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Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  22,214 Ratings  ·  1,667 Reviews
With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken…

A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss.

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Paperback, 319 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Berkley (first published March 1st 2014)
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Mar 27, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. I have read every single book she's written. that being said, I felt completely let down by this book. It seemed to be a collaboration of many books she's already written. I felt I was rereading the same lines from so many other books. Connor used the same sentences that Roarke uses in her death series. The Irish theme I think has played itself out. I love a bit of supernatural, but the characters did not excite me. As a super fan, I will continue to r ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Miki rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-read-again
Ok, I know I said I wasn't going to read the second book in this series but I couldn't help myself. It's like driving by an accident scene-it's horrific but you can't stop trying to see more.

I just can't decide what is the worst thing -the recycled plot, the stick people characters, or the overdone, awful stage-Irishness. This one had all the bad things of the first one, plus a few more. I confess that I'll probably read the next one, if only to reach closure. Sigh. At least I didn't buy this o
Bark's Book Nonsense
Why does every other book I pick up have to be part of some ongoing (sometimes never ending) series? Why can’t a book stand alone? Why do I ask stupid questions when I already know the answer? I am crabby and all I want is a fantastic standalone romance novel and I can’t seem to find one this month. Is this too much to ask?!

So, here’s my story of woe. I reserved this from the library via the internet without knowing it was book #2 in a series. When I picked it up and realized my error (which is
Ashley Christensen
The second book of the Cousin O'Dwyer series was better than the first (which I reviewed here), in my opinion, because I actually loved the male protagonist, Connor.

The book centers on the friendship and then romance of Meara and Connor. Meara and Connor have been friends for years, and even were each other's first kiss. There hasn't been romance between them before, but it's obvious there are hints of it here and there- Connor talking about what a beautiful gypsy Meara is, Meara talking about
A bit of background
As with the first story in this trilogy, Dark Witch, it begins in the past with the three children of the first dark witch, Sorcha. I love this aspect as it’s entrenched in the underlying mythology. Each time we learn a little bit more about Cabhan, the dark sorcerer, which helps the six friends figure out a way to defeat him.

What I liked
Connor’s my favorite of all the characters. His breezy, fun-loving spirit is infectious and endears him to friends and family. He’s the kind
Melissa McHugh
Apr 16, 2014 Melissa McHugh rated it it was ok
I suppose when you're Nora Roberts, you can't help but repeat yourself in certain aspects. I usually don't mind it, because the characters are different enough to support it, but her latest trilogy is just...not fun. I feel like it's a jumble of her earlier stuff.

In the first book, you've got a woman selling all her stuff and moving to Ireland where her family is. There's Jewels of the Sun right there. You've got a supernatural fight on your hands that needs to be fought on solstice with a newb
Apr 07, 2014 Kjen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this looking forward to book 3. Fin is Roarke's magical twin;) Connor was awesome in this. He's the sexy-lovable-sensitive hero type. Love the flashbacks to the original three, and the dream shift added an interesting twist. I read this more slowly than I usually read a Nora, but that was my life during the time...not the book. Bring on Fin in book 3!
Oh, how I enjoyed reading about Meara and Connor falling in love. They had so much chemistry, and I absolutely love these characters. Their relationships with each other are heartwarming, fun, and very deep. This circle of friendship is tight, a bond links them together through their ancestry and secrets. And I love it when they're all interacting with one another. Even when they're teasing or fighting, they still look out for each other. And I love that it's set in Ireland, because I adore how ...more
Jul 20, 2016 Olga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado, sobre todo la parte del pasado y los encuentros entre todos los antepasados y los presentes... sobre la historia de amor, en esta saga la veo flojita y me hubiera encantado que se le hubiera dado mas protagonismo porque tenia potencial.... Connor es un amor, paciente, sensible y con un toque de picaresca y Meara tiene todos los miedos del mundo derivados de su pasado pero es fuerte y compensa todos los defectos... A por la historia de Branna, que ganas!!!
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, I've never heard this narrator, Alan Smyth, before and I won't be searching him out again. He. Pauses. Way. Too. Often. And the accent didn't sound right. I would have switched to the Kindle to read; however, I decided to speed it up - way up! - as I had a due date to finish it by for a challenge. (Plus, I was driving on holiday.) This helped some, but not enough. Disappointing, as I loved the narrator in the first book in the series, Katherine Kellgre ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this every bit as much as I did the first in the series, Dark Witch. The spotlight is on a different pair of characters this time and Connor turns out to be Roarke's twin brother only with magical skills. There may be a bit of predictability in the story and the characters may be just a little stereo-typically Irish but who cares! It is a fun, easy read and I am looking forward to the last in the trilogy when it comes out later this year. Hopefully it will be Branna and Fin's turn to g ...more
 Eden Creed
Mar 24, 2016 Eden Creed added it
Shelves: dnf

