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The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two--including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who's dazzled and disoriented by this realm--a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary yo The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two--including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who's dazzled and disoriented by this realm--a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people--and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills. But one member of Breen's bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh--and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.


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The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two--including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who's dazzled and disoriented by this realm--a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary yo The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two--including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who's dazzled and disoriented by this realm--a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people--and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills. But one member of Breen's bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh--and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.

30 review for The Becoming

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The newest book in this set, The Becoming, is now out in the world, and gosh, this cover is equally gorgeous. I’ve been reading Nora Roberts’ books off and on since I was a teenager, and I continue to be impressed with what a prolific writer she is but also the number of different genres in which she writes. Her creativity is boundless. For example, The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy is a paranormal/fantasy romance series. Totally outside my wheelhouse, I must say, but I thoroughly enjoyed the adve The newest book in this set, The Becoming, is now out in the world, and gosh, this cover is equally gorgeous. I’ve been reading Nora Roberts’ books off and on since I was a teenager, and I continue to be impressed with what a prolific writer she is but also the number of different genres in which she writes. Her creativity is boundless. For example, The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy is a paranormal/fantasy romance series. Totally outside my wheelhouse, I must say, but I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and fantasy of it. It’s a story of love and war, gods and magick. Wildly inventive and easy to read, Roberts’ trademark style. I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Courtesy of Goodreads giveaways, I've just finished the highly anticipated (at least by me.. lol) second novel of Nora Roberts terrific new fantasy romance trilogy The Dragon Heart Legacy. My advance reader copy of The Becoming was every bit as good and better than I was hoping for. And I'm already waiting anxiously for the final book to be released. From the moment I opened the book I had a horrible time putting it down, even going so far as to stand at the stove, book in hand as I cooked dinne Courtesy of Goodreads giveaways, I've just finished the highly anticipated (at least by me.. lol) second novel of Nora Roberts terrific new fantasy romance trilogy The Dragon Heart Legacy. My advance reader copy of The Becoming was every bit as good and better than I was hoping for. And I'm already waiting anxiously for the final book to be released. From the moment I opened the book I had a horrible time putting it down, even going so far as to stand at the stove, book in hand as I cooked dinner. (Out of splatter distance of course. As it just wouldn't do to get grease or sauce on my fabulous new book. 😁) Which is why I'm writing this review at 2:30 am. 😁 Like the majority of Nora Roberts books, it took me on an emotional ride through a beautifully crafted world with rich and delightful characters that are easy to become attached to. I laughed out loud and cried more than once, and a few times sat on the edge of my seat.(metaphorically at least) And while I wouldn't say that I needed to reach for ice water, the love scenes were well written and were just the right amount of sweet and heat for those of you who prefer their romances some where between clean and erotic. If you are a fan of Nora Roberts and fantasy romance I would absolutely recommend reading this series. There is no cheating, no love triangles, some profanity and mild, but slightly steamy love scenes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The second novel in Nora Robert’s Dragon Heart Legacy, The Becoming is a fantastic addition to the series! With strong, immersive world-building, a well-layered and dynamic protagonist, and tons of heart-stopping action, the story is a magical and exciting read. In The Awakening, the first book in the series, Breen is just learning of her heritage and her powers. However, in this story, Breen is embracing and honing her abilities. She is truly “becoming” what Talamh needs to defeat the evil that The second novel in Nora Robert’s Dragon Heart Legacy, The Becoming is a fantastic addition to the series! With strong, immersive world-building, a well-layered and dynamic protagonist, and tons of heart-stopping action, the story is a magical and exciting read. In The