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Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

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. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.
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Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling 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.…

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. Ireland.

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 next two books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy!

©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Valerie clearfield, UT, United States 03-13-14
    Valerie clearfield, UT, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2010

    wife,mother, hard worker... and lover of romance and wit

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    "Another Nora Roberts Trilogy (but ok for all that)"

    this is a typical Nora Roberts trilogy... with yes the same characters wearing different names, different faces, and in different circumstances.

    this is not a big problem for me as I always liked those characters but i know it can be a huge issue for those who are always wanting something different.

    the main girl from this book Iona, is very much like Nell, (from ms Roberts three sisters island trilogy.) bright sunny, pathetically eager to please, just coming into her own powers...

    Iona comes to ireland to find the dark witch. (her heritage).... joins with her cousins to fight ancient evil, meets the man of her dreams, decides she no-ones floor mat, and goes out and kicks some butt.

    I could draw lots more character and plot parallels to other books Witten by Ms Roberts (keys trilogy, three sisters island, the pagan stone, Galhager- Irish jewels trilogy, etc.) but i wont

    like i say if this is a problem don't try this series, instead try her vampire trilogy... that was unique for Nora Roberts (if a bit gory... but well they were vampires after all)... the first one was called Moragan's Cross

    oh, i guess i should also mention that the beginning of the book was kind of slow and long... but good background for the present day story plot, and I didn't particularly care for the narrator (cant quite put my finger on why... but there it is)

    I must say I had fun making the parallels to her other stories and finding the subtle turns in the plot... then i would say, "well thats a little different anyway", and i am making some predictions for the next 2 books... (I bet Im right... mostly anyways)

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    Tsunamimaw 03-09-14
    Tsunamimaw 03-09-14
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    "can't wait for the next book!"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    i've listened twice already. It is fun and mysterious at the same time


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters were genuine and well developed.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no i have not but i look forward to another performance by Katherine Kellgren.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the book provided an emotional journey through the realm of the real and surreal. i laughed and cried at various places. most of the tears were at the beauty of what i was hearing.


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    tgp157 Alabama, USA 03-05-14
    tgp157 Alabama, USA 03-05-14
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    "Couldn't get passed the prologue."

    I usually love Nora Roberts, but I just couldn't get passed the first few pages. When the evil force started molesting the little girl in her dreams--that's when I quit listening.

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    Sheryl BOONVILLE, IN, United States 02-27-14
    Sheryl BOONVILLE, IN, United States 02-27-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Almost, but Doesn't Quite Make It"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't read a lot of Nora Roberts, but I can tell fantasy isn't her forte. Her creativity is impressive, and she's obviously a talented writer, but this story was missing some elements that would have taken it from good to great. For me, the most distracting part of the book was the reader. I didn't care for her performance at all.


    What other book might you compare Dark Witch to and why?

    I'm not sure that I've read a book quite the same as Dark Witch, in that it is a romance author attempting to do fantasy with some romance. While it follows the same formula as many fantasy books, you can tell this isn't the author's natural genre. For people who don't read a lot of fantasy, this book may have gone over better. For someone who does read a lot of fantasy, it did come off as a bit amatuerish, despite the fact that Nora Roberts is a world renouned author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    No, I wasn't a fan of her performance of the book. I appreciate the voices and effort on the accents, however, she over exaggerated the dialogue and was frankly, too loud. Her excited voice sounded a bit hysterical. It was very distracting. She would probably be much better if she took it down a notch or two.


    Do you think Dark Witch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think there is a follow up book, but I think if Nora Roberts works on fantasy writing a bit more, it could be quite good. I got the sense that she tried to write this one as she does her other romance books, but you can't just leap into fantasy romance as you would another genre. I think the characters can be developed more, and the story line could be a bit more complex, but overall the story was enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story line enough to try the second book, and am hoping that they'll get a bit better with time. I don't primarily read romance novels, but I do love fantasy novels with a dash of romance, so I have high hopes.

