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The Awakening

(The Dragon Heart Legacy #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  17,686 ratings  ·  2,150 reviews
Author Nora Roberts begins a new trilogy of adventure, romance, and magick in The Awakening.

In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword—representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own…

Hardcover, 435 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Marge Cindilouw, this was a fabulous Nora Roberts book. It must be your first time reading a book from her. It was not a childish book in any way. Nora neve…moreCindilouw, this was a fabulous Nora Roberts book. It must be your first time reading a book from her. It was not a childish book in any way. Nora never uses cursing excessively. Nora’s characters are very well written, and the so-called “sex” scenes are done in a mature, non-descriptive way. This was the beginning of a totally magical story, like many of her other books! I couldn’t read it fast enough, and now that this part is finished, I’m desperate for more!(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OM freaking fascinating creative Gs! This is marvelous long prologue to a new series. The entire book impeccably introduces us the likable, falling in lovable characters and their past and present stories and preparing us like a calmness before the storm for the next exciting adventures of the characters!

I have to admit after reading this book I prayed the borders will open soon because this book gives you addictive craving to schedule an urgent trip to Ireland and get lost in its folkloric, anc
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book made me so happy...and that’s all you need to know...

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trilogy, fantasy
First one in a new series - and it's set in IRELAND - woohoo!!!!

Nora Roberts descriptions of Ireland will give you the biggest craving to visit immediately!! In The Awakening the scenery is so vibrant and authentic that I felt I was on the island myself. It’s proof how well the author has researched this place, visited herself and how much she loves Ireland. And it was palpable how much she put herself into this book.

If you haven’t been to Ireland yet, after reading this book you’ll put the isla
jv poore
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I adore Nora Roberts, in a comforting and reliable kind of way. Having read everything she's written (as Nora Roberts), admittedly I tend to go into each new story with certain...expectations. THE AWAKENING being The Dragon Heart Legacy: Book 1, I'm sort of certain as to how it will end.

But, no. Ms. Roberts pulled a fast one and sucked me straight in, anxiously awaiting Book 2.
An author new to me, check. A fantasy read, which I rarely venture into, check. A book won via Shelf Awareness that is coming out in November, check. After all that, why not jump in and read it. So I did and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Breen is living with her best friend Marco. She's kinda frumpy, let's people push her around, doesn't think much of herself, and her mother just adds to that putting her down, telling her she will not amount to anything. Keep your job, which you hate Breen, as a
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Quick thoughts: A shiny new series set in Ireland, this book is stunning and so unlike anything else I’ve read. I’m ready for book two and hope it won’t be a long wait! More thoughts to come.

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy.

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AUTHOR: Nora Roberts
SERIES: The Dragon Heart Legacy #1
RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2020
THEMES & TROPES: Celtic Myths, Ireland
RATING: 3.5 Stars


I'm gonna come out with it right away...thiswasmyfirstnorarobertsbook. Yeah I deserve those judgy eyes. One thing's for sure thought, it won't be my last book by her.

That she is an accomplished writer is crystal clear from the get-go. The world building, the landscape descript
Breen Kelly is a middle school language arts teacher in Philadelphia not really living her best life. She’s insecure about herself, reinforced by her mother who constantly confirms she’s just average, and struggles to make ends meet. Despite her lack of confidence, Breen has managed to make some terrific friends, one who is her roommate. During one fortuitous afternoon where she was tending to her mother’s plants while she was away, Breen discovers documents that reveal not only had her father n ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
2.5 stars -- I am a huge fan of La Nora, but I had a very mixed experience with this first entry in a new paranormal series from her. The things I liked were the actual magic system and world the fantasy elements are based on. They are all coorelated to the Fey and set in an alternate fey realm in Ireland, which was really fun. But this book feels so messy in terms of structure. It is nearly 500 pages, and honestly, I think it would have been a far stronger book had it been cut down to half that ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would give this book 4&1/2 stars if I could. A slow start kept it from getting 5 stars. Once I got into the story and met all the characters the book moved quickly. It is the first book in NR's new trilogy. I'm looking forward to the second book as Nora left her readers with a big cliffhanger! Recommended for NR fans and fantasy fans. ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it

This was an interesting first book in a series that very much felt like a very extended introduction. The bulk of the middle of this book was the training sequence in any chosen one narrative. It wasn't entirely unenjoyable, it just went on for so long. The beginning bit was a really descriptive vacation story that also went on for too long.