Awakening, the first book in the series, Breen is just learning of her heritage and her powers. However, in this story, Breen is embracing and honing her abilities. She is truly “becoming” what Talamh needs to defeat the evil that threatens their peaceful existence. With guidance from her grandmother and instruction from the hunky Keegan, as well as the support of her best friend Marco and other new friends, Breen learns all that she can to defeat the evil Odran, a banished god and her grandfather. Breen is such a dynamic protagonist, and I love how her story progresses. She is fierce and intelligent and so determined to succeed, and I was continually impressed with the way she handled all of the obstacles that stood in her way. It can’t be easy knowing you are the key to saving the world from evil, but Breen had a strong support system and a ton of determination. Breen thrives when busy, so she is always in a constant state of motion, and she accomplishes so much over the course of the book, especially in regard to mastering her abilities and working on her writing. Her relationships grow and develop as well, and I love how she strengthens her ties to Talamh and the people who live there. Breen also learns a lot about her father and her history, which I think helps to connect her even more to Talamh. One of the highlights of the story is the plethora of wonderful relationships. Friendships, romantic relationships, and family bonds prove strong and unwavering. One relationship that I loved in The Becoming and continue to love in this book is between Breen and her grandmother Marg. Marg is so fantastic! She shows Breen in a dozen different ways how much she loves, supports, and understands her granddaughter. A wise and strong woman, Marg is not only a wonderful grandmother, she is also a great teacher and mentor. I think this relationship is important because Breen didn’t have it for most of her life. In fact, she didn’t have a strong and supportive female role model in her life until she reconnected with Marg, and it’s plain to see that both were missing the connection. At the start of the story, Marco, Breen’s best friend, accompanies her on her journey to Talamh. Breen and Marco have the best relationship. They show complete acceptance and support and always have each other’s backs no matter what. Marco has a lively and effervescent personality, and he brings a bit of optimism and levity during some intense moments. Marco is amazing. He is thrust into this new, fantastical world, and he goes, blindly ignorant to everything because he loves Breen so much. There is nothing these best friends wouldn’t do for each other. Even when Breen uses all of her hardcore power, Marco stands beside her, frightened and unsure but willing to risk his own safety to support her. They have an unbreakable bond, and they seem to understand each other without even speaking at times, as lifelong best friends can sometimes do. Their relationship is one of the highlights of the novel. Then there’s the romance! I love a swoon-worthy love story, and the romance between Breen and Keegan is slow-building, angsty, and wonderful. Keegan is super swoon-worthy, even though he has no idea how to communicate, and I love his developing relationship with Breen. They are well suited, though their relationship is not without its problems. Keegan and Breen are alike in that they both put the good of others ahead of their own needs. They are both torn between duty and desire, and they have to figure out if they can balance both. With their very lives and the lives of all they know at stake, they don’t take their responsibilities lightly, and I’m curious to see how their relationship fares as the story continues. Between the threat of Odran and his followers, jealous people, and other obstacles, their love will have to be strong to survive. Another highlight of the novel is the immersive and layered world-building. From Ireland to the magical realm of Talamh, the setting is dynamic and detailed. Plus, Breen has a special gift. This gift leaps off the page and helps to create such a vivid and vibrant setting. As she experiences the wonder of being one with all living things, we can almost see this unique world through her eyes, and it is amazing! There is so much beauty in Talamh, and so many wonderful aspects (did I mention dragons? There are dragons, and they are brilliant!) are described, which severely contrasts the brutal evilness of Odran. I also need to do a special shout-out to Bollock, Breen’s loyal dog. Like Breen, Bollocks is coming into his own and has proven himself a fierce and loyal companion. Animal companions are the best, and between Bollocks and the dragons, I’m in total adoration. I love that we learn more about these beautiful, magical creatures, and I have a feeling they’ll have a significant role in the next book. I thought this was a great addition to The Dragon Heart Legacy. It’s immersive and suspenseful, and you can tell things are ramping up for an epic finale! Between the intriguing plot, the dynamic character development, the wonderful relationships, and the romances, (yes, there’s more than one, and they’re soooo good!!) there is never a dull moment, and I love the messages of empowerment and fighting for what you believe in. I’m so eager to continue this series and find out how Breen, Keegan, and the others fare when faced with the ultimate villain. Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ira

