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Magic and romance, a combination that Nora Roberts again delivered
am 1. Januar 2015
‘Shadow Spell’ written by Nora Roberts is second installment in ‘The Cousins O’Dwyer’ trilogy that brings a continuation of successful formula – a love story wrapped in magical setting.
In first part of trilogy reader was introduced to Iona Sheehan who left whole past life behind her and moved from Baltimore to County Mayo in Ireland, where her family originates.
Iona is searching for her cousins that her grandmother spoke a lot about - a Dark Witch Branna and Connor O'Dwyer, in order to finally understand something about herself that she still cannot understand and find the thread that connects her life to the past of her family. Iona will be warmly accepted by her relatives and will be offered to care and ride horses, a job that she dreamed of.
The story in the present will be interweaved with the stories of the past while reader learns about Sorcha, who was the first Dark Witch that courageously fought with an evil sorcerer named Cabhan. Sorcha’s magical abilities passed on her three children that need to repeat the same procedure with their descendants and so the story will bring reader up to the present time, to Iona’s coming.
The magical circle is now complete and while gradually through the story a romance between Iona and the stables owner, Boyle McGrath is developing, the three cousins need to fight together what remained of their old family nemesis Cabhan…
The second part of the trilogy Roberts has written in a way that it can be read as a stand-alone although because of the many references it will be more comprehensible to those who have read the predecessor.
‘Shadow Spell’ speaks about other two of twelve characters the previous novel introduced - Meara Quinn and Connor O'Dwyer - longtime friends who will one night because of a kiss realize that something much more serious is starting to happen between them. Both Meara and Connor are asking themselves whether they will lose their friendship for love what is even more important because of the close ties and common villain that all main characters of this story share…
Nora Roberts with her second novel picks up where the first stopped, elaborating new story events that are mainly concerned to two new central characters, not neglecting overall plot that slowly unravels introducing reader to the final part of the trilogy, which will soon follow.
Great was her idea to place the story in Ireland which in her description becomes very magical place, a perfect setting for an action that is happening on the pages of her novel.
Although the story may be objected for the occasional predictable events or general direction in which the story goes, still this is a book that will be highly welcomed by fans of author’s work, previous ‘Cousins O’Dwyer’ installment and all those that love to read about magic and romance, a combination that Nora Roberts once again successfully delivered.