Three Fates by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 15 April, 2013 by Jenna / 15 Comments

Three Fates by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}Three Fates by Nora Roberts
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief—but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather’s treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune. The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York where they will meet a brilliant scholar who will aid them in their hunt—and an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates…

Romantic adventure to recover mythological treasure.

My Thoughts on Three Fates

A few years after the sinking of the Titanic, the passengers aboard the Lusitania have no fear of sinking – and no knowledge that they are about to caught in the crossfire of war. On board the doomed ship, Henry Wyley is thinking about who he is going to track down once landing on the other side of the Atlantic: a man who may know about Lachesis, the second Fate. He already has the first, Clotho, secreted away in his stateroom. Or, at least, he did . . . until thief Felix Greenfield lifts the pretty silver statue and slips it into his pockets just moments before the first torpedo hits the Lusitania. Everyone thinks Clotho went down with the ship, but there are those who are willing to go to dangerous lengths to determine the truth – and control the Three Fates.

I had never read a book by Nora Roberts before and, I’ll admit it: I was a little skeptical. But, I was very pleasantly surprised with “Three Fates.” The book is a great mash-up of adventure, mythology, history, and, of course, romance.

Siblings Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan once had one of the Fates. But Malachi, much to his chagrin, was robbed of the treasure by Anita Gaye. (Anita is the widow of Paul Morningside, who was the owner of one of the most reputable antiquities dealers in New York.) Antia is out to find the other Fates, and so are the Sullivans, who are also set on recovering the Fate that has been in their family since the early 1900s.

Malachi seeks out mythology scholar and author, Dr. Tia Marsh, hoping she has information that may help him in his family’s pursuit. What he doesn’t expect is to develop true feelings for the woman who he romances for information.

Gideon heads to a strip club in Prague to track down Cleo Toliver, who may have a line on the second Fate. Forced to run across Europe to escape Anita’s overzealous employees, Gideon and Cleo find in each other more than either one of them bargained for.

Sulking back at home in Cobh, Ireland, Rebecca Sullivan is a wizard on the computer who wants the chance to travel just like her brothers. Her chance comes in the form of security expert Jack Burdett, who has sought her out while pretending to work on behalf of Anita. As it turns out, Jack has something both the Sullivans and Anita want. But what he finds in Rebecca could change everything for everyone involved.

I loved the story. In mythology, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropus (the Three Fates) are goddesses of fate and destiny. Clotho spins, Lachesis measures, and Atropus cuts the thread of time and life. Roberts creates a story that plays with the notions of fate, destiny, and the power of three. I found the story a little slow to get started, but, by the beginning of the third chapter, I was hooked completely. Anyone have a Nora Roberts recommendation for me?


Filed under: ESR: 9, Review: Jenna, Romance,


15 Responses to “Three Fates by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}”

  1. I’ve never read Nora Roberts. I’m skeptical too. Why would that be? She is obviously much loved, so she must be good. It is the hype. The bandwagon. For some reason they make run for the hills.

    This one sounds great. Must ponder.

    • Jenna

      Well, I think I was skeptical because of tall the hype. I didn’t want it to just be “fluff” reading. But I was quite pleasantly surprised and I’m probably going to read more of her stuff. :) I’d definitely recommend this one; you should check it out!

  2. I seem to remember reading this a loooong while ago and enjoying it.
    *digs in brain*
    *finds dust bunnies*
    While I’m not a huge Roberts fan, I do enjoy her relatively simple but fun stories. Great review!

    • Jenna

      Thank you Mary!

      I actually liked the book so much that I went and purchased a copy from Half Price Books to keep!

  3. Oooo this sounds good Jenna! I’m fine with a slow start as long as I know things pick up, and that definitely sounds like the case here so I think I’d like this one. I’ve read Nora Robert’s In Death series (she writes as JD Robb) and LOVE those. Love. LOVE. Have I mentioned I love them? I just have one word for you: Roarke. That is all. Read them. Meet him:)

    • Jenna

      I totally think you should pick it up and read it, Jenny!

      So, how do you feel about the JD Robb In Death series? Please, don’t hold back! Is there a particular one I should start with?

      • I can’t help it Jenna, Roarke just makes have all the love feels:) You should definitely start at the beginning so you can meet and get to know Eve and Roarke as their relationship develops. The first book is Naked In Death – there are like 30 books in this series but don’t let that intimidate you. I read a chunk of them every year or so and each book is its own case (Eve’s a police detective), so you aren’t dealing with cliffhangers or anything. It took me a little while to settle into the first book because it’s set in the future where there’s all sorts of new technology, but stick with it, I think you’ll eventually fall in love with Eve and Roarke:) ROARKE!

        • Jenna

          No worries! I totally understand falling in love with those characters! I’m off to add Naked In Death to my to-read list; thank you for the recommendation!

  4. Hi Jenna! Have you ever read any other Nora Roberts books? I just finished “Midnight Bayou” this weekend, and it was okay. The ending was a little fluffy/weak, and I wanted to see if you’ve experienced this with Roberts’ books? I’d love to try another, but I also don’t want to read another mediocre ending.

    • I actually haven’t! I know others who have read several of her books, but this is was first and (so far) only experience with her books.

    • Hi Caitlin,

      I agree the ending of Midnight Bayou was flawed. If you love ghost novels (as I do), better Roberts choices would be Black Rose and Tribute. Enjoy!

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