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Honestly, it was very lackluster, and I'm wondering if Nora's heart was really in this one, or if she was just so busy in her personal life that she just dashed this one off quick so she could get back to it. I'm not sure that I will pick up the next in the series. Reading more of the same just doesn't interest me. View all 18 comments.

Roha Tahir I loved Sorscha and her children's story, I am now reading about the present and I have to be honest I am struggling. The only person I like is Connor I loved Sorscha and her children's story, I am now reading about the present and I have to be honest I am struggling.

The only person I like is Connor. Jo Me toooooo! Im nearly there. Its been hell!!! Sep 15, PM. Nov 12, Raman rated it did not like it. This book was a mess, in my opinion. The writing was sloppy, there was barely any plot, and the characters were all flat. Iona, the female lead, literally says anything and everything she thinks! She has no inner thoughts, no personality of her own.

She seems to exist solely to provide exposition and is not very good at that either. The male lead is He has no characters traits other than he seems to be the silent brooding type, but even that is never really shown or understood. He h This book was a mess, in my opinion. He has no backstory, no history or character. Frankly, no one else in this book does either. There is barely any plot or pacing to the book.

I don't know why they're fighting, who really they are fighting against, or anything else. There is no build up at all. There is no real explanation of anything at all. It felt like the author assumes we have read all her previous witch based books and therefore we know what this struggle is about. At times, I found myself imputing motives and emotions from her other books that were similar just to fill in the gaps. All in all, a real disappointment as a read. There was no chemistry between the leads, no real climax to the story, and no caring on my part whether they lived or died! It made me sad, and not in any way that the author intended View all 14 comments.

Jul 23, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: kickass-heroines , swoon-worthy , favorites , , cover-love , amazingly-wonderful , fantastical. There is just something so enchanting about Nora Roberts' writing. The way she weaves together a story always has me captivated. It'd been awhile since I read one of her books, but nothing had changed about her writing style. It, and the magical story-line, still had the power to enchant me.

The prologue excellently brought me into the story, and I was immediately intrigued to see where this magical story-line went. Sorcha the Dark Witch was renowned for her power, and her three children would have that power for their own someday. But with that kind of power comes greed and lust. Someone wants her power and will kill for it. To protect her babies, she gives them each a third of her power. They, with their guides the horse, the hawk, and the hound will defeat Cabhan. Whether it takes a thousand lifetimes and the burden passes down to their descendants, they will defeat him.

Present-day Ireland is where we meet Iona, the main character and the descendant of Teagan. She's sold off almost all her possessions and moved to this beautiful and magical country to learn her ancestry and find who she is and where she belongs. And she realizes that this country, being surrounded by friends and family, is exactly where she belongs. She's found her dream job of working with horses; she's moved into her cousins', Branna and Connor's house.

They've been waiting for her arrival, waiting for them to become three. With Iona's arrival, the time is near. And they have a lot of work to do. But the work and magick doesn't stop Iona from living her life. She came here to find a place to belong, and it's where she'll fall in love. Iona's boss, Boyle, is her fantasy.

Besides an insane attraction, they also share close friends and work in the stables. It's that employer-employee relationship that has Boyle reluctant to let anything happen between them.


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Even if they shared two hot and passionate kisses. Boyle is afriad to get too close, which he does anyway. And Iona is afraid to get hurt, though she does anyway. I think it should be the hardest thing there is, then it's not so easily given away, or taken away, or lost. And that's what she did with Iona and Boyle as well as the rest of the characters. I loved Iona's strength, her wit, and her incurable disease of the mouth. I loved Boyle's protectiveness, his total understanding of her craft and the magick, and his alpha-male gruffness. Her sex scenes are never overtly explicit; there is always an underlying passion and fire.

Her characters, though they may fight and argue, make mistakes and hurt each other, always end up finding each other in the end. Always end up with a fairytale kind of romance, and I just adore watching them fall in love. You have to believe in them. Then do the work, take the risks. Slay the dragon—though I really think dragons get a bad rep—kiss the princess, or the frog, and defeat the bad witch. From the strong, familial bond with Branna and Connor to the deep, passionate love between Iona and Boyle, I loved watching all of them interact with each other.

