Audiobook Review: Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Posted May 2, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 25 Comments

Audiobook Review: Shadow Spell by Nora RobertsSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Brilliance

Format: Audiobook

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
Narrator: Alan Smyth
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins

Date Read: April 2014

Genre: PNR, Romance

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 Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Shadow Spell

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken…

A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss.

Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess…things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle.

Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves

More Information:
Publisher: Berkley, Brilliance Audio
Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer #2


Image credit: paolo77 / 123RF Stock Photo
Image credit: paolo77 / 123RF Stock Photo

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.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Alan Smyth / Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. I do not know if I would have enjoyed readingthe story so I give a lot of the credit to my enjoyment to the amazing Alan Smyth. He did a great job making me feel like I was in Ireland listening into the Villagers conversations and I felt very much a part of the story.

Final Thoughts: Nora Roberts is to me like cozy socks and a snuggle under the blanket. It’s a dependable kind of comfort that doesn’t usually let you down. In Shadow Spell she brought this trilogy back on track and has me, as usual, waiting on the next part of the story.


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Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
4 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
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25 responses to “Audiobook Review: Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

  1. So this one is better huh? I am really surprised I finished book 1, I felt that bad about it. I think I listened to it as well, so maybe it was the narrator. I’ve been debating giving this a try because, well, I started the trilogy, don’t I have to finish it? lol

  2. Good for you, going back for book 2 after not really enjoying Dark Witch, glad to hear Shadow Spell worked for you. I still have to get to Dark Witch, I have it on audio and ebook, maybe I should read it and listen to Shadow Spell.

  3. I’ve probably already told you this, but Dark Witch was the first Nora Roberts book that I ever read. And I LOVED it. So I have no idea why I didn’t finish it . . . maybe I should wait until book 3 comes out before trying again, if the romance in this one is a bit underwhelming . . .

  4. I listened to the fisrt book, Dark Witch, and though I found the story just OK, I couldn’t handle the narrator at all. I’d wouldn’t mind continuing the trilogy, your review of the narrator makes me believe that maybe she got better with the second book. That seems to happen quite often. Maybe I’ll give this book a shot after all.

    • It was a different narrator for Book 2. I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet but I did like his voice. Mindy really did like him a lot. I can’t believe you didn’t like Katherine in the first one. I admit I enjoy her more narrating historicals but she is one of the English (over the pond) narrators that I like. Though I think I remember thinking her accents didn’t quite match the characters..I DNF’d the first one so I can’t remember.

      • Oh Good! That’s definitely a go then!! Sometimes you just don’t hit it off with a narrator, she sounds too rigid for my taste, Maybe I’d like her in other books.
        I know what was doing wrong, I was looking at the abridged version of the first book, (they were to in same page) and I took it as the second book… LOL I forget they’re still publishing some of those. I had to go back and take a look.. Twice! LOL

    • So here are the books I really liked narrated by her: Pride & Prejudice &Zombies, Enchantment, and The Royal Spyness Series. Which explains a lot–all English accents.

      • Maybe she just wasn’t a good fit for that book, or maybe is just me, and my taste.. It happens 🙁
        But I won’t shy away if I come across a HR narrated by her.

        • I was teasing you! 🙂 I love her but she has a very distinctive voice and those types of narrators you either love or hate (there really is no middle ground). I just listened to a book where almost everyone else loved the narration but it sounded like nails on a chalkboard to me.

  5. I like Nora Roberts but didn’t know about this series. She has so many books/series that I think it’s impossible to know them all. 🙂
    I don’t know if I’ll read this one, but it’s a book I may consider one day.

    • I had not read Nora before this series (well not as Nora–I like her JD Robb series) and just like Mindy, didn’t like the first book.

  6. You know I have watched the Nora Roberts lifetime movies and love them but have never actually read one of her books.(Shocked I know) I have wanted to read this series but haven’ you scare me with the fact that you didn’t quite like the first one. 🙁 Might still give it a try some day though. 🙂

    • I DNF’d the first one which is why I gave Mindy this book to review. She at least finished it LOL I am not sure I would recommend the series but it does sound like book 2 was a hit 🙂

  7. I still can’t believe I have never read anything by Nora Roberts. I am most interested in this trilogy because I like the idea of Irish Witches. I definitely need to give this a go.

  8. I struggled to finish DARK WITCH too. I’m glad to hear the 2nd book gets things on track! I wasn’t sure if I’d continue with the series, so maybe I will…

    • I am even leaning towards giving this a whirl. Granted it will be awhile because I will actually have to go back and finish the first one LOL