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The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy, Book 1 (The Dragon Heart Legacy,…

– tekijä: Nora Roberts

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Nora Roberts definitely writes in a formulaic manner but I enjoy that when I am looking for a book I can escape into and that does not overtax my brain. Her books are great beach/vacation reads. I do not enjoy all of her series but this particular series is one of those that I quite enjoy both the story and characters. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
I have my list of tried and true authors whose books I always look for because they never disappoint - Nora Roberts is one such author, and I absolutely enjoyed The Awakening.

Readers familiar with her fantasy trilogies know she has a certain formula, generally speaking. It usually starts with a strong female protagonist with two equally strong female sidekicks (or a trio of strong female protagonists). One is usually tough, one is creative, and one is likely an amazing cook. There's some powerful magick, and a bad guy they have to defeat. In each book of the trilogy, each woman ends up with her soulmate, but the bad guy isn't defeated until the final book.

The Awakening doesn't quite follow her usual format. Breen is not your hero material. She's unhappy, lacks confidence, and does what she can to blend in. Her clothes are drab, and she tones down her red hair to a mousey brown, and she's anxious - mostly because her mother has gaslit her into believing she is barely adequate, less than average.

The bulk of the story plays out in Talamh, the mystical, magickal world where her father was from. This world has all the elements needed for a fantasy - elves, pixies, witches, weres, trolls, flying dragons, and more.

What I love about THIS story is that Breen did not grow up in this world so her response feels relatable. We get to see her work through the full range of disbelief, acceptance, and learning to use her magic. Through all of it, her character feels real. She's not perfect; in fact, she's terrible at fighting. She still struggles with self-confidence, and she's not sure if she's the one for the task.

Roberts' voice in whatever she writes is very strong and very much her own. Her writing is very visual and immersive, and she just tells a good story. You want to settle into the worlds she creates, real or imagined, in part because of the goodness of her characters who always believe in good over evil.

This really feels like a really big prologue, as it sets the stage for the real battles to happen. And that's ok by me because I enjoyed the ride to the very last page, and she left me impatient for the next book.

I was provided an advance copy from St Martin's Press via NetGalley for review purposes. All opinions are my own. ( )
1 ääni jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
The relationship is a bit angst ridden but this is a story of an otherworld that is reached through Ireland and a woman who discovers that she has a foot in this world and what's more, that foot needs to be in that world to save it.
Breen Kelly has always been a good girl and followed the rules and tries to make her mother happy, when she accidentally discovers that her mother has been hiding a legacy from her and that the actually doesn't have to be a mediocre teacher but could, maybe follow her heart, she takes the leap and finds that there are more things underneath this. There's magic and power and maybe even love.
It follows a well-trodden path by Nora Roberts in her romances and her fantasy works and while the relationship isn't fully resolved by the end you do know that there is potential there and that there will be more in the future books. I really enjoyed the read and the characters. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 19, 2021 |
Loved it!!! I'm so excited that Nora has upgraded her writings and made me fall back in love with her books again. I can not wait for the next books to come out for this series! ( )
  Brandi820-04 | Apr 1, 2021 |
Very competently written -- she has a great feel for scene and sentence. It was a little plodding, as if everything had to be spelled out and described. Maybe because that is what her audience wants or because she knows she will be writing a trilogy so there is no rush? It's the first NR I've ever read, and I will probably read the next installments. HOWEVER, her depiction of the Black gay best friend (and the other gay characters) is horribly cliched and his dialogue is insultingly awful. ( )
  erikasolberg770 | Feb 23, 2021 |
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