And that my primary gripe here is that I wish an editor had reigned Roberts in a bit and helped her tightened this story up so that it felt like more than a
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I must say that the storytelling was fantastic. This author really brought to life not only Ireland, but this alternate universe she created. Just the scenery alone was worth the read.

This first book is more about the heroine, Breen learning who she really is, and shedding the old Breen her mother tried to mold her into. We also get introduced to many characters in this alternate universe that will have a lot to do with the overall storyline. The imagery of each of these characters were just as
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up.

I know of no medicine better than a Nora Roberts book. Whenever I’m feeling down or overwhelmed or just in need of something comforting, her books are always a welcoming escape. The Awakening, the first installment in her newest series, is no exception. If the rest of the Dragon Heart Legacy is as great as The Awakening, it promises to be one of her best.
“You have to look to find. You have to ask to have the answers. You have to awaken to become.”

In recent ye
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Awakening is the first instalment in The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy, where parallel worlds clash over the struggle between good and evil. Breen Kelly, a high school English teacher from Philadelphia, has been studying hard for a title and a career she's not even sure she wanted. She never made a choice herself for many things in her life; they were the wish of her cold and dominant mother, who seemingly wanted to live vicariously through her. The warmest childhood memories are of her Irish ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breen is 26, and has reluctantly pursued a career a field in which she feels inadequate, due to the demands of her controlling mother, Jennifer. Jennifer has told her that her father left them, but Breen learns that there is a secret account to which he deposited money for her. She decides to visit his homeland, Ireland, to search for information, but learns much more than she bargained for. She finds a portal to another world, the world her father left, and learns that she has powers, as did he ...more
Did Not Finish-10 percent

I don't even know what to say. I haven't read a Nora Roberts "magicks" book in about 10 years. The last one was the whole Sign of Seven trilogy, see Blood Brothers. It was really bad. Have I reviewed that series on Goodreads before? Cause believe me when I posted my reviews back in the day on the 'Zon I remember people were all screaming at me until we got to the third book and they went, okay you were right. I think the biggest reasons why I had to just DNF this book wa
Tracy  C
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! I loved every minute reading this! I am a huge Nora Roberts fan, especially her trilogies. This is a bit different. Where before we had 3 books with 3 couples, The Awakening is just the beginning for Breen. We see her eyes truly open to the world around her and how she manages the many changes in her life. Roberts description made me feel like I was smack dab in the middle of Ireland....and beyond. The ending has me anxious for the rest; one of the draw backs of getting an advance copy!
Oh my goodness, I am in love with this story. What a great trilogy this is going to be!

Full review coming soon.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first Nora Roberts book. I know. I couldn't believe I have never read anything else by her either. And I really enjoyed this first book of her new fantasy series.

Roberts is a very seasoned writer, and it totally shows in her way of storytelling. I love the pacing of The Awakening. It is really consistent and nothing felt rushed or dragging. One minor issue I had was the paragraph breaking during conversations. On some occasions, I had trouble figuring out who was talking. But that did
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2020
The prologue introduces us to Talamh, where Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword and tasked with protecting the realm.

The story then whisks us to present day Philadelphia, where we meet Breen Kelly. She is a young teacher, buried in debt and unhappy. She unwittingly, or perhaps with some help, discovers that her mother has kept secret an account opened by her long-lost father. An account that would have paid for college and allowed her to pursue her own dreams. Those funds open the door to
December 16, 2020: Bringing together a magical portal and the classic chosen one trope, this start to a new fantasy series by the acclaimed author is enchanting, evocative, and entertaining. The beautiful, scenic views of Ireland are painted in this contemporary fantasy to contrast the warmth of a wonderful found family.