I love reading about close friendships and circles, and they each had their own personalities and strengths, their own mishaps and weaknesses. They all formed this tight bond of friendship. This circle. It's strong, unbreakable. However, there are chinks in the armor, breaks in the bubble. They'll all have to learn to set aside their differences and do what must be done to make sure that Sorcha's work did not go to waste, that her sacrifice for her children was not for nothing. What an engrossing, enchanting, and downright magical beginning to another soon-to-be favorite series of mine.

I've no doubt the next two books will be just as captivating, be just as heartwarming and suspenseful. Dark Witch is classic Nora Roberts. The perfect blend of true love, friendship, and undeniable courage in the face of evil. August, A new fantasy series by my favorite author?! View all 4 comments. Aug 25, Ashley Christensen rated it really liked it Shelves: all-the-nora. The first book of the cousins O'Dwyer series, Dark Witch, reminded me a lot of two other "firsts" of her trilogies- the Gallaghers of Ardmore, and the Three Sisters Island.

If you've read both, you know they both involve "outsiders" coming into a life already in progress for the others, but quickly being accepted into the fold. In the Gallaghers, it's Jude going to Ireland to reevaluate herself. And in the Three Sisters Island, it's Nell fleeing an abusive husband, and unlocking her witch powers The first book of the cousins O'Dwyer series, Dark Witch, reminded me a lot of two other "firsts" of her trilogies- the Gallaghers of Ardmore, and the Three Sisters Island.

And in the Three Sisters Island, it's Nell fleeing an abusive husband, and unlocking her witch powers. In Dark Witch, we met Iona Sheehan, who goes to Ireland to meet cousins and basically get away from her parents and her old, unfilling life, at the urgency of her grandmother.

She grew up knowing she had powers, but was never able to fully explore them because of her mother's indifference and almost fear of them. We meet her cousins, Branna and Conner, who open her up to her powers. We meet Boyle, who gives her a place to work at his stables, and who captures her heart pretty much immediately. And we meet Finn, who we discover has a history with not only the Dark Witch mythos, but with Branna.

They had a past relationship that is still causing them heartache today. The Dark Witch myth is pretty intriguing- an ancestor of Iona, Branna, and Connor was the Dark Witch, and she is being attacked by Cabhan, an evil male witch who is obsessed with the Dark Witch and wants her powers and her body. This entire portion goes on for 40 pages, but that's not a bad thing- it was pretty interesting, and I'm hoping she touches on the history of Cabhan and the Dark Witch a little more in the next books.

Iona learns how to harness and control her magick through working with Branna, and she grows both in her job and relationship. I really loved hearing about her relationship with her horse, and the other's relationships with their animals as well. I really love when a story has that element. Her relationship with Boyle, on the other hand, was a little lacking. I don't know if it was just that Boyle is a harder male character than I've read from Nora in awhile, or if there was little to no chemistry- I just wasn't happy when they finally got together.

And I didn't care when they had their typical Nora Robert's fight to "break up". It was the typical Nora formula that I love, but I wasn't all that into the characters or their relationship. What I really enjoyed about the book, and why I still gave it four stars on Good Reads, is the relationships between all the characters in general, and the history behind them. I'm invested. It looks like it is going to be Connor's story, and I'm so glad- I was hoping she would save Branna for last! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I have just finished the book, and I am so sad and disappointed. Nora Roberts has been a favorite author of mine for years and years, but this book was not up to her usual standard. It smacks of being a poor rewrite of her Three Sisters Island trilogy. I should have known I was in for disappointment when she reused the wolf, and then branded it with the same pentagram that Mia used in I have just finished the book, and I am so sad and disappointed.

I should have known I was in for disappointment when she reused the wolf, and then branded it with the same pentagram that Mia used in the Three Sisters Island trilogy. She meets up with family who happen to be witches. Like Nell, Iona must discover her power and learn to use it to fight the evil that threatens them all.

Only a few chapters into the book it was clear which characters were meant to line up. They used to be a couple, and are clearly still in love, but are conflicted and forced to play nice to fight big bad. Worst of it is that I don't even feel invested in the characters.

