Year One by Nora Roberts – a Review

Year One by Nora Roberts – a Review

 

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It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

 

 

Review:

Year One by Nora Roberts is the 1st book in her new Chronicles of the One trilogy. I am a big fan of Nora Roberts/JD Robb, and I absolutely have love every one of her trilogies.  Year One is a post apocalyptic dystopian, with a bit of fantasy, and a totally different type of storyline book for Nora, but there are some similarities.  Year One begins with a family on vacation, a hunting that kills something more than a bird, and the start of a lethal virus (The Doom) that will destroy most of the world. In a short period, 80% of the world’s population will die, leaving the survivors that are immune to the virus.

We meet along the way, three sets of characters, who will travel to find others in a world that is deep in devastation, desperation and darkness.  In a new beginning, we will always find the dark (evil) and the light (good), that will divide and separate all. Magic (witches, elves, etc) will also arise, causing another division among those with newfound powers that are used for good, and those who are evil and want to hurt others, and the humans with no power at all, bent on destroying all magic, and those who have it.

Max and Lana is a married couple,  who have some magic ability that they continue to learn about, and they are good people.  Together they will leave New York to find a safe place to live and find others. Arlys and Fred (she is an elf) work at the radio station, and leave together, as word comes that they will be in danger.  Rachel and Jonah, both medical professionals, who also leave to find safety, along with Katie, who just gave birth to twins.  Along the way in this dark and doom, they will all eventually meet to start with about 300 others a land they call New Hope.  When Lana becomes pregnant, everyone is beginning to feel comfortable, with hope.

But just when the light shines beautifully, evil rears its ugly head; everything changes, and the last quarter of the book becomes centered on one person.  The ‘One’ who is destined to be the savior of this new world; who must stop the darkness that threatens to destroy them all.  This is where Roberts changes the game, and throws us for a loop, as she rarely ever does this in her other trilogies.  There are surprises, twists and deaths we never saw coming.  The only thing I worry about is that I want to know what happens to wonderful great characters we got to know during the majority of the book, but were not part of it in the last quarter. 

I am holding my breath to see where Nora will take us in the next book.  Bravo to Nora Roberts for giving us a fantastic start to a fabulous breathtaking, emotional, tense and exciting storyline.  I am hoping we do not have to wait too long for the next book, as I am already on pins and needles.  Year One proves that Nora Roberts can write anything at all, and give us a fantastic story. I strongly sugges that you  read Year One.

Reviewed by Barb

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Island of Glass by Nora Roberts – a Review

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts – a Review

 

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As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the wolf within her…

An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love—and save them all…

 

Review:

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts is the final book in her wonderful Guardians Trilogy. As in all of Nora’s trilogies, each book brings together the designated couple to fight against evil; but most importantly, the three couples become friends, and always work together throughout the series to complete their mission. In Island of Glass, Riley and Doyle take the lead in finishing off Nerezza, the evil witch.  A refresher to those who have not read this series:  The six heroes (guardians) have been brought together by goddesses to find the 3 missing stars (water, fire & ice) to be able to defeat the evil goddess who will do anything to stop them, and turn the world into darkness. The 6 are Sasha, the seer; Bran, the magician; Sawyer, the traveler; Annika, the mermaid; Riley, the archaeologist and werewolf; and Doyle, the immortal swordsman The final star, the Star of Ice, brings the six to Ireland, which is Doyle and Bran’s homeland. 

As they prepare for their final battle with Nerezza, we get to see the relationship between Riley and Doyle change, as they both discover their feelings, and the knowledge that they were meant for each other.  Riley has always been a leader, with her knowledge from being an archaeologist and her toughness with the wolf inside her.  She was such a great heroine all through the series, and I loved how close she became to her “sisters”, Sasha and Annika.  This wasn’t an easy romance, as Doyle had issues from his immortality, and closing his heart centuries ago.  But the friendships, closeness and loyalty for the 6, helped Doyle open his heart again, thereby opening his heart to Riley.