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    Karyn Cook Welch, MN USA 02-26-14
    Karyn Cook Welch, MN USA 02-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I had high hopes"
    What did you like best about Dark Witch? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the first chapter; setting up the book's storyline, but the following chapters fell woefully short in carrying that feeling through the remainder of the book. I kept having the feeling that I was listening to Stephanie Meyer's version of Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour" (the first book in the Mayfair Witches Trilogy). The rest of the book was all too happy and too neat, with everything working out too easily for the protagonist.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    This is my first Nora Roberts book, and while I think everyone deserves a second chance; I guess I'll have to wait and see. I know for sure, that I won't be listening to (or reading) the other two books in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that Katherine Kellgren did an excellent job as the reader.

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    Persis Florida, US. 02-24-14
    Persis Florida, US. 02-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"

    Nothing's better than a combination of Nora Roberts and Katherine Kellgren.
    The story is moving and beautiful and KK makes it even more wonderful with her voice.
    NR makes you care for her characters and love them. I'm waiting for the rest in the series to come out. I've seen them in the kindle edition for pre-order but not yet in the audible version.
    Can't wait for the audible version to come out. Hope it's being read by KK again.

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    Jeri lawrence, KS, United States 02-22-14
    Jeri lawrence, KS, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Narration Ever"
    What would have made Dark Witch better?

    The story itself is somewhat of a standard trilogy formula for Roberts, not a lot of surprises. Still, I enjoyed it when I read it in book form, the first time. The narration was just horrible. All the Irish accents sounded like old, asthmatic, Irishmen. The main character, Iona, sometimes sounded upper crust New England, sometimes Irish, sometimes like she was ten years old. The other core characters, about whom the other two romances are going to be, sounded as far from young vibrant romantic leads as you could possibly get. Brianna sounds cranky, old and sick. The men all sound like depressed leprechauns. The scenes with action (like the beginning, where the original Dark Witch is chronicled) were so overacted as to be laughable, with the ever changing accent keeping the listener from engaging.


    What other book might you compare Dark Witch to and why?

    The trilogy, after book one, is clearly in the flavor of the Sign of Seven Trilogy, with the Tears of the Sun trilogy thrown in for atmosphere.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Literally ANYONE else. I have never had an audiobook that was so bad. I had read the paper book first, and when I gave up on the narration and switched back to the paper book to finish it for the second go through, I could not get that horrible narration out of my head, I am actually dreading the second book, because the characters are ruined for me.


    What character would you cut from Dark Witch?

    I don't think I'd cut any of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been reading Nora Roberts for almost 30 years (I'm 44), and will say that if you are new to Roberts' supernatural trilogies, you might do better to start with the Key Trilogy, as it is a bit more straight forward, and the characters are a bit more likeable from the start. There are no surprises, other than the truly horrible narration.

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    Deborah Mantua, OH, United States 02-21-14
    Deborah Mantua, OH, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Most Enjoyable"

    Nora Roberts rarely disappoints, and the narrator is a bonus of fantastic proportion! Katherine Kellgren adds wonderful drama, and while at first I was a little taken aback by the drama she infused the narration with, I was soon hooked on both the story and her performance. The combination of the two are a real bonus.

    This is a credit well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 02-21-14
    Tanya 02-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The Book and Story remains good as always"

    The book and story was great. The Narrator is promising but needs some polishing. Everyone that had an Irish accent sounded like an old person. And in some parts when I think the character was supposed to sound strong, she portrayed it by yelling such as when spells were cast, etc. Other than that, she was good so I feel she does have potential. Loved the story and look forward the rest of it. It would be wonderful is Nora Roberts wrote more along these lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellis Taylors, SC USA 02-20-14
    Ellis Taylors, SC USA 02-20-14
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    "Good story, narration varies"

    This book started out well. I liked the historical scenes and the way Katherine Kellgren narrated them. After that, the narrator did very well in some scenes, but in others she sounded almost hysterical--really overdone. Some voices seemed off for the characters. Finding out the two Irish women were fairly young and up for romance themselves, I was surprised. They sounded much older than I expected.
    I haven't read anything by Nora Roberts recently and enjoyed this story. I'll consider buying the next in the series, but I hope there's a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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