I love Nora Roberts' books. Her, Linda Howard and Sandra Brown are my trio of favorite comfort reads. And this trilogy has everything I usually love. Tell me a book is set in Ireland or New Orleans and I'll read it.

But I can't keep going.

It's the same thing over and over again, everything happens so fast, so abruptly; the constant get togethers drive me insane when they just repeat what I, as the reader, already know has happened. They sound so stiff and cookie-cutter. I can barely feel the
May 27, 2014 Birgit rated it did not like it
Shelves: audible-com
Is it just me or is Nora Roberts getting really boring. I listened to this book (well not all of it) and as it's set in Ireland the voice actor has an Irish accent which is nice bit it's a male. I'm sorry but chic lit being read by a male is just weird. As I said I did not finish it because I know what is going to happen, the two lovers will have a fight over something inane, get back together, attempt to fight the evil Cahban (not sure of the correct spelling), they will fail because there is a ...more
Aug 28, 2016 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im zweiten Teil der O'Dwyer-Trilogie stehen diesmal Meara und der Hexer Connor im Mittelpunkt. Doch auch die bekannten anderen Mitglieder des magischen Zirkel kommen nicht zu kurz, gilt es auch weiterhin, den bösen Magier Cabhan ein für alle Mal auszuschalten.

Ich weiß nicht genau woran es lag, aber dieser Teil konnte mich nicht so sehr fesseln, wie der erste Teil. Vielleicht störten mich die Treffen mit einem ihrer Urahnen oder ich habe gerade eine Überdosis des Hexenzirkels genossen ... Das St
Ashley Daviau
Jul 22, 2016 Ashley Daviau rated it it was ok
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, I found this one quite a chore to get through. It just struck me as way too similar to the first book and I found myself skimming through the second half as I had already predicted what would happen and found myself quickly losing interest. I don't own the third book in the series and quite frankly I can't be bothered to waste money on it. Besides, I already know how it's going to end down to the last detail... This is the first time I fin ...more
May 21, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Five Reasons to Grab a cup of Coffee and Curl-up with Shadow Spell:

1. If you liked tales of prophecy, witchcraft and fate. The Dark Witch gave her powers to her children, and told them “their blood, her blood” would one day defeat Cabhan the evil sorcerer who took her life. He killed their father and sent them into hiding and away from their beloved home in County Mayo, Ireland. The time is now. Three cousins of their blood have gathered along with their friends and formed a circle to defeat him
Becky Keir Grace
Mar 26, 2014 Becky Keir Grace rated it it was ok
Hmmm...maybe I am missing something that so many others got out of this book. It was simply an alright book to me, very predictable.

This book focuses around Meara and Connor, both characters I liked (except towards the end where I just wanted to slap Meara), but did not feel like either had much depth. As in so many of Roberts novels there is a character with "mommy issues," and poor Meara is the girl in this series. I felt badly for her that she had to basically be a parent to her own mother.

Apr 21, 2014 Gina rated it liked it
This book is derivative of two other Robert's series--the Irish trilogy and the Three Sisters Island trilogy. The same plot, same antagonist, same characters--everything is retreaded and not in any way that improves from the originals.

