Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Book One of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

64%

30 Critic Reviews

I found the story just average...The story isn’t awful, but I did keep comparing the three women-three men to my other favorite Irish trilogies by the author, and this doesn’t stand up.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

From #1 New York Times bestselling 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…

Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Dark Witch

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 other books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Shadow Spell
Blood Magick


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Nora Roberts

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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
 
Published October 29, 2013 by Berkley. 370 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 30 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 13

Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 21 2013

Fans will be thrilled with the author’s return to Ireland and with the magical themes. Magical, romantic, compelling and appealing—Roberts at her best.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Sep 30 2013

The magick is never quite convincing, but Roberts’s focus on romance will satisfy her core audience.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Micki Peluso on Oct 29 2013

Ms. Roberts’s character’s Irish dialect is subtle in this book but no less charming. Readers who know the Boonsboro Trilogy set in her own town will be thrilled to read another story in a series set in her favorite place: Ireland.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Micki Peluso on Oct 29 2013

Ms. Roberts’s character’s Irish dialect is subtle in this book but no less charming. Readers who know the Boonsboro Trilogy set in her own town will be thrilled to read another story in a series set in her favorite place: Ireland.

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Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Kati on Oct 31 2013

this is a book that I really liked and am happy to give a recommendation to, particularly for readers of Nora’s who haven’t really liked her more recent releases. This feels like “old school” Nora Roberts to me, and I mean that in the very best possible way.

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All About Romance

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Reviewed by LinnieGayl Kimmel on Apr 13 2014

I found the story just average...The story isn’t awful, but I did keep comparing the three women-three men to my other favorite Irish trilogies by the author, and this doesn’t stand up.

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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Haley Kral on Nov 29 2013

Once Iona and Boyle rather unceremoniously jump into bed, the book experienced a bit of a lull. Actually, in my opinion, it was a pretty big lull. Once Iona and Boyle were together, but before any serious conflict arises, there are about a hundred pages that could have been trimmed way down.

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The Bookbag

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Reviewed by Ani Johnson on Oct 01 2013

Speaking personally, The Dark Witch isn't going to shake the world of literature (although her characters aren't averse to a few rattling headboards) but it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon and I didn't regret the time the O'Dwyers and I spent together.

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Night Owl Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Angibabi4 on Jan 01 2014

This is the beginning of a new trilogy by Nora Roberts and she does not disappoint. This is a great beginning to the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy. I couldn't put it down. Once again Nora hits the mark.

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Night Owl Romance

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Reviewed by ELF on Nov 01 2013

A mystical start to an enchanting series, this introduction to the O’Dwyer siblings and their cousin epitomizes the remarkable ability of this author to create a vivid and atmospheric tale.

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CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

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Reviewed by Marilyn on Mar 18 2014

Not only have we the battle over good vs. evil but DARK WITCH wouldn’t be complete without some romance and the budding relationship between Iona and Boyle is central to the story, as are the relation-ships with the secondary cast members...

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More Than Just Books

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Reviewed by Debbie on Nov 18 2013

This novel has nothing new to offer. If you like Nora Roberts you will enjoy this book. I was a bit disappointed as it was so familiar to others she has written.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman on Oct 20 2013

There is a kind of poetry to the writing in this Nora Roberts story and with its lilt captures your imagination and finds a home in your heart.

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Smexy Books

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Reviewed by Tori on Oct 28 2013

It’s only after the their conflict reveals does the spark I had waited for the whole book appear. This is where they became interesting. Unfortunately, it’s almost towards at the end and the finale begins it’s set up, overshadowing our lovers.

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Reviewed by Barb on Nov 16 2013

This was an exciting and fun story. It was fun to watch Iona learn her powers, and learn about the spells. It was fun to see her with Boyle...If you love Nora, Ireland, Romance, Suspense, and her wonderful trilogies, you will not want to miss this...

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The Good, The Bad and The Unread

Excellent
on Oct 29 2013

As usual, this book has it all to keep you turning page after page, wishing you hadn’t read it so darned fast. Waiting for the next installment is going to be sheer torture.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

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Reviewed by Lesa on Nov 20 2013

Dark Witch is more than just another bestseller...Dark Witch is magical in so many ways. There's powerful magick. There's power in the number three...Nora Roberts' new book has the strongest magic of all, the magic of "love freely given and freely accepted".

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Reviewed by kimbacaffeinate on Nov 10 2013

Fans of paranormal romance, witches, mysteries and Irish settings will enjoy Dark Witch. This was an exciting start to the trilogy.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

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Reviewed by Lucy Dosch on Oct 29 2013

Nora Roberts’s newest book, Dark Witch, takes readers on a trip to the land of full of green fields, old ruins, and lots of magick. This is not the first time that Nora Roberts has presented us with a trilogy which will build up to epic battle of good vs. evil, nor is it the first time she has traveled the scenic back roads of Ireland...

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From the TBR Pile

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Reviewed by Kari Boardman on Dec 14 2013

I just wasn't feeling the love or romance between Iona and Boyle. It felt just too forced. I felt like Iona came across as a "poor me" type too often to have Boyle really fall for her.

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Romance Novel News

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Reviewed by Jennifer Porter on Oct 31 2013

“Dark Witch” is a gritty paranormal romance that satisfies. Nora Roberts has made me believe in the power of witches. So far, the Cousin O’Dwyer trilogy is a winner.

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My Shelf Confessions

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Reviewed by April on Mar 31 2014

I still feel like it dragged on just a TAD to long for that final battle sequence in this one, but I’m definitely grappling for the next one already!

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Love Romances and More

Good
Reviewed by Dawn on Oct 28 2013

If you enjoy magic, romance, friendship and more, then you just might like DARK WITCH. I just caution you to eat before starting since I couldn’t put this one down even to make dinner.

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Inside of a Dog

Good
Reviewed by Kathy Martin on Dec 12 2013

One of the great strengths of Roberts' books for me is the friendship thread. The three women - though Iona just arrived - quickly form a very strong friendship. The men - having grown up together - already have their friendship in place. It is deep and tested and strong.

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The Bookwyrm's Hoard

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Reviewed by Lark on Mar 26 2014

This is the first of Roberts' paranormal/fantasy romances I've read, but it will definitely not be the last. I enjoyed Dark Witch so much that after I read the library's copy, I bought it for my Kindle - and pre-ordered the sequel, Shadow Spell, as well.

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Crazy for Books

Good
on Nov 13 2013

If you like the paranormal stuff, you will definitely enjoy reading the Dark Witch. It is full of magical moments and interesting characters.

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Rosario's Reading Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Rosario on Dec 03 2013

The romance just wasn't great. I did like how the otherwise shy Iona basically blurts out her feelings for Boyle in front of everyone and pursues him, but then the romance develops in a bit of a frustrating way.

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Cresta McGowan

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Reviewed by Cresta McGowan on Mar 29 2014

All in all, a very disappointing first novel for me from this author. Rumor has it her writing used to be strong, but this book was disastrous. There was no connection between the leads, no real climax to the story, and no caring on my part whether they lived or died.

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It's Always Something

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Reviewed by Deb E on Feb 25 2014

Very weak is how I'd describe this whole book. I actually quit reading it three times, and finally just soldiered through to the end just to get it off my mind. This is the first book in a trilogy but I have no desire to read the others...

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Cannonball Read

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Reviewed by KatSings on Dec 05 2013

I enjoyed this book a lot, though the ending let me down a little. You know there is no way they are defeating Cabhan in book one - he's the central conflict of the series. So the rush to the battle at the end feels anti-climactic.

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