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Dark Witch

Dark Witch

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren


Dark Witch

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

ratings:
4/5 (55 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Oct 29, 2013
ISBN:
9781480511217
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Dark Witch

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….

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 horseman, 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….

Released:
Oct 29, 2013
ISBN:
9781480511217
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 230 novels, including Legacy, The Awakening, Hideaway, Under Currents, The Chronicles of The One trilogy, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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  • (4/5)
    This book is about a magical family bloodline. It starts over 800 years ago and then goes to present time with Iona going to Ireland and meeting her cousins Brenna and Connor where she learns how to control her powers. This book is about family, love, trust and the power of believing in yourself. I enjoyed this book as I enjoy all Nora Roberts books. I love her trilogies. This is very enjoyable and I bet it's entertaining as an audio book too. I recommend this. I would have read it in a day if my work load wasn't so much right now. Can't wait for book two to come out. I'm already in the queue at the library.
  • (3/5)
    2 1/2 stars not my thing
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book, but it is so reminiscent of the Three Sisters Island trilogy, that I just can't bring myself to give it the fifth star. It feels like a reworking of old material, albeit a very good one.
  • (5/5)
    This book is yet another reason why Nora is one of my favorite authors. She has a way of drawing the reader in and finding it hard to set the book down until the very end. The fact that it takes place in Ireland, makes it even harder to stop reading.
    Iona has always felt like an outsider with her parents, job and life in general. Her Nan is the only person she felt close to and who taught her about the legacy passed on. With the financial support of her Nan, Iona quits her job, packs everything into two suitcases and sets out to make a life in Ireland, hoping that she can connect with distant family as well as her heritage. There she meets her cousins Branna and Connor who welcome her with open arms and Iona is able to find her niche, understanding that her connection with horses is another form passes from ancestors. Iona also finds, friendship and love in the form of the brooding Boyle who catches her eye from the start.
    Iona learns of an ancient evil known as Cabhan and several times uses instincts to combat the evil witch who seeks to take the power passed down to her and her cousins through generations.
    With the help of her cousins, Boyle, friends, her Nan and faith in herself, Iona learns how to embrace her destiny, use her powers and put a chink in the evil Cabhan's armor. She may be small in size but she is mighty in heart and is not to be underestimated.
    Full of humor, magic, love and the belief in family, I enjoyed every part of this story. I can't wait to see what is next in store!!
  • (3/5)
    Well, for all the fuss I made to get my hands on this book, it sure wasn't as AWESOME as I had expected...Iona Sheehan is a witch. But not just any witch. She's part of a magic trio meant to destroy a major evil. After so many years of never fitting in, she moves to Ireland, to live with her cousins, the O'Dwyers. The changes in her life are many more than discovering her heritage and developing her craft - with Boyle McGrath as her new boss, her love life just took a turn for the better. Or did it?I admit I was excited to find out that NR had written another magic-related trilogy. But the thing is, I've seen this kind of story before, told in another way,and for some reason it felt used and dull. Even the romance was something I had seen from NR.Though I have to give it to her - no one writes emotionally depressing scenes between couples the way she does! That moment in the stables really broke my heart - the way it always does. NR has the talent and the ways to make spectacular stories. So, honestly, I don't know what went wrong with this one. I'm just hoping the next ones won't let me yawning so much....
  • (2/5)
    I have a soft spot for books about witches and though I normal don't care for Nora Roberts overly emotional writing style, I do generally enjoy her paranormal,Ireland based books.

    BUT, I did not get into this one. The general plot was ok. It certainly had the potential to be as enjoyable as all her other "witch" books/series but I just did not get pulled in to the story.

