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.
Nora Roberts, Dark Witch is the first book in the Cousin O’Dwyer Trilogy.
Dark Witch intrigued me before I even started reading it when I found out it was about witches, which was a new class of paranormal for me. Aside from the witchcraft aspect the characters are very normal and fit into modern day. They have struggles with relationships in their romantic lives just like the rest of us, they have jobs and go to work, and they have friends. The difference is they have to look out for swirling black masses of fog that turn into ancient evil sorcerers when they walk to work.
Nora starts us with a glimpse into the past, giving us the entire reason for our modern day characters plight. The evil sorcerer, who in Sorcha’s time was just an advisory not an ancient evil, torments Sorcha, the Dark Witch and her three children. A battle ensues and its outcome is what decides the fate of our current characters.
Iona Sheehan an American, who has been told by her grandmother her whole life about witches and magick, decides to set off to Ireland to join her cousins. Her decision seals all their fates and there is no turning back when she decides to stay. Her and her cousins must discover a way to defeat what remains of the evil from Sorcha’s time but will their plan be enough or will they only succeed in angering the sorcerer who has waited hundreds of years to absorb their powers.
I enjoy books that have idealic setting like Ireland and this book provides such a setting.
I find the relationship between Iona and her grandmother highly relatable. I have a similar relationship to my grandmother. I like Iona but she is a jump feet first sort and I prefer to look before I leap more like her cousin Branna. I worried if Iona’s attitude toward life would jeopardize them all. But that’s why books are so nice because we get to experience things in ways we normally wouldn’t.