    4.5 stars ⭐️ I like this type of trilogy from Ms. Roberts. We have the same characters for the whole series and the story continues without needing a repeat in each book. The down side? She only published one book/year and often than not, I forgot what the previous stories all about! I should wait until all books published before reading this series 😬. Oh well, I will write the review next year, then 😳🙄😂🤣 ❤️❤️❤️

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Basso

    I was given this book early thanks to a goodreads giveaway! Nora Roberts has done an excellent job developing each of these characters, and I personally want to be friends with almost all of them. I couldn’t stop turning the pages to see what would happen to my new friends in the land of Talamh, which I’m also in love with. This book is full of heart, magic, and adventure. Nora Roberts’ books just keep getting better!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Trevor

    4.5 !! Thoroughly enjoyed the second book!! I can’t wait for the third in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hsinju

    genre   : fantasy + contemporary, romance pairing : cishet white woman + cishet fae man POV     : multiple 3rd-person (omniscient?) location: Ireland + Talamh (fictional) indie?  : no4.5 stars rounded up. The Becoming is the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy. While I enjoyed The Awakening (my review), I loved this sequel. I love the writing and the characters! Even though I didn’t fully understanding the magics, it’s okay because Breen doesn’t understand either. Also, I’m not rating for genre   : fantasy + contemporary, romance pairing : cishet white woman + cishet fae man POV     : multiple 3rd-person (omniscient?) location: Ireland + Talamh (fictional) indie?  : no4.5 stars rounded up. The Becoming is the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy. While I enjoyed The Awakening (my review), I loved this sequel. I love the writing and the characters! Even though I didn’t fully understanding the magics, it’s okay because Breen doesn’t understand either. Also, I’m not rating for the romance aspect (I’m not feeling the chemistry); I’m rating for how awesome the people in the book are. Having learned more about her past and the powers within her, Breen is now back in Talamh; this time, with her best friend Marco (gay, Black) with her. As the situation in the world of Fey becomes more dire, Breen has to think fast and train hard to defeat the evil god Odran. Can I talk about how much I love Marco? I’ve been hoping he’s find a special someone in this trilogy and while it’s kind of insta-lovey (the main romance between Breen and Keegan also feels a bit insta-lovey), I’m just very happy. Many of the characters are related to each other in some ways, so I drew a family tree (cover your eyes if you don’t want minor spoilers): Being the chosen one to defeat a dark god isn’t a new plot in fantasy, but woo boy did Roberts give LIFE to all of the characters. All the good characters are incredibly wholesome, and even though they were all under threat of losing their home to Odran, the overall tone and feel of The Becoming is still wonderful and light. And Breen’s dog, Bollocks; the bravest boy! 😭😭😭 Yes, I did almost cry toward the end of the book, and that was how I knew this was a five-star book for me. I’m surprised the final installment isn’t titled “The Chosen,” but I cannot wait for the finale in The Offering! Breen, Keegan, Marco, Marco’s boyfriend, and Bollocks had better be alive and well until the end. content warnings: ritualistic bloodshed (of people and a dog, all with consent), semi-graphic sex (m/f), death of minor character, nonconsensual drugging, killings, mention of homophobic experience from family I received a digital review copy from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tanya R

