Shadow Spell is the second book in The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy but I find I may not have needed to read the first book, Dark Witch.
Yes I enjoyed reading it but if you’re a person who likes to skip ahead you could skip the first book. There would be some back-story elements that are missed but I feel they are referred to enough to catch up a reader in this book.
Shadow Spell is a paranormal suspense set in Ireland. A group of three cousins, Iona, Conner and Branna, are trying to vanquish an ancient evil that was created by the half destruction of Cabhan many years ago by their ancestor, Sorcha, the Dark Witch. Cabhan, the ancient evil has learned a new way to torment the cousins and their group of friends so they must attempt to destroy him or lose all that their family has struggled to keep for centuries. Cabhan attempts to turn them against each other, plant seeds of doubt and lure them with promises of grandeur. He focuses his efforts of destruction on Conner and Meara this time but only succeeds in bringing them closer together.
Meara story is really explored in this book. We learn about her past and insecurities. We get to watch her evolve and grow making her even more relatable to the reader. I feel like the Shadow Spell was supposed to be Conner’s story but I think Meara over shadowed him.
I still am drawn to Branna for her matriarchal nature and great sense of responsibility to her family and friends. I can relate to Meara’s guardedness and her insecurities about turning into her father. If she doesn’t overcome them she may doom them all to failure.