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.1
The finale at last! As expected the final book, Blood Magick, focuses on Branna and Fin. The two continue to struggle with their feelings against the odds and their duty. Fin is more willing to give in to such feelings, although he has tried in every way possible, Branna holds firm. Iona, Boyle, Connor and Meara still make their required appearances, but the book is still tailored to focus on Branna and Fin.
The circle battled against Cabhan but only managed to weaken him where he was able to flee and heal himself. The battle was not a complete loss as they were able to learn from it to try and end Cabhan for good. The way is not so simple, but as they learn more of Cabhan and of each other, the path becomes clear and so does their destinies.
The thing that annoyed me the most about these books was the difficulty of juggling so many characters for the author. There are many scenes where I would have rather preferred “And he burst through the door, followed by the rest.” Instead of the standard “Call the others and I will tell the tale to all over some food.” Which occurred more times than I can remember.
The books do have a predictability to them, but Nora Roberts is able to spin an enjoyable tale with scenery and a few bumps along the way. I would have to skim through her extensive library of work to see if there are any others that catch my eye, as I would consider reading some of her other work. In the meantime, I’ll be leaving the beautiful landscape of Ireland that I called home over the three books and move on to my next adventure. Although I cannot speak for her other works, if you enjoy a fun easy read with adventure and magic these books should be added to your to-read lists.
1. Book summary courtesy of Nora Roberts webpage