    I did not much care for the any of the characters involved. They all just felt like carbon copies of the characters from her other Ireland based books(both the Irish and American characters in them). I guess I've grown bored of them all.
  • (5/5)
    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. I just can't get enough of her books! Yes this is a lot like other books she has written, but she just doesn't do it wrong.
  • (4/5)
    I was really surprised to find myself so enthralled with this one. It was suppose to be a filler read while brushing my teeth or eating but it kept drawing me back to it. I just had to find out what was going to happen next. I also found myself laughing out loud and tensing up when something exciting was happening. I could really relate to the main character and loved the closeness everybody felt to one another. I can't wait to dive into book two.
  • (3/5)
    Book 1 in a series. I picked up the audio version for a long drive because it's set in Ireland and I'll give anything with an Irish theme a chance. I've found Nora Roberts' books to be more misses than hits, but this one held my attention and I've now started Book 2. Likable characters and good dialogue, with enough humor thrown in to keep this story from taking itself too seriously. Nothing earth-shattering, but you could do worse if you're just trying to pass the time.
  • (3/5)
    Mwah, kind of liked it. It was a bit childish for my tastes.
  • (2/5)
    Nothing different... Nora Roberts has a formula - it works for her but if you read one of her trilogy - you pretty much read them all. Nice to play in the background if you are want something that you dont have to pay that much attention to.
  • (2/5)
    I enjoy Nora Roberts' books but I must admit along with other reviewers that it isn't one of her best. The Three Sisters Island was wonderful. I hadn't thought I would enjoy the witchcraft aspect but it was well written. This one is the first of a trilogy which one can almost predict how the other two will go. It somehow lacks the suspense and storyline that captivates me. I'm not sure if or when I will read the other books in this trilogy.
  • (5/5)
    Once again Nora Roberts blows me out of the water with her writing! 5 out of 5 stars all the way!
  • (4/5)
    When Boyle McGrath rides up to Iona Sheehan on a wild stallion 16 hands high she is immediately attracted to both. “Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horseman. How could he be three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all rolled into one big, bold package” (p. 85). American born Iona is newly arrived in Mayo, Ireland, having sold all her possessions to make the trip to the place where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed. With indifferent parents, her rock has been her Nan who told her about her lineage. Iona has booked a week in Castle Ashford and soon meets up with her cousins Branna and Connor O’Dwyer who invite her to move in with them. Now that Iona has arrived, they can join forces to battle an ancient evil that has stalked their family, one that dates back to 1263 when their ancestor Sorcha, the Dark Witch, did battle against the sorcerer Cabhan, whom she cursed and almost destroyed. One of Sorcha’s last acts was to imbue three copper bracelets with power and tie the horse, the hawk and the hound as protectors to her three children. Iona and her cousins have each inherited one of the amulets and now Cabhan is stalking Iona, seeking to destroy her and her cousins. A great story, some of the dialogue could be improved as I wasn't sure who was saying what, but I'm looking forward to the next book.
  • (2/5)
    There's a lot of weird rhyming in this book. Also it felt like at least half was written by a ghost writer program. Not impressed.
  • (3/5)
    I've never read Nora Roberts before but hopefully it won't be the last. Dark Witch featured witches and magic and was thoroughly enjoyable and obviously well researched. The author certainly knows her Ireland well.I wanted to return there myself with the way she described the old castles and the beautiful countryside... and of course the rain. I loved how she drew each of the characters, both from the past as well as into the present,and I fell in love with Iona myself. I am happy to see this is the first of a trilogy and I'll certainly be reading the rest. Jack Murphy
  • (3/5)
    Dark Witch by Nora Roberts#1 Cousins O'Dwyer trilogyHo-hum start to a trilogy about three cousins (witches) who come together as fated through time in order to defeat their ancestors' dark foe, a greedy and heartless man/supernatural being who was willing to barter with the Devil in order to obtain more power. He is now after the power the O'Dwyer family holds, after letting it slip through his fingers 750 years before. This first book focuses on Iona Sheehan, an American who moves to County Mayo, Ireland, in order to meet the cousins she has been told about by her grandmother, along with the family legend of "The Three Who Are One". She has her talisman, a copper pendant with the image of a horse, and a blossoming knowledge of her own magical power. She meets her cousins, Branna and Connor O'Dwyer, brother and sister, who have known their whole lives about their power and have been able to foster it. This is all new for Iona, and her cousins devote themselves to teaching her and preparing her for the battle they know will come.Helping them are three friends, also entwined within their lives and as close as family, are Boyle McGrath, Meara Quinn, and Finbar Burke. Boyle is as closed off as Iona is open, but she knows immediately that she's attracted to him and shares that knowledge freely, to his embarrassment and her new friends' mirth. He