They searched in various parts of Ireland, especially by Bran’s home, but Nerezza was there with her beasts to try and stop them, coming very close to killing Riley.  The last 1/3 of the book was very exciting, with pulse pounding action that kept me reading into the night, as I could not put the book down.  I had to know how this would end.  To tell too much more would be spoilers.  I will say that Nora Roberts does a fantastic job writing this finale to a wonderful fantastic conclusion.   

If you have not started this trilogy, you are missing a gem, which you will need to start with the first book, Stars of Fortune.  This is a fantastic three books that give us wonderful characters, as they all bond into wonderful friendships and loyalty to each other.  You will eventually fall in love with all three couples.  If you enjoy exciting suspenseful, action filled stories, great characters & romances, and evil villains, you should be reading every trilogy by Nora Roberts.  She always gives us fantastic trilogies.

Reviewed by Barb

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The Obsession by Nora Roberts – a Review

The Obsession by Nora Roberts – a Review

 

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“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

 

Review;

I just love a good Nora Roberts book.  She may be known in the world of literature as a romance writer, but her books are so much more then the romance between her hero and heroine.  The Obsession is a perfect example of this.  It’s a riveting, suspenseful, yet charming story.  Yes we have our romance between Xander Keaton and Naomi Carson(Bowes), but weaved into this romance is a mystery that involves  danger, murder and death.  All these elements had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting and praying that on the next page I’d find out who this person is that’s stalking Naomi and praying on the people around her.  Every time I thought I had an idea of who this mystery man was, Nora would drop another clue and I’d change my mind.  I will admit I never expected who the culpit was, I should’ve, the clues were there upon hindsight, but Nora was successful with the element of surprise for this reader anyways. 

No matter how hard Naomi has tried to put her past behind her, it’s always hovering on the edge of her life, causing her to keep her distance from people and living a quiet life.  However, things were about to change, and change for the good where Naomi is concerned.  Enter Xander Keaton, mechanic and lead singer of the town band The Wreckers.  I must confess I loved Xander from the get go.  He’s your typical alpha male on the outside, but underneath that macho stuff lies a man with a heart of gold.  Oh Xander………swoon, thud, ouch, rubs her backside, gets back into chair, resumes review. LOL!!  Yes okay Xander had me swooning on a few occasions.  His personality just jumps off the page and it’s hard to miss the connection and chemistry that Naomi and Xander have from their first meeting.  Xander is pretty much like a dog with a bone, he sets his sights on Naomi and vows to make Naomi his.  Just like Tag, the dog Naomi and Xander wind up rescuing from the side of the road and he talks Naomi into caring for him till he’s healthy.  She winds up keeping the dog, or is it the other way around? Tag winds up keeping her?  Sneaky Xander, that was step one to getting Naomi to open up and trust again.  I absolutely loved Xander’s pursuit of Naomi and watching him slowly but surely break through her defenses and bring her into the light and land of the living. Naomi is kind of like her photographs she takes, she’s developing into a whole new, more confident, trusting and courageous women.  Their romance is a sweet and steady climb, that just keeps building, all the while letting the reader learn more and more about our pair as individuals and as a couple. They really are well matched for each other. 

The cast of secondary characters is a strong, supporting and lively cast.  They help advance the story and bring an extra part and life of it’s own to the story.  The cast of characters is also instrumental in helping Naomi develop this new sense of self she possesses by books end.  She learns that even non-blood ties can become family if you only stop long enough to allow them too. 

If you are a Nora Roberts fan then you can’t go wrong with The Obsession. It’s a fast paced novel, with plenty happening all around.  A good solid romance, suspense, and murder to keep the reader on the edge of their seat soaking it all in to the very end. 

Until next time, happy reading everyone.

Reviewed by Marcie

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Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts – a Review

Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts – a Review

 

Bay of Sighs
Guardians Trilogy
by Nora Roberts
Release Date: June 14,2016

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Description:
To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…
 
Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star.
 
Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground…
 
And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled—the mermaid’s in the water and the traveler’s on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.

