I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dark Witch:Book One of the Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Ok, Iona Shaunsee is perky.  And she says whatever is on her mind and says "I'm sorry" a lot.  She sells everything she owns to move to Ireland to find her cousins and hopefully a job and a new start to a life she might finely fit in.  She meets her cousins Branna and Conner who immediately take her in and find her a job working at a stable where Conner works as a falconer.  Branna owns a shop where she sells her potions, soaps, and candles.  These three are the descendants of the Dark Witch, Sorcha from the 13th century, who gave her power to her three children, each of whom had a familiar; a falcon, a horse, and dog.  She sends them off to try to destroy Calbhan, an evil sorcerer who wants the power for himself.  She manages to nearly destroy him, but she dies in the process.  Now her power lies with the three.  Iona might have power, but she doesn't know how to use it, so Branna is teaching her, because Calbhan is back and is after them. 

Branna gets Iona a job at the stables, which she loves, since she's been riding since she was a small child, and had a job teaching others to ride horses in America.  When she meets her boss Boyle, its love at first sight.  He comes thundering in on a horse, Alistair, that will become her familiar.  But, Boyle has never been in love, or a serious relationship and completely bungles the whole affair by saying that she put a spell on him. 

Meana, a great character who works in the stables as well, is friends with Branna and soon the three become fast sisters.  There is also Fin, Branna's old love who bears the mark of Calbhan, meaning he is his descendant, even though he intends to help them fight against him. 

I really loved this book, and yes, part of that was due to the fact that it takes place in Ireland, the home of my ancestors and some distant cousins of my own.  Iona, while perky, is a breath of fresh air.  There is no trying to fight her feelings for the guy that you find in other books.  Instead she just plows ahead and does as she pleases.  I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy!

Link to Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Witch-Cousins-ODwyer-Roberts/dp/0425259854?ie=UTF8&keywords=dark%20witch&qid=1458826051&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

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