The Awakening is a book that I’ve waited over a year to get my hands on and ended up reading it in just a few days. Whenever it comes to books by Nora Roberts I have such a hard time putting them down, most of the time at least, and this is one of those that I had a very difficult time parting with when life got in the way and I had to get other things done for a while.
This book, the first in The Dragon Heart Legacy does start out a bit slow but if you decide to give it a chance don’t let the slow start stop you from reading all the way to the end, as the reason (well, what I believe to be the reason) for the leisurely start and the abundance of background telling that goes on throughout the first half of the book is quite understandable. Nora gives her readers the chance to really get to know who Breen is, how she’s been raised by a single, and what I see to be selfish, mother, Jennifer, and her very deep and strong relationship with her long-time friend, Marco. It gives the reader a chance to slowly create a strong hold and connection with the characters that Nora has created in the series instead of throwing you headlong into chaos. I love a book that starts out with action in the beginning as it tends to grab the readers attention to the story quicker than the build-up would, however, with a story such as this, you need that build-up and background knowledge to really get a sense as to what is going on, what the characters are going through, and what has yet to come.
The first section of the book, as it’s broken up into three parts, Changes, Discovery, and Choice, gives the reader the opportunity to really envision, with great detail, as to what Breen looks like in the beginning of her life with her dowdy wardrobe and her ways of trying to hide from the world with dying her hair a mousey brown instead of letting her abundance of red curls fly, due to her mother always telling her that she’s never good enough to be herself as no-one would like her as she truly is, that they would see Breen as someone that isn’t worth their time. Thankfully my mother never treated her children in such a manner as I would imagine I would have been much like Breen in the beginning.
But thankfully, once she came upon some secrets that her mother was holding from her, Breen started to finally break free of that horrible shell her mother put around her and came to be the person she was truly meant to be, strong, independent, and fierce as a dragon! And that’s when things really start to get moving with the story. Breen takes it upon herself to take herself out of Philadelphia and off to Ireland to try and find her father she believed to have left her so long ago, giving her the chance to learn more about her heritage. But damn, did things get interesting and more exciting by the minute!
After just a few weeks in Ireland, things really start to pick up with speed and excitement with the story, making it even more difficult to put the book down at times. I may have even gotten a bit snippy at times when I was interrupted during my reading – sorry for that!
I don’t want to give too much away from the story as I’m really hoping that others decide to read it as well and I want them to be able to unfold things along the way just as I did; allowing them to get that connection with the characters and what’s happening in their own way, which, to me, is very important when it comes to reading a book as we’re not all the same, we all see things in different ways.
Like I first said, don’t give up on it too soon, allow the first chapters to give you the details and wonders of Ireland, as Nora does such a fantastic job at describing the spread of green hills, endless fields with blooming flowers and crops-a-plenty, and other wonders of land and people, also allowing the reader to get attached to Breen, and Marco, and those that Breen encounters from a land that sounds so much better than the one that we currently live within.
The last few chapters really started to rip at me as Breen goes through some very difficult decisions, and some of those decisions [at first] broke me but then I came to understand her reasoning. My heart did break quite a bit though during those difficult times and I had the book practically glued to my hands all the way to the end as I was hoping and wishing so hard that things would not end with the book in the direction they were headed. Thankfully, even though I have to wait a very long year for the next book to come out, and another year after that for the final book, how the first one ended did give me some closer to the decisions that Breen had come upon so instead of leaving me angry and frustrated, as I was expecting it to do, it made me so happy that I actually screeched a bit like a little girl in excitement with how it’s ending.
Well done, Nora Roberts, on yet another start to what I see to be a fantastic series!
About 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…
When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father―and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.
This newfound fortune would be life-changing for anyone. But little does Breen know that when she uses some of the money to journey to Ireland, it will unlock mysteries she couldn’t have imagined. Here, she will begin to understand why she kept seeing that silver-haired, elusive man, why she imagined his voice in her head saying Come home, Breen Siobhan. It’s time you came home. Why she dreamed of dragons. And where her true destiny lies―through a portal in Galway that takes her to a land of faeries and mermaids, to a man named Keegan, and to the courage in her own heart that will guide her through a powerful, dangerous destiny…
A list of Nora Robert’s books can be found here – Book List – She even has a printable list that can be found here – Printable List – and a list of series/connected books can be found here – Series/Connected Book List