    Having just finished Book 1 on audiobooks and not being really engaged with the story, I was hoping that Book 2 would be a better experience. Unfortunately it wasn't.  The audiobook narration was great, just as in the first book.  I enjoyed the accents and the narrator had a variety of voices for the different characters which made it easier to keep everyone straight. I'm disappointed that I haven't been able to find the comfort in reading a Nora Roberts story that I once did.  Not sure if it's me Having just finished Book 1 on audiobooks and not being really engaged with the story, I was hoping that Book 2 would be a better experience. Unfortunately it wasn't.  The audiobook narration was great, just as in the first book.  I enjoyed the accents and the narrator had a variety of voices for the different characters which made it easier to keep everyone straight. I'm disappointed that I haven't been able to find the comfort in reading a Nora Roberts story that I once did.  Not sure if it's me, perhaps my readings tastes have changed, or if it's the writing.  I felt like, as in book 1, there was way too much time spent on Breen learning how to fight with swords, too little time spent with anything dragon related and the lovely friendship with Marco felt really fake or forced.... not sure. I loved how Roberts would build her relationships between characters in her past books.  But Marco's character is an over the top LGBTQ character that check marks all the normal gay stereotypes but has nothing underneath those flashy characteristics.  Breen is also a very surface-level character to me and their relationship was very meh.  Conversations consist of all the normal stereotype's you'd expect of a straight woman/gay man friendship.  Nothing new here. No depth of feeling or connection. And while we are talking about connection.....it's almost non-existent between Breen and Keegan.  Disappointing. As a summary, the narration is great! Love listening to the Irish accent here and there throughout the story. The rest of the story was not up to the level I would expect from a fantasy trilogy or from Nora Roberts herself.  I won't be reading Book 3 as I'm just not that invested in the characters. Thank you to #NetGalley and #MacMillanAudio for providing the ARC for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Reviewed for Wit and Sin Return to the world of the Talamh, a world of the Wise and the Fey, of dragons and trolls; a world a fallen god seeks to destroy. In The Becoming , Nora Roberts continues to build on what she started with The Awakening, weaving a story of light versus dark. And at the center of it all is Breen Siobhan Kelly, the key to Talamh’s rise or fall, and a woman coming into her full power. The Becoming is very much a bridge book, for better or worse Much of the story fol Reviewed for Wit and Sin Return to the world of the Talamh, a world of the Wise and the Fey, of dragons and trolls; a world a fallen god seeks to destroy. In The Becoming , Nora Roberts continues to build on what she started with The Awakening, weaving a story of light versus dark. And at the center of it all is Breen Siobhan Kelly, the key to Talamh’s rise or fall, and a woman coming into her full power. The Becoming is very much a bridge book, for better or worse Much of the story follows Breen as she continues to learn more magic, develop her craft, train to fight, and search for clues as to what her evil grandfather is planning to do next. By her side is her best friend Marco, a man who is thrown for a loop after being transported from Philadelphia to Talamh. Breen and Marco are both easy to like and their bond is one they cherish above all else. I loved their friendship and how they always supported one another. Despite being a city boy, Marco is quickly enveloped in Talamh and Breen’s friends and family become his. I enjoyed watching Breen and Marco become further enmeshed in Talamh but it did grow repetitive. As a longtime fan of Nora Roberts it pains me to say the first half of this book is painfully slow. There’s a lot of filler with small bursts of excitement as we follow Breen, Marco, and Keegan on their daily tasks. At a little over halfway the story picks up the pace, as Breen travels to the Capital. There politics and false faces add drama and interest, but the story still doesn’t hit its full stride until the last third of the book. There insidious evil creeps through and forces our heroes to come together and act. I was hooked at the end, though what occurred was still just a taste of what I hope is to come in the final book. The Becoming isn’t a romance, but there are love stories throughout. From the slow and steady to the lightening quick, from tragic to one-sided, and more – love is the counterpart to the dark and violent elements of this story. Breen and Keegan’s romance, the one you would expect to be the most prominent, remains understated. I liked them together and I actually enjoyed that they are focused on saving the world more than exploring what they could have together. The practicality of it makes sense, though because I expect a romance when I read Nora Roberts I hope to see more sparks between Keegan and Breen in the final installment. The Becoming moves the overarching plot of the Dragon Heart Legacy series forward but on its own it’s a book I liked but didn’t love. I enjoyed my time in Talamh, liked watching the characters grow and relationships develop, but the pacing made the story drag a bit. I am, however, very much looking forward to seeing what comes next as Breen and all those who stand with her in the light take on pure evil. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I was really excited to have the opportunity to read an early copy of the next one. This one is just as magical as the first one. I wanted to travel with Breen and Marco. Ride a dragon high above the fields and witness all the magic. I enjoyed this book and anxiously await the next one. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy

