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A kingdom is plagued by tragedy until a wizard-god’s spell brings forth a courageous and beautiful young woman who must follow her heart in love and follow her destiny in battle.…


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A kingdom is plagued by tragedy until a wizard-god’s spell brings forth a courageous and beautiful young woman who must follow her heart in love and follow her destiny in battle.…

30 review for The Witching Hour

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Although I prefer this author writing as J D Robb sometimes I enjoy a little romantic fantasy and Nora Roberts does it so well! This one is a short but sweet novella about a baby cast out by the wicked King who comes back with magical powers to take back her birthright. A delightful bit of nonsense which takes only a couple of hours to read. Although I prefer this author writing as J D Robb sometimes I enjoy a little romantic fantasy and Nora Roberts does it so well! This one is a short but sweet novella about a baby cast out by the wicked King who comes back with magical powers to take back her birthright. A delightful bit of nonsense which takes only a couple of hours to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fernanda

    :) welll..... pure fantasy! In a world of darkness, The Real One, is expected. Aurora is the One, the true owner of Twylia, and she and her wolf will bring hope and light to this world. I realy liked it, recommend to all fans who enjoyed fantasy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carla Marques

    Mais um livro de Bolso da Nora Roberts e deste gostei pois tem uma heroína e um conto de fadas. Como sou uma pessoa muito sonhadora, adoro este tipo de romances. Opinião completa em:http://aviciadadoslivros.blogspot.pt/... Mais um livro de Bolso da Nora Roberts e deste gostei pois tem uma heroína e um conto de fadas. Como sou uma pessoa muito sonhadora, adoro este tipo de romances. Opinião completa em:http://aviciadadoslivros.blogspot.pt/...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carla Simoes

    Leitura 1:mais um dos contos da NR que gostei imenso. tal como o outro este tinha personagens que ja se "conheciam" desde sempre em sonhos e visões e o seu encontro foi giro. a historia esta bem pensada, num reino de magia e feiticeiros, nao e muito o estilo da nora mas gostei. Dou 4 estrelas Leitura 2: a releitura desta novella não me entusiasmou tanto como da primeira vez, não me recordava de nenhum pormenor da história mas os personagens não me agradaram muito e o enredo é muito previsível. Auro Leitura 1:mais um dos contos da NR que gostei imenso. tal como o outro este tinha personagens que ja se "conheciam" desde sempre em sonhos e visões e o seu encontro foi giro. a historia esta bem pensada, num reino de magia e feiticeiros, nao e muito o estilo da nora mas gostei. Dou 4 estrelas Leitura 2: a releitura desta novella não me entusiasmou tanto como da primeira vez, não me recordava de nenhum pormenor da história mas os personagens não me agradaram muito e o enredo é muito previsível. Aurora e thane tem tudo para ser um bom par mas achei os dois um bocadinho sem sal. Acho que se a história fosse maior talvez tivesse havido um pouco mais de desenvolvimento. Acabei por mudar a minha review e dei 3 estrelas.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adele

    I was gripped pretty much from the start which was why I'd finished it within two hours of starting it. Admittedly it was a short novel, but the writing was punchy and witty - the Roberts that I love reading. Aurora was compassionate and strong, Thane patient and loving. The perfect couple and ideal for removing the darkness that had gripped their world. The only thing missing was an epilogue of their success. Instead I'll have to settle for hoping they were all Draco promised. I was gripped pretty much from the start which was why I'd finished it within two hours of starting it. Admittedly it was a short novel, but the writing was punchy and witty - the Roberts that I love reading. Aurora was compassionate and strong, Thane patient and loving. The perfect couple and ideal for removing the darkness that had gripped their world. The only thing missing was an epilogue of their success. Instead I'll have to settle for hoping they were all Draco promised.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emmy Lou

