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Shadow Spell

Shadow Spell

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Alan Smyth


Shadow Spell

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Alan Smyth

ratings:
4.5/5 (103 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Released:
Mar 25, 2014
ISBN:
9781480511248
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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 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.…

Released:
Mar 25, 2014
ISBN:
9781480511248
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)
    It was a solid read. I like other trilogies by her better, but this one is really enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    I really need to read trilogies when they have all been published so I can read one right into the other. It took me a little bit to remember what was going on with this six. They are trying to defeat Cabhan who is an evil person that has been haunting their families over the centuries. Like all Nora Roberts trilogies that have six people, the first book tow of them fall in love and decide to get married, the second book another two realize they have always been in love and decide to get married and in the third it is always the two stubborn ones who finally succumb to their lust/love for each other. This one it didn't seem like they did too much. There wasn't too much depth to the storyline. They were working, having sex and trying to decide how to defeat Cabhan. But this series and this book is a good summer beach read. It will keep you entertained.
  • (4/5)
    Slow in places, but Connor makes a memorable hero, charming, brave, and with a welcome sense of humor.
  • (5/5)
    This book at my attention from the beginning. Meara and Connor were meant to be together since they were kids but it's not until Connor has a run in with Cabhan that he realizes what has been in front of him all along. Meara however, isn't quite so easy to convince about her love for Connor. It is soon apparent that Cabhan is trying to attack those he thinks are weaker than him particularly Meara due to her connection with Connor. What Cabhan doesn't understand is that love and the bond of friendship is much stronger than any evil he tries to throw at Connor's family and friends.

    This book was full of adventure, fun, romance, magic and the belief that together with those you hold dearest, you can achieve anything. There were a few parts of the book that I needed tissues for.

