Title: From The Becoming (The Dragon Heart Legacy, Book 2)
Author: Nora Roberts
ISBN: 9781250272706
Published: 2021
Pages: 448

“Time’s never lost, just spent on other matters.”
― Nora Roberts, The Becoming

Rating:

From the moment I started this book it was extremely difficult to put down, resulting in me finishing it in the matter of a day and half (thanks to everyday life once again getting in the way) and I hate that I have to wait another year for the third and final book of the trilogy.

The first book was a bit slow moving but it allows the readers to really get a sense of who Breen is, how she was raised by her single-mother, and the close and loving relationship she has with Marco, Sally, and Derek. And those are just the people she knows about in her world of Philadelphia.

In The Awakening, you begin to learn about another world, that of Talamh. Talamh is its own place and can be located by traveling through the different portals that are located around the different worlds; one of those being through the Welcoming Tree. The Welcoming Tree is not an ordinary tree. Found in the woods behind the cottage that was made for Breen Siobhan Kelly by her grandmother, Mairghread (Nan), it is an overly large tree that has a trunk wider than any you’ve seen before that looks as if it’s growing out of the rocks that surround it, with branches springing in every direction and leaves greener than you can imagine. It’s a tree that is found only by those of Talamh heritage, someone such as Breen who has finally found her way home.

That’s also when her training starts in weapons and in magicks so she can win the war that continues against her own grandfather, a shunned god who wants to rule all worlds and suck clean all the magick, especially from that of his granddaughter, Breen. He wants to spread the worlds with all his dark magic.

The Becoming picks up right where The Awakening had ended with the Taoiseach, Keegan, coming for Breen in Philadelphia to bring her back to Talamh as things have started to get worse. However, it’s not only Keegan and Breen going back, but Marco decided he wasn’t getting left behind and, grabbing Breen’s hand, jumped through the portal that Keegan created alongside them. He sure as shit wasn’t going to miss out on the adventures ahead of them.

And you can’t help but love Marco! He’s fun and makes sure that Breen looks out for what’s best for herself instead of always doing as others think she should do, as what her mother made her think of herself for so many of the years before she found out about the life she has in Talamh. I love how Marco doesn’t sit back and let things happen when it comes to Breen and what’s going on in Talamh. He starts training with Maureen as he has no intentions of being left behind when it comes to the battle against Odran and his cronies, learning sword-fighting and horseback riding, which he finds that he enjoys greatly. He also comes to love, and be loved, by the people of Talamh. He even finds a deep love for one of the soldiers, Brian, who is also a cousin of Breen. (There’s a bit more of that romance!) They are one of the cutest couples in the book as they are supportive of each other in every way possible while also being there for each other whenever possible. Marco even goes to fight alongside Brian when Odran’s followers make it through a portal all have forgotten for the past centuries. You can’t help but cheer them on! Although, like all battles, not everyone makes it through to the end.

On the other side of the portal they all crash through is a land I was very excited to return to. I think I missed Talamh just as much as Breen did, however, to her she was only gone a month while I was gone an entire year.

The people, the land, the magicks. This is one of those books where you wish you could live there yourself, be friends and family to those within it, and have the cottage that was specially made for Breen in Ireland. And let’s not forget about that close contact fighting with Keegan, and the in-between the sheets with him, as well!

However, we also can’t forget as to why Keegan had Breen come back a week earlier than she was planning. Her grandfather, Odran, was getting too close to making his way back through the portal where he was banned many years before by the gods when Odran chose his dark magic over the peace of the land and people. And this time, Odran has also gained someone that was close to Keegan for the past few years, someone who has lived at the castle all of her life, and knows every in and out of the place and its grounds. She also knows everything that her father told her from the council meetings he attended. She is one of the most informed people in Talamh that has finally let her true self break free, now siding with Odran to get what she wants most, revenge on those that turned away from her and the status she has always dreamed of.

When you think Nora Roberts romance most often comes quickly to mind as this is what she has always been known for, however, this is not a romance so if that’s what you’re mainly looking for, this book may not be for you. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is romance within it but it is far from the main focus of the story. This trilogy is about dark vs. light, it’s about the Wise, the Fey, the Were, and the Sidhe. I was beyond getting when Breen and Keegan came together though, and even more so in this second installment as they began to really get to know one-another, and I’ll be even more thrilled if in the third book they end up together for good without that of Breen’s evil grandfather and war getting in the way. At the moment, even though there are times of them coming together, they keep it casual because of what’s going on around them. And what had happened with Keegan’s previous so-called love interest.

Where this book lacks in the romance department it is filled full of other happenings and tons of magic.

And DRAGONS!

There is love, there is loss, there is adventure, and there is magic, (and let’s not forget the swords and dragons!). This is a story that I believe everyone who enjoys fantasy to give a chance, as it will keep you on your toes throughout and begging for more with every page that’s turned.

There is so much that goes on within part two of the trilogy and I don’t want to spoil anything for others that have yet to read it. But I will say, give it a chance as I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed.

You can find a glossary of some of the terms within The Awakening and The Becoming here (provided by the blog by Nora and Laura): GUIDE TO IRISH TERMS AND NAMES

About The Becoming

A new epic of love and war among gods and humans, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Awakening.

The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another.  But some can walk between the two—including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm—a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people—and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills.

But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh—and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.


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


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?

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