Book 2, The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy - Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
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Publishers Weekly Review
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The first in this series was "magickal" with well-developed characters and a strong, fish out of water narrative. I expected more excitement but this was just --- more of the same. Even the romance scenes seemed forced. Enough, already.
I'll wait for the library to carry the last book...no more money to my account to go to this author.
And Ms Roberts, if things don't shape up with Roarke playing a bigger role in your other series, you might have lost me there, also. As sketched...barely, in the "Concealed" novel, he was barely a background character. Alas
She's back here
So I am a loyal fan of hers for Decades! I've read it all, including the In Death which is A-mazing! Please please please if you have not read these do so. Theres no need to read in order, but I think they're better that way especially since, as you hit #40 in a series, some elements stop being explained in such depth and, as a recent reviewer noted, some VERY important characters don't get the time they deserve.
On to This book's review. This one is so much better than the first, and certainly better than her "ordinary" trilogies (Bride series, Next Always series, etc). While it's true that her writing has suffered in recent years (she's just writing too much at a time with too many focuses and the quality has gone down), this book is quite good. I didn't like the first in the series but this one has a number of story elements that you definitely won't find in any genre of romance or even in some supernatural books--and of course, with Roberts those new inventive elements (time splicing, layered space, dark sorcerers that make you WANT to get to know them, etc) are at their finest. I think the character development was good, but not executed as well as in her earlier texts where the reader didn't even realize they were being subjected to development; for example, as a reader I would find myself for large parts of the novel being steered to Maera, and then she would be largely forgotten as I was turned to Connor.
Overall, no one does mystery and dark supernatural with more than a touch of sex like Roberts. In THIS genre she's always worth the price and the time. Not just a beach read.
I like this book but don't love it....
This isn't Nora Roberts best. I was hoping for more.....
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Mar 25, 2014
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy