ever after.
If you read a lot of Nora Roberts books you know she writes romance books, so naturally in this book Doyle and Riley fall for each other. However, this love felt too much like instant love for me. In the previous books these two characters didn’t really seem to care much about each other, certainly not more than new friends do. That they would end up together was not obvious from the development of the previous books and as such didn’t feel realistic to me. In my first review about Stars of Fortune I talked a bit about the plot Nora Roberts uses in all of her paranormal series, and in this plot structure we find an explanation for the reason why Doyle and Riley would end up together. It seems as if these two characters were only put together because they were simply the last two guardians and the last two unattached people. This doesn’t make for great romance. Only at the end of the book did I start to feel something towards the romance between these two. A bit of foreshadowing in the previous books would have gone a long way in making this romance feel less insta-love and more like a proper romance.
Another thing I didn’t much like about this book was the fact that the search for the Star of Ice was again really similar to the search for the other stars. Some research is done, Riley calls in a few favors and the team goes diving in underwater caves. And when they are not diving they are doing excercises and physical training. Because this is the same m.o. as in the previous two books it gets really tiring to read. Luckily Nora mixes things up a little by hiding the Star of Ice on land in a place that means a lot to Doyle. As a result the tension that is lacking in the first part of the book gets turned up in the rest of the book. Fortunately the rest of the book is suspenseful and the battle between the guardians and Malmon and Nerezza is also written well.
What I did like about this book was the character development of both main characters. Both Riley and Doyle are written realistically and have to overcome some personal issues before they are ready to defeat the antagonist and before they can really start a relationship.
I also liked the fact that it wasn’t Riley who had to find the star, but Doyle. In the previous books the women were pivotal in the quest, but here it is the man.
If you’re looking for a romantic trilogy with a suspenseful ending, fantastic elements, and well-developed characters then you should definitely read this one! The romance in this last book fell a bit short for me, but luckily that was made up for in the end. Overall I really did like this trilogy, despite its flaws :).