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Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  27,409 ratings  ·  2,551 reviews
With only the most basic understanding of her powers, Iona Sheehan leaves America for Ireland in search of family, destiny, and home. She finds all of it in the deep green woods near the shadows of the great castle of Ashford. There, as the third hereditary Dark Witch, she'll join forces with her two cousins--and the man she comes to love--to break a centuries-old curse, a ...more
Hardcover, 533 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Well, as a Nora Roberts fan, this is going to be really painful to write…

When I found out that the new work of one of my favorite authors of all time was a trilogy placed in the magic green mountains of of Erin (Ireland), I was sooo excited! My favorite trilogy by Nora is “Gallaghers of Ardmore” where I first met the amazing Ireland setting, and those who know Nora’s work can tell that she have a talent for portraying scenarios. Obviously I was anxious to get my hands on “Dark Witch”. But the No
I'm clearly not with the majority on this. I thought this book was boring as hell. I've never struggled so much to get through a Nora Roberts book before in my life, but this took me a week to finish. The beginning was awesome...when we looked back at Sorcha and her children and their life together, I loved that part. It was different, and had high hopes for the rest of it. But, after we got back to the present time, and met Iona and all the rest of the gang, I just kept feeling that I'd read it ...more
This book was a mess, in my opinion. The writing was sloppy, there was barely any plot, and the characters were all flat.

Iona, the female lead, literally says anything and everything she thinks! She has no inner thoughts, no personality of her own. She seems to exist solely to provide exposition and is not very good at that either. The male lead is... who knows? He has no characters traits other than he seems to be the silent brooding type, but even that is never really shown or understood. He h
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My Review:

5 Magickal Stars!

There is just something so enchanting about Nora Roberts' writing. The way she weaves together a story always has me captivated. It'd been awhile since I read one of her books, but nothing had changed about her writing style. It, and the magical story-line, still had the power to enchant me.

The prologue excellently brought me into the story, and I was immediately intrigued to see where this magi
Deb Moran
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Ashley Christensen
The first book of the cousins O'Dwyer series, Dark Witch, reminded me a lot of two other "firsts" of her trilogies- the Gallaghers of Ardmore, and the Three Sisters Island. If you've read both, you know they both involve "outsiders" coming into a life already in progress for the others, but quickly being accepted into the fold. In the Gallaghers, it's Jude going to Ireland to reevaluate herself. And in the Three Sisters Island, it's Nell fleeing an abusive husband, and unlocking her witch powers ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
4 stars. Great world-building, weak romance, but still worth the read.

I hesitate to describe this book as a 'romance' novel simply because the book spent little time actually exploring the romance between Iona and Boyle. Sure, there IS a romance in this novel. Sprinkled throughout the book are a few scenes where Iona and Boyle meet, chat, wink at each, flirt some more, sleep together, have a misunderstanding, make up, and then profess their undying love. Very formulaic stuff, and all woven arou
Jami Montgomery
Finally! Nora Roberts' paranormal trilogies are my favorite books of hers. I've been waiting for another.
The set up
Iona Sheehan risks everything when she quits her job, sells everything she owns and moves from Baltimore, Maryland to County Mayo, Ireland, her ancestral homeland. She seeks out her cousins, Branna, a Dark Witch, and Connor O'Dwyer, who her grandmother has told her so much about, determined to find that connection she's craved all her life. Iona gets more than she ever hoped for when her cousins embrace her and help her get a job with their friend Boyle McGrath, doing what she loves...
Emsy Van Wyck
Five magickal stars for Dark Witch, the first book in Nora Roberts' The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
Curling up with a Nora Roberts' novel has the same effect on me as nibbling on a chocolate bar: I go into a state of bliss. This summer I read through all of her series titles and fell in love with her writing once again. Now Ms. Roberts has released the first book, Dark Witch, in a new series, The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, and I feel like someone just gave me a bar of fabulous and sinfully rich French
One word describes this book. WEAK. The characters were weak, the storyline was weak. The book started out GREAT, then boom just fell apart and reading it was like watching paint dry! I've always been a huge fan of the authors trilogies but wow, this book was just a mess. It seemed rushed and just a rewritten version of 2 other trilogies shes written. Never read a Nora Roberts book where I didn't connect with the characters, UNTIL NOW. Sad this book was such a let down after waiting months for i ...more
Whitney Millirons
Currently, I have at least 40 Nora Roberts books. (I'm a re-reader of books I love). I was eagerly looking forward to Dark Witch, and though there have been hints that her writing is slipping, I can't believe how bad this book is.

