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.
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…
This review needs some background about my love/indifference relationship with Ms Roberts. I went to Goodreads to make the link for Dark Witch for this review and found to my surprise, I hadn't read all that many of Ms Roberts novels. I have, however, devoured her In Death series and wait impatiently for each installment. I loved The Search and The Witness. I've re-read The Witness I don't know how many times. The rest of her novels just didn't call to me to read them.
There is no doubt that Ms Roberts is an iconic author in romance and many love each and every novel she publishes. Such is not the case for me. I pick and choose which ones I think will appeal to me. I thought this new series about the O'Dwyer Cousins would be a good fit for my reading tastes. It was and it wasn't.
What I liked: I love the setting in Ireland and no one, and I mean on one, can write description better than Ms Roberts. This first in the trilogy is about Iona, the American connection to the original Dark Witch and I liked her character, what little I was able to glimpse of it. I loved the connection of the characters with the different animals featured in the story. Mmmmm, I really liked the mystery and the heat surrounding Branna and Fin.
What I didn't like: Even though Dark Witch was supposed to be Iona's story, I felt more connected and involved with the other characters. Iona had potential but didn't seem fully developed. Her romance with Boyle seemed forced and at times awkward. Overall, the heroine character line in Dark Witch felt flat. I couldn't invest in her story.
I actually would have enjoyed a full length novel about Sorcha, the original Dark Witch, before trying to delve into her descendant's stories. Dark Witch is story driven in this first book and not character driven, which might be why I couldn't get into Iona and Boyle. As I said, I was more focused on Branna and Fin.
As expected the book is well written and edited. The world building is good and the descriptions are divine. It's the main character that didn't develop for me.
For die hard Nora Roberts fans; you'll probably love Dark Witch. I will continue the series but only to find out what happens or happened in the past between Branna and Fin.
The prices are what you would expect for a best selling author. The Kindle is priced at $7.99 and the paperback is steep at $9.59