    Well, this may have no been the best introduction to the revered Nora Roberts. It sounded so good, but I felt that all of the characters were flat, the fight for the castle too simple, and the insta-love rather... well... there was no fizz, no romance, no sparkle.... Hmmm...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3.5 stars. Another fairytale-ish story about a Princess birthed at the Witching Hour as her parents' kingdom was toppled by an evil man. Without knowing her birthright, the orphaned Princess was trained in both warrior and magical arts by some faithful retainers in the hopes that one day she will overthrow the villainous usurper. There are all the elements of a fairytale with fairies, magic, witchcraft, warriors, dragons and some nasty and evil villains that our Princess has to outwit and battle 3.5 stars. Another fairytale-ish story about a Princess birthed at the Witching Hour as her parents' kingdom was toppled by an evil man. Without knowing her birthright, the orphaned Princess was trained in both warrior and magical arts by some faithful retainers in the hopes that one day she will overthrow the villainous usurper. There are all the elements of a fairytale with fairies, magic, witchcraft, warriors, dragons and some nasty and evil villains that our Princess has to outwit and battle with the help of our hero, who's the Princess's dream lover. There's a couple of scenes that did disturb me (view spoiler)[ when the Princess saw a servant girl being taken to the villainous Prince after she herself refused to go to bed with him and she did nothing to help the girl. And when her close friend's fiancé was captured and being tortured and she told the friend she had to leave him there for the greater good. (hide spoiler)] I'm never sure if the "Greater Good" means ignoring wrongs because of inconvenient timing. But then, the whole noblesse oblige thing would be really hard to do in real life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A fast read without much tension. An ok romance, especially when you consider the age of the book. However, it was pretty funny how overly dramatic it was - perhaps because I listened to the audio version. I kept snickering at Aurora's declarations (l AM THE X!) and kinda pretentious speech "my wolf, my eagle, blah, blah." Just call them by their names FFS! Everything essentially goes smoothly (the best kind of coup!), and any ugly details are glossed over. For example, I'd like to know how the p A fast read without much tension. An ok romance, especially when you consider the age of the book. However, it was pretty funny how overly dramatic it was - perhaps because I listened to the audio version. I kept snickering at Aurora's declarations (l AM THE X!) and kinda pretentious speech "my wolf, my eagle, blah, blah." Just call them by their names FFS! Everything essentially goes smoothly (the best kind of coup!), and any ugly details are glossed over. For example, I'd like to know how the prisoners fared after being tortured for a few days. It says they were getting rescued, but nothing past that.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan Williams

    Fun fun fun...another quick read about valiant heroines saving the world from evil greedy bastids. Maybe I'm being drawn to these lately … hmmmmmmm … escapism. ANYWAY, a fun, quick read as I get ready for vacation! Fun fun fun...another quick read about valiant heroines saving the world from evil greedy bastids. Maybe I'm being drawn to these lately … hmmmmmmm … escapism. ANYWAY, a fun, quick read as I get ready for vacation!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jaisyn Allyn

    So I have to admit that my intention was to grab another book by the same name from the digital lending library and wound up with this one. I’d been meaning to give a book by Nora Roberts a try so i wasn’t upset with myself for the mix up. And it’s been a pleasant read, the vernacular used took a little adjustment but it was fitting to the story and gave it a pseudo- fantasy feeling it was meant to have. The plot progressed quickly within the first few chapters, as I should have expected being a So I have to admit that my intention was to grab another book by the same name from the digital lending library and wound up with this one. I’d been meaning to give a book by Nora Roberts a try so i wasn’t upset with myself for the mix up. And it’s been a pleasant read, the vernacular used took a little adjustment but it was fitting to the story and gave it a pseudo- fantasy feeling it was meant to have. The plot progressed quickly within the first few chapters, as I should have expected being a shorter book, it would be nice to have seen this drawn out into a series of books, developing characters more; overall though a fun, fast tracked romantic fantasy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cláudia

    Que leitura fantástica para começar a semana! O livrinho é muito pequeno, lembra-me os bookshots do James Patterson, vai directo ao assunto e não há pontos mortos na história. Dá a ideia de ser um filme, uma vez que se lê em menos de duas horas.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Another wonderful, fun short story by Nora Roberts. Filled with magic, love, romance, and family villains. It kept me so very interested even thought the ending was predictable. A wonderful fantasy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Easy, quick read. Wished there was more plot and character development, but a nice short story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mala T.

