I love this book and recommend to all who enjoy well written mystery romance with a little Magick thrown in.
The following quote from Dark Witch, gives us the keys to solve the mystery in Book One, Two and Three.
“Sorcha shook her head as Brannaugh started toward her. ‘Not yet. Magick is work. It gives, and it takes. It must be finished.’ She reached in the cauldron, drew out three copper amulets. ‘To Brannaugh the hound, to Eamon the hawk, to Teagan the horse.’ She slipped an amulet over each child’s head. ‘These are your signs and your shields. ….’” (Dark Witch, copyright 2013 Nora Roberts, written by Nora Roberts pages 14 and 15 published by The Berkley Publishing Group).
The modern story begins with Iona Sheehan. She’s from Baltimore, Maryland but never felt a part of that place and time. All of her life she’s heard stories about Ireland from her maternal Grandmother, Nan, and longed to go to County Mayo to live and work.
Iona sells all that she has to fund the trip that will begin her new life in Ireland. She’s in search of her destiny. Relying on a map from her Nan, her first stop is to find the Dark Witch, Branna, her cousin. Branna gives her a place to live and knows of a stable where Iona may be able to find work.
Iona meets Alaster, the wild stallion, at the stable where she gets a job as stable hand. Alaster is destined to be Iona’s protector. He is a magnificent animal beautiful in how he yields to Iona’s will.
Boyle McGrath, her new boss, is a force to be reckoned with, big and tough, will he be Iona’s destiny as well?
Dark Witch is a mystery full of adventure, intrigue and the bonds of family both those formed by birth or by will. The descriptive scenery, witty dialog and well written story bring Iona and her quest to life. The plot is steadily building throughout the book and comes to fruition at the end. The story doesn’t end there though, for the next cousin must fight the evil that is even now restoring itself to full strength. The saga to follow your destiny to overcome evil continues with Shadow Spell Book Two of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, by Nora Roberts, due for release on March 25th, 2014, I’ve got my signed copy coming in the mail soon.
I bought my autographed copy of Dark Witch and Shadow Spell from Turn The Page Bookstore TTPBooks.com
Great review, Missy! I very much enjoyed that book and can’t wait to dive into book two! I didn’t get out to get my copy today, but I will tomorrow for sure. Enjoy! I’ll look forward to your review of book two, as well. Love, Chantilly
Thanks Chantilly – looking forward to Shadow Spell as well – mine signed copy is in the mail. Will be checking out ChantillyWhite.com for your latest releases as well. Keep on writing and thanks for your support of my blog. Love, Missy XX00