  11. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars Nora never disappoints. There are so many trilogies and series where reading the second book is something of a doldrums experience; it’s giving you a lot of background and filler to get you to the main event in the third book. I’ve read a bunch of these, some of them in series that I consider to be favorites, especially in the fantasy genre. But that’s not at all what I got in The Becoming, book 2 of Nora’s The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy. This book was impactful and enga Actual rating: 4.5 stars Nora never disappoints. There are so many trilogies and series where reading the second book is something of a doldrums experience; it’s giving you a lot of background and filler to get you to the main event in the third book. I’ve read a bunch of these, some of them in series that I consider to be favorites, especially in the fantasy genre. But that’s not at all what I got in The Becoming, book 2 of Nora’s The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy. This book was impactful and engaging from first page to last, while still providing the setup needed for the final installment. I thoroughly enjoyed every single scene in The Becoming, and I will absolutely be rereading it and its predecessor before the aforementioned final installment, The Choice, is published in November of 2022. I’m incredibly thankful for Nora’s schedule and work ethic, because I would hate to have to wait any longer to get the end of this story. If you know me at all, you know that I adore Nora Roberts and read absolutely everything she publishes. She’s one of my very favorite authors, and has been for over half of my life now. I go through phases and changes with other favorites, but Nora’s place in my heart has always been solid and secure. My favorite genre tends to change. Sometimes I’m all about fantasy and horror, while other times I want nothing but literary fiction or thrillers or middle grade classics. I’ve never considered romance a favorite genre until this year, but Nora has always been my favorite regardless of genre. Because of this, I’ve been beyond thrilled as, in the past few years, she’s really stretched herself as a writer and has both tackled tough topics and tried her hand at genres outside of her norm, like dystopian and fantasy. While she’s always had fantastical elements in her work, The Dragon Heart Legacy is the first I would label straight up portal fantasy, and she’s done a brilliant job balancing the worlds on either side of those portals. There are so many strong, wonderfully developed characters in this series that listing them would take forever, so I’m only going to mention a few. Breen, our protagonist, has grown by leaps and bounds since we first met her in The Awakening. Her determination and drive support her talent and wit very well, but she would have never discovered any of those qualities in herself without the beautiful support system of friends and family she’s managed to accrue by this point in the narrative. My favorites are Marco, her childhood best friend who would follow her anywhere; Sally, the drag queen who is far more of a mother to Breen and Marco than either of their own; and the grandmother and honorary grandfather Breen never knew she had. But the entire cast is wonderful. While the romance of the central characters is far slower developing than is Nora’s norm, she’s balanced that very well with romances in the lives of the supporting characters, especially in Marco. There’s quite a lot of action and battle sequences for a Nora series, and she has always written them well. As with her sex scenes, she writes more about the atmosphere and emotions than she does the mechanics of the act itself, but her battles suck you in. You can smell the blood and smoke and sheer ferocity in the scenes. And there’s something beautiful and timeless about magic as she writes it, just as there’s something insidious in the magic of the antagonists. This series has no gray characters; there is a very clear divide between good and evil, but I think having such a solid division between light and dark is refreshing. I have nothing negative to say about this book, or the one that came before it. The writing was lovely, the magic enchanting, the characters endearing, and the battle engaging. I wish I could take a trip to Ireland, find the Welcoming Tree, and take my own journey into Talamh. The Becoming made me want to ride a dragon and make friends with a fairy, yes, but it also made me want to write, to sing, to push myself out of my comfort zone and see who I can become when I get out of my own way. And isn’t that kind of motivation the very most we can ask of fiction? You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex Curtis

