Book Banter: The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy

Title: The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy: Dark Witch; Shadow Spell; and Blood Magick
Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Length: 965 pages

Where Stacie’s Copy Came From:  Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: A young mother pays with her life to protect her three children. The children are then committed to vanquishing the evil that tormented her and pledge not only their own lives but also the lives of their children until the curse is broken.

It is the current day O’Dwyer cousins who are able to fulfill that promise and banish the demon that has cursed their family for generations.

Banter Points: In typical Nora Robert’s trilogy fashion, there are two female relatives and one male who have a destiny to fulfill. It sounds so formulaic when it is laid out, but even knowing that good is more likely to triumph, and that everyone will fall madly in love, I still want to see exactly how it happens. The details of the story are what make it great. I love the details of the world, especially that this one was set in Ireland. The passionate relationships and tempers that flood the characters keep me turning the pages.

And it makes me question what it is about the writing, the story, the SOMETHING that keeps me coming back for more.

Bummer Points: I usually like one of the books best, and this one was no exception. Unfortunately, it was the first book in the trilogy rather than the last. The end was inevitable — as it always is with this sort of book — and I found myself rushing through the last title to confirm my suspicious mind rather than to enjoy the book.

Stacie’s Recommendation: A solid Nora Roberts Trilogy.


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