 

 

Review:

Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts is the 2nd book in her Guardians trilogy.  The first paragraph of the above description explains or reminds you of the premise of this series.  In the last book, Sasha, the seer, was instrumental in finding the first star, as well as finding her love in Bran.  However, it is important to note, that though each book will bring together two people as couples, the storyline in each book is a 6 person ensemble.  All 6 play important roles and work together throughout.  For a refresher, the 6 are Sasha, the seer; Bran, the magician; Sawyer, the traveler; Annika, the mermaid; Riley, the archaeologist and werewolf; and Doyle, the immortal swordsman.

Bay of Sighs starts off immediately after Stars of Fortune left off, with Sawyer have used his magical compass to bring all 6 to the island of Capri, and safe temporarily from Nerezza, the evil goddess and villain of this series.  Everyone knows they must find the next star (Water star) before Nerezza finds them, and they begin their search.   Sasha continues to have some visions giving them information on Nerezza or to warn them of an oncoming attack. They learn that a former enemy for both Sawyer and Riley has joined hands with Nerezza, escalating the danger.

In Bay of Sighs, Annika and Sawyer begin a romance that is destined to fail, since Anni must return to the sea and her people.  Will they find a way to stay together?   This was an exciting adventure, lots of action, danger and vicious attacks by creatures created by the villain. But amidst all of this, was the wonderful story of 6 people who are joined together to save the world from the threat of darkness; and along the way we watch their friendship and loyalty to each other grow.  This is something I have always loved about Nora, how she brings us a group of wonderful characters, whom we fall in love with.

I do not want to give any spoilers.  I will say it was fun to spend time with all of the 6 characters, watch their wonderful chemistry and teamwork.  It was a very exciting adventure, sweet romance, and so much action and danger throughout.  I loved Sawyer and Anni together.  She was a totally different and sweet heroine, who shined in her innocence. 

Bravo again to Nora Roberts, who always gives us fantastic trilogies, with great characters, friendships, romances, nasty villains, and exciting pulse pounding and fun storylines.  I cann’t wait for the final book in this trilogy, Island of Glass.  I suggest you read this series and start with Stars of Fortune.

Reviewed by Barb

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Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts – a Review

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts – a Review

 

Stars of Fortune
Guardians Trilogy – Book @1
by Nora Roberts
Release Date: November 3, 2015

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To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars…

 

 

 

Review:

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts is the first book in her new Guardians trilogy. As in most of Nora’s trilogies, there are usually three couples, who are part of the entire trilogy, and eventually are paired off, with each couple leading each book. Stars of Fortune starts off with three goddesses who are in the midst of gifting their new queen with special stars; but they must hide it from another goddess, who is in fact evil. The stars fall and are lost, opening the story many many years later for those who are destined to be the ones to find the hidden stars and return them to the goddess.

We meet Sasha, who is a famous painter, who also has visions of meeting 5 others to go on a quest she doesn’t understand, but she paints the visions. Sasha decides she must act on her visions and goes to an island in Greece, Corfu. She will begin to meet those who are part of the quest, and who are exactly as she painted them.

Riley, an archaeologist, is the first person she meets. Shortly thereafter, she will meet Bran, who calls himself a magician. The three of them realize they were meant to meet, and together they start on their journey, and along the way they will meet the other three: Sawyer, a traveler; Annika, a bubbly beautiful girl, who appears out of the blue; and Doyle, a swordsman. All of them have a little bit of their own magic and each came looking for the stars. They all have secrets that will eventually be revealed, but slowly they must learn to trust each other, in order to be able to defeat the villain, the evil goddess, Nerezza.

Sasha is the key, as she is the seer, who can see things, and draw them out for clues. In Stars of Fortune, the first book belongs to Sasha and Bran, who develop their romance during the journey. Sasha is well known, but she is very private. She knows nothing of love, and in Bran, she discovers what she has been missing all these years. They made a great couple, but they are part of the overall story, as this is a full ensemble storyline, with all six of them playing integral parts of the story. Each person has their own secret, and the powers they bring to the group.