Truly, there is nothing new here. The characters are very poor imitations of those in her Three Sisters trilogy, with Kane from the Key trilogy thrown in as the evil Cabhan. I agree with the many reviewers that the characters have no depth, Iona is annoying, Boyle almo
Maybe I've reached a time where Nora Roberts and I will part company. We've been companions for many years now but for me, especially with the PNR books, there's a staleness to the formula that I can't get past anymore. Perhaps I'd be in a more forgiving mood if I didn't feel like I paid for and read this story already as part of the Three Sisters trilogy Dance Upon the Air. This is very much a condensed version of that one.

Why bother with providing the MC with anymore than a cursory back story
The Window Seat
As a Nora Roberts fan, this review was extremely challenging to write. I fell in love with reading romance by reading my mom’s Nora Roberts’ books in my early teens and pretty much stayed faithful to her though the years. I actually prefer her trilogies to her yearly hardbacks she releases. However, I decided I was done reading her with the Inn Boonsboro series, which was basically an advertisement for the bed and breakfast she opened in her hometown. Well, when I saw she had a new trilogy comin ...more
I received a free copy of this book from Piatus in exchange for an honest review, thank you! I also want to thank Piatus for inviting me to participate in the "The Dark Witch blog tour"!

There lived a witch called The Dark Witch many centuries ago who gave her life in a bid to stop an evil witch called Cabhan. But she gave her powers to her three children before she died. Now in the present time, Iona Sheehan, Connor and Branna O'Dwyer, descendents of the Dark Witch must try to stop the evil Cabh
I loved this book. It had it all - location, family, friends, romance, magick, and a fight against evil. The story is set up in the first two chapters, where we have Sorcha, the original Dark Witch, and her three children. Her husband is off fighting and Sorcha is fighting illness. She is also fighting against an evil sorcerer, Cabhan, who wants her and her powers and is willing to do anything to get them. As the chapter ends she has split her powers among her three children and sent them away t ...more
Let me start by saying that I love Nora Roberts. She's written some of my absolute favorite books and her trilogies are usually the best of the best. The Dark Witch is a good book, the characters are likeable. The setting is gorgeous and the story is well-written. I have no doubt that I will read the two that follow to complete the trilogy. With that said, I can't help but feel that I've already read this book.

Let's start with the Dark Witch herself. I don't know if this is an homage to Juliet

Ughhh... where do I begin...
I am actually a "Nora fan" but this book was - pretty ridiculous when compared to her other stuff!

The plot started off really well with an interesting prologue, but as the story went on so much was left unexplained and the rest was silly. For example:

- Why did the "evil" wait for 800 years to resurface? Why wasn't he attacking the older generations of the O'Dwyers?!

- Then, Iona's witchcraft seems just soooo simple and - out of nowhere! She comes to Ireland as a
First off I wanna say I am a HUGE Nora Roberts fan. I love her books. So I was pretty excited to hear that she was starting a new trilogy, especially a paranormal one, because that's one of my favorite reading genres but.. The Dark Witch ended up being a big disappointment for me.Unlike all of her other novels I had a hard time getting through this one. I just wasn't feeling it at all. It read like alot of her other novels before and I felt like she just kinda rushed through this book and didn't ...more
I am not a romance fan but I do like Nora Roberts when she includes the supernatural in her love stories. This one featured witches and magic and was thoroughly enjoyable. The author knows her Ireland well and I could feel myself there when she described the old castles and the beautiful countryside. And the rain. All of her characters were nicely drawn and Iona in particular was very appealing. I am happy to see this is the first of a trilogy and I will certainly be reading the rest.
Nora Roberts.....Witches. Ireland. Gorgeous cover. I'm in! Can't wait for this one!!
Admittedly, I am a Nora Robert’s fan. Several of her books, specifically those set in Ireland, rank among my favorites. So, when I saw she has a new trilogy starting that is set in Ireland, and its about witches (another favorite subject of mine), I was very excited. While Dark Witch is an entertaining enough read, it did not live up to my level of anticipation.
One thing about this book is that it is definitely a strong starter. We jump right into several chapters of prologue about the original
Ann Gimpel
Caution, this review contains some very minor spoilers.