fights it as long as he can but is no match for the light she brings into his world. I'm assuming that Meara and Connor will be the next couple to be featured. There was nothing pointing to them having a thing for each other, just teasing back and forth, but the way Nora's trilogies work, I'm assuming they will find love together. Fin and Branna do have a shared history and obviously still love each other, but they were torn apart by the very supernatural entity they are planning to defeat. Trust will be the main divide between them and the lack of it will be what they have to overcome. As prickly as Branna is, I'm sure their relationship will be the final one needing resolution before they ultimately eliminate Cabhan, the evil one, in the third book. Good story, not great. This isn't up to par with other trilogies Nora Roberts is so well-loved for. She normally does such a wonderful job in showing us the bond between groups of friends or family members. Perhaps that will improve in the other books, but this one was missing something. This book definitely felt like a first book in a series that is just trying to establish the foundation. I love Nora, so I have faith that she will come through and the series will get better.
  • (4/5)
    Somewhat better than the last 2 or three series, although it reminds me strongly of other works by this author.
    Rating: 7/10
  • (3/5)
    This book has a strong beginning with the tale of the first Dark Witch in the 11th century. Then we come to the modern day and things slow considerably. I like the concept of this story, but writing feels like one of my students doing a last minute assignment. There seemed to be a lot of instances where words were out of order in sentences and the writing feels rushed. For me, the story was too simplistic and lacking good character and story development.
  • (2/5)
    Nothing special. The relationships are transparent and rushed with no addition to the boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back story line. I can already predict that book two in this trilogy will have Connor and Meara getting together, while book three will feature Fin and Branna and the actual defeat of Cabhan.
  • (3/5)
    This book was a disappointment! I feel like I read this book before - the witches, 'so mote it be', the star crossed lovers, etc. The characters even seem alike - looks, the way they behave, etc. Now, let's be realistic, after 200 books, characterization has to be a bit difficult but this entire book seemed recycled.I think this is the first time that i won't consider buying the sequel.
  • (3/5)
    I kept thinking I had read this one before. I even checked the publication date and searched my records to make sure, but I hadn't. It just feels so familiar. The plot is predictable and the characters are somewhat thin. But, heh! It was a quick, enjoyable, light read. Ireland, romance and magic. Not all bad.
  • (4/5)
    Started very slow but it picked up. Not among my faborite Nora Roberts books -- I'm not into the paranormal/witchcraft stuff that much or even the wonderful Ireland stuff but the writing was excellent, as always.
  • (4/5)
    This was a strong beginning to Roberts' new Irish based trilogy. The story is well grounded in her staples of family legends and magical realism. The character of Iona takes center stage as she leaves behind everything she knows in America to move to Ireland, find her cousins and complete the circle of three.
  • (4/5)
    It does have moments of twee but mostly succeeds in being not too Oirish for this reader. Iona Sheehan has gambled on moving from Baltimore, Maryland (not Baltimore, Co Cork) to her ancestral home in Cong, Co Mayo, where Ashford Castle and the Quiet Man cast a long shadow. To her family, however, it's a place where an ancestor was hounded to death by an evil practitioner of magic, looking to take her power for himself. She meets with two cousins and their friends and works on learning how to control her magical abilities and to deal with the all-too-attractive co-owner of a local riding school where she finds work, Boyle McGrath. She learns about life and love and about herself and the end leaves a lot of openings for the next story. It's pretty clearly flagged who is going to end up with who over the next two books but it's the trip that matters.It's nothing earth-shattering but I enjoyed the read.
  • (2/5)
    This one was so predictable that I had it all figured out in the first chapter.Even the magic and danger couldn't keep this one from being a bore for me.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. It had it all - location, family, friends, romance, magick, and a fight against evil. The story is set up in the first two chapters, where we have Sorcha, the original Dark Witch, and her three children. Her husband is off fighting and Sorcha is fighting illness. She is also fighting against an evil sorcerer, Cabhan, who wants her and her powers and is willing to do anything to get them. As the chapter ends she has split her powers among her three children and sent them away to protect them. She lies in wait for the sorcerer, to finish him off before she dies.Moving ahead to the present, we have Connor and Branna who are brother and sister descended from Sorcha. They sense the coming storm but know it will take three of them to form the bond that will defeat it. Enter Iona, their American cousin, who makes the circle complete. She is in search of a place where she feels she belongs, and finds it with her cousins. She also finds a job doing what she loves - working with horses. She feels an immediate connection with her boss, Boyle. But before they can think about a future together, they must deal with the return of the sorcerer.I loved the way