Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

May 13th, 2014 Kimberly Review 46 Comments

13th May
Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
Shadow Spell
by Nora Roberts
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Purchase
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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 Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess…things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle. Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves…

Shadow Spell is the second book in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts and once again we are back in Ireland as the descendants of the Dark Witch and their friends work to defeat the evil sorcerer named Cabhan. This is not a series to be read out of order, although Roberts does an excellent job of recapping. Mini review: Paranormal as only Roberts can do from spells to swoon-worthy kisses.

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 and fulfill their destiny.

2. If the friends to lovers’ trope is a favorite, you are sure to enjoy the romance that develops between Conner and Meara Quinn. Conner is tall and strong with a twinkle in his eye. He walks comfortably in his shoes and speaks to his hawks. He is patient and loyal, and you cannot help but adored him. Meara tends horses, does horseback tours and cares for her elderly mother. She guards her heart after it was damaged, but she is loyal and loves her friends. From that first jolt of electricity that ran through them when fear opened the door to their feelings I felt their connection.

3. If small-town settings make you want to get cozy by the fire then Shadow Spell will delight you. I loved how Roberts brought the Ireland countryside to life. She gives us a sweeping view and I long for the fields, the forest and gardens. The O’Dwyer cousins have surrounded themselves with good friends, and I loved the plotting to destroy Cabhan and intimate “family” dinners. Their friendships are strong and enviable.

4. While there is predictability in both the plot and the romances, Roberts’ weaved in hair-raising spells, strong friendships and an overall story arc filled with danger and suspense. I could feel the fog rising, taste the power of their spells and smell their fears. We even dream travel and get to meet the three children of the Dark Witch. The tale of destroying Cabhan is front and center as Roberts’ creates twists and danger. She continues to flesh out her characters and the story while serving up a delightful side of romance. Providing just the right amount of heat to curl your toes.

5. It’s rural Ireland, and I loved the language to their way of life. I suddenly have a need to go Hawking, ride a horse, and eat Guinness stew and then perhaps partake in some dancing. I also have to teach my hubby those Irish terms of endearment Conner whispers in Meara’s ear..*swoon*!

Shadow Spell was a welcome addition to the O’Dwyer trilogy and while predictable Roberts’ makes it her own and I quite enjoyed it. I am anxious for Blood Magic the final book which will release in October of 2014.

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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46 Responses to “Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts”

  1. Nick

    I love the friends-to-lovers trope, so I’m very curious about this book despite not being a huge fan of Nora Roberts (I KNOW!). Also, a book that is set in Ireland? I love international settings, so I think I might like this book.
    Great review, Kim!

  2. Franny

    I love witches and dark secrets, so I’m sure I’ll definitely enjoy this! I have book #1 at home, I guess this could easily be my next read!! 🙂

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  3. Kay

    I really am enjoying this trilogy a lot! I love witches, I love the Ireland setting, and I love all the characters. Although sometimes the dialogue gets a little repetitive about how they are all together and what not, it is still a good read. 🙂 I’m glad you are enjoying them as well.

  4. aurian

    Lovely review Kimba, thank you! I love Nora Roberts books, and eventually I will read this trilogy as well. I love her paranormal trilogies very much, they are amongst my favourite re-reads.

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  5. Lisa

    I probably shouldn’t admit this out loud, but I’m not really a Nora Roberts fan. *GASP* I know, I know… totally unacceptable. I don’t know why either. This one definitely sounds interesting though, and you’ve (almost) convinced me to give it a try. I’m going to add it to my wishlist. That’s a step in the right direction, right?! 😀

  6. Lily

    I actually haven’t read anything by Nora Roberts so i can’t really say much about whether i think i’d like this series or not. But i do like the realm the book is about. Great review 🙂
    Lily

  7. Livia

    Just saw a movie based on a Nora Roberts novel last night. It had some awesome paranormal elements too, reincarnation/ghosts kind of thing. It made me curious about the novel, but now I’m a lot more curious about this series.
    Awesome points!

  8. Melliane

    Oh Ireland and Witches? I love the mix! It’s been a while since I read a Nora Roberts books but I have like more than 30 books by her on my TBR pile so I need to go back to them before starting this one lol because it’s a lot. Thanks for the review.

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  9. Jessica

    And once again, it would be really tedious for me to throw ALL of your reasons back at you, but YES! x5 YES! I don’t know if I’ve already said this *hopes not* but Dark Witch was the first Nora Roberts book that I ever read, and I loved it. Definitely will be reading this one too 😉

  10. Lark

    Great review, Kimba! I loved the first book, liked this one a lot. Yes, the romance between Connor and Meara was telegraphed in the first book, so you knew it was coming, but they are so perfect for each other, and I loved watching it unfold. I can hardly wait for book three – I’ve already preordered it for my Kindle!

  11. Kristin

    Hmmmmm, I keep telling myself I need to pick up this series. Of course I still haven’t gotten back to the In Death series so the chases are…. UGH!!!!

    I’m making sure this is on my TBR, though b/c I love your review!!!!! *germ free hug*

  12. Lisa

    I read the first book in this serious and loved it. I can’t wait to start on this one. I definitely agree with your review!