Sorcha, Ireland's Dark Witch, is pursued by the evil witch, Cabhan, who desires her for her magical powers and beauty. She transfers her power into her three children and their descendants, before sacrificing her life in an attempt to destroy Cabhan.
Centuries later, Iona Sheehan leaves her parents and all that is familiar to her, to travel to Ireland in search of her roots. Iona has descended from Teagan, the youngest of Sorcha's children. On her arrival, she meets up with her Irish cousins and Sorcha's other descendants, Branna and Connor O'Dwywer.
Iona, who had always felt like a misfit back in US, adjusts quickly into new life in Mayo. When she gets a job at the local horse farm owned by Boyle and Fin, and Branna agrees to teach Iona advanced magic skills, Iona's joy knows no bounds. Her growing attraction towards Boyle is reciprocated and it seems that Iona has finally found a home and a man who loves being with her.
But Cabhan is back to take revenge on Sorcha's family and snatch their power for once and for all. Iona and Boyle's budding relationship hits a roadblock after he accuses her of having used her magic to lure him.
Branna, Connor and Fin have always been aware of their magical abilities and the fact that they will one day have to battle evil, but Iona is still unaware of her full potential. Cabhan feels that she is the weakest among them all and decides to target her first.
Best part of story, including ending:
Nora Roberts excels in stories with a paranormal twist. The explosive romance between Iona and Boyle and the eternal battle between Good and Evil made this one of my favorite books.
Best scene in story:
I loved the scene where Boyle walks in on Iona practising magic with feathers in her hotel room. Iona and Boyle are attracted towards each other from the beginning but he wants to avoid starting a relationship with her due to certain reasons. Iona mistakes it for a lack of interest in her and starts apologizing for making any move towards him and Boyle responds by kissing her out of her mind!
Opinion about the main character:
Iona Sheehan, with her bright and affable personality and willingness to find good in anyone, was a joy to read. Her childlike delight in exploring her own magical powers and her overwhelming happiness at being offered a chance to live with the O'Dwyers was heart-touching.
Christina on 11/8/2014 7:46:56 AM says: I find it really hard to get going with this book. I've only read 20 pages and still don't know if I want to continue reading as it's a lot of 12th century Irish and it's not the normal way Nora writes her books. She hasn't caught my attention yet and I don't feel like wasting my time if this is the way the whole book reads.