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I don't know if I'll buy the next two books. View all 21 comments. Aug 09, Meags rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal , men-with-pets , fantasy , mf , magic , romance , nora-gets-her-own-shelf.

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I think this mostly has to do with the romantic pairing in this particular story, as I found both Iona and Boyle a tad lacking in character depth and general likeability. The good news is I warmed to the secondary characters a great deal, including their animals. I also adored the Irish setting and I enjoyed the overall premise of the story at large, which kept me engaged and intrigued enough to want more.

Ultimately, this was not my favourite Nora book by far but it was still a solid start to another magical trilogy. View all 8 comments. Great world-building, weak romance, but still worth the read. I hesitate to describe this book as a 'romance' novel simply because the book spent little time actually exploring the romance between Iona and Boyle.

Sure, there IS a romance in this novel. Sprinkled throughout the book are a few scenes where Iona and Boyle meet, chat, wink at each, flirt some more, sleep together, have a misunderstanding, make up, and then profess their undying love. Very formulaic stuff, and all woven arou 4 stars. Very formulaic stuff, and all woven around the more important parts of this book. The meat of this book is far more focused on the story of the Dark witch and her magically-gifted descendants living in Ireland. Despite being weak on the romance, I really enjoyed it. I think the book is probably better for it, because the romance itself was pretty lackluster stuff.

I absolutely plan to stick with this series as I enjoyed the world building, loved the Ireland setting, and was intrigued by all of the secondary characters. However, If you read Nora Roberts strictly for the romance scenes, this one might disappoint. But if you enjoy a solid background story with some dark magic and prophesies, you might enjoy it as much as I did.

I listened to this one on audio, and felt the narration was excellent. View all 11 comments. Oct 29, Alison rated it it was ok. One word describes this book. The characters were weak, the storyline was weak. I've always been a huge fan of the authors trilogies but wow, this book was just a mess. It seemed rushed and just a rewritten version of 2 other trilogies shes written. Sad this book was such a let down after waiting months for i One word describes this book. Sad this book was such a let down after waiting months for it to come out. View all 7 comments. Oct 29, Emsy Van Wyck rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed-at-fff.

This summer I read through all of her series titles and fell in love with her writing once again. Now Ms. Roberts has released the first book, Dark Witch, in a new series, The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, and I feel like someone just gave me a bar of fabulous and sinfully rich French dark chocolate. Actually a friend did give me Dark Witch and I am absolutely overjoyed and thankful. Dark Witch hits the trifecta of Roberts' favorite themes: horses, magick, and Ireland. I didn't mention romance, but that goes without saying doesn't it? This series follows Irish-American Iona Sheehan back to her Irish roots, where she discovers the magic she embodies, her two cousins, and their circle of friends.

The book opens with the story of the Dark Witch and her persecutor back in the Middle Ages of Ireland. I was drawn into it immediately and when the time shifted to the present almost had whiplash. Roberts ability to weave magic into her prose is unrivaled and is why so many of us adore her. Needless to say, the three cousins band and teach Iona to use her magick. She also has a talent to speak with animals, primarily horses, and we see that in full bloom too.

Her love interest, the co-stable owner is hunky and brooding. Of course it won't be all smooth sailing on either the romance or magick front where would the suspense be then , but the description of the Irish village, the fun friends engage in, the descriptions of the historical monuments and scenery all engage the reader. Five magickal stars for this wonderful entry into Nora Roberts' series collection. The set up Iona Sheehan risks everything when she quits her job, sells everything she owns and moves from Baltimore, Maryland to County Mayo, Ireland, her ancestral homeland.

She seeks out her cousins, Branna, a Dark Witch, and Connor O'Dwyer, who her grandmother has told her so much about, determined to find that connection she's craved all her life. Iona gets more than she ever hoped for when her cousins embrace her and help her get a job with their friend Boyle McGrath, doing what she loves The issues The story begins with the medieval tale of Sorcha, the first Dark Witch, who took on Cabhan, an evil sorcerer.

She passed her powers to her three children who in turn have done the same with their descendants. With Iona's arrival, the circle is now complete and the cousins must now contend with what evil remains from Cabhan.

