The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Number one New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts begins the Dragon Heart Legacy - 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....
When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious 20-something 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.....
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 27 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 24, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #962 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#23 in Fantasy Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#27 in Paranormal Fantasy
#169 in Romantic Fantasy (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021
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The amazing discovery of her legacy in Ireland and beyond was a magnificent Rollercoaster ride that is only the beginning of this world! I so hated to come to the end of this chapter and am looking forward to her next installment in this adventure!
Imagine that you were a normal, ordinary sort of girl living and working a life that was less than you wanted but felt like you deserved... then imagine taking the trip of a lifetime to try and find your father and a part of who you are- your legacy, and uncovering a richness of relatives and friends in a land of Magick you hardly dare believe is true.
Thus begins Breens amazing, difficult and heart wrenching change. For better or worse she is now of two worlds that have heart need of her courage and abilities.
May 2021 cannot come soon enough for this reader with the second installment!
Okay, after the opening and we meet Breen and her delightful friend, Marco, we're off on a travelogue of Ireland. Wanted more story and less of a geography lesson. The hero, although appealing in the beginning snippet, turns out to be a bully -- even though it's insisted he's not. The whole story is a mish-mash. Just like Breen.
If you want great Irish magic, read the author's Cousin's O'Dwyer trilogy. I'm so sorry she went way off-the-mark with this book (save Marco and the grandmother).
Breen is a timid schoolteacher, convinced she is doomed to an ordinary life. A "chance" encounter opens the door to a new life for her, which starts with a trip to Ireland. There she finds answers and more . she finds a new career and a whole new world, one that has a terrifying duty waiting for her. And yes, there is a hot, brooding guy.
I was happy I bought this book.
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Speaking of which; I liked the heroine and I loved Marco, her BF. But the male hero seems underdeveloped and at times an unpleasant bully. I think more time was needed to get to know him more. That may come in later books but so far I just don’t “get” the romance and think she could do better.
I did enjoy the concept of the story, even if it does feel rather familiar from previous NR books. It has real potential and I’m keen to see how it develops towards its (inevitable) happy ending across what I assume is a trilogy.
What I really disliked though (and why this is 3 not 4 stars) is all the cliched “Oirish”. All Irish characters are portrayed in the most stereotypical way possible (to be sure, to be sure). I’m not Irish (I’m British) but it really grates and it actually borders on offensive at times. Nora Roberts really needs to dial-back the stereotyping a bit.
But the most unforgivable is calling the dog “Bollocks”! Didn’t someone (anyone?) in the editing process point out that “bollocks” in the U.K. and Ireland is slang for testicles? I winced every time I read it. Given it’s set in Ireland (sort of) this really is a major gaffe.
So my summary is: enjoyable, cliched, badly researched and entertaining.