"Witch Series Concludes with a Challenge of Love Lost and Found"
FACE THE FIRE is the final book of the Three Sisters
Island Trilogy. This is Mia Devlin's story. For a complete
overview, see reviews for DANCE UPON THE AIR, and HEAVEN
Her circle had been broken, and still she survived. The one
called Fire came upon a Silkie asleep in a cave. She fell
in love at the sight of him, and hid his pelt, binding him
to her. They married, had children, and were happy for a
time. But Fire became complacent, and got careless. One day
her lover found his pelt, and the sea called him home. He
forgot about his life with her. Grief for his loss, and
that of her two sisters, Air and Earth, consumed her.
Before she leapt from the cliff into the sea that claimed
her love and her life, she cast a spell of protection over
the island. The spell would last for three centuries, at
which time three women of the sisters' blood would once
again face the dark power, to balance the scales. Should
they fail, the island would be lost to the sea forever.
Three Sisters Island - May 2002
Unlike her ancestress, Mia Devlin had survived her
devastating heartbreak. A decade ago the love that now fed
her Craft, had belonged to Sam Logan, the handsome, moody
boy, whose home life had been as empty as her own. Like
Mia, Sam had power, a legacy of their common ancestors.
Like Fire's Silkie love, his element was water. Their magic
had only enhanced their passion for each other, but the
intensity of their emotions had frightened Sam. Though he
loved Mia as well, her plans for their future together made
him feel trapped. He didn't want to be confined to a small
island, or one woman, forever. He was young, and their
parting was deliberately cruel. He'd known of no other way
to make the break final. He'd meant it to be ... then.
Mia had been desperately grieved, but in the ensuing years
she'd recovered and had become a powerful and independent
woman and witch. She would not risk her heart again.
Ironically, time and distance had shown Sam that
everything his heart desired had been on that small island,
and with that one woman. It had taken time for him to
become his own man, in order to return to her. Now was the
time. Every instinct told him that he was a part of the
legacy, and the confrontation to come. He was the fourth
element. He would complete the circle, and protect the
woman he'd never stopped loving.
Nell had found the courage to break free of her nightmare.
Ripley had exacted justice with harm to none. Mia's
challenge would involve love, and Sam was determined to win
hers back. Unfortunately it was just as possible that her
task would be to get him out of her system, to let HIM go
this time, on her terms.
The darkness had gathered strength for its final stand.
Once Fire had stood alone, and failed to defeat it. Now
there were six of the blood to stand against it. The circle
of three remained unbroken, and the men who loved these
remarkable women would fuel their power with that love, to
protect them all, and save their home.
This final tale in the series is a true example of Ms.
Roberts' talents and storytelling ability. It is always
difficult to find sympathy for a hero who breaks a woman's
heart, and then returns years later expecting nothing to
have changed between them. Harder still when the woman is
as remarkable as Mia Devlin. Although it is obvious that
the two are soul mates, and that she will never love
another, she has become a whole woman in her own right. No
longer a needy teen whose world revolved around Sam, she
has a successful business, loyal friends, her garden, and
her magic. She may want him, she may even love him still,
but she no longer needs Sam to complete her.
Sex is no longer enough for Sam, whose epiphany does not
end when he reaches the island. Mia's resistance puzzles
him. The spark between them is stronger than ever. He's
shown faith by purchasing the Magick Inn Hotel from his
father. He's here to stay, and though the idea of marriage
still fills him with trepidation, he knows he wants her to
be an integral part of his life. Why is she willing to
share her body, but not her heart? Sam still believes that
he has a role to play in the final confrontation with the
darkness. As the time approaches, he finds that he will do
anything necessary to protect Mia, even if it means letting
Mia too has come to the realization that loving someone
means putting their happiness before your own, that the
love they'd shared as children was a different kind of love
from the one that's developed between them now. Can she let
go of the hurt without letting go of Sam? Can this be the
key to defeating the darkness once and for all?
This reviewer recommends that your read the entire series,
and savor every word. Three Sisters Island is a place you
will want to return to again and again. Bravo.
Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted June 25, 2002
In the conclusion to her acclaimed Three Sisters Island
trilogy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora
Roberts masterfully evokes the quaint charm of New England,
weaving a spellbinding take of true love -- and sheer
Mia Devlin knows what it's like to love with your whole
heart -- and then watch your love walk away. Years ago,
she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on
passion, legend and fate. But one day he fled Three
Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic
they shared -- and determined to live without love...
The new owner of the island's only hotel, Sam has returned
to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia's
affections. He is puzzled when she greets him with icy
indifference -- for the chemistry between them is still
sizzling and true. Angry, hurt and deeply confused, Mia
refuses to admit that a passion for Sam still burns up her
heart. But she'll need his help -- and his powers -- to
face her greatest, most terrifying challenge. And as the
deadline for breaking a centuries-old curse draws to a
near, they must take the first steps toward destiny -- and
come together to turn back the dark...