First off, I'm a Nora Roberts fan, so I really wanted to like this book. And there were parts I liked a lot, but there were probably more parts that I felt lukewarm about. The prologue/introduction with Sorcha, the original Dark Witch, and her three children was the most "alive" part of the book. It set the stage for what could have been a great story. The villain felt like a true bad guy, but he lost his punch after a few hundred years in s
Jacob Proffitt
While I loved Iona, this is an otherwise relatively undistinguished Roberts novel. She's done witches being real before and she's done heavily Celtic Irish stories before. She's probably done both together before (though I'm having trouble recalling one, personally). So much of the story for this book seemed a bit... formulaic.

It didn't help that the book took so long to start. Seriously, I didn't need to have Sorcha's entire backstory to appreciate the history of events for this book. That part
This was my first Nora Roberts book, so I don't know how it stacks up to her others. I can't say I was overly impressed by this one. The story line was rather basic and the characters all seemed stock. The book starts off in Ireland in the 1200s (if Ireland was called Ireland that long ago) with the story of Sorcha, a dark witch, and how she defeats, but does not destroy, her nemesis, the sorcerer Cabhan. Then the story switches to present day Ireland, where newly-arrived American Iona connects ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

What a great start to a new paranormal series by Nora Roberts. I loved the premise of this and most definitely loved the setting. However, the characters got on my nerves a bit. Iona was new to her to powers, so she was nervous and for me, came off a bit immature. She did grow during the book; she quit babbling (and constantly apologizing) and her confidence grew as she got control of her powers. Iona's realization that she wouldn't settle for anything less than someone loving her uncon
My favourite Nora trilogies are the Gallaghers of Ardmore (the first straight romance NR books I read after discovering the In Death series) and the Three Sisters Island trilogy. While I am not a great fan of the paranormal genre, I don't seem to have a problem with Nora's twist on the world of Wicken. As long as she leaves out werewolves and vampires I'm still skeptical, but I can get through the woo woo without too much trouble.

Dark Witch is similar to my favourite NR trilogies in formula and
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars.

Believe it or not, this was my very first Nora Roberts book. (Thank you Holly for recommending it to me!) It won't be my last, that's for sure. If you want a good solid story about witches, family, friendship, and a great romance to boot - I recommend you read this book. I read it in one day and loved it. The story was compelling and the characters lovable. I loved Iona's personality. She was so cute, full of love and just wanted to be loved in return. She was a strong,
Sahara Kelly
It's always a good day when a new Nora Roberts novel hits the shelves, cyber or otherwise. She's amazingly prolific and astoundingly popular - both of which have their roots in the incontrovertible fact that Ms. Roberts is an awesome writer!!! I've always felt her strength lies within her characters and this latest book, the first of yet another trilogy, is no exception. We're back in Ireland, a place Nora obviously holds in deep affection, and we meet Iona the newcomer, Branna the wise, and Con ...more
Nora Roberts writes romance in pretty much every form, and not everyone loves every kind she writes. This is along the lines of the Pagan Stone trilogy, which, if I'm being honest, is the only other series of hers I've managed to read, even though I sincerely loved it. If you're not a fan of her more magical works, this one may not be for you. It is a fantastic book, though. I really enjoyed that after the main couple got together, they had to face some realistic problems. It bothers me when a b ...more
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her
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The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (3 books)
  • Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)
  • Blood Magick (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #3)
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