- Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (Book 1)
- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491510927
- ISBN-13: 978-1491510926
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6,208 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,251,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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With the support of her maternal grandmother, Iona Sheehan arrives in County Mayo intent on finding out more about her family’s history and legacy of magic. She has more than her share of the luck of the Irish when she meets her cousins Branna and Connor O’Dwyer on her first day. Not only do they welcome Iona into the family fold, they also don’t think she’s crazy when she tells them that she’s had dreams about an evil sorcerer named Cabhan. More than 800 years earlier their ancestress, Sorcha, the original Dark Witch, thwarted Cabhan’s plan to steal her powers, and he has been plotting his revenge ever since. After moving in with Branna and Connor and taking a job working for cranky but incredibly sexy stable owner, Boyle McGrath, Iona begins putting down roots in Ireland. But her newfound happiness may be short-lived unless she and her cousins can find a way to harness their powers and defeat Cabhan. Best-seller-extraordinaire Roberts works her own brand of literary magic as she begins a new trilogy featuring the cousins O’Dwyer. --John Charles --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
“Roberts works her own brand of literary magic as she begins a new trilogy featuring the cousins O’Dwyer.”—Booklist
“Magical, romantic, compelling and appealing—Roberts at her best.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Roberts spins a mesmerizing tale of good vs. evil.”—Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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When Nora Roberts is good, she’s very, very good. And I think that once upon a time she had a quarter of a million** different ideas and ways to present them. The problem is that we’re way past that now and the ideas and ways to present them continuously seem to be recycled.
Let me count the ways in just this book/series: there are witches (see also the Three Sisters Island trilogy, and the Key and Circle Trilogies, actually), and Ireland (see also the Born In Trilogy, and Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy). There’s an otherwordly BIG EVIL (see Key Trilogy and Sign of Seven). Then there’s the American come to **somewhere out of their comfort zone** to live (Born In, Gallaghers of Ardmore, Key, Three Sisters, and many more). There’s the apologetic female character (all of them), the untrusting female character (all of them), and the brash, tomboyish female character (all of them). There’s the intuitive male, the brawler, and the one that is so certain of the love that they fight for it always (all of them).
This is what I mean when I say that Nora Roberts can be counted on to deliver a “Nora Roberts” book. She does it, and it’s pleasing…as long as I haven’t over-indulged lately. I take LONG breaks between reading any Roberts books anymore. I can’t handle the sameness – unless it’s my old favorites (which will always hold a special place in my heart), like Carolina Moon, Chesapeake Bay Series, and a few others.
I enjoyed this book. I did. But it’s just more of the same from the author. I feel like everything’s recycled. Nothing is new. I’ve been here and done that. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just … meh.
*Seriously, it feels like it.
**Well, will a million books written, the ideas have to stop being original sometime, I suppose.
-William Shakespeare, Macbeth
And so the tone is set for Nora Robert’s, The Dark Witch.
It is the Winter of 1263 and we are introduced to Sorcha and her three wonderful children. We learn of her powers, her struggles, and her sacrifices. We learn of the importance of her home and her family. We fall in love with this strong and powerful witch and our heart breaks with the losses that she endures.
Fast-forward to the year 2013 and we meet Iona Sheehan. She is beginning her new life in County Mayo, Ireland. Iona is a take-charge kind of gal. She is an only child that grew up with disinterested parents and has always felt that she never fit into her life. The stories of their ancestors in Ireland, told to her by grandmother, bring Iona comfort. It is with those stories in her heart that she sells all her belongings and moves to Ireland in hopes of finding a place where she finally feels at home.
We soon meet Iona’s cousins, Branna and Connor and discover that all three are descendants of Scorcha. The story unfolds as the three cousins get to know one another and Iona settles into her new life in County Mayo, Ireland.
There is magic, love, danger, and suspense as the battle between good and evil is began anew and the connections between the past and the present are revealed.
One of the things that I enjoy about Nora Roberts books is that each one usually features a couple and a continuing story line. You get a sense of resolution but can’t wait to see what will happen next.
I enjoyed all of the characters in this story. Iona was my favorite with her strong, honest, and somewhat innocent personality but I am looking forward to seeing Connor fall in love in a future book.
The romance part of the book was great. I enjoyed Boyle’s character and I loved his reactions to Iona’s honest and straightforward approach to life. We meet some other characters and you get a good idea of how the future romantic couples may play out.
Dark Witch is a great addition to Nora Roberts’s collection of books. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading Book 2, Shadow Spell very soon.
This book is short enough to read in one day yet long enough to feel like you've left your own world behind for awhile.
While similar in theme to her other Wiccan books the characters and story line are different enough that you don't feel like you are reading a cookie cutter book. You might know the star crossed lover's will eventually work things out but the rest of the story line.......well that is always new and exciting which is why she's one of my favorite writers.
I'd recommend this to anyone who loves Nora Roberts and if you have a "mid-aged" teen who loves to read but hates books that "take forever" as my daughter says, this is a good book to get them hooked on a great writer.
There's a little cursing, mostly with a Gaelic
"accent" which I find entertaining and some mild sex so read it yourself first to see if you think it's appropriate for your child, as every parent has an idea as to what is or isn't for each of their children. I would have no problem with my 15 year old niece reading it but think it might be a little much for her 13 yr old sister.
I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy...It's sitting right next to me telling me to hurry up and finish this review so I can get started. I'll let you know what I think about it when I finish. Well I'm off to faeries land Nora Roberts style! Slainte!
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