Monday, May 25, 2015

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Romance/Magic
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Published: October 28, 2014

Book Summary (per author's webpage)
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 seflessness 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.
My Thoughts:
This was a fantastic conclusion to the The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy.  I have found upon looking at NR body of work that my favorite romances are her trilogies.  These all have some extra thriller, suspense, twistiness to the plot....and I love that!  After reading the summary and/or the first two books it was clear this was the story of Fin and Branna...and one assumed they would get a happy ever after AND beat the villain.  What was extremely enjoyable about this book though is that each time I got to where okay here is the happy ending there were little glitches or a big glitch.

Additionally, while this is their story, the other two cousins and their significant other are still front and center in the story and plot.  I loved seeing how their relationships had grown, how other secondary characters returned (their aunt is quite adorable) and how this town in Ireland came to life on the pages.  After I finished the book all I could think is 1)I really want to go to Ireland, 2) that soap and those candles sound amazing and 3)I love how they all got their stories,  4) will there be any revisiting to see how they continue or do continue with seeing their ancestors and 5) how does the exchange of magick affect everyone?!?

Overall I would recommend this book and this trilogy to readers of all genres since there is a wee bit of everything here.  It is perfect for a read over coffee and tea, on the deck, at the beach, snuggled in on a rainy night etc. because it is a quick and enjoyable read that draws you into their world immediately.  

Important Links:

Links where you can purchase book:
Turn the Page Bookstore
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

Disclaimer:  I am an avid reader and borrowed this from the library.  I did not receive any book for this review.  As always though all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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