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Blood Magick

(The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  31,493 ratings  ·  2,063 reviews
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…

Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Blood Magick

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witc
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Berkley Trade
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Beth Cotter thanks, will check it out.

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Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Blood Magick

County Mayo is rich in the traditi…more
thanks, will check it out.

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Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Blood Magick

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.(less)
Jayna It doesn't focus on a holiday. It goes through Christmas and New Years, but they face Cabhan on an anniversary instead of a holiday.…moreIt doesn't focus on a holiday. It goes through Christmas and New Years, but they face Cabhan on an anniversary instead of a holiday.(less)

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Jan 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
I think this book needs a new title. "Let's Talk This to Death While I Cook and Clean"

Here's how the story goes. Branna cooks and cleans. She talks about Fin and Cabhan. Then, she cooks and cleans some more. Then, everyone discusses Fin and Cabhan. Then, Branna cooks and cleans. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Oh, there is one little scenario that happens time and again, too. Someone will have a run in with Cabhan. Perhaps, even a life threatening encounter. However, they refuse to
Alex is The Romance Fox
Let me begin by saying that I have always loved any book written by Nora Roberts but what is going on lately with her last couple of books!!!!!

Seriously, I am starting to think that it can't be the same person who wrote such great and memorable books in the past. In fact, I have this crazy idea that this series must have been written by a ghost writer....No way could it have been NR!!!!!!!

I struggled to even finish this just dragged on and on with such weird and forgettable characters.
This final book in the trilogy focused on the two strongest witches in the group, Branna O"Dwyer and Finbar (Fin) Burke. It's also the final showdown between the group and Cabhan, the Dark Sorcerer.

I loved Fin & Branna, both individually and as a couple. They were both powerful witches, skilled in the art of their magic, and very passionate people. I also enjoyed the mythology in which the story was entrenched, especially the involvement of their counterparts from the past.

What was underwhelmi
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
It's not you, it's me
Dear Nora Roberts, I think this is the book that finally ends our relationship after 30+ years. You haven't done anything wrong and you haven't changed - but I have. It's just not working for me anymore to read books about magical Irish witches who speak like fairy tale characters instead of genuine human beings. And epic battles against one-dimensional Eeeeeevil that we know will be resolved at the end of a trilogy that involves some combination of ingenues, tough broads, f
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, series
Sitting here a bit stunned... where did you go, Nora Roberts?

So, I guess this book or this week at work has taken a lot of energy, but my January 2019 reading experience was chugging along until this trilogy took me right off the rails.

NR is a guilty pleasure of mine but The Cousins O'Dwyer was probably the very first trilogy that I haven't enjoyed. See, there is a tried and true trend of Aunt Nora's trilogies. Book one is usually the" girl from away", book two is usually the couple that have
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I almost didn't finish it. Was about 60-100 pages too long, very repetitive, and lackluster romance between the 2 main characters (Fin and Branna) considering they already knew they were in love with each other. I don't know, as big a fan as I am on Nora Roberts overall, this particular trilogy was just a "meh" for me. ...more
Angela Tiu
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Well then. I like Nora Roberts, i have most of her books and I really like how its more than just romance with her, its family and friendship. Every trilogy features a tight little circle who all manage to become a unit in the span it takes to conquer the big evil. They plot, save the world, fall in love all whilst having fabulous dinners it seems. I like how her heroes are modern men who rib each other in a way only guy friends can understand. Still, this trilogy, while having all those element ...more
Ashley Christensen
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-the-nora
I really can't wait for this! One whole year! Ahhhhh!
*Update after finishing Shadow Spell* Holy crap there was some good stuff between Branna and Finn in the second book- intense! Now I really can't wait!

(See my review of the first book on my blog -
Sep 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
uugghhhhh..where do I start? let me preface this by saying I have read all of NR books and if you compare her books from the late 90s/early 2000 to the ones which she has been churning out the last few years, the latter ones are abysmal. I did not finish shadow spell and this one I skipped pages just to finish it.

I won't go through the plot summary but just write about my impression. I will also say that I usually don't write reviews. but this one I had to write. As a long time NR fan, I have b
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. So whose shame is it the third time? Okay,'s mine. I just couldn't help myself.

I am SO glad it's over, though. This book completes one of the most inane trilogies ever written. I'm actually embarrassed for Roberts - she is capable of much better than this. I'm also embarrassed for me, for continuing to believe that things COULD get better.

Blood Magick had the same problems as the the last two books:
* Tired, maudlin, re-cycled p
Helen White
Nora that's it. We're through. This pile of sentimental twee Irish witchery has finally done it. You're not even getting one star from me, it doesn't deserve it. ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Espresso Review of Blood Magick
“As we will, so mote it be"

I love the Ireland setting and the good verse evil theme throughout the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. There is witchy magic and spells to cast. We time travel a wee-bit as the cousins visit their bloodline from the past as they prepare for their final battle with Cabhan. The plot offers nothing new regarding witches but Roberts’ knows how to tell a story, and I quickly became caught up. The group as a whole has a great dynamic. Their friendshi
Mrs. Kristin
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who can find this book for free
Shelves: romance
I think this trilogy sums up my feelings about why I dumped Nora Roberts. My older sister loved to read Nora Roberts when we were growing up. Both of us being avid readers, she recommended some gems to me and as a middle school/high school student I can attribute Miss Nora as a reason I continued to devour and absorb all forms of books. I have already spoken to how Nora Roberts holds a special place in my heart because she helped me love books early on and I will never forget that. I think she a ...more
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
Where do I start?

