#1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Chronicles of The One trilogy returns with the first in a brand new series where parallel worlds clash over the struggle between good and evil.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Breen Kelly is unlocking her power—and that’s not a self-help metaphor! Nora Roberts’ twentysomething heroine, a teacher grappling with student loans and her domineering mother, discovers that her long-absent father has left her a trust worth over $4 million…and that’s just the beginning. During a celebratory trip to Ireland, Breen walks straight into a portal to an alternate dimension, where she learns about her true heritage and her destiny in the mystic arts. Roberts strikes a perfect balance in the first book of her Dragon Heart Legacy series, seamlessly transitioning us from Breen’s real-world problems to the fantastical challenges she faces in this strange new fairyland as she learns to trust and wield her thrilling new powers. Breen’s quest is so spellbinding that it’s hard to bid her farewell—even if it’s only until book two.
Bestseller Roberts (Shadows in Death) launches a fantasy trilogy with this heartwarming story of a woman finding her true self across parallel worlds. Philadelphia teacher Breen Kelly, 26, has lived under her mother's thumb ever since her father disappeared more than 15 years ago. So when Breen unexpectedly comes into money, she quits her much-resented job and escapes her mother's reach by traveling to Ireland. There she stumbles through a portal into a fantasy world, Talamh, where she discovers she is not the disappointing mouse she's always believed herself to be, and that she may be the key to winning a forthcoming war between the faerie people of Talamh and an evil god. After learning the secret history of her family, including the truth of what happened to her father, Breen must decide whether to return to her world or stay in Talamh to fulfill her destiny. While Breen is well-shaded and empathetic, the characters around her are thinly sketched. The narrative feels lopsided as Roberts spends more time on Breen's mundane achievements in Philadelphia and Ireland than her adventures in Talamh, leaving the political plot underdeveloped, and the cliffhanger ending will leave readers equal parts frustrated and eager for more. This enjoyable installment has its flaws, but it also promises good things to come.
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Just finished the first Awakening book.
Absolutely loved the story and characters. Looking forward to the next one.
Special thanks again Nora for sharing your stories with the world. We love you for it!
I was entertained, but...
While I found that I did care about the main character and was generally entertained, I didn’t really feel like anything happened in this book.
I found that the main character doesn’t make a lot of choices in regards to her duty in Talamh but spends the majority of her time training and learning magic. Which is great, but there’s no final face off with the antagonist, or any real conflict in most scenes for that matter.
I enjoyed her growth, but none of it seems to derive from her time in the magical world. She seems to boost her own confidence just fine by trying to discover who she is in her career rather than accepting her duty in another world.