Series: Cousins O'Dwyer #2
Also in this series: Dark Witch
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance
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 Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy Shadow Spell With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O'Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It's where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can't be broken... A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna's best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor's paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess...things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with...
Romance with a touch of magic
The story started in Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch flows seamlessly into Shadow Spell, simply with a different narrator. As with the first book, I wasn’t thrilled with the beginning chapters; something about the perspective or the voice of the original three – Sorcha’s children – doesn’t capture me in the same way that the modern day story does. More than in Dark Witch, the far distant past intersects with present day, a plot device that I didn’t mind.
As Dark Witch was the story of Iona and Boyle, Shadow Spell is the story of Connor and Meara, lifelong friends who never allowed themselves to acknowledge the attraction between them. Predictable? Yes. But also quite romantic, endearing, and enjoyable. It’s easy to root for the characters; they are all so fleshed out and well-rounded. As a reader, you want to – and do – like them all. You want to be a part of the circle and be their friend.
The circle of six have a mission: to defeat an evil sorcerer who has been a deadly enemy to Sorcha, her children, and all who came from them for generations. The plans that the group plot, plan, and piece together seem so completed, and I always fully expect light to win over dark. And it does . . . sort of. Like Sorcha’s original attack, the defeats are never quite complete. Which has been the perfect set-up for the next book in both Dark Witch and Shadow Spell.
The final book in the trilogy, Blood Magick will be Branna and Fin’s story, as well as, I suspect, the end of Cabhan. I have some other guesses and suspicions as to what else may happen, but I’ll keep those to myself for now, so as to not ruin anything for other readers! I’m really enjoying the series and stories, and am eager to listen to the final book – as soon as I can get it from the library!