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  • Blood Magick

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Summary

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love…

Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, Blood Magick

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.

Don’t miss the first two books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, Dark Witch and Shadow Spell

©2014 Nora Roberts (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Brilliant story, dreadful narration

What made the experience of listening to Blood Magick the most enjoyable?

This is the third bok in the cousins o'dwyer trilogy and I really wanted to know how the story ended. The characters, setting and story are all fabulous. Believable and entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Branagh is my favourite - a strong, determined woman who keeps her family together around her

What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?

The Irish accent was terrible - this has been the case for every one of these books though and I carried on to book 3. If you find a wobbly, americanised Irish accent an issue - read the paper version!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Magic and romance, set in the Irish countryside - the Magic of the three!

Any additional comments?

Great trilogy, fantastic story, pity about narration

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Great trilogy ending

Would you listen to Blood Magick again? Why?

I may listen to it in a few years but as my memory is good it is unlikely to be sooner than that.

What other book might you compare Blood Magick to, and why?

I've thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and I would compare it to other trilogies NR has written as it flows in a similar, comfortable way.

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Having a book read to you means you actually get to listen properly to a story. There are times I skim read a book just to get to the denouement. I much prefer an audiobook for that and Dusan does a good job of reading at the right pace for the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Difficult to answer this without giving away plot lines so I'll just say there are several moving moments.

Any additional comments?

I would strongly recommend reading the other two books in this trilogy before this one.

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Blood Magic

If you could sum up Blood Magick in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, Thrilling Heart warming

Who was your favorite character and why?

Iona because she had the most to learn, and found her family in Ireland.

Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Brilliant as usual

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

mixed emotions, Loved the ending

Any additional comments?

Nora Roberts has a way a making the book come alive. I have listend to many of her books as well as her Dallas series, and non of them have been less that exciting, interesting and enjoyable.

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I wish I could right this well.

just love. so much love for these books ❤️
need more. at least enough books to last a few life times.

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Great book, poor performance

Storyline is great, but the narrator kept switching between Irish, Welsh, Scottish and at times even a Yorkshire accent. Spoilt it for me.

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brilliant

l loved this book. Great story as are all of the Nora Roberts books l have read.

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magic at its best

loved the trilogy amazing as always especially enjoyed the way the story was told by narrator

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Predictable but Enjoyable

Really enjoyed the whole series. This book was a fitting ending to the story. Great narration as well.

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blood magic

oh great series loved the books very much you became the story and it was as if you were in the middle of it all wish there was more from branna fin connor ionna boyle and mera

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Magical mystery story with fun and to time travel

I departure from her normal style I thought, but entertaining, heartwarming, thrilling in places, and touching. A story of good over evil of life over death and hope over despair. Well worth a read

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  • JDT
  • 06-02-15

MUCH better narration than the first two.

Loved all three stories, but I suggest you read the first two for yourselves. The narration was spot on in this one. Drew me in and let me immerse myself in the tale, without being any kind of distraction.

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  • CynD
  • 15-11-14

Perfection!

What made the experience of listening to Blood Magick the most enjoyable?

The narrator.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

.Much preferred Susan's performance over those of the previous two narrators in the series
In the previous audio books, Iona's character (to me) was only tolerable. Although a "bit" character in the Blood Magick, I actually liked Iona's character, not near as irritating as she she came across previously.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The cohesiveness within the circle of friends throughout their various struggles.

Any additional comments?

Only that I wish Susan Ericksen had been narrator for the entire trilogy!

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  • Shauna
  • 31-10-14

THIRD TIMES THE CHARM!! (pun intended)

YES!! Thank you for Susan Ericson. I enjoyed this greatly, the ending to the trilogy was very satisfying and again..SUSAN FREAKIN' ERICSON!!! Now---make my Christmas and please have her re-do the first 2 in the series and I'll have a perfect set. Much better!!

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  • Menon
  • 05-11-14

Want Katherine Kellgren

The book and characters are very much in tune with Nora Roberts and just as exciting with a climatic and exciting finish. But I must say I enjoyed the 1st book the most because of the narrator. I wouldn't mind listening to it again if it was read by Katherine Kellgren. I'm not saying that Susan Ericksen didn't do a great job it's just that the voices better suited KK more cause she did the first book.

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  • Bonnie
  • 05-11-14

Disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better narrator. She made Brianna sound very overbearing...

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Story was good, It followed with the other books well.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

Maybe, not sure,

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Just kind of blahhh, I had trouble really getting into the story, like I did with the first two books.

Any additional comments?

Don't know why but I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two, the narration seemed off somehow. ???

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  • Lit Chick
  • 04-11-14

Ok

I enjoy all things Nora Roberts but I thought this entire series was very similar to her Sign of Seven trilogy. Susan Erickson was awesome as always though when I first hear her voice I always think Eve Dallas! Trilogy was just ok.

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  • Red1973
  • 09-11-14

Narrator ruins it

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Susan Ericksen?

I bought this as an ebook and an audiobook because I wanted to finish the trilogy. The narrator is simply AWFUL. She uses a very forced and stilted pretend Irish accent that is just too annoying to suffer through. I switched to the ebook version and found that the author--unusually for her--also went WAY overboard with the whole Irish tone dialog trope. It's very distracting.

What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Try filling in the gaps in the story with something other than forced "Irish" dialog.

How could the performance have been better?

Use a different narrator; if you're really trying for an accent, at least make it authentic.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Only redeeming quality is that it eventually finishes the story.

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  • Annie Bacon
  • 02-11-14

Not bad

Its a good story. It felt a bit rushed, although the speed is quite slow. I'd recommend setting the speed at 1.25x. It was easier to listen to at a faster speed.

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  • R G
  • 23-11-14

Loved it!

Where does Blood Magick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high!

What did you like best about this story?

Liked the plot.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

Brought the characters to light.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love that transcends evil and time.

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  • Maureen M. Grippa
  • 12-08-17

Celtic Mystique

A perfect ending to the trilogy! Enjoyed every minute of it!! Glad Nora Roberts has more Irish Trilogies!

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