    Okay, I loved the first book in this trilogy.. the ending of the first book, had me wondering what happened next for over a year.. So, this book opened and nothing really happened.. I enjoyed the story and Nora has a way with words, so I enjoyed the beauty of her words.. But it didn't really pack a punch like the last book. Okay, I loved the first book in this trilogy.. the ending of the first book, had me wondering what happened next for over a year.. So, this book opened and nothing really happened.. I enjoyed the story and Nora has a way with words, so I enjoyed the beauty of her words.. But it didn't really pack a punch like the last book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Oh Nora! You've done it again. This book is gorgeous! We are back into the world of magic and this time we are all becoming more. Our heroine, who, you gotta admit is a bit of a Mary Sue is finally growing into herself. Of course, when she uses her power she seems to be more surprised that anyone else. She often recites spells like she is possessed by a powerful witch. You get a lot of "I don't know where the words came from." Whenever I don't know where the words came from, its usually because Oh Nora! You've done it again. This book is gorgeous! We are back into the world of magic and this time we are all becoming more. Our heroine, who, you gotta admit is a bit of a Mary Sue is finally growing into herself. Of course, when she uses her power she seems to be more surprised that anyone else. She often recites spells like she is possessed by a powerful witch. You get a lot of "I don't know where the words came from." Whenever I don't know where the words came from, its usually because I'm only opening my mouth long enough to change feet. As for our hero, if you weren't ticked off at him in the last book, you will find places in this one where you want to hit him. You try to understand that he is from a different world and his views are different, but maybe a little bit of discussion with our heroine would be helpful. I would have said, "I'll work to help save our people, but you and I are done," many times. But as I always say that if I was the heroine in a lot of romances I would never have reached the Happy Ending. We also see other side characters with romances blossoming. The coolest part to me is that we get to see the castle of the Dark god. It did not look like I imagined it in the first book. I was expecting something dark and gory with dead and dying hanging from the walls like paintings. (Yep, my imagination went there.) An excellent book! Can't wait for the next one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Breen and her dog Bollock have returned to Ireland, but they are not alone. She has brought her best friend, Marco. Keegan, the ruler of the Fey, is pleased to see she practiced while she was away and they resume training. The time is growing near when they will have to face her grandfather. He is ruler of the Dark Fey and will stop at nothing to possess her power. From the world-building to the different relationships, Roberts once again pulled me in. We spent a lot of time in Talamh and the cap Breen and her dog Bollock have returned to Ireland, but they are not alone. She has brought her best friend, Marco. Keegan, the ruler of the Fey, is pleased to see she practiced while she was away and they resume training. The time is growing near when they will have to face her grandfather. He is ruler of the Dark Fey and will stop at nothing to possess her power. From the world-building to the different relationships, Roberts once again pulled me in. We spent a lot of time in Talamh and the capital of the Fey. This is the middle book, so Breen is learning her powers, making allies but also dealing with jealousy, suspicion and more. It was well paced with fun moments, desperate moments and suspenseful build up. We even rode dragons. I absolutely loved the different relationships weaved throughout the story. Breen has a loyal friend in Marco, but is building new friendships as well. Her relationship with Keegan is complicated. If you are a fan of slow-building, angsty romances, you’ll be right at home. Honestly, I’d like to slap him when I am not rooting for romantic moments or confessions of the heart. My favorite character is grandmother Marg and the bond she has with Breen. For Breen, it is her first experience with a maternal relationship. The overall story arc is impressive, and I love everything from the magic Breen possesses to the development of her skills and those of the fey. The villain is fearsome, as is his lair. I cannot wait for the final audiobook. Barrie Kreinik is a treasure as the narrator. From her lyrical accents to the tone she helps sets, she brings another element to the story. The characters each have a distinct voice and she captured their mannerisms and personalities, added breath to these fleshed out characters. Whether you read or listen, fans of fantasy will want to beginning the Dragon Heart Legacy. As with most fantasy, it is best to start and the beginning with Awakening. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meagan (Meagansbookclub)

    An excellent second book in the trilogy! It kicks off immediately with more fantasy and story of Talamh. I really enjoyed the development of Breen! She’s kickass, for sure. I can’t give this full stars because I needed more romance from Breen and Keegan, and less from Marco. I don’t love him being jn Talamh. I wanted more story of Marg and the other Talamh people. The fantasy aspect wasn’t hard to follow and I felt very “in the world” and invested with Odran, Yaeult, and Shana. The audiobook nar An excellent second book in the trilogy! It kicks off immediately with more fantasy and story of Talamh. I really enjoyed the development of Breen! She’s kickass, for sure. I can’t give this full stars because I needed more romance from Breen and Keegan, and less from Marco. I don’t love him being jn Talamh. I wanted more story of Marg and the other Talamh people. The fantasy aspect wasn’t hard to follow and I felt very “in the world” and invested with Odran, Yaeult, and Shana. The audiobook narration is fantastic!! All in all, I can’t wait for book 3!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annette Williams