The foreshadowing in this second book is also very heavy-handed. I will venture to guess that the moment between Conner and Eamon where they joined hands and blasted Cabhan is a huge clue to how he will finally be defeated. I spent most of the book wanting to smac
Mar 29, 2014 Ewa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, origin
Well, I like it. It was better than the first book.
I like Connor very much. He is such a peaceful, compassionate, friendly. You can not dislike him.
Meara is fine. In the entire book had one, very short breakdown what very much pleases me. I was afraid that there would be a parting as for a long time as at Iona and Boyle.
Now I'm waiting half a year to the third book; Branna and Fin, my favorite hero.
Aly is so frigging bored
Jul 17, 2015 Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, audiobook
Buddy read with Fantasy and Vampire Book Club
It was ok...
Jun 18, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story of friends to lovers as well as good versus evil. Connor and Meara have been friends all their lives, but that's about to change. There have been hints of the possibility, but neither has taken that step.

The book starts out with a couple of chapters about the original three siblings who were involved in the fight with the evil Cabhan. The main focus is Eamon, the brother and ancestor to Connor. Like Connor, his affinity is to the hawk. Both are protective of their family and fri
Laura Agnella
Apr 20, 2014 Laura Agnella rated it liked it
I have to say that my favorite part of these books so far are the prologues. I was drawn immediately to the three children, Eamon, Teagan, and Brannaugh, characters from the past who were the first to battle Cabhan and his evil magic. These children were strong and courageous, as many children in old times had to be in order to survive. They lost their father and then their mother but pledged to fight until their deaths. I wanted so much to hear the whole of their story but, as it is so intertwi ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Isamlq rated it it was ok
I've read most (perhaps, all) of Roberts' trilogies (though my GR shelves fail to indicate the same) and it's been my experience that where the first couple usually have the sad tragic past (woman on the run, or woman to discover self, or some variation of the same;) and where the final couple have even more a tragic romantic history, it's usually the second pair that offer up most of the laughs given a scenario of friends turning into something more or the two seeing what's so obvious to all el ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Candice rated it really liked it
I almost never say "I wish there was more romance" but in this one, I wish there had been. I know it's the middle book, I know there was a lot of the "overall" plot to cover, but I felt a bit of a disconnect with Connor and Meara. Which, sucked. It sucked because I loved both characters, it sucked because they both has some of Roberts' better dialogue between them. And I just ... didn't feel it as strongly. I do, however, appreciate her using the close friendship angle. But, it was still missing ...more
Aurelia Rowl
Another good read, building up to what I hope will be a cracking finale.
Apr 04, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
Pretty typical Nora Roberts Irish trilogy filled with sacrifice, big evil, magic, friendship, and love. Even if the individual plots for Shadow Spell and Dark Witch, and the overall plot for the whole trilogy, really, strikes me as a bit cookie cutter, I don't think Ms. Roberts can write a book that isn't entertaining.

One thing, though. Did Brannaugh magic those potatoes? Because that's the only way there would be potatoes in a stew in Ireland in the 13th century.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Apr 29, 2014 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Paranormal Romance
A wonderful love story involving three powerful witches and a muggle who does not want to fall in love with anyone. Some of my favorite passages involved the witches coming to learn to work well with outsiders, while muggles learn how to contribute in a magical war.

I feel this would work fairly well as a stand-alone, even though it is the second book in the trilogy.

Though I checked this out of the public library, I'm going to search out a secondhand copy for my keeper shelf.
Eva Ceravieja
Connor es adorable en términos haggardianos *guiño, guiño*. Qué solete de chico, la verdad es que el libro me ha gustado más de lo que esperaba gracias a él y a Meara, que ha sido toda una sorpresa.
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Odlična! Likovi si tako međusobno dobro pašu da je to fantazija! I sad se posebno veselim zadnjoj knjizi trilogije jer mislim da će biti pravi vatromet!
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (3 books)
  • Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)
  • Blood Magick (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #3)

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