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  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1
  • Written by: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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Dark Witch

Written by: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
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Publisher's Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love...

Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy

Dark Witch

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives. When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself - and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope - and love - alive...

Don’t miss the other books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy:

Shadow Spell

Blood Magick

©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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It was way to cheesy and predictable. The characters were boring and lacked any depth. The women reading the story screamed a lot. It was hard to listen to.

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"So mote it be..."

If you read the Guardians trilogy then you're in familiar territory with the Dark Witch and the Cousins O'dwyer trilogy by Nora Roberts. Six friends band together to defeat a terrible villain, rooted in mythology. Aside from that, the series is it's own. Five friends and one distant cousin come together in Mayo, Ireland to reconnect with their magical heritage, take down an evil sorcerer that has been following their ancestors for centuries, all the while navigating love, loss, and family ties.

This particular book follows the inner thoughts and actions of Iona as she runs away to Ireland to find the home she's always been searching for. Katherine Kellgren does a good job of bringing the characters personality and distinct voices but tends to make the Irish women sound much older than they are written.

All in all, worth the read if you have a mind for romance, magic, and friendship.

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janice

truly enjoyed the book and the narrator did an excellent job. cant wait foe the next book in the series!

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Not a book for children

I liked the story, but couldn't finish as the book has too many 'f bombs' and too much sexual activity in it. Shame to ruin a good story with such vulgar.

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Why the Maggie Smith voice?

Good story line but the narrator has characters sounding like Maggie Smith. Don't get me wrong, I love Maggie Smith & her lovely voice but when the characters are in their mid to late 20's, it's hard to recognize which character she's is supposed to reading for unless names are used. I had to force my way through the reading, chanting that the next two books have different narrators because have how "off" most of the characters voices were. Geriatric voices for younger characters is all you can focus on. On the other hand at least I know what I am going to sound like when I am an 85 year old woman cursing and talking about my sex life 🤢

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everyone is an 80 year old lady except for SJP

could not finish... The narration was so bad I laughed for the first few hours then became increasinly more disturbed by the fact that she has one irish accent and they all get it. Sexy 20 ur old woman? shes 80 now. Sexy male lead? hes also an 80 year old lady. Cousin? also 8o

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A new favourite

I could not put this book down I couldn’t wait each day to pick up where I left off I never wanted the story to end it held my attention throughout the whole book it was so descriptive I was able to vision exactly what was going on in my mind this book has now become my favourite book and will enjoy hearing it over and over again

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Good story but unfortunately not a fan of the narrator

I am trying hard to like this book. But he narrator is difficult to listen to. Lots of times I can’t tell who is talking. Also they drag the words quite bit with the accent. I moved it to a faster 1.2 which helps but still doesn’t sound natural. It sounds like everyone is elderly. Anyways. I might have to just read the paper book for this one.

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Awesome Story

Well read. I love the stories because I don’t have to think about reality and in my head. This is what my reality would look like I love the time period. I love the romance,I love the way they defended. It was just all-around perfect story. The narrator did a great job expressing the views.

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Slow going and drags on

Katherine Kellgren is extremely loud and appears overly excited in few parts. Moving on to the next book, part 2.

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