    DNF at 35% It pains me to do this. I didn't think I would ever DNF a Nora Roberts book but, The Becoming was so boring. Honestly, the first two books in this series were a disappointment as have Nora Roberts' last several books. I've been a huge fan for decades and it's quite obvious her writing style has changed and not for the better. At least not for me. She seems to be writing more women's fiction and fantasy than romance. The last few books she's written, the characters had zero chemistry an DNF at 35% It pains me to do this. I didn't think I would ever DNF a Nora Roberts book but, The Becoming was so boring. Honestly, the first two books in this series were a disappointment as have Nora Roberts' last several books. I've been a huge fan for decades and it's quite obvious her writing style has changed and not for the better. At least not for me. She seems to be writing more women's fiction and fantasy than romance. The last few books she's written, the characters had zero chemistry and the books lacked any kind of romance between the hero and heroine. If you've decided to stop writing romance then, say that and I'll just keep my money. The Becoming was not the caliber of writing I’ve come expect from Nora Roberts so, it's safe to say, I will not be reading book three.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I couldn't wait for this second book in the series and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. Breen's character really transforms from a meek, beaten down woman afraid of her own shadow into an empowered, driven, focused member of a community and a world where she discovers herself. It is a world full of magic, love and mystical beings that are all too real. It is also a world threatened by a dark, evil presence which threatens all it stands for. The role Breen plays in defeating that evil is I couldn't wait for this second book in the series and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. Breen's character really transforms from a meek, beaten down woman afraid of her own shadow into an empowered, driven, focused member of a community and a world where she discovers herself. It is a world full of magic, love and mystical beings that are all too real. It is also a world threatened by a dark, evil presence which threatens all it stands for. The role Breen plays in defeating that evil is key and their one great hope. It's a gripping story. I loved the "world" building. The descriptions of the scenery and all it encompasses, including the magical beings, are vivid and easy to visualize. The bad guys and gals are really nasty. It's a great addition to the continuing story of a community working together in light to defeat the dark negativity. I can't wait for the next book and the conclusion! One more note: I'm SO happy Marco made the "jump" with Breen. He is a FABULOUS character! I just love him. ;)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christopher “CJ”

    This was so needlessly long.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol (Kimiko)

    It was hard to put down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    The Becoming is a wonderful addition to the series! The story is magical and the world building is immersive! My favorite part? Is most definitely the audio! The Irish dialects was luscious music to my ears since the story takes place in Ireland. Nora Roberts has always been able to transport me to another place and time, and this time it was Talamh where you will find magic, fey, romance, and evil trying to rule the world! I will be waiting patiently for The Choice! Patiently...waiting... Thank y The Becoming is a wonderful addition to the series! The story is magical and the world building is immersive! My favorite part? Is most definitely the audio! The Irish dialects was luscious music to my ears since the story takes place in Ireland. Nora Roberts has always been able to transport me to another place and time, and this time it was Talamh where you will find magic, fey, romance, and evil trying to rule the world! I will be waiting patiently for The Choice! Patiently...waiting... Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the ALC in exchange for an honest review!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kim Jones

    This book was so disappointing. The first book in the series was absolutely amazing and I was so excited for this book. This book is overdone, the character Marco is a perfect example of that. He refers to Breen as “girl” or “girlfriend” way too much, to the point where it took away from the story and made his character seem obnoxious and annoying. So annoying that I won’t bother to read the next book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The plot and characters aren’t so bad, but the writing is. I don’t care if it is written by Nora Roberts, this series needs a new editor!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    After reading this I'm not sure why I liked the first one so much. I guess it was all the near constant feel-good wish-fulfillment ("unexpected fortune appears, getting to leave a dead-end job, tell off my a-hole mother, long-lost grandma built me a dream house in Ireland that I don't have to pay bills on apparently, I'm automatically a brilliant writer and instantly sell my first book which I wrote in an hour, AND a new chieftain boyfriend and the best magical powers, yay!!"). But none of that After reading this I'm not sure why I liked the first one so much. I guess it was all the near constant feel-good wish-fulfillment ("unexpected fortune appears, getting to leave a dead-end job, tell off my a-hole mother, long-lost grandma built me a dream house in Ireland that I don't have to pay bills on apparently, I'm automatically a brilliant writer and instantly sell my first book which I wrote in an hour, AND a new chieftain boyfriend and the best magical powers, yay!!"). But none of that held up in this second book. If you poured water on any of the characters, protagonists and villains included, they'd all make a mess because they're made from the flimsiest of cardboard. This author writing a gay, Black, millenial man-- it was the cringiest part of a story that had me cringing at least once a chapter. The protagonist, Breen, is the Mary-iest Mary Sue I have encountered in a good long while. I really miss 90's Nora Roberts.