Rather than tell too much more, this was an exciting adventure, with lots of action, and danger; as well as a fun storyline, with a paranormal theme. I love when Nora brings us a group of people who join together in friendship to become a team that will try to destroy the enemy. They must be united in order to be able to stop Nerezza. This was a nice romance, great storyline, and another fantastic battle between good and evil.

I love all of Nora Roberts’ trilogies, and Stars of Fortune was a great start to another winner. If you like romance, exciting adventure, great characters, friendships, nasty villain and a fun storyline, then you must read Stars of Fortune.

Reviewed by Barb

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The Liar by Nora Roberts – a Review

The Liar by Nora Roberts – a Review

 

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Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …

The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows–and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …


Review:

I absolutely loved Griffin Lott!!! He made a wonderful hero in this one, and Nora’s characterization of him for this story and it’s heroine was spot on. Griffin Lott is everything every woman could want in a man and partner. He’s loving, patient, intelligent, loyal, trustworthy, hard working, knows his way around power tools and landscaping, has a sense of humour, loves kids, oh hell he’s just my perfect man. 😉 I think I need to speak with Nora and see if Griffin was modeled after any single man she may know, cause if he was, I need to meet this guy. 😉 Okay, okay, enough about me and my perfect guy, onto the rest of my review.

Like I said I loved Griffin and how he was with our resident heroine, Shelby and her daughter Callie. His very first interaction with both women had me swooning and I knew I’d be a goner for their romance as it played out over the course of the story. I really liked the fact that Nora didn’t rush this romance, but played it out in a very thoughtful and smooth fashion. After everything Shelby endured with her rat of a husband, oh wait, was her really her husband???? Let’s just say her so called hubby went by many names, depending on which personality he needed to portray at a given time. Let me just say, if I had to deal with what Shelby did with Richard, I’d be a little gun shy too if another man suddenly was interested in me. However, Griffin didn’t push or prod Shelby, instead he saw what she needed and gave it to her no matter how he felt and knew what he wanted with her and Callie. Griffin fell for Shelby at first site and knew she was meant for him, and Callie deserved to have someone like him for a father. He just melted my heart in every scene he shared with Callie, so sweet and adorable, and the room he created for Callie in his house just did me right in when he shows Shelby the finished product just before he proposes to her. Loved that scene too!! What can I say, Nora Roberts out did herself with The Liar, she shows just why she’s the queen of contemporary romance.

On top of a perfectly written romance between Shelby and Griffin, in typical Nora fashion she weaves a mystery filled with danger, suspense and intrigue that surrounded our hero and heroine. Every time I think I knew who was spying and following them around Nora goes and does something to change my opinion. I was on the edge of my seat by book’s end to see who this person was, and I was very surprised to find out just who it was. The reveal was perfectly timed, and the action moving forward to the end of the book was fast paced and very nerve wracking for me.   Would Griffin and her brother Forrest get to Shelby in time, would Shelby and Griffin get that HEA they both deserve, would Shelby see her daughter again??? These questions were all running through my mind as the last final chapters unfolded. By the end of this book I felt like I just finished running a marathon, it was that intense. I love the way Nora can write a beautiful romance like she did in The Liar, but still manage to weave into it a mystery filled with danger and intrigue that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. She never ceases to amaze me with her ability to write a good and proper story.

The Liar is another excellent addition to Nora’s collection of stand alone novels. It had everything in it that I deem a well balanced romance. It had a little of everything; well written characters and storyline, secondary characters that helped move the story along by adding humour and giving more insight into Shelby and Griffin, danger, intrigue and suspense, but most importantly a very satisfying HEA complete with a beautifully written proposal scene that had me ooooing and awwwwing my way through it. As I said earlier Nora was in true Nora fashion when she wrote The Liar, and for anyone who’s a fan of hers won’t be disappointed with this addition to her collection of wonderful stories.

Until next time, Happy Reading everyone!

