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Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy) Hardcover – 25 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (25 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958633
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roberts has a real flair for seamlessly melding day-to-day domestic details and the supernatural...A satisfying love story. Booklist

[This] character-driven story, with its picturesque rural Irish setting, will charm romance fans. Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A passionate, dramatic tale of love, magic and destiny from number one bestseller Nora Roberts

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Obviously. I disliked the first installment in this series sufficiently to have been warned, but no, I've been such a fan of Nora Roberts that I overrode my own instincts.

If you've read a Roberts trilogy, particularly one in the supernatural vein, you can predict how this is going to go. In the past, it wasn't such a big deal, because there were innovations here and there. Here, there's nothing new, and if anything, it's worse: all the characters do is talk and 'study'; they eat a lot of meals where they argue; they take actions that have no measurable effect on their goal, and the couple at the centre of this one had little to no spark at all. Their attraction was poorly foreshadowed, in the first book — Dark Witch, had to look it up, couldn't even remember! — and when they did get together, the impediments to their union were not all that... impedimentary.

There was so little action! So little of the usual meticulous scene-setting that was in the early novels. So little action that actually moved the plot forward. The Irish stuff drove me demented, as I live in Ireland — there was no sense of the real place that is Ashford Castle, the slang was appalling and about twenty years old, and if you don't know how to properly spell 'eejit', then don't even bother in the first instance.

It's a shame, because some of my favourite novels of all time are by this author. I'm still sticking with the In Death books, despite all indications to the contrary that they're going down the same road...
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First off, let me just say that I LOVE Nora Roberts. The woman is an amazing romance writer and I pre-order everything she's ever written. But no more. The first book of this trilogy was a huge disappointment and I was hoping for a little of the Robert's sparkle to hit this one in book two of the trilogy. So I took a risk. But, no.

The back story reads like a Grimm's fairy tale and takes up the first three chapters. By then, I was sick and tired and just wanted the story to get on with it. It wasn't until chapter five that I even knew who the heroine was and by then I didn't really care. Because I was not emotionally invested in these characters, I felt there was absolutely no chemistry between this pair - the same thing happened with book one. And the chemistry between the couple tagged for book three is pitiful. It's the first time reading a Roberts book that I feel that all the characters are two dimensional. And that is a real shame because the woman can write fabulous characters. With this lot I could care less. The story dragged and I skipped lots of narrative just get to the end.

For the first time I will not be automatically buying book three. And that's a real shame. For the first time I felt Ms Robert's heart was not really in this story - and it shows.
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This book is a huge disappointment. I have all Nora's books and this is the worst of the lot. I would usually sit and read a new book by Nora in 2 sittings. I have had this for a week and I'm only 2 thirds of the way though and most of that has been skipped over.The story does not flow and is mostly drivel.
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‘Shadow Spell’ written by Nora Roberts is second installment in ‘The Cousins O’Dwyer’ trilogy that brings a continuation of successful formula – a love story wrapped in magical setting.

In first part of trilogy reader was introduced to Iona Sheehan who left whole past life behind her and moved from Baltimore to County Mayo in Ireland, where her family originates.

Iona is searching for her cousins that her grandmother spoke a lot about - a Dark Witch Branna and Connor O'Dwyer, in order to finally understand something about herself that she still cannot understand and find the thread that connects her life to the past of her family. Iona will be warmly accepted by her relatives and will be offered to care and ride horses, a job that she dreamed of.

The story in the present will be interweaved with the stories of the past while reader learns about Sorcha, who was the first Dark Witch that courageously fought with an evil sorcerer named Cabhan. Sorcha’s magical abilities passed on her three children that need to repeat the same procedure with their descendants and so the story will bring reader up to the present time, to Iona’s coming.

The magical circle is now complete and while gradually through the story a romance between Iona and the stables owner, Boyle McGrath is developing, the three cousins need to fight together what remained of their old family nemesis Cabhan…

The second part of the trilogy Roberts has written in a way that it can be read as a stand-alone although because of the many references it will be more comprehensible to those who have read the predecessor.
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I just love Nora Roberts books when she puts a bit of magic in them I love getting lost in them and I always do when she mixes in both the past and the furture
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This bland second instalment of the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy follows on from Dark Witch and continues the centuries old saga of a family of witches descended from the original Dark Witch of County Mayo, Sorcha whose battle with evil sorcerer Cabhan led to her death and the prophesy that three of her line would ultimate vanquish evil with the help of their inherited magic. In Dark Witch we were introduced to the cousins and their friends/lovers who form the modern 'second' circle of six, when American cousin Iona came to Ireland to learn magic and found her place with her Irish cousins and romance with non-magical stable owner and family friend Boyle. This novel continues in the same vein, focusing on Connor whose magical guide is a hawk rather than a horse, and is equally committed in the quest of finishing off the family nemesis, discovering his love for childhood friend Meara along the way.

This was such a dreary mess of a book - I liked Connor best of the three cousins from the initial book as he was cheerful, caring and seemed more relatable than the poor-me pseudo orphan Iona, or the slightly haughty Branna, but as a romance hero he was woefully passive and never developed any depth as a protagonist. The story began with a lengthy prologue set in the Dark Ages with the original three, again this proved to be the most entertaining part of the novel as we discovered what became of Sorcha's children after their mother's death when they fled Mayo for County Clare. Connor is quickly embroiled in a fight with Evil!Cabhan, a poorly written melodramatic pantomime dame of a villain who periodically pops up to cause trouble for the protagonists, and to remind you that this is nominally a paranormal book rather than straight romance.
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