Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Synopsis: 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…
Personal Thoughts:I love trilogies and especially the beginning of a brand new one. What makes it even better is if it is by an author that you love and trust to deliver a wonderful story. Dark Witch introduces Iona who goes to Ireland on an adventure to find her extended family and her roots. She finds her cousins Branna and Connor O’Dwyer and there is an instant connection to both of them, a family connection.
Shortly after her arrival, Iona finds a job at the local stables taking care of the horses. There she meets the owner and her boss, Boyle McGrath. He is everything that she has a weakness for and for those reasons she stays away as long as she can. However, the attraction that lingers between them cannot be avoided and before long both are seeing where their affections will take them.
Not everything is as it seems though because there is a dark evil that lingers on her family’s side. It is centuries old and it is coming out to destroy her new found relatives. Iona and the rest of the group team up to stop the evil powers. Through long days of research, practice of her powers and brainstorming for ideas, the team tries to stop and over power the evil that needs to be stopped.
The characters are fully developed and we fully get to know Iona and Boyle. The secondary characters are doing really well because we see the inside picture of everyone. It is a great book and a must read for Nora Roberts’ fans. They won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 4/5 Stars