    Meh.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Woznik

    Love Nora Roberts another great book

  16. 4 out of 5

    RaChelle Holmberg

    Downloaded from my public library, this was a really fabulous story. Wonderful characters and story line.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laëtitia

    Didn't like the story nor the romance. I tried to read it diagonally to get to the end but couldn't bother. Really disappointing... Didn't like the story nor the romance. I tried to read it diagonally to get to the end but couldn't bother. Really disappointing...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annette Meier

    Traditional Nora Roberts fantasy story - with it's happen ending! Traditional Nora Roberts fantasy story - with it's happen ending!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patrícia Alegria

    Opinião: http://outrolivrodefantasia.blogspot.... Opinião: http://outrolivrodefantasia.blogspot....

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    My first unabridged audiobook! I was put off of audios books a few years ago after I picked one up for a book in the middle of a series I was reading and it didn’t play any of the personal stuff I was so confused. Then found out the difference between abridged and unabridged and will never again buy an abridged version. Anyways was so glad I picked up this one! This one is about Aurora, a witch queen who will end the dark years once she takes her rightful spot on the throne. The kingdom is throw My first unabridged audiobook! I was put off of audios books a few years ago after I picked one up for a book in the middle of a series I was reading and it didn’t play any of the personal stuff I was so confused. Then found out the difference between abridged and unabridged and will never again buy an abridged version. Anyways was so glad I picked up this one! This one is about Aurora, a witch queen who will end the dark years once she takes her rightful spot on the throne. The kingdom is thrown into years of torment. The God like Draco, a powerful sorcerer, created a spell that would bring light back to the kingdom. This child who would bring light will be born at midnight on the darkest day of the darkest night and would rise up with her wolf to slay the serpent. A king and queen arrive that start to bring light to the kingdom by they are usurped by Lorkin who kills the King and forces the Queen to be taken out of the city before she is found and is ready to birth her child. That is the night Aurora is born. Before the Queen dies she charges her soldier to raise her ready to fight but not tell her she is the truthful one until it is time. After years of visions about her wolf, and her life Aurora has a new dream about the future and the queen’s soldier now realizes after 20 years it is time to tell her the truth. That she is a warrior witch that is the rightful Queen and it is time for her to fulfill the prophecy set so many years ago to end the darkness. This was a great short story involving love, witchcraft, fairies, and battle. Along with every short story you want it to be more but it didn’t need more for it to work. Definitely recommend it either in audio or in its Anthology Once Upon a Midnight.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    If you are in the mood for a very quick listen, The Witching Hour is a nice little escape to another world. While it's not the best short story that I have read by the author, it was a nice way to spend my long commute to work. Aurora is a likeable enough heroine. When she finds out that she is really a queen, she is more than ready to head into battle to reclaim her kingdom. She is also gracious and caring about her loved ones and people. Being a short story there isn't a lot of build up for th If you are in the mood for a very quick listen, The Witching Hour is a nice little escape to another world. While it's not the best short story that I have read by the author, it was a nice way to spend my long commute to work. Aurora is a likeable enough heroine. When she finds out that she is really a queen, she is more than ready to head into battle to reclaim her kingdom. She is also gracious and caring about her loved ones and people. Being a short story there isn't a lot of build up for the romance. The two have been in love since they were little and started seeing each other in their dreams. I thought it was amusing that once they finally meet in person, they are both pretty disappointed. Thankfully, this conflict doesn't go on for long with the couple and the do get their HEA. The audio is only 3 discs. If you like fairy tales, you will probably enjoy this one. The story was initially published in the anthology Once Upon a Midnight along with novellas by Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Depois de ter lido os três primeiros contos da colecção da revista FLASH!, no final do mês passado, decidi continuar na mesma onda e pegar no quarto logo que me foi possível - e ainda bem que o fiz, pois deparei-me com mais um óptimo conto! Esta foi mais uma história recheada de coragem, magia, amor e determinação que, apesar de se desenvolver rapidamente, está muito bem fundamentada e construída pelo que se torna realmente apelativa e interessante para o leitor. Adorei imenso o enredo e as perso Depois de ter lido os três primeiros contos da colecção da revista FLASH!, no final do mês passado, decidi continuar na mesma onda e pegar no quarto logo que me foi possível - e ainda bem que o fiz, pois deparei-me com mais um óptimo conto! Esta foi mais uma história recheada de coragem, magia, amor e determinação que, apesar de se desenvolver rapidamente, está muito bem fundamentada e construída pelo que se torna realmente apelativa e interessante para o leitor. Adorei imenso o enredo e as personagens e, apesar de achar que o final poderia ter sido um pouco mais desenvolvido, penso que esta ideia resultou muito bem enquanto conto. Como já devem ter percebido, gostei bastante desta leitura!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Mais uma história mágica de Nora Roberts. Confesso que tenho pena que ela não escreva livros inteiros inseridos neste tipo de literatura (e não apenas contos). Ou então, se calhar até escreve, mas ainda não foram editados em português... Eu gostei bastante desta história, tem magia, romance, maldade e traição, tudo em quantidades certas. O que não em quantidade certa é o desenvolvimento. E porque digo isto? Simplesmente porque se a Nora Roberts pegasse neste conto e o desenvolvesse melhor, teria Mais uma história mágica de Nora Roberts. Confesso que tenho pena que ela não escreva livros inteiros inseridos neste tipo de literatura (e não apenas contos). Ou então, se calhar até escreve, mas ainda não foram editados em português... Eu gostei bastante desta história, tem magia, romance, maldade e traição, tudo em quantidades certas. O que não em quantidade certa é o desenvolvimento. E porque digo isto? Simplesmente porque se a Nora Roberts pegasse neste conto e o desenvolvesse melhor, teria um livro espectacular! Só por isso é que não lhe dou 5 estrelas. O conto, sendo conto, está desenvolvido suficientemente bem para se firmar enquanto história, mas deixa um gosto amargo no final, na boca daqueles que pedem mais. Eu pedia mais, sim senhor... :(