    Will Meara realize what's right in front of her and will the group band together to finally destroy Cabhan? You'll have to read to find out. Trust me, it is well worth the wait to find out. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
  • (3/5)
    Very slow action. A few scenes that didn't add anything to the book. I liked the first book, but considered stopping this one half way through.
  • (3/5)
    I'm not sure why, but it didn't hold my interest and it took me a long time to get through it. Maybe because it was so much like other works. The writing itself is good, as always, but I keep comparing her later series with older works and they simply don't hold up.
    Rating: 6/10
  • (4/5)
    Usual Nora Roberts fare. Not as fast read as most of her books. Also, I didn't have a problem putting it down for chunks of time so the suspense was not as strong as most of her other books. But still an interesting setting in Ireland and semi-interesting characters, She writes great romance which is a saving grace in her books as well as the prose and dialog.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic story of friends to lovers as well as good versus evil. Connor and Meara have been friends all their lives, but that's about to change. There have been hints of the possibility, but neither has taken that step. The book starts out with a couple of chapters about the original three siblings who were involved in the fight with the evil Cabhan. The main focus is Eamon, the brother and ancestor to Connor. Like Connor, his affinity is to the hawk. Both are protective of their family and friends. Throughout the book, their stories are interwoven in a fascinating way, as they seek a way to destroy the evil that stalks their families.The relationship between Connor and Meara starts as that of a deep friendship. They accept each other for who they are. As the danger for the group increases, things start to change. When Connor is attacked and nearly dies, it brings the simmering chemistry between the two to the surface. Connor is quick to realize that what he feels is love, but Meara resists the idea. I loved Connor. He is a generally happy man, content in his work with the birds, comfortable in his identity as one of the O'Dwyer witches. He is loyal to and protective of his friends and the current crisis has those instincts working overtime. Besides fighting Cabhan for her safety, Connor also has to fight Meara's fear of commitment. I thought he had an amazing amount of patience as he waited for her accept the realiity of their feelings.Meara was a strong and independent woman, seemingly fearless, until she has to face her growing feelings for Connor. They've always been friends, but since the troubles with Cabhan began she's felt like something is changing. She's been feeling stirrings of attraction and she doesn't want to. She's afraid of what something like that could do to their friendship. Meara only sees the misery that romantic love can bring, as she has seen what her father's desertion did to her mother. She doesn't want to risk that for herself. When an attack by Cabhan nearly kills Connor, suddenly Meara is ready to acknowledge and act on the attraction between them. But she refuses to accept that it is more, and really freaks out when he tells her he loves her. This causes her to do something really stupid and puts her in grave danger. Though it eventually brings them closer, they are in for a tough time until then.The buildup of the trouble with Cabhan is intense. Because they hurt him at the end of the last book (Dark Witch), he isn't up to taking on the whole group. So the focus of his attacks is on trying to hurt them individually. Meara is his target most of the time and we see her strength and that of the others as they come to the rescue. We also see how he takes advantage of her vulnerabilities. I loved seeing how the group of six work with and support each other. Even though Meara and Boyle have no magick of their own, they are still integral parts of the plan. With each new encounter the intensity builds, until they are driven to take action at the end. Of course, as there is still another book to go, they are not completely successful, but the entire event had me in suspense as to how far it would go and if our people would come out safely.One of the best things about the series so far is the relationships among the six friends. There is respect for who and what they are. Even with Fin having the blood relationship to Cabhan, they all know what side of the battle he is on. I love the fact that they don't judge one another, even when mistakes are made. The problem is discussed and then they move on. I loved seeing the teasing that went on and how they could have fun even in the midst of all that stress. I am really looking forward to the next book with Branna and Fin. I can see that there is something in their history that has them wanting each other but is keeping them apart. I expect that they will have to deal with that before they are able to defeat Cabhan. It should be a wild ride.
  • (3/5)
    I was rather ambivalent towards Shadow Spell. I like this trilogy, but these two characters weren't my favorite. In the first installment, the female protagonist shared my character traits that I'm not fond of, but at least I liked their dynamic as a couple. Meara and Connor were boring, and I read them as characters, instead of real people, like I usually do with Nora Roberts. I'm glad this trilogy progressed and I can't wait to read Branna and Finbar's story, Blood Magick, on Halloween!
  • (4/5)
    While not a huge fan of the paranormal romance genre I am enjoying this series. It was wonderful to see Connor and Meara finally discover each other and I'm really looking forward to seeing Fin and Branna do the same... and of course, the final end of Caven.
  • (3/5)
    Very slow action. A few scenes that didn't add anything to the book. I liked the first book, but considered stopping this one half way through.
  • (4/5)
    Much better than the first book in the series. Looking forward to the last book.
  • (2/5)
    Slowed a bit in the middle for me as the chosen six seem to spend a lot of time planning for Samhain, when they will attempt to battle Cabhan again.
  • (4/5)
    This book continues the story of the O'Dwyer cousins fighting the evil Cahban. I read quite a few reviews that stated this story was very very similar to her Keys trilogy and Three Sisters trilogy. I think it was similar as there were three main characters in all of the books. However, these three cousins along with their three potential mates & the family that went before them have their own stories to tell. I like the detail & description of how they can travel between times and the chemistry between all of the characters. I am looking forward to the final book Blood Magick due out in October. This story centers around Connor & Meara.
  • (2/5)
    I was very excited after reading "Dark Witch" because I fell in love with the characters, and the setting of this series. Unfortunately, I realized something essential to reading Nora Roberts: She uses a formula. She pretty much used the same exact set up for this book as she did "Dark Witch". She takes the same story and plugs in different names, slightly different aspects, and BOOM! Brand new love story...kind of. It was still a fairly quick and enjoyable read, but once I finish this series, I don't think that I will look into much more Nora Roberts. She's just not my cup of tea.
  • (3/5)
    This is book two of the Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy. I enjoy Nora Roberts and have read all of her books. Unfortunately, this is my least favorite of her books that I have read. The characters are just too predictable and I feel like I have read them in other books and the names have been changed. The plot is also very similar to earlier Nora Roberts books. Plus there just isn't enough action. I think that these three book would have made one good book if all of the repetition was taken out. So it was an ok read by I was very disappointed.
  • (2/5)
    Horrible narration. I’m sure it would have been much better had Katherine Kellgren continued as narrator. In the first book, as usual with Nora Roberts, the female characters are strong and well rounded.
