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Shadow Spell (Cousins O'Dwyer) Paperback – Deckle Edge, March 25, 2014
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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
“America’s favorite writer.”—The New Yorker
“When it comes to true romance, no one does it better than Nora.”—Booklist (starred review)
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Look, I am in love with Urban Fantasy and Fantasy right now. LOVE, love. But it’s heavy, and it’s (very often) dark. Sometimes, no matter how much I love it, and how invested I am, I need a break. Nora Roberts can sometimes give me that break – providing I haven’t read her other books too recently.
Normally when I need a NR-reset, I go to a favorite. And I kind of wish I had here, too. I always make these vows – I’m not going to read any new NR; I’m only going to re-read favorites; I won’t get sucked in again. And I always end up failing because I keep hoping that the magic (or magick, as it’s spelled in this series) will ensnare me again.
It never quite manages it. But this series is still doing what I like it to do. Which is give me happy feels and a surety that all ends right for everyone (except the Big Bad, of course).
In this second book in Nora Robert’s "The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy", the story picks up where the first book, “Dark Witch,” left off. Branna, Connor, and Iona are in a battle for their lives against pure evil. They know that it will take every ounce of their energy, magick, and love to conquer that evil. They also know that it will take the help of their dearest friends Boyle, Meara, and Fin to accomplish the task. A task that is centuries old, dating back to the time of their ancestors.
Ms. Roberts’ writing style is so polished that you are given tons of information in a very entertaining manner. Connor and Meara’s story is wonderful, and you care deeply about both of them. Connor is a witch, one of the three, whose love of family and friends knows no bounds. Meara, on the other hand, is not a witch and has no powers of magick, other than being a strong-willed, independent, loyal, fierce woman.
I think if you put the three books together, you will end up with an epic battle of good versus evil. I finished this book last night and will start on the last in this series, Blood Magick, tonight. I cannot wait to see if I am right about that epic battle. Thanks Ms. Roberts for entertaining us all!!
The story of the battle between The Three and Cabhan moved forward and I am really looking forward to the conclusion in Blood Magic. Some really interesting stuff happen in this one. However there was really very little romance in this book. Connor is a sweetheart and although Meara has her issues she is a sweet girl too. But it was just kinda like BOOM we are in love now even though we've been friends our whole lives and never recognized any romantic attraction. We are now a couple. Out of the blue. They needed more couple time in the book. Time to develop their friendship into romantic love. And a better why all of a sudden. (?)
So to sum it up... It's a really good story about magic and good verses evil, but there is not much romance. At all. Happy reading!