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"Bewitching Tale of Darkness, Destiny, and Triumph"

Salem, Mass. - Summer Solstice, June 1692

They had begun. The witch hunts. The darkness had infected the people of the town, feeding on their superstitions and puritanical zealousness. The first innocent had been destroyed. More would follow, not one among them would be a witch. The one called Fire had seen it all in a vision, and knew that she and her sisters, the ones called Earth and Air, witches all, would not be spared unless they acted on this, the year's shortest night. And so they formed a circle and conjured a haven. Rent asunder from the land they'd loved, Three Sisters Island was born.

But the darkness found them again, and one by one the three failed the tests of courage, justice, and love, and were vanquished. But before the last succumbed, she cast a spell of protection over their beloved island, to protect her kin for a century times three, at which time three daughters of their blood would converge on this place, and once again make a stand against the darkness, to win or lose it all.

DANCE UPON THE AIR is the first book in the Three Sisters Island Trilogy. It is Nell Channing's story. The legend tells the story of Air as follows: Air had fallen in love helplessly in love with a man of charm, and a handsome face which hid the beast within him. He could never accept what she was. She could not find the courage to leave him. In the end it had cost Air her life. This had started the chain of events which had lead to the demise of the three sisters. Nell was to be the first to ensure that history did not repeat itself in a new generation.

Three Sister's Island - June 2001

Though she was unaware of her heritage, Helen Remington (of Air) had taken the first step in changing their fate. Three years into her abusive marriage, Helen had realized that her wealthy husband had meant his vow of 'til death do us part. She had carefully faked her own death, and taking little more than the clothes on her back, she had traveled across country for eight months, to settle at last on this remote island. Here she would make a new life for herself as Nell Channing.

She was still wary, but fate seemed to have brought her here. Three Sister's Island was as different from Los Angeles as a place could get. A painting she had seen on the mainland had drawn her here. Mia Devlin (of Fire) had felt the shift in power upon her arrival. Deputy Ripley Todd (of Earth), another island native, had long since forsaken her heritage. She was currently off island on business, so Mia knew that their third had arrived. For better or worse the fulfillment of the prophecy was at hand. By lucky coincidence Mia's store, Café Book, was in need of a chef, and Nell just happened to be a whiz in the kitchen. She provided Nell with a job and a small cottage, and soon began to instruct her on her heritage. Nell was enchanted with her new abilities. What more could she want out of life? She had a safe haven, a job, friends, and a new way of life, which Sheriff Zack Todd was about to complicate.

Zack has begun to frequent Café Book, and its plain that the handsome sheriff is interested in more than Nell's spectacular cuisine. Zack was everything that Evan was not, honorable, decent, and loving, but Nell could not afford to let him into her life. She is still legally married and must stay that way to insure her safety. Zack, however, is tenacious. Todds fall in love once and forever, and he's been hit hard. Little by little he wears down Nell's resistance until she succumbs to his charm. She hadn't planned on falling for him, or causing him unbearable pain with her deception. Now the darkness has returned to destroy their happiness, and Nell must find the courage to face her demons and take a chance on love.

Nell Channing's odyssey will inspire the reader. Though the very thought of her husband paralyzes her with fear, she is determined not to be a victim. She has too much to live for. This place, and these people that she's come to love, feed her power and resolve to end her nightmare once and for all. If she succeeds the circle will hold, and it will be up to a very resistant Ripley Todd to take the next stand against their foe. You will find her story in book two, HEAVEN AND EARTH.

Sensational! Fans of Nora's DONOVAN LEGACY will be thrilled with this new, full length, hereditary witch series. Though their Craft is an integral part of what they are, the heroines are multifaceted individuals and are portrayed as such. Magick is not a simple solution to their woes, and their challenges test their depth of character thoroughly. The heroes are remarkable men who do not stand idly by and let the women they love face their demons alone. However they are confident enough to let them do what they have to do. The reader will run the gamut of emotions as each "sister" faces the darkness to protect and save all that they love.

Copyright © 2002

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted June 25, 2002

SUMMARY

2002 RITA Finalist

First in the bewitching new Three Sisters Island trilogy.

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she's finally found refuge from her abusive husband -- and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago . . .

But even in this quiet peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café -- and begins to explore her feelings for the island Sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him, for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she's so carefully created could shatter completely.

Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse -- one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women -- and the nightmares of the past haunting her every step -- she must find the power to save her home, her love . . . and herself.

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Dance Upon the Air
(Three Sisters Trilogy: Book 1)
by Nora Roberts

Jove Pubns
June 1, 2001
ISBN #0515131229
EAN #9780515131222
384 pages
Paperback
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