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Product Details

  • Series: Cousins O'Dwyer (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425259862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425259863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,692 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cabhan is coming. Despite the best efforts of Connor O’Dwyer and his circle of family and friends, the sorcerer will not stop until he has his revenge against the descendants of dark witch Sorcha. Since Connor, his sister Branna, and their cousin, Iona Sheehan, are the latest group of three to have inherited Sorcha’s powers, they are all number one on Cabhan’s hit list. Everyone’s safety depends on working together to defeat Cabhan, but much to his surprise, Connor finds himself distracted by Meara Quinn. The two have always enjoyed a terrific working relationship, until an unexpected kiss reveals the true passion they feel for each other. Pursuing a romantic relationship with Meara, however, is a risk. Not only could Connor lose her friendship; getting closer to Meara could make her an easy target for Cabhan. Roberts has a real flair for seamlessly melding day-to-day domestic details and the supernatural, and the second in her Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy not only delivers a satisfying love story but also effectively sets things up for the coming final confrontation with Cabhan. --John Charles

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“When it comes to true romance, no one does it better than Nora.”—Booklist (starred review)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Annelies Aurilis on March 31, 2014
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I've been reading Nora Roberts' books since I was twelve years old and didn't realize what the "magic" and "desire" in her books were (don't worry, I wised up by age thirteen, but I still like how she describes the hot sex her characters always have). The first trilogy I read was the Three Sisters series (by far my favorite), and every time she has a new book out I'm quick to grab it.

Recently, though, as much as I love her books, I have to agree with other readers: they're so formulaic that it's hard to not make comparisons with other trilogies and other characters. If there's someone who's a new NR fan, then, fine, this is a good series for them.

The Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy seems to be just a repeat of The Keys and Three Sisters trilogies. I love her setting: she describes Ireland beautifully, as she always has, but the O'Dwyers resemble the Gallaghers of Ardmore strongly. I like the romances thus far, and I'm fond of Connor and Meara the most, but I'm looking forward to Finn and Branna's relationship, although I think it will just be an expy of Mia and Sam's from Three Sisters.

I think I would actually prefer the prologues of each book (thus far) to serve as her new trilogy. Right now, though, I'm sticking to NR's single volumes (Public Secrets, The Witness, and The Villa are my favorites).
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67 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm1019 on March 28, 2014
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I eagerly look forward to any Nora Roberts book and usually am never disappointed. However, the second in the Odwyer trilogy is just ok. It really dragged from the first page, and was very, very predictable. Page after page of repetitive information, ie " We are the three, We are of the witch, etc etc etc". Too much, "don't go near the woods", bad guy shows up in everybody's dreams, blah, blah.
It is almost as though she didn't really write a new book, but took the Key trilogy and changed the names and the animals.
Not her best, not at all
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By terrylynn on March 27, 2014
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Shadow Spell, the follow up to Dark Witch continues the story of the cousins O'Dwyer as the "three", Branna, Connor and Iona strengthen the bonds with their friends, Meara, Boyle and Fin who carries the blood of the evil sorcerer they seek to kill... Cabhan. Cabhan's powers are strong and his goal is to weaken the circle of friends with repeated attempts to kill Meara, especially now since Connor has declared his love for her after a lifetime of friendship.

This book focuses on the growing romance between Connor and Meara and the desperate measures they have to take to ensure Meara's safety as Cabhan is determined that she is the best way to weaken the power they use against him. But the friendship between the six and their fierce determination to kill him once and for all grows even stronger as each of them realize that it will take all their individual strengths... of the heart, mind and body, to defeat the sorcerer before he can destroy all they hold dear.

Initially we are taken back in time to once again see how the children of the Dark Witch Sorcha are faring after her death, and this is particularly important since Connor finds a way to reach through the centuries and meet up with Sorcha's son Eamon thereby sharing important information and strengthening their bonds of family. Having Eamon and Connor able to meet and converse added an extra element to the story and helped to tie it all together. The six friends meet regularly to enjoy each others company, make plans and give each other strength for the coming battle and I found these times when the six are all together very satisfying as we get a deeper look at each character and how they fit into this circle of friendship and family.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Izzy on March 26, 2014
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I have read countless Nora Robert's book and usually love them all, this one was a bit boring...

This is the second book in the Cousin O’Dwyer Trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book and couldn’t put it down and was looking forward to Shadow Spell. However, this one was a bit slow. This book tells the story of Connor O’Dwyer and his role in defeating the evil sorcerer, Cahban.. As with the first book, the stories of all six are intertwined and this time it was Conner O’Dwyer and Maera Quinn. They have been friends all their lives and after a kiss, realize they want to be together. I like the interaction between all six and the bonds they share.

Although I felt this book was slow throughout, I liked that Nora Robert’s also intertwined the relationship between Eamon (the original Son of the Dark Witch) and Connor. There interaction and bond was nice to see, as Connor come from Eamon and proved how strong connections can be. I think this was what I enjoyed most about the book, and the interaction between Branna and Fin, although very small. I anxiously await book three, the part of Branna and Fin.

If you read the first book, I recommend you read this, however, I felt there was something missing.
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Nancy T on March 26, 2014
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I think it's time to find a new favorite author. Nora Roberts books are getting too predictable, all the theologies are just pairing up three girls to three guys while fighting the bad guy. As much as I have loved her books I am very disappointed in this series.
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