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Iona is a novice and needs to hone her skills before they have to face his challenge. And, she's distracted by her developing romance with the gruff but sexy Boyle. What worked for me I absolutely loved that this story takes place in Ireland, complete with the vernacular in the dialogue between the characters. The men in this story are highly appealing Boyle, with his tough and serious but sexy manner Connor, who is lighthearted and generous, and Fin, who's dark with emerald eyes focused only on Branna, the most skilled of the witches who makes the paranormal aspect of the story exciting.

Iona was delightful, though others may disagree. I found her sunny disposition uplifting in light of her dismal upbringing. Her joy was infectious, inspired her cousins and threw the serious Boyle completely off balance. While their romance edged up against that old "insta-love"storyline, it was knocked back into reality in an almost heartbreaking way.

It made it much more interesting and emotional. I didn't see those connections and have read both. Maybe the setting made this story a standout for me as I didn't want to put the book down. The bottom line I loved the Celtic lore, the witchcraft, the romance, the setting and the characters. I liked Iona and Boyle, primarily because of her enthusiasm as I connected with her circumstances. The book set the stage for the next stories in this trilogy and I'm anxiously anticipating them.

If you've never read anything by Nora, this would be a great series to start. It's also pretty interesting for those of us that already have many of her stories already read on our shelves. I think it's a winner. View all 3 comments. Jan 09, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: books-i-own , series.

Dear Aunt Nora, what happened? You take me to the beautiful Ireland which you're basically obsessed with in so many of your series and while the first two chapters are AMAZING the rest of your story was just okay. Now one cannot expect an author who has written over books to be absolute perfection each time, but I feel bitten by the blahs. The chemistry between Iona and Boyle was a bit forgettable. However, I still plan on continuing with the remaining two books in the series. Dec 09, Elena rated it it was ok Shelves: book-challenge I am actually a "Nora fan" but this book was - pretty ridiculous when compared to her other stuff!

The plot started off really well with an interesting prologue, but as the story went on so much was left unexplained and the rest was silly. For example: - Why did the "evil" wait for years to resurface? Why wasn't he attacking the older generations of the O'Dwyers?! She comes to Ireland as a 2. She comes to Ireland as a regular girl, to -all of a sudden- learn thousands of magic spells, etc Seems overly simplistic! Neither Iona nor Boyle were developed. Forget developed, even their background stories weren't given!

Iona keeps whining how she was lonely and unloved - we know nothing about her! She mentions her parents being cold - we didn't get any examples, so I don't really know what she means! Were they mean to her?? Were they abusive?! What did they do to her to cause her to be soooo lonely and pathetic and traumatized??? No past relationships are mentioned I don't even know how old she is No clue Boyle - I know even less about him. Tall, dark? That's all I know about him You've been openly rejected 4 times, please take a hint So right off the bat, she seems waaay too desperate, saying things like "I don't care that you are my boss I don't care that you don't want a relationship with me Even when he's a jackass and telling Connor that she is all over him and he can't do anything without her being all wrapped around him, I can't help but thinking "yeah, because it's true - she threw herself at him, he rejected her, she convinced him and now she's continuing being very needy!

How pathetic do you get?! IF I were this guy, I'd run as far away as possible from her! She's a total basket case! Why are they always eating and drinking i mean, i know we all gotta eat, but do I need to know about their every meal?! The author kept saying things like "as they went over their plan But I had no idea what they were planning on doing to the "evil spirit"! Apparently neither did they!! Because in the end, why would she attack him alone, when it was supposed to be the six of them?!

The kept mentioning some circle, all of them fighting, combining their strengths, but when it came to it, Iona rode alone on her horse, to meet the sorcerer alone!! Why didn't they all fight?! It made no sense She was soooo emotional and dramatic ALL the time! I wish someone told her to calm down, finish reading the book to herself, and then start over!

