Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

November 10th, 2013 Kimberly Review 65 Comments

10th Nov
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Dark Witch
by Nora Roberts
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits. Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives. When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package. Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts and love her tales involving a little paranormal woo-woo. Dark Witch is the first book in her new Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, and I was eager to read it. I preordered this puppy and devoured it in a single day. Set in Ireland, with witches, curses, and evil this paranormal romance offers the perfect read for a cold fall night by the fire. Mini review: Magical, suspenseful with interesting characters and lore that draw you in and make you scream, “More!”

The book begins in the middle ages where we meet the Dark Witch and her three children. We also face the evil sorcerer who pursues her. Spells are cast, fate is set and then we are brought to present day Ireland to the day Iona Sheehan arrives in County Mayo. A blonde haired American and horse lover she has sold all of her possessions to move to the place of her ancestors. As a young child, her Nan shared the family history and spoke of the lush country side. The tale that unfolds draws together those from the legend. Iona begins to feel happy and at home for the first time, but evil draws near, and battle will soon begin.

From the beginning, I liked Iona, and as we got to know her I began to adore this feisty, warm-hearted, smart and fierce woman. A horse lover and one who just says what she thinks, I loved her snark, honesty and got caught up in her enthusiasm for life. She meets her cousins Branna and Conner, and they are all descendants of the Dark Witch. Each possesses power and Iona begins to harness hers. I liked them both. Branna is sort of the leader/mother figure and is hard and demanding of herself. She is probably the most complex character, and I look forward to seeing her revealed. Conner is sweet, even tempered and loyal to his friends and family. He was cute, and I am anxious to see what he is made of. Iona meets Boyle McGarth, who manages a stable. He is tall, broad, true and strong. Words don’t come easy to him, and I enjoyed watching them interact. Every time she looks at him she gets butterflies in her stomach. Boyle’s world is turned upside down by this pixie of a woman, and I loved the banter that develops. While the romance was nice it wasn’t my favorite. Thankfully it is served as a side dish to the overall arc. We also meet Fin; he owns the stables Boyle manages and may I just say oh-la-la. He is a key player in the overall arc, and you will have to discover why for yourself. We also meet Branna’s best friend and fellow stable worker Meara. These folks quickly become an intricate part of Iona’s life and will all play a role in battling the evil. Roberts did a lovely job of introduces them all, and I find myself connected and eager to learn more about them.

In Dark Witch, Nora Roberts weaves legends and magic against the beautiful landscape of Ireland with a story that grabbed me from the onset. Each book will share a romance with one of the cousins and bring us closer to destroying evil. I loved all the supernatural elements, and the spells. Each witch is tied to an animal, and I loved this element. This is a romantic mystery, and has powerful friendships which drawn on each other, and enhanced the tale. Fans of the Sign of Seven Trilogy and Gallaghers of Ardmore will immediately feel at home. While this is a stronger tale then Signs of Seven, it still has a predictable feeling, and was my only complaint. The romance had a little insta-love feel, but Robert’s slowed things down and made it believable. She has a gift for taking magic, legends, and supernatural elements and making them feel very real and powerful.

Fans of paranormal romance, witches, mysteries and Irish settings will enjoy Dark Witch. This was an exciting start to the trilogy. Shadow Spell the second book is due out in May of 2014 and will feature Conner. Blood Magick,the third book,will be Branna’s story and is due out in the fall.

Three and half cups of Irish coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times–bestselling author of Whiskey Beach, The Witness, Chasing Fire, and The Search, among other titles. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series, written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her novels in print.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat…

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65 Responses to “Dark Witch by Nora Roberts”

  1. Elizabeth B

    I’ve actually never read any book by Nora Roberts, but this one will probably be my first. Everything about it sounds SO good!

  2. Berls

    Oh I think this is a must-read for me. I get nervous when books are set in the Middle Ages b/c I’m a Medieval Historian and can have a hard time separating work from fiction, but I think this one is set in enough of a fantasy plot to make me forget to critique the historical elements. It’s been a while since I read a Nora Roberts book – guess it’s time to pick her up again! Great review 🙂

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  3. Lily B

    I just got this book this week from a contest I won and I am soooo happy!!! you have no idea how excited I am to read your review and learn that this book is as good as I am hoping it would be. Honestly I Myself never read Nora Roberts before so I don’t know what to expect. But if you devoured it – I am betting on the same feeling!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Squee..i am happy for you, and I love all the witchy stuff and prophecies 🙂

  4. Pamela D

    I haven’t read Nora Roberts in a while, but I loved a trilogy that she wrote a few years ago about three women and three magic keys (I can’t remember the details). I will have to check this one out! 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoy her books, especially those with a little paranormal element.

  5. Chene Sterckx

    I have been so excited for this book and waited for your review since I saw you got it and started it on Goodreads 🙂 I am so glad you enjoyed it and I hope I get to it soon! How on earth do you manage your reading list 😉

    Great review Kimba!

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  6. Silvia

    I still haven’t read any of Nora Roberts’ titles but I do have a few at home. Now, I must say that if I had this one in particular, I would probably read it right away! As you know, I’m a big fan of paranormal romance and if you include the right dose of mystery in it, then you get my completely attention. And Irish settings? Yep, it’s pretty safe to say you recommend something I can’t say no to! Thanks, Kimberly! 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes this one has a lot of my favorite elements going for it…and the Ireland setting..woot!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoy her books, especially her trilogies with paranormal elements. thanks Carmel 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *giggles* I heard Kat Richardson the author of the Greywalker series say that in a podcast and I love it. It is one of my favs.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am a sucker for this setting Christine and love the prophecy and witchcraft.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoyed the Circle too Kay, I read her Bride Quartet series, it was wonderful as well.

  7. Michaela

    I love me some Nora Roberts but I don’t think I have ever read any of her paranormal books, I have always been pulled to her more romantic novel. I did however grab this book when I saw it just because it looked so interesting. I’m happy to know that I won’t be disappointed :). Wonderful review!

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  8. kimberlybuggie

    I’m so glad you reviewed this! Great review!
    OMG I love Nora Roberts and can’t wait to read this one. i saw it when it was released and haven’t been able to grab a copy yet. Now I’m going to go out this weekend and finally get it!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Michelle I always have a good time when I read her books 🙂

  9. Jenna

    I can’t wait to read this one. I think I prefer her trilogies without paranormal, just because I think others do it better, but that’s not going to stop me from reading a Nora Roberts book. I did like the paranormal in the Sign of Seven trilogy better than some of the others she’s done.

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  10. Diamond Nazaneen

    Ok, i know I read your review, but if I did I’d see my comment, which isn’t here..meaning I didn’t read it. Been puzzling over that for a few minutes now and I just realized it’s bc I read it on goodreads LOL >.< ahh I crack myself up.
    Anyway! I haven't read Nora Roberts yet due to my discrimination against straight romance authors. It's a prejudice that has to stop! I just read some Kresley Cole romance and decided I need to change my horrible beliefs haha, seriously though! This book looks so good and I'm dying to buy it. It's on my wishlist, so I'm sure I'll get it soon 🙂

    Great review!

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    • Diamond Nazaneen

      By straight romance authors I meant…strictly romance (not another genre blended with romance) reading that back it didn’t sound right hahah!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I use to loathe straight up contemporaries, but this year I have been adoring them. I do love the paranormal woo-woo in this trilogy though!