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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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    Shirley 12-15-13
    Shirley 12-15-13
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    "The narration matched the story line wonderfully."
    If you could sum up Dark Witch in three words, what would they be?

    Love the Irish-ness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole group, because of the sense of belongingness.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Iona's fresh spirited voice


    Any additional comments?

    Getting a bit tired of the whole witch theme in literature today. But Nora Robert can make me enjoy any theme, especially her Irish settings.

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    Richard 12-12-13
    Richard 12-12-13
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was very easy to read and keep your interest. I love the story line and can not wait for the next book in the series. The story intertwined the characters really well and not over done. The book was not total sex it had a great story to go with it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Iona was she seem to be one of the main character in the book. She handled everything tossed at her with little knowledge of the craft


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    Sarah Miller Winsted, CT United States 12-10-13
    Sarah Miller Winsted, CT United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Truly Nora"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Witch the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narrator, though several on here did not. Love the accents, and really loved the way she portrayed Iona's personality. Yes, there were volume issues during dramatic parts, but that should have been tweaked by a sound engineer, rather than expecting an actress to hold back on the drama.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The six main characters that will drive this trilogy are each unique and interesting. In general, I'm not into the paranormal stories, but I love Nora's stories, especially the trilogies with family connections... and especially those set in Ireland!


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Well, for this first book, the main female, Iona, was a favorite, but I think as the series continues, either Connor or


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

    No, not this time, but it was so difficult to turn off! I usually just listen during my work commute, but a couple of times, I ended up turning it back on in the kitchen while I made dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy!

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    Alison Gabriel-Reilly 12-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "She had me from the synposis!"

    I loved this book and am looking forward to the next two. Yes, it is predictable, very much like the Three Sisters Trilogy. But I like predictable in our constantly changing world. It took me a while to get used to the reader, and another reader with more variation would probably make it better.

    But it has what I love, rediscovery of magic, horses, and a little formula romance on the side. And horses, did I mention horses? And magic. For me - a great read - er listen.

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    Denice Boise, ID, United States 12-07-13
    Denice Boise, ID, United States 12-07-13

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    "Dark Witch Book 1"

    I enjoyed the story and the narration. It is a book I will listen to more than once. As usual I will be waiting for the next two books with happy anticipation.

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    Bethany 12-07-13
    Bethany 12-07-13 Member Since 2009

    Always looking for characters who will jump off the page into my imagination. Love richly developed worlds and a dark twist of humor.

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    "Enjoyable, just not extraordinary..."
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Yes - at least the next in this trilogy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nora's taken her classic "trilogy" formula of 3 plus 3 and given it a nice little twist. I enjoyed this cast of characters a lot - lots of snark and heart.


    What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s voice?

    Smooth, rich, warm.


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    Absolutely! I was hesitant because I have been disappointed by the last few Nora novels I've read, but this one is worth the credit. The darker feel of this story reminds me of Nora's Sign of Seven series - if you loved that one, then this is certainly worth the listen!


    Any additional comments?

    There's a LONG prologue for this story, so be warned. I almost stopped listening because I thought I'd accidentally bought a period novel...rest assured, it's just a lengthy setting-up of the back story. Things improved substantially after the "real" story started.

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    Henning Sedalia, CO, United States 12-06-13
    Henning Sedalia, CO, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring love story...boring storyline"
    What did you like best about Dark Witch? What did you like least?

    Don't waste your time...it's boring, boring and did I mention boring! The story is lacking in depth, is never very interesting and wished I had stopped listening after the first hour. I was looking for more...and it never came.


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

    Will not listen to another


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

    Nope...don't bother.


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    Mary Boston 12-05-13
    Mary Boston 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator makes characters sound old"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is a typical Nora Roberts trilogy -- which I enjoy. However, the narrator's Irish accent sounds like a grandmother speaking. So, except for the lone Yankee, who sounds fine, all the other characters sound like they are in their 60's. It is very off-putting and makes it difficult to imagine them in a romantic situation.

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    Donna A Massachusetts 12-04-13
    Donna A Massachusetts 12-04-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Feels like a rewrite of the Three Sisters Island"

    I am quite disappointed in Dark Witch book 1 of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy. I am not sure if it is because the story is very similar to Three Sisters Island trilogy, it felt like Ms Roberts is just rewriting this series or because I found the narrator a little irritating – she made the main character Iona at times a little flaky. I highly doubt I will read the next 2 books in the series.

    woudl only give it 2 1/2 stars

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    Aleena HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-04-13
    Aleena HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible Narration!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this in the audio version. Buy the print version. Definitely do not waste a credit on this. I saw the reviews and thought "How bad can it be?" and ordered the book anyway. Well it is really that bad. She screams throughout the story and makes most of the characters sound old and haggard.


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

    This book reminds me of Nora's Donovan Legacy series: Captivated, Entranced, Charmed, and Enchanted.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She made the characters sound like old haggard crones. And during any of the scenes with chanting or spells the narrarator screeched and cackled it was awful. I really hope the next book isn't narrated by this person. I won't buy it if it is.


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    It would have been with a different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the print version...

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