Tuesday, 12 May 2015

DARK WITCH Book one of the cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy - Nora Roberts

Iona Sheehan has always felt a powerful connection to Ireland. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting County Mayo to discover the truth for herself. 

Arriving at the atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is excited to meet her cousins, Connor and Branna O'Dwyer. And when she lands a job at the local riding school, she is soon drawn to it's owner - the charismatic, fiercely independent Boyle McGrath. Perhaps she has found her true home at last...

But Iona's arrival is no accident. The three cousins have inherited a dangerous gift from an ancestor known as the Dark Witch. And they are about to discover that some old legends can return to haunt the present.  


Ordinarily I love anything that's a bit of escapism and takes you into the world of witches and warlocks and the like, so I was really looking forward to reading this Nora Roberts novel, which is part of a trilogy.
Unfortunately I was left a little disappointed and it became a novel to read in order to get to the end and move onto something else rather than a novel you just couldn't put down.

 Set in Ireland the story is of the three cousins O'Dwyer who have inherited their grandmothers (The Dark Witch) powers and  who together need to combat their enemy Cabhan.

I thought the story would be more along the lines of how they would develop their powers and a strategy to rid themselves of Cabhan. Instead it seemed to start off well in the beginning loose its way in the middle and not really recover by the end.
There didn't appear to be much in the content of the novel and I couldn't decide whether it was in fact a romance novel as the later seemed to be the main element to the book and not done particularly well.

Nora Roberts is a prolific writer of novels with great reviews but I suspect that her many fans will be left more than a little disappointed with this one.
I was looking forward to reading the trilogy,  but as this one will be going on the shelf for the charity shop I don't think I will be purchasing the other two.

Moving on my next book will be one from the many that are residing on my kindle forming an orderly queue.

I have chosen The Villa by Rosanna Ley  

Happy reading one & all



  1. I have a theory that Nora Roberts is not a person but a group effort. Nothing else can explain the volume of her work.

    1. You may well be right Amalia. I've not read any of her previous books all of which seem to have great reviews until you get to this trilogy of books which is a shame as I was looking forward to escaping into a book of spells. I don't tend to read reviews of a book before I read it so that I am not influenced by others and having look at them since I read it they all seem to be of the same opinion as me.


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