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This is the second book in the sign of seven trilogy, and continues the story of 3 childhood friends, and their battle with an evil being whom presents itself every seven years to inflict horrors upon their home town. This time round the 3 men are joined by 3 women in their fight and their stories are told in each novel. I will admit that i am a longtime fan of nora roberts and there are very few of her books which i haven't owned/read. I love her characterisations, each character is well drawn and human! What i love about this trilogy so far is the addition of a horror theme. She has touched on a similar theme in a previous trilogy (the circle) and i am pleased she has continued on this path since it combines my too favourite genres (horror and romance) into one book. This is an excellent read, which can be standalone but i would recommend reading the 1st book Blood Brothers as well. Can't wait to read the next one- the pagan stone.
The Hollow is the second book in the Sign of Seven trilogy. The third is due for publication in November 2008. The stories revolve around three boys, Cal, Fox and Gage, who aged ten, go camping in woodland close to their home and during their ritual of becoming blood brothers inadvertently awaken a demonic entity which wreaks havoc every seven years upon the inhabitants of the local town of Hawkins Hollow. Each book in the trilogy concentrates on one of the boys, now grown to manhood. The first of the trilogy, Blood Brothers, featured Cal, descendant of the founder of Hawkins Hollow. The Hollow takes up the story two weeks after the first book Blood Brothers and is Fox's story. Fox is the son of local new-agers and he and his friends and their three female lovers continue their fight against the demon who seems to be getting stronger with each seven year appearance. I found that, as often happens with Nora Roberts' trilogies, this middle book features a more gentle, beta hero and the romance element lacks the oomph that her first and third books generally offer. That being said, it is still a good read and moves the story along so that I'm anxiously awaiting the third book, The Pagan Stone, which brings the story to its conclusion. Although The Hollow could be read as a stand-alone, I would strongly recommend reading the first of the series as the tension and horror is definitely building with successive books. Nora Roberts is a consummate storyteller and rather than a full blown romance this series definitely has strong elements of horror. I enjoyed the book and have already got my name down at the local library for Gage's story. Recommended.