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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..... 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2020 Nora Roberts (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Ditch the Witch Stories. Nothing intriguing here.

Is it just me or is anyone else worn out with this theme? Maybe it would be tolerable if there was some fresh concept, but no, there is not, it has all been covered before. I feel cheated.

In this story, a young woman discovers that her mom has been hiding the truth about her dad so off she goes to Ireland to track him down. Her best friend is a grossly clichéd gay guy sidekick who has the personality of a 1980's sitcom. Without much prelude, she discovers and accepts that she is a powerful witch and that her new found community needs her to save them.

Now throw in ALL the other supernaturals you can think of with detailed descriptions of their powers, histories, and relationships (which have no bearing on this story), along with all the contrived names of people and places in the other world where the main character spends time, and you may find yourself wringing your hands trying to keep track of it all...for no reason though, because most of them don't have a storyline yet. Their connecting lines on this flow chart lead to a plot in another book, I suppose. It felt like studying for a test.

The balance for laying the foundation for a series and weaving a riveting first book in a series is tilted so dramatically that I have zero interest in the next book. I will be returning this one, it really does read like words squashed between blocks in a flow chart.

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if Nora wrote this I will eat my phone

this was a poor imitation of the Nora Roberts we all love and admire for the last 25+ years. It feels like a student attempt at a copy. the Narrator doesn't help as she makes it sound halting and pathetic. sad waste of an audible credit.

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Loved it

When I purchased “The Awakening” I was concerned that it might be a rewrite of “The One”. I’m glad to say this is a fresh and startling new vision. I love the complexity, the relationships, and the many levels of love. I can’t wait for the next installment.

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Can't wait

Arrrrr!!! what a cliff hanger of an ending! when does the next one come out??!

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The Awakening

Fantastic start to a new NR trilogy. Love the characters and the story. Nora never disappoints and has been my favorite author for many years. Narration is wonderful too. It doesn't matter how great a story is if the narrator's voice doesn't work. LOVE IT ALL!

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Could listen to this story on and on and on...

I honestly some out loud "NOOOO" when the music started, signaling that this book was over. What am I going to do now?!?! Wait. Dang it! I'm going to wait for the second...and hopefully a third!! Have always loved Nora, especially her most recent work. I'm a fantasy girl so her magic and fantasies are my favorites. The Awakening answered all my wants. What a cool way to escape our uncool, current reality. Narration was great as well!
Waiting...

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Ok... when does book two come out???

Great story, heck of an ending, impatient for book two. As usual, Nora Roberts writes a compelling story of relationships of many types (I don’t want to say too much as it could spoil the story for others). The story has similarities of others she has written, but that can’t be helped. This story has its uniqueness and excellence that tells you of her skill and dedication to bring to her readers a story that grabs you from page one and makes you hate her for making us wait for more. I loved the story!

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Too much Dark magic for me

Starts out very well and made me want to keep reading. But as the book got deeper... it went into dark magic, witches, then into a blood sacrifice with a child being killed, it was too much. I’m disappointed. I’ve read a number of Nora’s books. This is not what I expected.

Barrie did do a good job narrating this audible book.

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Decent Story but narrator...meh

The story was fairly good, not nearly as good as The One, but okay. What I didn't care for was the main character came off way too naive and lacked any sense of her own personal power (too much self deprecating) - hopefully she'll display some more strength as the series goes on. To this end, the narrator did this character NO JUSTICE. She made her seem dense with her inflections and tone. Some of the other characters were done well, but no good with the main character.

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Fire and addictive

Only half way and this book can’t stop listening. Like dang it’s really good bravo

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