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Of Spells and Shadows (Courts of Draiochta, #1)

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Two eunuchs and a virgin walk into a bar...

Orphaned as a child and desperate to belong to someone, Kinsey Fletcher will do anything to find her uncle--her last living relative. This young witch has an impenetrable bond with Colin Ward, the wolf who saved her as a child, but nothing can replace the unconditional love that was stripped from her so long ago. When Dominic, the
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Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Moonbound Books
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Nikki Brooks
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two eunuchs and a virgin walk into a bar..is the snappiest tag line into a book!!! I was totally hooked just from that line!

Kinsey is from a magical factory but her skill level is essentially a squib! She can do very minor magic but her spells don't last long and they take a lot out of her. When the magical leaders, the Mathairs, request she go on a mission to trace a long lost relative, she leaps at the chance to find fmaily, no matter how remote. But when said relative is Rossi (See the Moonbo
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Jean Smith
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great beginning to the Moonbound spin-off series.

When I first began reading Of Spells and Shadows I wasn’t sure where the series was headed or if it had any tie into the previous series. That understanding came much further into the book. Suffice it to say, yes there is a tie in. For further clarification, the Courts of Draiochta series takes place directly after the Moonbound series. Rather than one villain we now have a whole messed up culture permeated with self-righteous entitlement. And o
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KelticKat
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay I have to admit what drew me to this story was the cover! You pretty much nab me with anything Celtic!

But this story is so much more. This world is so beautifully woven with intrigue and mysteries that it simply swept me away!

Kinsey is a witch, but one with such nominal powers that she is sent to live in the real world - away from the court. Kinsey works as a librarian and adores ancient texts and magical books.

She has basically one friend and ally, a wolf shifter named Colin - he has been
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Denise
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, romances
I loved reading about the hidden kingdom of witches and wolves in Avebury, England. This is a place where the witches are in charge and the wolves are basically enslaved as knight protectors. The males have their sexual desires repressed as they cannot complete the deed. This appears to be a way for the witches to ensure control.
The witches learn that the dreaded Adrian Rossi, of Moonbound fame, has been reported to be in America. The witches decide to send his niece, Kinsey, along with Colin a
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Sharon Richmond
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Of Spells and Shadows ( Courts of Draiochta, Book #1) by Camryn Rhys and Krystal Shannan 5 Stars

Wow, what a great new twist with wolves and witches. I can't wait to see where this series goes. It is fascinating to read.

Dom is a knight of the court and not what a typical knight you think about. He is paired with a witch in this court for the purpose of, well that gets most interesting in the story, it is definitely different but in a great way.

Kinsey is a witch or is she? This took me a while to
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Miranda Beazley
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had a different vibe to the other books written by Krystal Shannon and Camryn Rhys. It shows a different perspective of witches and wolves to those we've read about in the moonbound series and somewhere Texas series. Although all these books do tie in together in places.

I found it slow to start and did have some difficulty getting to like the characters, however once things started getting series I found myself drawn more and more into the story. I loved the integration of the somewhe
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Tish Delanoy
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two eunuchs and a virgin walk into a bar.... how can ya not enjoy a book that starts out that way. Truth is, you can't. This was a magically wonderful book from the very first chapter clear to the end. It's exciting and very fascinating. I really enjoyed how it wasn't a cookie cutter type book, it's uniqueness is one of the things that made it great. I'm really looking forward to more of this series.

