Shadow Spell (Cousins O'Dwyer)
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
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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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2014
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. The scenes where they confront Cabhan keep the story moving and in the end it's the power of love and their dedication to one another that sees them through, even when things are at their worst. The good versus evil theme is strong with a touching secondary story about Meara and her mother that gives us a better glimpse into her character and the fears she has as she realizes she is seeing Connor in a whole new way.

If you like Nora Roberts, magic, spells, good versus evil and the power of the strength that love and friendship can provide, then Shadow Spell will be a satisfying read and keep you wondering how the O'Dwyer cousins and their friends will finally do away with the evil Cabhan once and for all and I look forward to the last book in the trilogy, Blood Magick giving us the answers.
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78 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
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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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
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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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2014
I have read so many of This authors books, this one may be the last.....when did a violent rape scene become entertainment? Or necessary to depict in graphic detail? Or acceptable to write about young children watching the event. Everything is sick about all of the above. So, be forewarned.... so you too won't be sickened by surprise.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2014
I have read every book Ms Roberts has written; enjoying them so much, I have reread them- until now. This new series , The O'Dwyers, is such poorly written drivel that I cannot even finish the second book and have decided not to purchase The Collector, her next book. Normally, Ms. Roberts' skill in weaving a tale can make the most improbable storyline, in this case hereditary sorcery, seem possible through character development, dialogue, and pacing. These are lacking in this new series- I feel I am reading tired formulaic schmaltz . Needless to say, I am deeply saddened that the quality of Ms. Roberts books has slipped to such a level and recommend you not bother with this series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
I love Nora Roberts but this book is really bad. I read the first one and thought maybe the second was an improvement. I just can't even finish it, it's such drivel.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2014
Let me give you a plot synopsis:

Something happens to the six main characters that is described in detail.
The six main characters then eat dinner and discuss in excruciating detail the thing that just happened.
Two of them have generic sex.
Repeat.
Repeat.
Repeat.

I miss the old Nora.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I am a Nora Roberts fan, bought every book. However 20 pages in (on my Kindle last night), I found I could not read another word. It is dark, way too gloomy, and filled with more descriptions of the desolate environment. If there was a point to this series I am not spending another dollar on this series and will do more research on anything this author writes.
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