Reviewed by Marcie

 

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Home for Christmas by Nora Roberts-a review

Home For Christmas by Nora Roberts-a review

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Home For Christmas
by Nora Roberts
Genre: contemporary, romance
Re-release: November 2014

Home For Christmas

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Re-released November 2014

After years of world travel, prizewinning reporter Jason Law was back in Quiet Valley, New Hampshire, with the most difficult assignment he’d ever faced: winning back Faith, the woman he’d loved then left ten years before. Jason had found that home was where the heart is, and Faith held his.

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HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a reissued novella by the great Nora Roberts. Prizewinning reporter Jason Law is returning home to New Hampshire after ten years. He left to seek fame and fortune and he has returned to win back the woman who slipped through his fingers.

Faith is a single mother to Clara and she owns her own small business. Seeing Jason, the man who walked out on her ten years ago has Faith feeling again. This is a very short, dated novella about forgiveness and finding love again. Christmas traditions are a secondary character in this novella. Nora Roberts even shares some of her favorite recipes in the book’s prelude! This is a sweet story about misunderstandings, forgiveness and second chances. Faith was an outstanding heroine who did the best she could with her circumstances. Jason is carrying some major hurt thinking that Faith didn’t wait for him. There are a few twists and turns before a big secret is revealed. In short, this is a perfect holiday read!

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Blood Magick by Nora Roberts – a Review

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts – a Review

 

Blood Magick
The Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy – Book #3
by Nora Roberts
Release Date: October 28, 2014

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County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

 

Review:

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts is the 3rd and final book in her The Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. I couldn’t wait to start this book, as I knew it would be up to Branna and Fin to have their story, and once again, Nora completes this trilogy so well. I love all of Nora’s books that take place in Ireland, as well as those that deal with witchcraft. Nora is one of the best that creates such wonderful characters, especially in her trilogies. We loved Iona and Boyle in book 1; adored Connor and Meara in book 2; but we couldn’t wait for Branna and Fin.

In the last two books, during their face to face battle with the sorcerer, Cabhan, they hurt him and were close to destroying him. But he was able to escape and spend time to heal himself, before he would come back after them. The three witches, Branna, Connor and Iona are supplemented by Fin, who is also a witch. In the end, it will take a few changes to increase the attack for a chance to finally win.

Branna and Fin have loved each other since they were teenagers, but after she discovered that Fin had the mark of Cabhan, she pushed herself away. The evil curse of Cabhan has been around for 100 years. As they got older, they remained friends, as Fin was close to the other 4. But Fin has spent years searching for a way to remove his mark and the curse put on by original witch murdered by Cabhan (Scorcha) to anyone with sorcerer’s blood. Branna has always trusted Fin, and knows that Fin will play an important part in the final battle against Cabhan, who is now getting stronger, with another source of evil driving him.

Branna is the strongest one, confident, powerful, determined, loving; as she makes potions, spells and plans to be ready for the next battle against Cabhain. With all this going on; all 6 of them (their circle) work together, with the animals (a hawk, hound and horse) helping each other to support and do whatever is necessary to win this fight, even with the danger they could lose lives.

It was great to spend time with them all, as Nora allows us to feel like we are part of them. Nora always gives us details about Ireland, past and present; not to mention all the wonderful food dishes that Branna mostly makes for the meetings they all have. Everything is done so well. I loved every moment.

Most of all, this was a special romance between Branna and Fin. One that was doomed and looked hopeless, with both of them suffering all those years. Branna finally follows through on her feelings, especially with all the pressure building of the upcoming battle, she allows herself to succumb to Fin. It was done so beautifully, and I loved their love finally coming together. However, Fin still had the mark, and once the battle was over, would they still stay together?

I do not want to spoil what happens for those who will read the book. I will say it was an exciting climax, and a satisfying ending that Nora usually does. This was a wonderful trilogy filled with romance, three great couples, magic, fantasy, witches, animals, time travel, bad villain, and Ireland. I strongly suggest you read The Cousin’s O’Dwyer to have yourself a fun, romantic and exciting read.

Reviewed by Barb

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