Dark Witch - Nora Roberts

Dark Witch

By Nora Roberts

  • Release Date: 2013-10-29
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 963 Ratings


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


  • Another great series

    By SLDawgUGA
    Finished series and longed for more - Nora always has rich characters that “draw you into their world”. Nicely done.
  • Couldn't go pass book2

    By Joyfullstar
    Book 1 was good enough to finish, a bit slow & not much detail in the art of telling a story, the characters & plot were good, than book 2 came around & began to lose my attention, didn't even get to book 3, although I am debating, only Bcuz I'm curious if they ever killed the demon lol
  • Love it!

    By Dogcrate
    I bought this book at the airport in Costa Rica. Next thing I know I can't put it down had to read all 3 books!!!
  • Dark witch

    By Knuichi
    It was different content book for me. It did enjoy it a lot.
  • Thrilling!

    By Tuckdj
    I got the dark witch when it first came out and didn't read it! When the next one came out, got it too! Didn't read it! Now the last one is out so I just finished the dark witch and I am so excited to read the next! I love it!
  • Absolutely lovely!

    By May Vieira
    Nora proves once more she's capable of surprising her readers with a new story with good, workable plot and some old twists yet again!
  • Spellbinding!

    By Eid6
    A real page turner! I loved it, can't wait to read the next book in the series!
  • “Dark Witch,” Book One of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts

    By MissMed51
    I love this book and recommend to all who enjoy well written mystery romance with a little Magick thrown in. The following quote from Dark Witch, gives us the keys to solve the mystery in Book One, Two and Three. “Sorcha shook her head as Brannaugh started toward her. ‘Not yet. Magick is work. It gives, and it takes. It must be finished.’ She reached in the cauldron, drew out three copper amulets. ‘To Brannaugh the hound, to Eamon the hawk, to Teagan the horse.’ She slipped an amulet over each child’s head. ‘These are your signs and your shields. ….’” (Dark Witch, copyright 2013 Nora Roberts, written by Nora Roberts pages 14 and 15 published by The Berkley Publishing Group). The modern story begins with Iona Sheehan. She's from Baltimore, Maryland but never felt a part of that place and time. All of her life she’s heard stories about Ireland from her maternal Grandmother, Nan, and longed to go to County Mayo to live and work. Iona sells all that she has to fund the trip that will begin her new life in Ireland. She’s in search of her destiny. Relying on a map from her Nan, her first stop is to find the Dark Witch, Branna, her cousin. Branna gives her a place to live and knows of a stable where Iona may be able to find work. Iona meets Alaster, the wild stallion, at the stable where she gets a job as stable hand. Alaster is destined to be Iona’s protector. He is a magnificent animal beautiful in how he yields to Iona’s will. Boyle McGrath, her new boss, is a force to be reckoned with, big and tough, will he be Iona’s destiny as well? Dark Witch is a mystery full of adventure, intrigue and the bonds of family both those formed by birth or by will. The descriptive scenery, witty dialog and well written story bring Iona and her quest to life. The plot is steadily building throughout the book and comes to fruition at the end. The story doesn't end there though, for the next cousin must fight the evil that is even now restoring itself to full strength. The saga to follow your destiny to overcome evil continues with Shadow Spell Book Two of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, by Nora Roberts, due for release on March 25, 2014.
  • Dark witch

    By Bobbii1968
    Intriguing, mind boggling
  • Great read overall

    By Tobiath
    Nora Roberts tells an interesting, entertaining story here, managing to make me hear the Irish brogue and figures of speech as though I was hearing it in person yet keeping it easy to read. I felt like I was actually there, which was fun. The story was tight and suspenseful, the characters interesting and very individual. I'd give it five stars if she hadn't started with backstory. I couldn't get involved with the main characters for too long and actually walked away from buying the book twice because of that, even though I'm a NR fan. Hang in there, though. Once you get to Chapter 2 you'll take off and enjoy the flight. Either that or start with Chapter 2 and come back to read the backstory when/if you need it.