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Jun 30 2014

Shadow spell by Nora Roberts

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Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy, bk 2. Piatkus, 2014. ISBN 9780749958626.
(Age: Adult) Fantasy. Romance. The second book in the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy following Dark Witch, concentrates on gorgeous Connor O'Dwyer and Meara Quinn. Meara is convinced that love is not for her. Scarred by her childhood, she is happy to have an affair with Connor, but falling in love is not on her agenda. However danger threatens the circle of O'Dwyers and friends and Connor must face the evil Cabhan, who knows that if he can get to Meara the circle will be broken.
Another of Roberts' Irish trilogies, long time fans of her writing will feel a lot of familiarity with her characters and the way she often uses the trilogy, with three men and three women as the main protagonists overcoming evil and falling in love. Her setting of hawks and horses is a change of pace and the time travel back to an older Ireland with characters developing in that period, adds interest to the series.
I was eager to read the second in the series and found it very enjoyable and easy to read if somewhat predictable. Readers new to Nora Roberts would find it even more enjoyable, and are sure to become fans, as her combination of romance, danger, friendship, strong women, gorgeous men and the supernatural is always entertaining.
I look forward to reading the next in the series as Finn and Branna's romance develops and the quest against evil continues.
Pat Pledger

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