I absolutely adored this long awaited book. I've said it before and I will say it again...

Nora Roberts is a feckin' genius. She tells a story like nooooo other. She is lyrical, the fluidity in which she weaves her tale is AMAZEBALLS. Reading one of her books is like music for the eyes. It ebbs and flows like a lazy river, taking us on a journey that twists, turns and leaves us sighing for more.

Branna and Fin....well we ALL knew they belonged together...but the fun was in the jou
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I have loved getting to know the characters in this series and as much as I have loved the original three that came from Sorcha, and the four, I couldn't wait to delve into Fin and Branna's story and get the last of the six.

I knew it was going to be hard and emotional. I even knew it might break my heart a bit, but most of all, I was hoping it would all come with not only the darkness of Cabhan defeated, but a happily ever after for our beloved Fin and Branna.

I absolutely loved this. These two!
Patricia Masterton
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
So disappointed. I looked forward to the third and final book of this trilogy, as the first two books were quite good Nora Roberts novels. She has a definite flare for the romantic, magical depiction of stories, and I really enjoy her books. This finale however, felt very rushed, and not at all satisfying. There was not any of the mix of lighthearted and dramatic, and the ending was abrupt. Just another chapter after the conclusion, an epilogue, would have helped tremendously, but it felt like s ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-read
I think I'm done with Nora. I'm tired of the same story time and time again. I'm tired of the drawn-out trilogies...tired of the same happy ending. I think I'll just stick with her In Death series. ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, audiobook
This one seemed too long.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic conclusion to the trilogy. Branna is the leader of her family and friends, the one who watches out for them and who wants to protect them. She and Fin have known each other and loved each other most of their lives, but are kept apart by their family histories. They discovered as teens that Fin is a descendant of Cabhan, the evil one who has been stalking her family for generations, and was cursed by her ancestor. Branna and Fin have moved from adversaries to friends to partners in the ...more
I think this series could have been a duology, yet it is a trilogy. The ending was good and all the characters ended up in a good place.

The theme of magic and witchcraft and the setting in Ireland made for some great Halloween reading in my opinion. The evil forces must be defeated and luckily the hearts of the O'Dwyers are pure and strong and defeat the evil Kaven.

Fin and Brianna finally work out their own issues. This is a good solid little story. I call it comfort reading. I would start at t
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first book was about Iona, the second book about Conner, and now book three moves onto Branna. This was my favorite of the trilogy. The relationship between Branna and Fin is intense and complicated. The love they have for each other is strong and pure. This final adventure of the O'Dwyer clan made my heart happy. There are a few surprise revelations that made perfect sense and made me wonder why I hadn't thought them. Nora Roberts is an amazing storyteller and does an excellent job throwing ...more
I just realized that I never actually reviewed this. Well, it was my favorite in the series, by far, which yay for that cause it's the ender. I've always loved Branna (strong, resilient, nurturing) and Fin (intense, quiet, protective), and together, they're explosive. Passion, fire, all-consuming love. I'm so, so glad the two of them finally got their happily-ever-after because they deserved it. I also adore the relationships between all six members of the circle. They're a tightknit group o ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Let me preface by saying I love Nora Roberts and her Circle Trilogy is one of my all-time favorite series. That being said, when she wrote how slow and painstaking Branna's progress was at a couple of points, I couldn't help but compare that with my progress with the book. It felt so slow to me and I got to the point of just wanting to be through with it. (I am not one to leave any book I start unfinished). The finale was fine and the last chapter a little more engaging, but by then she had basi ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Branna and Fin's story even though the first half of it broke my heart. I just can't imagine the pain to love someone that much and not beeing able to be together. All in all I think it ended just right. ♥♥♥ ...more
Ashley Daviau
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Nora Roberts but this is my favourite kind of her books to read. Just the right amount of romance and witchiness and she’s hit the magic recipe! I read the first two books ages ago so I was fuzzy on the details at first but once I got back into it, I fell right back in love with this story and these characters! I thought the ending was great as well, it was the perfect ending to an excellent trilogy!
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ugh yes, my soul is happy.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Gosh I'm so glad I'm done with this one. It was one long and boring ending of an already severely boring story.

Lots of arguing about why Finn couldn't be, isn't, and won't.

So, off I go onto something better.

May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE LOVE Nora Roberts acan not wait for the final book to release
*Warning: Minor spoilers regarding storyline of previous books contained in this review*

I was excited to say I have finished my first Nora Roberts series. The Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy was a series that really changed my mind about the romance genre. It also helped eliminate all those preconceived notions I had about Nora Roberts.

Although some of what I was expecting was met in these books, I did find myself surprised by a few things. Most of all, I am surprised by how little I liked this book. I
Chelsea B
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her book ...more

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