Narrator: Alan Smyth

Audiobook Review: Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Audiobook Review: Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

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  Listened for Review Overall Rating: 4.00 Story Rating: 3.75 Character Rating: 4.25 Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought when Finished: How much I enjoyed listening to Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts. This is the second book in the Cousins O’Dwyer series and I really struggled to finish reading the first book Dark Witch. I felt like this story was back on track with the Trilogy style that Nora Roberts generally brings to the table and I am looking forward to the final book. Story Thoughts: Favorite Parts: I loved the extended beginning with Eamon and the original sisters Brannaugh and Teagan. The stray thought came to me that if Nora Roberts goes back and writes a book about how those three, way back when, found romances that led to the family line of the O’Dwyers, I would be interested in reading it. I thought the story flowed well and kept my interest, though it wasn’t action packed. There was not much real interaction into who Cabhan was and what he was after from his point of view. This is book two of a Trilogy, so going into it, it’s going to be something that moves the story along and no real resolution. But I felt Shadow Spell did exactly what it should do, draw me into the story more where I want to see how it plays out. Character Thoughts: What isn’t to love about a coven of Irish Witches fighting against evil? Shadow Spell didn’t really introduce any new characters that were not in the first book so they felt already familiar to me. The love story in Shadow Spell is between Connor O’Dwyer and Meara Quinn. The romance went over very easy in general as these are life long friends who one day just rolled into a romantic relationship. The main issue of conflict between them is that Meara has father abandonment issues and fears she isn’t meant for forever love. I do feel their relationship happened so easily, without any real questions, it just came out of no where and fell right into step. It fit the story and when you are going up against the big bad, I am sure it takes out a bit of the normal relationship bull, but it seems a bit under whelming. I loved the character of Meara. I found the things she was struggling with very relatable as far as the abandonment issue from her father and trying to be there for her mother but at the same time hold firm to her own independence.  I am very intrigued with the character Fin. Fin is a descendant of the evil Witch Cabhan and in the first two books you can feel his struggle with that legacy as well as his love for Branna. I feel very drawn to his story and will read book three at the top of the TBR just to learn more about him and to see that he gets his HEA. […]

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