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.
I haven't read the print edition yet.
Katherine has to be one of the best narrators that I have ever heard. She had great accents and change of voice for all characters. During all parts of the book she actually made me feel like I was there.
I love Nora Roberts books and Katherine was the perfect narrator.
It amazes me that Nora Roberts/JD Robb has the most perfect narrator for her "In Death" series yet, consistently has a horrible narrator for her romance novels. The narrator's accent was distorted and it was very difficult to listen to her as she "spoke" in the main heroine's voice --made her sound like a 16 year old!! (toss up between her and the one who did Fifty Shades there..). The Irish voices sounded like it was being read by a old woman--which fit the "backstory" part, I suppose but had no right being part of the more modern sections. I got halfway through and then bought the actual book. The voices in my head sounded better. Are you going to re-do this one too? Like you did for Whiskey River?
I enjoyed the story and the reader.... The reader can take a good book and make it great ..... with Nora and Katherine we have a great book and a great reader
I would recommend the book for anyone who enjoys fantasy-type genres. There's something for everyone to enjoy in the story line.
The story bringing all the characters together holds your attention with the conflicts my favorite moments. And with Nora Roberts as the author, the romance between characters is lovely....
This was my first experience with her as the reader. She does a good job in distinguishing the various characters with voice inflections suitable for what's going on.
I'm not a good copy writer.....
I'm glad another book is being released this month. I've already pre-ordered a copy.
I was really looking forward to this book but if the same person narrates then I will not be listening. She didn't tell the story, she overacted the part. It was nerve wracking to listen to.
wife,mother, hard worker... and lover of romance and wit
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)
i've listened twice already. It is fun and mysterious at the same time
the characters were genuine and well developed.
no i have not but i look forward to another performance by Katherine Kellgren.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I thought that Katherine Kellgren did an excellent job as the reader.
"Fantastic modern witchy tale"
set in the beautiful County Mayo Katherine Kellgren transports you back to a time of witch craft and famine where a young witch lives the life of a mother as well as a powerful witch but evil is never far away ... centuries later that evil still lingers when the last part of the puzzle comes to mayo in the form of a cousin. Horses, Hawks, dogs and friendships take this tale from a bit of a slushy love story to a pleasant tale which I really enjoyed. It wasn't a taxing listen and fairly light hearted.
The performance completely spoiled the story.
If the reader had been someone who had some idea of an Irish Accent - surely an important element to a story?
No, because I have previously enjoyed READING Nora Roberts and will do so in the future, I hope
"raucus narrator !!!"
The book is a typically good Nora Roberts format,"pure escapism" but is totally spoiled for me, by the narrator .
As a huge fan, my interest is always held by the subjects written about
The narrator shouted aggressively all the way through,completely spoiling any interest I had in the story. Fortunately for me, I also have a hard copy of the book, so I could read, and put my own narrative in my head
I hope new Nora readers are not put off, her books are good and entertaining
"Terrible drivel, terribly read"
Most of Nora Roberts's fantasy novels seem to be written by formula, and this is no exception. The reader seemed to realise this and was determined to inject some drama into it, with unfortunate results.
Enjoyable story although the ending was a little abrupt - there is obviously a next book in which the drama continues. Overall a good "read".
a brilliant storyline very captivating narrated brilliantly definitely a fantastic buy cannot wait to get to the second book in the series I've loved every minute of the book.
"wonderful completely wonderful ! thank you !!!!"
Whilst working from home this quite short book provides all that is needed to keep me going !!
I felt quite insulted at the sexual embellishment, that this should be considered 'women's fiction '. I struggled to no avail
"A little witchy magic"
light fun enjoyable
all of the twists and turns
excellent reader ..atmospheric
Black Witch ... an unfinished spell
just really enjoyed it
I loved this book it had everything you could want from a Nora Roberts Novel, It frustrated me a little at the beginning though as the narrator seems to over act the text somewhat and it felt very rushed and erratic but the book was great.
All of them very believable
Once she slowed the pace and clamed down she had great accents and brought the characters to life
Yes but couldn't :(
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