View all 6 comments. May 01, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it really liked it Shelves: kindle-books. Let's face it, Roberts is a master at telling a good romantic tale but what she is even better at, is taking that romance and putting a very real feeling, very dark supernatural spin on it and meshing it together until they are some of the most standout paranormal romances out there. And that, my friends is why I love her stories. They never cease to give me chills, leave me looking behind my shoulder, shuddering, and yet simultaneously melting at all the sweet tender and sometimes, heated, momen Let's face it, Roberts is a master at telling a good romantic tale but what she is even better at, is taking that romance and putting a very real feeling, very dark supernatural spin on it and meshing it together until they are some of the most standout paranormal romances out there.

They never cease to give me chills, leave me looking behind my shoulder, shuddering, and yet simultaneously melting at all the sweet tender and sometimes, heated, moments between the characters. They always bring out an array of feelings and emotions and give me those good old witchy moments I crave for. When I saw this trilogy, I just knew it was one that I would not only love, but devour and I couldn't have been more right. Roberts sweeps us away to Ireland, to the beautiful lush countryside. A setting that couldn't be more fitting or more perfect for magic of all kinds to run wild and free, with a group of friends that is every bit as endearing as the setting.

I loved the flash back from Sorcha's time to the present. It was wonderfully done and added an extra something to the story that it wouldn't of had without it.

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Rich in detail and discovery, this trilogy is definitely on the fast road to becoming a favorite. View 2 comments. Sep 15, Heller rated it did not like it Shelves: mf-contemp-pnr. Maybe I've reached a time where Nora Roberts and I will part company. We've been companions for many years now but for me, especially with the PNR books, there's a staleness to the formula that I can't get past anymore. Perhaps I'd be in a more forgiving mood if I didn't feel like I paid for and read this story already as part of the Three Sisters trilogy Dance Upon the Air.

This is very much a condensed version of that one. Why bother with providing the MC with anymore than a cursory back story Maybe I've reached a time where Nora Roberts and I will part company. Why bother with providing the MC with anymore than a cursory back story when you can skip all that and set things up in the 's.

There's no joy here, it's all very rote and checking ticks off in the boxes. This is a fine story if you've never read any other Roberts PNR book. The shine is off for me though because I can see clearly how this trilogy will play out. I'd rather re-read the Three Sisters. Nov 28, Whitney Millirons rated it did not like it. Currently, I have at least 40 Nora Roberts books.

I'm a re-reader of books I love. I was eagerly looking forward to Dark Witch, and though there have been hints that her writing is slipping, I can't believe how bad this book is. Truly, there is nothing new here. The characters are very poor imitations of those in her Three Sisters trilogy, with Kane from the Key trilogy thrown in as the evil Cabhan. I agree with the many reviewers that the characters have no depth, Iona is annoying, Boyle almo Currently, I have at least 40 Nora Roberts books. I agree with the many reviewers that the characters have no depth, Iona is annoying, Boyle almost nonexistent as her love interest, Connor and Meara are background noise, Branna is deadly dull, and the "complicated" Fin?

Cian from the Circle trilogy owns the conflicted anti-hero role; Fin is nothing but a pale ha, ha substitute. One more thing actually two. Horses do not wear bridles while out to pasture. They wear halters in the U. And the name Darling for a horse is just too, too precious, as well as being used before, in the Dream trilogy. Hmmm, seems to be a pattern here Apr 15, Jami Montgomery marked it as to-read.

Three cousins inherit a gift that will transform their lives Iona Sheehan has just taken the biggest gamble of her life. Leaving her job, her home and her family in Baltimore, she has come to Ireland in search of adventure - and answers. Iona has always felt a powerful connection to the home of her ancestors.

So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting County Mayo to discover the truth for herself. Arriving at the beautiful and atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is excited to meet her cousins, Connor and Branna O'Dwyer, for the first time. And when she lands a job at the local riding school she finds herself drawn against her will to its owner - the hot-tempered but charismatic Boyle McGrath. Perhaps in County Mayo she has found her true home at last. What Iona doesn't realise is that her cousins have been expecting her for a long time.

Connor, Branna and Iona have all inherited a powerful but dangerous gift from an ancestor known as the Dark Witch. And they are about to discover that some old legends can return to haunt the present The first in a magical new trilogy, Dark Witch is a captivating story of love, family and destiny. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Write a review. Share This eBook:. Add to Wishlist.


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