    This voice actor made the women sound whiny and complaining. Half the time I couldn’t tell which character was speaking as they all sounded the same.
    It’s a shame that he ruined a good story. I would love to listen to it again if performed by someone else.
  • (4/5)
    This book continues the story of the O'Dwyer cousins fighting the evil Cahban. I read quite a few reviews that stated this story was very very similar to her Keys trilogy and Three Sisters trilogy. I think it was similar as there were three main characters in all of the books. However, these three cousins along with their three potential mates & the family that went before them have their own stories to tell. I like the detail & description of how they can travel between times and the chemistry between all of the characters. I am looking forward to the final book Blood Magick due out in October. This story centers around Connor & Meara.
  • (4/5)
    Falconer Connor O’Dwyer is part of a circle of friends and family battling 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. Conner, his sister Branna and cousin Iona each inherited one of the amulets. But now Cabhan is stalking Connor's life-long friend Meara Quinn, seeking a weak link to break the circle of six. Meara and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback. That there is an attraction there is obvious to everyone but themselves. But when Connor has a brush with death the two are drawn more deeply to each other. Meara has issues with her father abandoning the family, and Connor has had many women in his life but no serious solid relationship. Cabhan stalking Meara is bringing out a deep rage in Connor which may effect the others. Great to be transported to mystical Ireland once again.
  • (5/5)
    As the second installment of this series, I really like the book. It provided the sight for the brother. I wish they would make this into a movie. This is my second time listening to it.
  • (3/5)
    the book is brilliant, but didn't like the narrator. weak performance
  • (4/5)
    “If you can’t yet believe you love me, you should believe I love you. I’ve never told you a lie, or not one that mattered, in your life.” – Connor O’DwyerSecond book in the series, and I gotta say, Connor really helped the whole ordeal here - meaning, if it wasn't for this cutie pie I would have dropped the book long ago, and abandoned ship, errr, this trilogy, I mean.Cabhan, the big bad evil, is back and even stronger, targetting the group of our six heroes and using some kind of shadow magic to become corporeal. The six will have to become better at teamwork, planning, and fighting, to survive him and to make sure he doesn't attack Sorcha's children to end things before they get started - as he has already proven he can. But that doesn't mean they don't have their own personal issues to deal with. Especially Meara Quinn and Connor O'Dwyer. When friendship becomes something much more intense, killing a dark sorcerer seems sometimes much easier...I've said it before, this reminds me of another series of NR, the one with the Three Sisters Island. Waaaaay too much. And it follows the same problematic steps that the second book of the Sign of Seven did. What were those, you may ask? Talking. Planning. Describing and explaining dreams and visions to the group of heroes. Aaaaand... repeat. All over again. All the way to the end of the book, where we FINALLY get to see some action. Don't get me wrong, I like seeing action scenes in Nora's stories. It's just... When it takes toooooo long to come, I'm a little fed up with all the talking and stuff. It explains a lot, yeah, but it's still tiresome on a certain level. The only thing that kept saving this book from the DNF state was, like I admitted, Connor. That yummy darling was such a sweetheart, I was cooing at my screen and swooning like crazy! The perfect combination between sweet and hot, manly and adorable, romantic and pervertedly goofy. Connor was a fresh breath of a male lead, and reminded me of one of the things this writer does well: create realistic characters, straight out of everyday life. His lines, his jokes, his gestures, everything was flawed perfection, and I loved it.Now, I don't want to be mean to Meara, but God woman there were times I wanted to strangle you in your sleep! How can someone so funny, so open-minded, so badass... be so stupid?! What is wrong with you!?! Distancing yourself, putting yourself and the team in danger, freaking out - and all because he said the three magic words! IT TAKES YEARS OF DEAD-END RELATIONSHIPS, BROKEN HEARTS, AND A SACRIFICE TO WHATEVER DEMON OR PAGAN GOD WILL BE WILLING TO LISTEN, FOR SOME WOMEN TO HEAR THOSE LITTLE WORDS!!! UNGRATEFUL IDIOT!Ok, ok, rant's over. Seriously, though, the book owes its four stars to Connor the darling, hands down. Hope Branna doesn't disappoint me the way her bestie did - though, judging by her behavior so far, I wouldn't be betting against it....“I love you, Connor, and ever will.” – Meara Quinn
  • (3/5)
    I'd give 4 stars for the witchy part of the story, but the poetic speeches that are part of the romance dimmed the appeal of the book for me. It was still a worthy read, but realistically only 3 stars for me. I first ordered Dark Witch because I thought it was going to be a paranormal story and it is, but in my naiveté about the romance genre and it's authors, it didn't really click with me that I had bought a book that was a romance first, and a paranormal read second. Still, I enjoyed it enough, and I was invested enough in the witchy part of the story, to want to see the big bad conquered and knew I was in for all three books. Shadow Spell is the story of Meara and Conner. She's pragmatic and strong and unfortunately a big walking cliche of "i-have-father-issues-and-will-never-let-myself-love-any-man". Conner is everybody's best mate and brimming with optimism and love. I'll stop there since this is such a well-worn device it's almost a spoiler in itself. Still, what little I've read of Nora Robers so far has left me a bit disappointed that she's fallen back on the 'damaged goods' plot device for this book. Luckily, in keeping with what I have read so far, we aren't made to constantly be drowning in the love; it's nicely balanced out with the parallel plot line involving the three witches. I am enjoying the paranormal story arc; the battle over the centuries between The Three and Cabhan, the evil, witch? sorcerer? Not sure what to call him, but he's deftly written so that the reader does not doubt that he's ruled by lust, greed, hunger for power. No redeeming qualities at all. Black vs. White, Dark vs. Light. I'm pretty sure I've cottoned on to how they'll ultimately defeat him, but until I find out if I'm correct or not, I'm enjoying watching the battles and preludes to war. Family, the power or friendship and love are constant themes as I suspect they are in all Ms. Roberts books, and while it's a bit heavy handed at times, she makes it work well enough. The third book will be, I think, the one I'll like best for lots of reasons, but the dynamic between Branna and Fin seems to me the one that offers the least possibilities for gooey romance. Only one way to find out, and I'll be looking forward to the next, and last, book.
  • (4/5)
    SHADOW SPELL is the middle book in the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy and suffers from some middle book problems. Clearly, the ancient enemy can't be defeated or what would be left for the final book? I did like the plotting and planning and spellwork that was done in preparation for their next battle with Cabhan though.The romance between Connor and Meara seemed to be inevitable. After all, they'd loved each other as friends since they were small children. It did take Meara being the focus of Cabhan in this story to make both of them realize that it was a lifetime love. Connor, because of his family background, was more open to love than Meara was.The heart of the story, for me, was the relationship among the six main characters. Friendship, love, and support are characteristics of a Nora Roberts book and were amply evidenced in this story. I will be eager to read the next book because I want to know how they manage to defeat Cabhan and am eager to find out how Branna and Fin work out their considerable differences.