Sunday, April 27, 2014

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

Book Two of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
March 25th, 2014
Paranormal Contemporary
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts

Connor O’Dwyer calls County Mayo home and with a thriving falconry as well as great friends and loved ones, Connor is content until the battle between good and evil that has been in the works hits close to home. Now Connor is delving deep in his roots alongside his sister Branna, newfound cousin, Iona and his three wonderful friends-Fin, Meara and Boyle. But their tight circle is about to explode…all because of a kiss. Can Connor and Meara figure out what this is between them before their next battle with the darkness or will their circle of six be broken…forever?

SHADOW SPELL continues where Dark Witch left off and centers on Connor O’Dwyer, brother to Branna and cousin to Iona who we met in Dark Witch, Book One of this fascinating trilogy. I really enjoy Ms. Roberts when she writes these types of books. They are quick reads for me and pure entertainment. It helps that I love stories that center on good vs. evil, magic and non-magic plus all the fun stuff when you got strong willed women butting heads with alpha males. This is what I call my popcorn kind of read with characters in the Cousin O’Dwyer trilogy fairly bouncing off the pages of the books. In this second story of the series, we get to Connor O’Dwyer who finds himself after the first battle with the ancient evil named Cabhan that has plagued his ancestors and family for many years, he is drawn to Meara, a family friend and who has fought by his side when they sent Cabhan packing. I love the dynamics of all the main characters with one another and by themselves. The author does an amazing job in capturing the lushness that is Ireland within the pages of SHADOW SPELL. The story moves quickly and I just could not put it down even as the twists and turns left me on the edge of my seat. Ms. Roberts is one of those authors who delivers an engaging story regardless if it is a romantic suspense or an urban fantasy to her other author name, JD Robb’s futuristic mystery/thrillers. This is an author who knows what her readers want and delivers each time there is a release. This is truly one author I just can not get enough of.

Meet Connor O’Dwyer. Descendant of the first Dark Witch, Connor has always known that one day he alongside his sister, Branna, would battle the evil that is Cabhan that has stalked his family for many, many years. Now with Iona completing the three that are prophesied as holding the powers of the first Dark Witch, Connor finds he is hopeful that this lingering shadow will leave forever but as some may know, things don’t always go so smoothly. Connor is tired of the dating scene and finds himself drawn to Meara, their family friend, confidant and fully human. She makes him feel so many things but especially a feeling of peace settles over him when she is near him. I loved Connor and with Meara, the sparks just flew fast and furious. I loved how these two found the strength to reveal their feelings as well as deal with falling in love while being friends. The author delivers some really good scenes between Connor and Meara as well as by themselves that move the story along nicely and you definitely see into these two characters hearts. I was rooting for them to conquer their fears and risk taking a chance on love until the very end of the book. The secondary characters keep the story moving along and are as well written as the main characters are.

SHADOW SPELL is a wonderful addition to any who enjoy Nora Roberts and like a quick read to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  If you are looking for a magical story, then this is truly one book you won’t want to miss. I do caution you that these should be read in order to get the full back-story as well as meet the characters from the beginning. I now can not wait for the last book, Blood Magick, to be here. I need to know what happens for Branna, Fin and all my favorite characters in the exciting run up to the final battle between the Dark Witch’s descendants and the evil Cabhan that looms ahead. I just hope we won’t have to wait too long for it.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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