- Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (Book 2)
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (March 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480511269
- ISBN-13: 978-1480511262
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,772 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,981 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 --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
"America's favorite writer."--"The New Yorker "
"When it comes to true romance, no one does it better than Nora."--"Booklist" (starred review) --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Connor is more developed in this book; his strengths and his flaws both stand out in sharper relief. On the surface, he’s a friendly, cheerful, gregarious man who prefers to focus on the pleasures of today, but underneath he’s just as serious and committed as Branna (if less conflicted.) He’s also one of Fin’s staunchest friends and allies, defending his presence in the circle even in the face of Branna’s resistance, yet never losing compassion for what it costs Branna to trust Fin and have him near. I think that endeared him to me more than anything else. Connor is one of those lovely Irish men blessed with both looks and charm, but it’s his interactions with Eamon, with and about Fin, and above all with Meara that make my heart melt. I’m also fascinated by the hawks, and Connor’s relationship to them.
In 'Dark Witch', Meara comes across as strong, fearless, a loyal and lifelong friend to the others in the circle, and accepting of Iona’s intrusion into it; we don’t see anything of her flaws. She’s a singer and a wicked swordswoman; one aspect I can relate to, the other I half-envy. Like Boyle in the last book, Meara is not a witch, but accepts and believes in her friends’ powers and insists on playing her part in the circle. But she’s full of hidden vulnerabilities and fears, all centered around family and love – particularly romantic love. Those feelings come to the fore in 'Shadow Spell', along with her attraction to Connor, which leads to some tension between them – and no little danger as well.
The romance in these books is only half the story, of course. In 'Shadow Spell' we see and learn more of the original three, the ancestors of Branna, Connor, and Iona: Brannaugh, Eamon, and Teagan. Cabhan, the black sorcerer, is back after his quasi-defeat and gaining strength again, testing the circle’s weaknesses and focusing this time on Eamon, Connor, and Meara. The danger and tension escalate, and there are several close calls to keep things suspenseful. Fin proves his loyalty time and again; Iona’s clear sight and unflinching honesty help hold the group together, Branna’s skill at both witchcraft and cooking are much in evidence, and only Boyle seems a little on the sidelines. The relationships between all six characters – friendship and love, loyalty and commitment – lie at the foundation of the whole trilogy, and are its and the characters’ deepest strength.
I love the way these books blend magic, Irish myth, contemporary rural Irish life, and romance. I can hardly wait for the third book – the climax of the fight to destroy Cabhan, and the resolution of the strained relationship between Fin and Branna. It’s due out Oct. 28.
REVIEW ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED on The Bookwyrm's Hoard blog
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).
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!!