Island of Glass is the third and final book in the Guardian’s Trilogy written by Nora Roberts.
Six gifted strangers, called together by three goddesses, has been sent on a quest to locate three stars and reunite them with the queen before a powerful and evil darkness takes control. Along the way, the chosen six, called the Guardian’s, has united together, living for adventure and battle along the way on the island of Corfu, Greece and Capri, Italy. Now they are on their final quest for the third and final star on the Western coast of Ireland. The Guardians have designated their home base at the manor, located along the cliffs of Country Clare, that Bran had built for himself. To complete their journey, they must return all three stars to the “Island of Glass”.
Now that Bran and Sasha (the wizard/magician and seer), and Sawyer and Annika (the time traveler and mermaid) have found love, the Island of Glass focuses on the inevitable pairing of Doyle and Riley (the immortal and lycan) as the team continues their quest.
Doyle McCleary, a son of Ireland and a battle-scarred warrior, has been cursed and made into an immortal. A man of few words, rugged good looks and unwavering loyalty being part of his charm. Cherishing his motorcycle and sword, little else moves him until he realizes he has feelings that have laid dormant. Having returned to Ireland, Doyle is forced to face his past for which he would rather keep in the past.
Riley Gwin, a witty anthropologist, lives and loves to ask questions. Her inquisitiveness drives Doyle crazy. In addition to her love of learning, Riley has been gifted as being a lycan. Each month during the full moon Riley changes into a wolf that requires her to run wild and free. Ever the free spirit, great negotiator, and strong will, Riley loves adventure and seeing where each shall lead.
Throughout this story, the build-up of this relationship is a little different than the others. The vibe is completely different. Personalities, reluctance, and independence run deep. No flowers or romantic walks on the beach here, but a more raw and intense connection. The banter, especially between the two, is entertaining and I enjoyed the various cultural references.
Island of Glass offers readers a great escape. It has everything from love, paranormal fantasy, mystery, magic, epic battles, legends, heartbreak and grand adventures to conclude the Guardians Trilogy. Unlike many other Nora Roberts work, Doyle is the character of focus in this book, as opposed to Riley. Having loved the first two books in this trilogy, I so looked forward to this one and was not disappointed. Loved the characters, the plot and the journey to Greece, Italy, and Ireland. There is nothing better than a battle of good vs evil, romance and great moments between friends. I am honestly sad to see this series come to an end.