Monday, October 28, 2013

DARK WITCH by Nora Roberts

Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Penguin/Berkley Publishing
October 29th, 2013
Paranormal, Contemporary
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
4 Hearts

Iona Sheehan has always felt like she didn’t belong anywhere; in her family & in her life in general. Until she is told by her beloved Gram that she is part of the three Dark Witches and encourages her to go to Ireland to trace her roots. With nothing to lose, Iona does just that and in the process finds the family she has always longed for as well as a love that steals her soul. But danger looms in the shadows, can Iona and her newfound cousins, Connor and Branna O’Dwyer, beat back the ancient evil that stalks their every move? Can Iona be able to master the powers inside her even as she finds herself falling in love with the wilds of Ireland?

Nora Roberts is a talented and wonderful author. It doesn’t matter what she creates, for this reviewer and reader, her books completely capture my imagination from the very first page. In her new trilogy, she introduces the reader to three powerful witches set in the wild beauty of Ireland. From the very first page to the last, Ms. Roberts delivers a pulse pounding ride all the way to the end. I have to caution you though, the ending is a happily for now (HFN) and leaves you aching for more. The writing is superb and the cast of characters is quite intriguing. You have magic playing center stage as well as human emotions, wants and needs as well. Ms. Roberts doesn’t shy away from girl meets boy, they falling love and live happily ever after. What we get is Iona finding the strength to say- I am worth more than what you can give me. That right there cemented me falling in love with these characters, Iona in particular. The way this prolific and talented author keeps creating such intriguing characters as well as wonderful storylines is a testament to her skill as a storyteller. The characters are flawed with vulnerabilities that make them human within the pages of DARK WITCH. The secondary cast of characters keeps the reader glued to the pages even as they flip the pages to see what happens next.

DARK WITCH is a solid and engrossing tale of family, acceptance, love and friendship all rolled up with a bow. Ms. Roberts delivers another stellar performance in her new trilogy and I, for one, cannot wait to see where she takes us in book two, Shadow Spell. I just wish we didn’t have to wait months for the next chapter in this thrilling series. This fast paced story delivers one twist after another and as the past directs the present for these characters, the reader is found to be drawn into the battle as light battles darkness and if the light loses, well, let’s just say very bad things will happen.

If you enjoy magic, romance, friendship and more, then you just might like DARK WITCH. I just caution you to eat before starting since I couldn’t put this one down even to make dinner. I had to know what happens next for Iona, Connor, Branna and all their friends. I applaud Ms. Roberts for always trying something new for her readers to enjoy. Thank you, Ms. Roberts, for a wonderful introduction to The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


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