The Awakening (Dragon Heart Legacy Series #1)

The Awakening (Dragon Heart Legacy Series #1)

by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Barrie Kreinik

Unabridged — 15 hours, 27 minutes

The Awakening (Dragon Heart Legacy Series #1)

The Awakening (Dragon Heart Legacy Series #1)

by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Barrie Kreinik

Unabridged — 15 hours, 27 minutes

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The first in Nora Roberts' Dragon Heart Legacy Series, The Awakening is a supernaturally charged story so rich in magic that you'll be grounded in this gorgeous world before you know it. With a cliffhanger ending, you'll want to make sure you have book two on deck.

#1 New York Times bestselling 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 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 Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly


Bestseller Roberts (Shadows in Death) launches a fantasy trilogy with this heartwarming story of a woman finding her true self across parallel worlds. Philadelphia teacher Breen Kelly, 26, has lived under her mother’s thumb ever since her father disappeared more than 15 years ago. So when Breen unexpectedly comes into money, she quits her much-resented job and escapes her mother’s reach by traveling to Ireland. There she stumbles through a portal into a fantasy world, Talamh, where she discovers she is not the disappointing mouse she’s always believed herself to be, and that she may be the key to winning a forthcoming war between the faerie people of Talamh and an evil god. After learning the secret history of her family, including the truth of what happened to her father, Breen must decide whether to return to her world or stay in Talamh to fulfill her destiny. While Breen is well-shaded and empathetic, the characters around her are thinly sketched. The narrative feels lopsided as Roberts spends more time on Breen’s mundane achievements in Philadelphia and Ireland than her adventures in Talamh, leaving the political plot underdeveloped, and the cliffhanger ending will leave readers equal parts frustrated and eager for more. This enjoyable installment has its flaws, but it also promises good things to come. (Nov.)

From the Publisher

"Roberts sets the bar high with the launch of her Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy, a captivating tale that not only vividly showcases her superior storytelling and characterization skills but also brightly illuminates her affinity for all things Irish." —Booklist

"Bestseller Roberts launches a fantasy trilogy with this heartwarming story of a woman finding her true self across parallel worlds." —Publishers Weekly

"It's a wonderful tale for anyone looking for a true escape into an otherworldly story.” —

Library Journal


Wildly popular in every genre, Roberts launches her next fantasy series (after the "Chronicles of the One" trilogy) with Breen Kelly finally realizing that she can no longer wait for the father who abandoned her when she was 12 years old, promising that he would return. Instead, on a trip to Ireland, she steps through a portal to discover that she has magical powers—and a call to battle evil. With a million-copy first printing and a one-day laydown on November 24.

School Library Journal


Gr 9 Up—Breen Kelly's mother had always told her she was "average" in every way. So Breen dyed her fiery red hair mousy brown, wore shapeless beige clothing, and unwillingly became a middle school teacher. Looking after her mother's plants while she's away, Breen stumbles upon a financial file indicating that she's a millionaire. After confirming the information, she quits her job and goes to Ireland to find her father, who'd left when she was 12. What Breen discovers there is lifechanging. Although her father has died, Breen finds an extended family, who live in a world called Talamh, accessible through a magical portal. She begins to understand the strange dreams she's always had, and discovers she is part of a line of powerful magical beings. This is a captivating novel, difficult to put down, and teens will identify with Breen's search for her true self. Please note, there are some descriptive (but not graphic) sex scenes in the book. Most characters are Irish, and many of Breen's American friends are Black. VERDICT Recommend to older teens who have enjoyed series like Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness and The Immortals.—Marlyn Beebe, Long Beach P.L., CA

DECEMBER 2020 - AudioFile

Barrie Kreinik’s dynamic narration complements this fresh romantic adventure. Stuck in a rut and only in her 20s, Breen leaves Philadelphia after a financial windfall and travels to Ireland with best friend Marco. There she discovers not just family, but also a magical realm. For every question answered, many more arise as Breen follows her destiny, and this leaves listeners hungry for Book 2. Kreinik uses a light tone struck with awe to highlight Breen’s wonderment. Marco’s enthusiasm and bond with Breen are displayed by his bright voice peppered with “Hey, girl,” which contrasts with Breen’s mother’s harsh, admonishing tone. The evolution of Breen’s self-discovery is evident in her hesitant, questioning tone, which evolves into adamant, self-assured statements. Irish accents are melodic and accurate, thanks to Kreinik’s range. A.L.C. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940179045236
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 11/24/2020
Series: Dragon Heart Legacy Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 200,131
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