(I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book)
Mary Clark
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Agnes, Elen and Miriam are powerful, dangerous witches, known as the Mathairs; although surrounded by wolves, they didn’t trust them or cared about their opinions. When Adrian Rossi’s name is mentioned, it invokes terror; his whole existence needs to be obliterated completely for the sake of magick. Blood and family means everything to Kinsey, so she is ecstatic when the Mathairs ask her to go to America to find Adrian; she is his great-niece, but also the bait. Colin and Dominic are to accompan ...more
Tara Dorough
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying this. If you are familiar with Camryn Rhys and Krystal Shannan's Von Brandt wolves and Somewhere,Tx or their Moonbound series then this new series will be a great addition. Don't let confusion stop you from figuring it all out. It does start off sounding unlike either of those series. It's about a quarter of the way into the book before the connections really start. You will see hints here and there and just when you think you aren't reading part of the expanded world of t ...more
Dawn
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of Spells and Shadows, the first in the Courts of Draiochta series, is another excellent entry in the Moonbound World created by Camryn Rhys & Krystal Shannan. This is a story of Witches and Werewolves, with a medieval-esque atmosphere set in the modern world. Kinsey and Dom are the Witch and Werewolf fighting against tradition to survive while trying to find Kinsey's last living relative. Unbeknownst to them, they are being given a task that is intended to send them to their death. With the ...more
Charlene
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kinsey Fletcher has always felt alone, ever since her mother’s death when she was a child, and though she may have a bond with Colin, she has struggled to find some semblance of family. Colin Ward and Dominic Atwood are half-brothers, one raised as royalty and the other a member of the Knights.
When the Mathairs, the witch council of the Court of Draiochta, send the trio to America to locate, and somehow retrieve, Kinsey’s long lost uncle, they soon find themselves in the midst of Somewhere, Tex
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iliana G
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and this is it.

Once more the authors left us with soooo many questions and so many whys and so many oh my gods that you simply neeed need need need the next book like now!

They took us into an amazing adventure that was well written with some very known characters but also they have built a bright new complex world that is thrilling and will make you want to know more.

I have to say that i am kinda mad at the authors....
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Laurel Johnson
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This writing duo never seizes to amaze me. They write paranormal books like no other duo. After reading their Moonbound series I was excited to read this book.

Everything you could want in a paranormal book!! Witches and wolves, intrigue, and page turning excitement plus the added bonus of being in Sanctuary, TX. There is so much to this story that I can't even begin to tell you about it without spoiling it. For a book that is everything you could ask for and will keep you spellbound from beginni
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Tammy
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced read that transports you to a whole new world. I really liked this read and was hooked from beginning to end. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Shannon Davison
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story. I was glued to my kindle until the last page. So many secrets to uncover. I can't wait for the next book. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Krystal Macias
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
When you hear of a spinoff of a series you've read you cant help but get excited about it. Though this is very different it is still quite fascinating and fulfilling!

Kinsey has only known loss and all she wants is to belong to a family. So when she hears of a relative she is more than willing to help out even if only for selfish reasons. Though this girl is nowhere near selfish.

Colin is a knight who has been in love with Kinsey for so long. When he is assigned to go with her to the states he is
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Daria
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it


In a world of Witches who rule supreme and use wolves as second class citizens closer to slaves. Krystal and Camyrn weave a story that will have you quickly spellbound, in a world full of excitement and intrigue.

To say we cant pick our family doesn’t mean we wouldn’t want to. The young witch that was found under the body of her mother lived almost a non existent life with her “family” they all but ignored her leaving her to her books.

The wolves Colin who’s loved her from the beginning, Domini
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Rebecca Austin
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Kinsey Fletcher is a witch who lives with her Great Aunt Lydia in England. Her world is one of limited magic and many secrets. Kinsey has no idea on why her aunt doesn't want her around and what secrets are being kept from her.

Colin Ward has wanted Kinsey for years. He is a wolf that works for the royal family, The Mathairs, and is asked to go to the United States to see if he can help Kinsey find her uncle, Adrian Rossi. Accompanying them both is Dominic Atwood, the Captain of the Wolf Guard wh
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Nicole
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Of Spells and Shadows by Camryn Rhys and Krystal Shannan is Book 1 in the Courts of Draiochta series.

If you have read Camryn and Krystals Moonbound books or The Somewhere, Texas books then you are aware of the VonBrandts and the Moonbound Curse. The Courts of Draiochta expand on this world and almost show a flip side to what we already know. We begin in England and discover the Mathairs, the British Wolves who fight for and protect the British Witches and we a found into a world of Courts, Knigh
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Karen
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by either of these authors and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If like me you love books that has both Witches and Shifters then you're in for a treat with this one. The story has plenty of action and the twist at the end was genius. Kinsey is a witch but not a very good witch who was orphaned as a young child and is desperate to belong. She will do anything for the old crone who she has believed to be her aunt since her mother was tragically killed, that is until she ...more
T.M. Payne
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book: Of Spells and Shadows (Courts of Draiochta, Book #1)
Author: Camryn Rhys , Krystal Shannan
Publication Date:12/20/2016
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne-Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars

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This new series gives us Courts, Knights, Eunuchs, and oh yea we get witches who need protection or do they?
Can we say wow because we are definitely wow'd in this book. Kinsey has no family or at least she thought that and now to find out she does and oh wait for it.. he is the evil Adrian Rossi.

