Thanks to my Mom for visit over the winter and bringing me the third and final book in the Nora Roberts Cousins O'Dowyer Trilogy, Blood Magick [Full goodreads review]
The third and final book in Nora Roberts Cousins O'Dowyer Trilogy is a captivating and engaging journey with the last couple in the circle. Branna and Fin have grown as the two previous books progressed and after watching their love grow and flex it was incredibly rewarding to finally see their story through their eyes.
Branna is the typical older sister, always taking care of those around her, cooking, focusing on the magical plots, and keeping a clean home for the other five in her circle. She's dependable, uptight, and closed off to the love Fin has for her. Until this book.
Fin is a wildly successful business man who's journeyed far and wide in search of a respite from his love for Branna and his lineage though his circle was never far from his mind. His unwavering loyalty and strong moral compass is refreshing to read even when the reader is screaming at Branna to pull her head from her bum.
As always, the setting and descriptions in this universe are amazing, I swear I could smell the candles Branna was making as I read. The conclusion of the trilogy's main story arc was fulfilling and rewarding. However, this leads me to my one complaint; the end. Or rather, it just ends. No wrap up for the three siblings from the past, no after battle for Connor or Iona, and Fin and Branna have half a sentence that leads them off the battle field and home safe. After three books I was involved in these characters, their hardships and their love. All I wanted was an epilogue... just a few pages of how Fin and Branna turned out and the highlights of Iona and Connor's wedding. Something about the siblings too would have been wonderful.
Recommendation: Readers of romance, fantasy, and Irish lore will enjoy this story. The characters are lovely, the settings are hauntingly beautiful, and the plot is deep and twisted. After the previous two segments of story this one was an enjoyable finish and has actually provided me with enough enjoyment to pick up another series from this author.