  24. 5 out of 5

    Urszula

    This was a very quick book to read. The story moved very quickly, which I thought did not leave enough time to develop the characters and the story line. I liked the idea of two kingdoms and the final battle to win the crown by the rightfull queen. Since the story moved so quickly I was a bit disappointed with the ending. The battle was not a real battle for which everyone waited for so many years. I liked the main characters, yet I still found them a little bit lacking of depth and personality. Ov This was a very quick book to read. The story moved very quickly, which I thought did not leave enough time to develop the characters and the story line. I liked the idea of two kingdoms and the final battle to win the crown by the rightfull queen. Since the story moved so quickly I was a bit disappointed with the ending. The battle was not a real battle for which everyone waited for so many years. I liked the main characters, yet I still found them a little bit lacking of depth and personality. Overall it was a nice story, but a little forgetable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a nice quick listen. The story was alright, pleasant, offered tension and excitement, but it really never came out and wowed me. As it was a short story, everything was rushed. This was the first entirely made up fantasy world story I have read/listened to from Nora. I enjoyed it enough. There were a few themes in the book I did not care for, but over all it was okay.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Virgínia Mareco

    See my opinion in http://booksliteraryreviews.blogspot.... See my opinion in http://booksliteraryreviews.blogspot....

  27. 4 out of 5

    bellatuscana bellatuscana

    Hokey. In a good way.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marita

    I should have known better.... it really isn't my style of writing... I should have known better.... it really isn't my style of writing...

  29. 5 out of 5

    The Docta

    Good for a short.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebeca Troubetas

    I wish this was a novel and not a short story. It was an excellent read. Absolutely loved it. I would have loved for the story to have gone into detail, more in depth about the characters.

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