  24. 4 out of 5

    BookBloggerJanine

    The Becoming by Nora Roberts I give this book 4.5 stars When Breen Kelly makes a leap into the unknown with a summer trip to Ireland in search of her father, little does she know she will find a portal into another world - Talamh - where she will find magic, family and a destiny beyond her wildest dreams This is book 2 of a trilogy,but can be read as a standalone. I was swept away by this captivating read.We escape into a wonderful world with dragons,magick,adventure, romance and an evil god. l lov The Becoming by Nora Roberts I give this book 4.5 stars When Breen Kelly makes a leap into the unknown with a summer trip to Ireland in search of her father, little does she know she will find a portal into another world - Talamh - where she will find magic, family and a destiny beyond her wildest dreams This is book 2 of a trilogy,but can be read as a standalone. I was swept away by this captivating read.We escape into a wonderful world with dragons,magick,adventure, romance and an evil god. l love Breen and how we see her character progressing..The author has such a lyrical writing style which l really enjoy. Breen is accompanied along her journey by Marco ,Keegan and Bollocks (the dog) This book has all the elements of a fascinating fantasy series which l highly recommend! With thanks to Netgalley,Nora Roberts and Little Brown Book Group UK, Piatkus for my chance to read and review this book .

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I'm going to have to revisit this after the 3rd book is published. Quite frankly I had forgotten what had happened from the first book because there was so much time in between publishing of each in the series. Ill have to re read this one again I think. 💥 I'm going to have to revisit this after the 3rd book is published. Quite frankly I had forgotten what had happened from the first book because there was so much time in between publishing of each in the series. Ill have to re read this one again I think. 💥

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    When it comes to creating characters I quickly care about, Nora Roberts is one of the best! I've been a fan since the 80s, when I hurried to WalMart after the new Harlequin novels dropped each month & searched for her name among the authors. Whatever genre she writes, I'll be reading. This book #2 in the Dragon Heart Legacy was action-packed & entertaining. I enjoyed it! When it comes to creating characters I quickly care about, Nora Roberts is one of the best! I've been a fan since the 80s, when I hurried to WalMart after the new Harlequin novels dropped each month & searched for her name among the authors. Whatever genre she writes, I'll be reading. This book #2 in the Dragon Heart Legacy was action-packed & entertaining. I enjoyed it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christi Richardson

    Just amazing!! Nora Roberts describes everything in such a way that I am able to picture everything as if it was a movie. I had to remind myself to put the book down to sleep

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julia Brooks

    Disappointed. Maybe I should have listened to this instead of reading it. I almost gave it up about a third of the way into it. Seemed to me she added every known mythical creature she could think of to fill up the pages. The end of the book was better but I won’t buy the next one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Cowling

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book through the Goodreads giveaways and was super excited to read it. This was mostly an entertaining sequel to "The Awakening". Breen returns to Talamh with Marco in tow. She then proceeds to continue her writing and learning more about the world of Talamh through a visit to the Capital and several run in with Odran's lackies. As a reader I have long loved Nora Roberts trilogies and am excited that she has branched out into Fantasy. "The Becoming" continued to build the world o I received this book through the Goodreads giveaways and was super excited to read it. This was mostly an entertaining sequel to "The Awakening". Breen returns to Talamh with Marco in tow. She then proceeds to continue her writing and learning more about the world of Talamh through a visit to the Capital and several run in with Odran's lackies. As a reader I have long loved Nora Roberts trilogies and am excited that she has branched out into Fantasy. "The Becoming" continued to build the world of Talamh and those that inhabit it. Unfortunately, I feel like there are just too many characters to keep track of and it meant that I just am not fully invested in any of them, including Breen, Marco and Keegan. The rape of Shana by Odran in the last third of the book should have been avoided. The addition of violence against women for the sake of entertainment is inappropriate. Isn't it just enough that Odran is an evil vicious god that wants to conquer worlds and has procreated at all to consume the power of his children? Sadly I lost a lot if interest in the book after that point and had a hard time finishing it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terre Brizzolara

    Not her best Usually with a Nora, you get a 3 book group, there are 3 couples. Each book focuses on a couple. This doesn't. The plot moves quite slowly, there are dozens of peripheral characters but barely on the surface. Lots of little side threads, it feels like multitasking work to read. Kinda boring. Not her best Usually with a Nora, you get a 3 book group, there are 3 couples. Each book focuses on a couple. This doesn't. The plot moves quite slowly, there are dozens of peripheral characters but barely on the surface. Lots of little side threads, it feels like multitasking work to read. Kinda boring.

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