Blood Magick

Posted 10 December 2014 by Kim in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Blood MagickBlood Magick by Nora Roberts
Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #3
Published by Berkley on 2014-10-28
Genres: contemporary, fantasy, historical, romance
Pages: 337
Source: bought
Format: eBook
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Rating: three-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the bought in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From the back cover...

[color-box]County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.[/color-box]

My Review

I love Nora Roberts and I have loved this series.  The characters are rich and interesting.  The story line was engrossing, the epic battle between good and evil that has been going on for centuries.  But this last book disappointedd me a bit, which is not something I expected.

The story of the battle, of magic, and of the intrigue was just as engrossing in this nove as the previous two.  It was the romance, I think, that suffered in this book, as well as the individual stories of Branna and Fin.  In each of the first two books, we really got to know the two central characters, both as a couple and individually.  We watched them grow and change.  There wasn’t a lot of that in this book.  Branna spent most of it pushing Fin away if it started to get too emotionally charged.  He was completely seondary to her story right up until the end.

The ending, too, felt a bit anticlimatic.  There was such build-up and then it was over almost before it began.  It is not like Nora Roberts to end a series like that, rushed and a bit flat.

My Recommendation

It wasn’t a bad book.  It just wasn’t as rich as most of Nora Robert’s novels.

Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
three-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: 3.6

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