Dark Witch

By Nora Roberts

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love…

Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Dark Witch

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.


County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

Don’t miss the other books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Shadow Spell
Blood Magick

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Customer Reviews

Imagine My Surprise...

...when I found that this latest Nora Roberts did not immediately capture my attention. In fact, I found myself thinking I'd read-or she'd written-the story before. Ancient battle between good and evil transported to the present, with modern-day love stories mixed in? Definite retread. I eventually grew to enjoy the characters, although even there I felt not only classic Nora writing but, dare I say it?, formulaic prose. I love stories set in Ireland, but this felt too travelogue-ish. The highlight of the book was Iona and her willingness to be vulnerable. Will I download the successive books? Sure. I still want to know what happens to the characters and the bad guy. Will I grumble about the issues? Probably.

Too similar

The beginning of this trilogy is very similar to others Roberts has written; she just combines it with her Irish and horse backgrounds. Not much new-


Had I not read her books previously I would probably give it 3 1/2 starts, but this book was just giving up! Boyle!--besides his name, his personality and character as the hero was so boring and unnecessary to the whole story it was unbelievable. For that matter, so was Iona. Roberts tried something a bit new with the nerdy style personality that can't shut up, the naive imp if you will, but overall there just wasn't anything to root for in this book. The seductive Cabhan wasn't nearly as terrifying or seductive as he should've been (though he was certainly sexier than the hero, Boyle) and, yet again, Roberts's trilogy will build to Book 3 where we're all invested in Fin and the cousin's relationship and the big bad will finally look bad. Read the 3 Sister's Trilogy for a better run at this story and still keeping the paranormal aspects, or the Blood Brother's trilogy. This book lacked character, action, paranormal elements, and romance. A snooze fest to be sure. I don't have a problem with her cashing in on the market, and she started the whole series and trilogy thing long before Shades of Grey and other erotic/ romance writer's picked up on it, but at least in the past Roberts always gave each character a story worth the reader's time but lately, and especially in this book, it's so obvious the story lies in book 3 with Fin and the cousin and the rest is filler.

Dark Witch
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Updated: Oct 29, 2013
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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