that the idea of family and friends is so important. Besides Connor, Branna and Iona, there are also their friends Boyle, Fin and Meara. Each has a distinct personality that is important in the scheme of things. Branna is the leader, the one doing most of Iona's training. She is a bit of a loner, keeping a lot to herself. She has a history with Fin. They were childhood sweethearts, deeply in love, until they discovered that Fin is a descendent of Cabhan. Now she has trouble trusting him, even though she knows they need him in the coming troubles. Fin has never stopped loving Branna. He knows she doesn't trust him but he'll be there for her just the same. Connor is the easy going, social one of the group. He's friends with everyone and loves the ladies. He's sometimes caught in the middle of all the drama affecting the others. Meara has also been friends with them all her life. She and Branna are like sisters and she will be there to help however she is needed also. She has feelings for Connor, but he's oblivious.Then we have Iona and Boyle, the focus of this book. Iona has been searching for her place in the world and finally finds it in Ireland. In spite of a miserable upbringing with parents who just didn't seem to care, she has a sunny personality. I loved seeing the effect of that personality on Boyle, who is pretty serious. Her actions tend to keep him pretty off balance. There's an intense attraction between the two of them that has him pretty freaked out. It moves along quickly until it runs up against his fears and causes an emotional slowdown in their relationship. The whole scene with him, and later her girls' night with Branna and Meara to deal with it was very emotional. On the other side, I loved the way that Connor and Fin dealt with Boyle and made fun of his idiocy as only guys can do. I really enjoyed seeing Iona come into her own as Branna and the others trained her in the magick she needed to know. She went from very tentative and nervous at the beginning, to a growing confidence in her abilities through the rest of the book. I loved seeing the way that Boyle was there to support and protect her. Their connection was a huge part of the final confrontation in this book.One of my favorite things about this book was the setting. Nora Roberts always does anything Irish well and this was no exception. She spent time in this part of Ireland doing research for the books and it shows. Having visited County Mayo several years ago I was thrilled to recognize the places she described. Ashford Castle is located next to the village of Cong, just as described. I loved her mention of the filming of "The Quiet Man" there and the parade for Maureen O'Hara just a few years ago. I also loved her description of Ballintubber Abbey as it brought back my memories of walking those grounds myself. I have read some reviews that complain that this is simply a mashup of several of her previous series. While I can see the similarities, there is enough of a difference that I have not been disappointed in the book at all. I can't wait to read the next one.
  • (5/5)
    As always, Nora Roberts has written a powerful and engaging romance. Iona Sheehan has sold everything she owned and come to Ireland to look for a place where she can really belong and where she can be loved. She finds her cousins Branna and Connor O'Dwyer and she find that she is the third who has been long awaited. The three of them - along with their friends Meara, Fin and Boyle - have come together to destroy the black power who has wanted their magick since the 1200s. Iona is quickly immersed in learning the magick and falling in love with Boyle McGrath. He is just perfect for her with his loyalty and his strong love of horses. Except, he has never fallen in love and mucks it up a bit when it finally happens for him. Iona fears that he is just settling and she wants someone who is as willing to jump in feet first and with no reservations as she is. It takes time and effort for them to work out their differences.One of the great strengths of Roberts' books for me is the friendship thread. The three women - though Iona just arrived - quickly form a very strong friendship. The men - having grown up together - already have their friendship in place. It is deep and tested and strong.It is easy to see the romances that will be featured in the next two books of this trilogy. Branna and Fin have a past that split them apart but the love in each of them has never gone away. Despite Branna's fears, I can't help but believe that the two will work things out. Connor and Meara should be the third couple. Connor has been the love 'em and leave 'em type though never with the intent to cause harm and Meara is an Amazon - strong and determined - and not ready to open her heart to Connor only to be loved and left herself. I can't wait to read the other books in this trilogy. While I know that they will defeat the dark power that threatens them through magick and the power of love and friendship, I am eager to go along on the journey.
  • (5/5)
    5 STARSI love the characters. Lots of drama, action and romance. The story is gripping for the most part. The problems with the book is too many sex scenes and have to wait for the next book to come out.The setting is Ireland the past and now.The pace is good and keeps you reading to find out what would happen next.I bought the book on amazon and will read the next two books of the series.
  • (4/5)
    I received this book thru Goodreads first reads program. This was another great read from Nora Roberts. Although this story line reminded of past storylines, Nora Roberts fans will be captivated with magic, strong characters and suspense. I would recommend this book it is a quick read, I could not put it down!