Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Romance
Series: Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
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…
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.
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…
I have always been a huge fan of Nora Roberts trilogies, especially the mystical, supernatural ones. When I found she had started a trilogy about witches, I had to read it. Nora Roberts always has the perfect mix of suspense, action, mystery and romance. Not being a hug fan of too much mushy love stuff, I enjoy Nora Roberts’ writing because she really seems to know how to balance it out and not overdo it.
Dark Witch is an amazing story. I identified so much with our protagonist. I always say I left my heart in Scotland when we travelled there and was disappointed that I did not get to spend time in Ireland. Our protagonist found herself there, as well as her family, when she sold everything and moved there. I just want make my life there. Iona (how cool is that for a name!) finds her inner power, her magic. (I am still searching for mine; maybe I will find it in Ireland!)
As always, the storyline was very well written, with lots of adventure and action. Nora’s perfect mix of blood feuds, old magic, mystery and romance leaves you spellbound and wanting more.
The characters are Very well defined, as always. While I would have a very hard time picking my favorites, I love Brenna and Fin. They seem to complement each other, to fit perfectly, even with their love-hate relationship and I very much hope to read their story very soon. Iona and Boyle are so cute together. They seemed to come together perfectly, as if created in magic and between Alastair and Boyle, Iona will always have a fierce protector nearby. I loved that the horses added to the story and the environments as I have worked as a stable hand in a boarding facility, a guide on trail rides, and at a day camp where I got to teach little kids horse “etiquette” and how to ride.
Dark Witch was to me a truly great story that I will read again and again. I will definitely recommend it to readers of fantasy, paranormal, and romance.