Wednesday, October 01, 2014

"Dark Witch" by Nora Roberts


SERIES: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #1

GENRE: Paranormal Romance
SOURCE: Publisher
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository


Iona Sheehan has always felt a powerful connection to Ireland. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting Country Mayo to discover the truth for herself. Arriving at the atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is excited to meet her cousins, Connor and Branna O'Dwyer. And when she lands a job at the local riding school, she is soon drawn to its owner—the charismatic, fiercely independent Boyle McGrath. Perhaps she has found her true home at last... But Iona's arrival is no accident. The three cousins have inherited a 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.


I still had to read something by Nora Roberts so, as soon as I was presented the chance to review this title, I didn't hesitate to grab it! And, let me tell you, magic and beautiful settings make this a Trilogy to try.

The first two chapters drew me into the book so much that it was like being part of the story. How can you be impassible to an evil sorcerer and a witch who would do anything in her power to keep her children safe? And all this happens in another time, so fascinating to read about. Yet, we're in modern times for the rest of the book and the story concentrates around three cousins strongly connected by magic and, of course, the legend we find out about at the very beginning. Unfortunately, Iona was the one I really couldn't stand and I confess that bothered me. It was her cousins and friends (with an equal important role to the story) who ended up entertaining me the most and giving me quite a pleasurable time. Those and some beautiful descriptions of a charming Ireland that, together with magic, got me dreamy...

Although I would have preferred action to be more present, and for some events to be less predictable, I liked the book and I'm curious to read how things play for the next cousin in line!

RATING: 3.5/5

This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.


  1. I just love her books as JD Robb. I've really not read too much of her as Nora but have quite a few of them. Thoughts of Ireland would get me all dreamy too I bet :) Glad you were able to get some enjoyment out of it even without loving her!

  2. yes it's a little too bad about the action but it sounds nice in a whole. I have so many books by her, I need to return to them.

  3. I am enjoying this series, and I say the accents in my head as I am reading :)

  4. Yay!! I've been wondering about this one. Great review :)

  5. Great review Silvia! Sucks that it didn't knock you socks off but glad to hear it was enjoyable enough to continue the series. This book has been on my to-read list for too long!! I'll probably end up reading it when the entire trilogy has been released.

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

  6. I haven't tried her JD Robb books yet, but I have a couple of those at home so, who knows? As for her Nora Roberts titles, I'm definitely curious to read more! :)

  7. It wasn't bad such as 'it let me down', so I'm pleased with it. This was my first experience with Nora Roberts' books and I can tell it won't be the last time I read something by her.

  8. It's funny because for me that wasn't a big deal, because it was like a "normal" thing for me. But I reckon that, since I'm in UK, some of the accents are quite similar. :)

  9. I'm happy you liked my review and I hope you're going to enjoy the book! :)

  10. Reading the whole Trilogy in one sitting sounds great, Chanzie! And yes, the book was enjoyable and I'll definitely read the second instalment, I'm very curious to know how things develop for the other two cousins...

  11. I'm not really a big fan of witch stories, but have always wanted to read Roberts. I'll probably give her contemporary work a go, but I'm glad you liked this one well enough.

  12. Bookworm Brandee3 October 2014 at 04:24

    I'm sorry this didn't knock your socks off, Silvia. But I'm glad you enjoyed it for the most part. It's hard to completely engage when you don't connect with a MC. It does sound pretty good otherwise. Nice review, my dear.

  13. It was a good read, though, and today I've received the second instalment for review. So excited! :D

  14. I haven't read many witch stories, but I like them and I'm glad I grabbed the chance to read/review this title. As I said, besides the heroine in here, I loved the other characters and I'm really curious to find out more. I'll be waiting to hear your thoughts about her contemporaries when you decide to give those a go, Andrea. :)


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