A flawed young woman in search of the missing parts of her puzzling life—a father who she assumed to have left and relatives at stake—crosses the thin barrier to step into a Cel
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG! OMG! OMG! First of all, huge thank you to #stmartinspress for the amazing gift of this book! As you all probably know, I'm a huge fan of the Great Nora. She never fails to entertain. So, of course I adored this book and gave it lots and lots of hugs even before opening it.! It was hard to put down! You know how some books follow you around when you are forced to walk away? It's like part of your mind is continuously occupied with the characters while you go over what has already ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it did not like it
Well I've reached that point where I'm trolling Goodreads looking for negative reviews to support my opinions, so it's time to give up. I made it 30%. I've never read Nora Roberts before and can confidently say I won't again. Not be blunt, but this was just...bad writing. Like weird turns of phrase and grammatically unpleasant sentences. Not to mention the incredibly slow pacing, and weak character writing. The LGBTQ characters were so stereotypical that I felt embarrassed reading them. Breen di ...more
Ivana BM

I have to admit it is really hard to summon my thoughts of this one. To be honest, I am not quite sure what the author actually wanted to say.. Contemporary fiction with a spark of fantasy - it does sound like a great idea, but unfortunately the execution of it wasn't really as good as it might have been. Some parts were amazing, some ok, and some really boring, I even skipped some parts of the fantasy world cause it was just too unreal. Kinda like reading women's version of Harry Potter, b
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review

This is the first book in The Dragon Heart Legacy Trilogy. This book introduces us to Breen Siobhan Kelly, a 26 year old middle school teacher. Breen lives with her best friend Marco in a small apartment, she works a job she hates because her mother told her that was all she would be good at, she is drowning in student loans and can only afford thrift store clothing. She has no self esteem because she has been beate
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
A rather disappointing read coming from such a seasoned author. I agree with other reviewers that it's far longer than it needed to be given what's there.

Its biggest failing is that it's a mish-mash of tropes and cliches - You have your chosen one trope. You have the sassy gay best friend trope with matching "gayborhood." (One can only assume it was a misguided attempt to signal inclusiveness, though it instead comes off as pandering and shallow.) And then you have your overpowered-yet-bumbling
Catherine Cowles
I absolutely fell in love with this new world Nora Roberts has created. She has painted it in such vivid detail that I felt as though I was discovering it right alongside Breen. And I never want to leave. In fact, I'd probably consider giving a kidney for books two and three right now.

A masterful blend of magic, suspense, and simmering chemistry, The Awakening will take you on an epic journey of self-discovery and one that explores the definitions of family, duty, and rising above who you thoug
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roberts-nora
WOW!!! I have to catch my breath. Just WOW!!! This fantasy is a master work of world building and a character creating introduction to a new mind boggling series. It is a carefully created journey of one woman's discovery of self. And, that self is so outside the ordinary, but oh so compelling. Each character revealed is so complex and so likeable, that I was immediately drawn in. Well, there is one because there has to be a villain and he is a really despicable one. And Breen's (our heroine) mo ...more
Monica Reents
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and magic!
“If you rock no boat, you never end up in the water to see where the waves might take you.” I love so many of the quotes from this book, but this one really speaks to me and feels like it summarizes the story line for Breen, the main character, very well. Breen is from two worlds, but was only aware of her home in Philadelphia, until a trip to Ireland became more than she could ever have thought would be part of her reality.

The Awakening is the first book in The Dragon Heart Trilogy by Nora Robe
Sara (Just Another Story)
Dec 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was awful. Like SO bad. It's been a hot minute since I've read anything by Nora Roberts. But I don't remember her books being so terrible. The female protagonist was insufferable and whiney, and I couldn't stand her. The overall story and relationships were so cringe-y and I just couldn't.

I am actually surprised I finished this.
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her book ...more

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