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Book Review: The Awakening by Nora Roberts

I haven’t read romantic fantasy books in ages, so when I noticed a new series by Nora Roberts, The Dragon Heart Legacy, I was like ok, I’ll read this! 🙂

I really think that combining fantasy and romance can provide a fun way to escape the reality for a moment, especially in these times when reading something that’s simply fun can make such a difference to your overall mood.

I had fun reading this book. I’ve read fantasy books since my childhood, and it’s so much fun still to see how these books can still bring such joy and escapism. I love how the genre has evolved to so many fun and interesting subgenres (and mixes of those). ❤ When I was a child and started to find fantasy books in our little local library, there wasn’t that much to choose from. I started with The Belgariad, The Lord of The Rings and The Wheel of Time and those books had me sold to the wonders of fantasy books. It’s still my favorite genre and it makes me happy to see how it’s evolving and thriving.

Breen Kelly finds out she has inherited millions of dollars and decides to travel to Ireland in search of any information of her father. She finds out he was a mighty leader in a magical, hidden land. So the beautiful land of the fae is revealed in the midst of rural Ireland and Bree starts to learn who she really is. It’s an idyllic setting with magical creatures such as dragons and mermaids and friendly folks all around the place. And of course there is a threat which involves Breen directly. So she learns magic and she learns to fight, because her destiny would not be a peaceful one. And of course there is also a very lovely romance brewing underneath all of this. I mean, I don’t think it would be a true Nora Roberts book without a steamy romance. 🙂

The book starts off quite slow, but that’s understandable since this is the first in a series. A big theme of this series, and of Bree’s tale, seems to be the conflict of her loyalties between our world and the magical world, and for this to feel real, we need to see enough of her ordinary life to learn what makes her feel so conflicted. This conflict is a very interesting one and I look forward to seeing how it will be addressed in the next books. So far the conflict between the villain and Breen is not explored that much, but I’m sure we’ll get loads more in the second book to make us understand the villain more.

Once the story takes us to Ireland, that is truly such a lush description of both Ireland in our ordinary world as well as the magical one. In these times when traveling isn’t a possibility, The Awakening offers soothing images of mental traveling which I appreciated. ❤

I really enjoyed reading The Awakening, and already googled that the next book should be out by the end of this year. Something to look forward to!

The Awakening fills these prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing this year:

A book set in the woods (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A book featuring three generations (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

Author:

I love books, games and the coziness of our house (currently it's the kingdom of me and my husband). My work in a game studio as a Senior HR Specialist keeps me busy and social, but I am an introvert in my core. Navigating life between my very social work and my introvert, less social personality can be tricky and it goes hand in hand with my interest in overall personal well-being.

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