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Shadow Spell

(The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  34,615 ratings  ·  2,168 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. Meara Quinn is ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Berkley Books
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Mar 27, 2014 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
Mar 27, 2014 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
Laurie  |  LOHF
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
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-the-nora
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
Melissa McHugh
Apr 06, 2014 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
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, series
Well, this is definitely more like what I would expect from Aunt Nora! Set in Ireland, three cousins and their partners are trying to end an ancient evil from inflicting any more pain on their family. This book is Connor and Meara's story and their romance was much stronger than Iona and Boyle. Meara had a much more intriguing back story that was definitely relatable and I could see that she and Connor were definitely meant to be. I also just loved their personalities. Lastly, I enjoyed that the ...more
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
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 Ke ...more
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
Jan 18, 2014 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! ...more
Mar 13, 2016 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
Oct 30, 2013 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
May 22, 2014 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 12, 2014 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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
With where book one left off, there was no way I wasn't going to pick up book two immediately following it.

While it was a cliffhanger by any stretch of the means, it still left me wanting more and needed to find out what would happen next.

I loved Connor from book one, he was so endearing, caring and sweet and I couldn't wait to delve deeper into his thoughts and his story as well as Eamon's. I knew I was in for a treat. And the chance to see inside the feisty headstrong Meara was a treat as wel
Ashley Daviau
Jul 16, 2016 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
What a let down. I feel cheated. After having somewhat enjoyed the first book Dark Witch, I was looking forward to starting this next installment because of all the potential this story had. What I ended up with, however, was a waste of my time. I don't think I can honestly say that I enjoyed one aspect of this book. Why? BECAUSE IT WAS BASICALLY A REPEAT OF THE FIRST BOOK.

The only thing that changed was the couple that we followed, Meara and Connor, which made little to no difference at all.

Annie ⚜️
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic
I like to read stuff like this in the fall around Halloween. This fit the bill of a witchy fall read. As usual, it stood to be about 25 pages shorter. It's tough being the middle book of a trilogy. ...more
Dec 15, 2013 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 14, 2014 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
Ewa ❀
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kathy Gange
I love Nora Roberts books but, this one was not one of my favorites
Mar 27, 2014 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
Laura Agnella
Apr 17, 2014 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
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Magic and spells and six persons connected either by blood or an ancient prophecy with Ireland's lore on the backdrop.

It makes me sad to think that maybe Nora Robert's work is not for me anymore. She was my first favorite author but the last few books really bored me. My complains for this novel is the same ones I had with book one : the prologue is too long but above all, everything is too abstract. I know that's the concept of magic, but everything is too unclear for me and I have no trouble w
Jan 28, 2014 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.
Aly is so frigging bored
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, audiobook
Buddy read with Fantasy and Vampire Book Club
It was ok...
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Things are starting to get interesting for all of them. I can't wait to see how they are going to defeat the evil waiting for them. The proposal was at an odd moment but hey better now than never. ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We return to the O’Dwyer family to find that Meara Quinn and Connor O’Dwyer may have feelings for each that are stronger than just friendship. This scares Meara, but makes Connor finally feel whole. The O’Dwyer family’s quest to end Cabhan takes a turn when he sets his eyes on Meara and Connor soon realizes the true power of love.

I found that I enjoyed this book just as much as the first. Although all the characters are the same, I liked how it focused on Meara and Connor as the first did on Ion
Jun 18, 2014 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
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