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The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy, Book 1 (The Dragon Heart Legacy,… (2021. Auflage)

von Nora Roberts (Autor)

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Titel:The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy, Book 1 (The Dragon Heart Legacy, 1)
Autoren:Nora Roberts (Autor)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2021), 464 pages
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Tags:Stack 2 Shelf 1-7 Fantasy and Horror Hardcover

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I was leery of a fantasy trilogy. But, this was a fine book. Breen Kelly lives a very beige dull life. She teaches middle school English, wears neutral teacher clothes, and even straightens and dyes her hair to a boring brown. Her mother has convinced her that she average or less than capable in everything The only bright spot in her life is Marcos, her longstanding best friend and room-mate. One day, while watering her mother's plants, a file mysteriously plops all over the floor of her mother's office. In picking it up, Breen realizes that her long absent father had been keeping a large trust fund for her. Breen calls the accounting firm and finds out that she has several million dollars. She then decides to resign from her teaching position and fly she and Marcos to Ireland, so she can find out who she is and who her father was. She rents a picture perfect Irish cottage for the 3 months of summer. Her landlord, turns out to be the friend of a grandmother she never knew existed. Then a retriever pup appears on the beach. While tring to follow the pup, she ends up in a whole new world. The world of her father, grandmother. Her life takes a totally new turn.

I truly enjoyed this novel. The characters are rich and I can see the setting in my mind as I read. I look forward to book 2. ( )
  Raspberrymocha | Jan 11, 2022 |
The Awakening is the first book in a planned trilogy, and while it was a fun and interesting read, I really felt like nothing really happened. Yes, the main character discovered a lot about herself and her heritage, and definitely grew as a person, but that was really the main focus of the story. The plot, other than Breen discovering more about herself, was barely non-existent.

Breen Kelly is an anxious twenty something teacher who has to save for every penny she earns due to huge student debt loans. Growing up without a father has left her struggling to understand the reasons why he left when she was young, and the toxic relationship she has with her mother has given her few answers over the years. When Breen unexpectedly discovers some information that will help her situation, I like how she takes charge of her life and begins to explore who she really is and who she wants to be. I like how Breen goes from meek schoolteacher to confidant woman as she learns to fight and fend for herself. It is still unclear as to her mother's motives for treating Breen the way that she did, but I liked the way it was handled in this book.

Breen did have a lot of help along the way, and one of my favourite characters was Marco. Her best friend is so cool and sweet and I loved it when he made an appearance. Now, before you go thinking the author has set up a love triangle, no way, as Marco is part of the LGBTQ community and I love the inclusiveness. He is such an amazing character, to the point where I almost wished he was the main character.

Then, there is Keegan Keegan is the leader of the world in which Breen found herself and I think he was supposed to come off as the brooding type, you know the kind who is annoying, but who supposedly has this tender side underneath? Unfortunately, it didn't work with his character. He came across as more ruthless, which is fine, as he is protecting his realm, but where I had the issue was his sudden revelation that he adored Breen and loved her. I was like, what? How did this happen? Nope, didn't work for me at all. I even had to reread the scene to see if I missed something important, but nope. There was simply no chemistry between the two of them so the forced romance felt tropey at best, almost like the author realized she didn't have a sex scene in her book and needed to throw one in.

I did really like the folklore, the magic, and the dragons. I would have loved more about the dragons. However, this book could have been shorter as some of the parts did have a tendency to drag and were somewhat repetitive. And really, when it comes down to it, there was no plot other than Breen's character development and her discovery of this other world in which she was born. There was talk about preparations for war, about war council, but we have no idea what is happening, the politics behind it, the others worlds involved, or anything else political that would be important to know. But we did get pages and pages of Breen writing her children's book and drinking tea. I kept waiting for something to happen, but I was doomed in that regard.

Verdict
The Awakening is one of those books where nothing really happens, but definitely has a lot of potential. I really feel like the author focused too much on fluffy information rather than on information in which a reader would be interested, such as more info on grandpa and Keegan, and the real nitty-gritty stuff on the political situation, the threats to the realm, the other worlds involved, and why and how. I also wonder if this book would have worked better using different POV as it would have fleshed out the story, and the characters, a lot more. I will read the next book in this trilogy, but I won't be in a rush to do so. ( )
1 abstimmen StephanieBN | Dec 19, 2021 |
The Awakening is a Fantasy/Sci Fi where there are two worlds. There is good vs. evil, magic, spells, witches, elves, pixies, romantic encounters, friendship, family and lots of love. It is a book about a young woman who holds herself in low self-esteem but must find the power and strength within herself to become a strong and powerful leader to fulfill her destiny. The story takes place in present day. It is a good story that does not conclude because there is a sequel. Four stars were awarded in this review. ( )
  lbswiener | Nov 1, 2021 |
I do enjoy Nora Roberts' fantasy trilogies... Heck, The Key Trilogy were the first Nora Roberts books I ever read, and I gobbled those up as a young teenager (or pre-teen - either way, it's over half of my lifetime ago.) There are some key elements (ha: see what I did there?) that are original and refreshing. But at the same time, there's a lot that seems derivative of her other fantasy/paranormal romances. Does it work? Yeah, sure - but it makes for a tired combination.

I adore Breen's cottage in Ireland: the descriptions of it set my heart to dreaming (cottagecore is something I aspired to, long before there was a name to it.) As someone who works with middle-schoolers every day but desperately wants to be a published author instead, it's fun to daydream that I could fall into the same sort of luck (and wealth) that Breen does... But seeing as how I don't have any monied connections into an alternate fae universe, that seems unlikely.

Lest I ramble on even longer about this book, I will say that if you can look past certain tropes (Stereotypical Gay Characters; Chosen One Heroine; Running Away to Find One's Self in Another Country/World) and don't mind some one-dimensional characters with bad names, you'll probably really enjoy this book. I won't go out of my way to read the next one, but I won't absolutely refuse to give it a chance either.

(I'm also thinking I need to re-read some of my old Nora Roberts favorites to see if I'll still enjoy them, many years later, or if I've moved on and they'll no longer satisfy me as a reader in her 30s.) ( )
1 abstimmen bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
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 |
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