We have two alph
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Jessica Mitchell
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay so this book will tie in with a couple other books. So if you haven't read any of the Moon Bound books, you could get a little lost in names.
Kinsey Fletcher is a low grade witch with very little magic. So she has been called useless most of her life. When her mother dies and leaves her with what she thought was blood. She finds out that she may have an uncle. She is all up for the mission to find him. Only she finds out more than she bargains for while in America visiting Texas to find him.
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Sydney Hopke
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This was I have to say one of my favorite reads of 2016. When I read what this was about I was intrigued and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down!

Kinsey is a witch that doesn't have much magic and thinks her only relative is an aunt who doesn't treat her that well . The bright point in her life is her friendship with Colin but he feels more then just friendship. When she's sent to America to find an uncle she didn't know she had she accompanied by Colin and his half brother Dom.
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Linda
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
She was orphaned and placed with an aunt that never treated her like family. Now, she is told she has an uncle in the US and the witches need her help to bring him home. They assign two of the guard members to go with her. One is recently demoted from his position as captain. The other has been her friend for years but wants more from her. They go on a dangerous journey and it reveals who are true friends and who are actually her enemies. Kinsey finds out that she has been lied to her whole life ...more
Coral Mitchell
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kinsey Fletcher will do anything to find her uncle, her last living relative. This young witch has an impenetrable bond with Colin Ward, the wolf who saved her as a child. When Dominic, the Captain of the wolf guard, is tasked to escort Kinsey to America to find this absent uncle, Colin's jealousy puts the trio at risk. Kinsey belongs to him, only to him. America doesn't provide Kinsey with the joy she so desperately searched for. The magickal world is corrupt and full of politics, betrayal, and ...more
Irma Lero
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of Spells and Shadows is a great read that has Warewolves, Witches and magik that takes Kinsey, Colin and Dominic from the Court of Draiochta in England to one of my favorite places - Somewhere, Texas (where the Authors have us visiting the VonBrandts) in search of Adrian Rossi from the Moonbound Series and bring him back to England

This fast paced, very intense read took me on an adventure where I didn't want to put the book down. Loved the storyline and how the authors tied the book to the Moon
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Elaine Swinney
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book. I chose to write a review. When I started the book I wasn't sure I would like it, but as I continued to read I fell in love with the characters. Then when characters from the Moonbound books started showing up I was hooked. This one is well written and worth your time and effort. I can't wait for the next book, to see where it will take us. Camryn Rhys and Krystal Shannan have become two of my favorite authors. I encourage everyone who reads paranor ...more
Raina Collins
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Can you trust a witch? If it is Kinsey, then yes. This new series can be confusing in the beginning if you haven't read some of the Moon Bound series. I haven't and it took some time to figure things out, but by the end I was pulled in and didn't want it to end. The story rotates around Kinsey, but we read it through several different pairs of eyes. From the beginning you learn not to trust anyone and that secrets are everywhere. And the story leaves so much for the next books. Can't wait.

I vol
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Barbara
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book one in the Courts of Draiochta series and I am going to be following the rest of this series. Kinsey Fletcher a young witch, Colin Ward a knight and wolf who saved her as a child and Dominic, the captain of the wolf guard as they go to America to look for her uncle. Who are the Mathairs? This is a continuation of the Von Brandt Pack of Somewhere, Texas there is jealousy , mistrust, passion and we learn more of Rossi. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
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Camryn Rhys grew up on the border of Canada and the US, and still hasn’t decided which country to call home. She splits her time between the Alberta and Montana Rocky Mountains, with friends and family in both beautiful locations. After running her own restaurant for several years and acquiring advanced degrees in writing, foodie romance seemed the only logical option. When she’s not watching the ...more
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