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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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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 12-29-13
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    To be clear immediately, I’m a fan of Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb. I have thirty-plus of her books, including most of the In Depth series. I actually pictured Roarke and Eve Dallas in a few of the love scenes in the Dark Witch. Her books are never deep. I mean, come on, she’s not Shakespeare. But, being Shakespeare isn’t her role or intent. Nora Roberts writes those wonderful curl-up-on-the-sofa girly romance novels. Escapism at it’s finest. And, basically, that’s what you’ll get with the Dark Witch, Book 1.

    A paranormal, ethereal theme draws a girl together with her cousins in Ireland. A bit formulaic, but she, with her cousins, chases off the demonic presence that has infiltrated the O’Dwyer clan for a century or so. But, it survives for the sequels to come.

    I had no trouble reading (listening), and understood well who-said-what-to-who. I am, however, going to bad-mouth the reader. Holy smokes, woman! Take a breath and settle down! Way too much ‘emoting’. I realize there were some tense scenes that needed a tone to convey climax. But, the reader sounded like she was having one on occasion and I actually fast-forwarded through a few of these over-the-top sections.

    This is the first book of a trilogy. If Nora retains the same reader, I’m not sure I’ll be interested in the follow-ups.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Silang, Philippines 12-28-13
    Kate Silang, Philippines 12-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to Dark Witch the most enjoyable?

    I love the narrator. She made the story of engrossing. I couldn't stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nora Roberts never disappoints. Her romances always make me swoon.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The passion in her voice definitely shows. And I love her accent when reading this series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The tense moments between Iona and Boyle. Love them!


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel ATHENS, GA, United States 12-27-13
    Rachel ATHENS, GA, United States 12-27-13
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    "Fine book, very distracting narration"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    I'd prefer the narrator from the Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness...not sure who she was. The narrator from NR's The Witness was good, too.


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator was so distracting I can't even begin to describe it. The overly breathless/"I'm in the throws of passion" voice was a bit much seeing as how the narrator never veered from it. I've listened to several of NR's books and not had this experience before. Ultimately, it just felt like it was so overacted. I'll definitely buy the Kindle edition next time as I don't think I can take this narrator again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brittany Gleason Hattiesburg, MS 12-27-13
    Brittany Gleason Hattiesburg, MS 12-27-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Terrible Narration!"
    What did you love best about Dark Witch?

    I liked the story line. I love Nora Roberts.


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

    Anyone else would have had to be better. Every character sounded 100 years old except Iona. I seriously thought for half the book that the other characters were old people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Losch VERNON, VT, US 12-25-13
    Michelle Losch VERNON, VT, US 12-25-13
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    "Same story line - different characters"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Nora yes - Katherine - No. This story has a very familiar story line - as a matter of fact it is very close to her Sign of Seven trilogy with good vs evil and the blood line of the evil's ancestors defeated evil 200+ years later etc etc. I found the narrator horrible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    I would be willing to give another series a try - but I was disappointed in the last two series so I'd probably wait to see reviews instead of purchasing right away as I have in the past


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

    NO


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well - if you haven't read The Sign of Seven Series the book would probably be good - but the story line was so familiar I just couldn't get into it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-22-13
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "just awful"

    i love most of Ms. Roberts novels but she really missed the mark on this one. the characters were weak and not believable not the ones in the 13th century and not the ones in the 21 century. the story lines was jut not unbelievable, through out the book i kept telling myself to just send it back and get my credit back but because it was a Nora Roberts book i just read on hoping it would get better but it never did. I will not be buying the additional books in this series.
    i don't know if any one reading this knows that a previous novel written by Ms. Roberts called Whiskey Beach was offered free of charge if you had bought the first version of it with a narration that was so bad they re-did it with a different narrator and it made a huge difference, the second one was quite enjoyable. well the narrator doing this book was far beyond terrible. i actually had to take the earplugs out of my ears and come back later and try again.
    this book was by far one of the worse experiences i have had with an audible book. I know Ms. Roberts has many fans and usually her books are great so i wonder if any of her readers who have read this book had the same experience i did?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Drogheda, Ireland
    11/5/13
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    "Dreadful Accent!"
    What disappointed you about Dark Witch?

    The performance completely spoiled the story.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The performance


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the reader had been someone who had some idea of an Irish Accent - surely an important element to a story?


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, because I have previously enjoyed READING Nora Roberts and will do so in the future, I hope


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda
    HUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom
    11/11/13
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    "raucus narrator !!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is a typically good Nora Roberts format,"pure escapism" but is totally spoiled for me, by the narrator .


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a huge fan, my interest is always held by the subjects written about


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    I hope new Nora readers are not put off, her books are good and entertaining

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JAYNE W
    3/20/15
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    "captivating"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EMMA NCGRARTH
    1/7/15
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    "Escape from the every day"

    Oh the story is all consuming , a wonderful escape for me ❤️ I have loved all three books .
    Narrating is great !! I love the ascents :)
    Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • l m kasim
    1/2/15
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    "Boring drivel"

    I felt quite insulted at the sexual embellishment, that this should be considered 'women's fiction '. I struggled to no avail

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shirley
    10/14/14
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    "A little witchy magic"
    If you could sum up Dark Witch in three words, what would they be?

    light fun enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    all of the twists and turns


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    excellent reader ..atmospheric


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Black Witch ... an unfinished spell


    Any additional comments?

    just really enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherrie
    8/21/14
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    "Great Story"
    What did you like most about Dark Witch?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them very believable


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Once she slowed the pace and clamed down she had great accents and brought the characters to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but couldn't :(


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
    6/24/14
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    "Wow, what a story"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    Yes, was fast and exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Witch?

    The beginning when I had no idea what to expect. The reader seemed to never take a breath, it was so fast.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    lovely voice, and passion. So well read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes


    Any additional comments?

    Cant find book 3 on Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. J. Pike
    West Sussex, England
    11/20/13
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    "Dreadfull Narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love Nora Roberts books and enjoy listening to them, however the narrator is apalling. If a book needs an Irish accent then they should get an actor who can read in this form. The narration completlety ruins the book so much so I nearly gave up on it very early on but tried to persevere. This is one book I will be returning as I couldn't bare to finish it never mind want to listen to it again. Such a shame.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Nothing it was apalling


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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