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The first in a trilogy from Sunday Times bestseller Nora Roberts, The Awakening is a story of adventure, magic and finding your home.

Mists, shimmering silver fingers, rose over the pale green water of the lake. They twined and twisted toward a sky quietly gray, while in the east, over the hills, a pink blush waited, like a held breath, to waken.

Breen Kelly had always been a rule follower. So, when her father left when she was twelve years old, promising to return, she waited. Now, more than a decade later, she's working at a job she hates and is tired of the life that playing by the rules has dealt her. It's time to make a change.   

Breen makes a leap into the unknown with a summer trip to Ireland - her father's homeland. Little does she know how much of a leap until a walk in the woods leads her through a portal into another world - Talamh - where Breen will find magic, family and a destiny she could never have dreamed of.

©2020 Nora Roberts (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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  • 01-12-2020

A bit disappointing.

Although not as strong as ‘the one’ trilogy, this book does improve as it progresses towards the end. Early chapters felt padded and with a little too much product placement. All characters were well developed by the reader but overall the reading could have done with a little more restraint as the lead character often sounded petulant.

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A lovely story..

But gawd if Marco called her ‘Gurl...’ one more time 🤨 it got repetitive and jarring. Gurl.

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spellbinding

loved this story, impatient for the next book, well done to all involved with it.

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Absolutely addicted

Loved Loved Loved this book. I have never been interested in reading/listening to any fantasy type of books. This one was my first and definitely not my last. Absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next one.

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weak stereotypical characters... yawn

The characters were stereotypical in their actions and words. The main protagonist was such a weak and spineless character that I struggled to get through this book. Even the gay best friend did little to liven up this boring story and everything he said and did was straight out of the first season of queer eye. None of the characters had any depth.

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  • 06-01-2021

You won’t want it to end... but alas it does. ☹️

As usual Nora the master storyteller weaves her magic, expertly bringing to life new worlds & endearing characters. Well done again Nora, your a VERY talented writer & story teller. 👍

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DNF

The first chapter got me so excited about where this book was going, the description of the boy diving for the sword really was great, so I was disappointed when the story reset to Breen and I had to endure her and her intensely stereotypical gay best friend talk about nothing for hours. I couldn’t finish it, the story goes on and on without really having any excitement or plot development whatsoever. The main character is neither likeable nor unlikeable. Just boring.
I must admit I am impressed by the sheer quantity of Irish stereotypes that the author managed to jam into this book.

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the awakening

loved it! All of it, narration, story - another great book from Nora Roberts. Can't wait to read the next two in the trilogy.

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Loved it

Great read, narrator was fabulous and story line ran smoothly. I don’t know if the problem (kept stopping every minute) I had in the last 30 mins was my iPad or the the recording. Loved it anyway.

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Entertaining

Loved this Nora Roberts book so much I’ve read and listened to it. Cannot wait for the second on the series.

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  • 23-02-2022

A SOLID GOLD.

the characters and storyline is excellent as always. Nora Robert's never fails to deliver a great novel with an interesting end....it makes me want to start the second book a.s.p.

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  • Lycanwoman
  • 18-08-2021

Nice beginning for a promising story

This book has a good idea of a story, but the it’ s a little slow for the first two parts because there’s too much description of details for my taste. I feel that the author knew was going to do a series of this story, so instead of making it flow and develop it she stalls and dives into describing the magical world so much that it slows the plot and makes a little bit boring in some bits. The beginning has a good pace but it drops the pace and it’s almost boring how she elongates the story for two thirds of the book. She introduces you to the story without really doing it. The author basically throws up her magical background (but not explaining really anything), falls a little short of slapping the main female character for not knowing anything and then returns to a super slow flow describing the details and landscape of the new world. Though I must say the third part of the book gets super more interesting and the flow picks up (I think it’s to make it more appealing to read the next book), but I hope this flow is kept in the next book as the story leaves you hanging there and it’s original. Also I must say that the main female character’s friends are adorable and so cool, especially her best friend is so nice that I’m so looking forward to how she’s letting him be part of the main story in the sequel. I hope that in the sequel the author keeps up the pace of the story and stop stalling it to make more books as it diminish the quality of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-2021

What a load of bull!

Where to begin?? The highlight of the book was listening for passages being read like ‘she patted Bollocks on the head’ or ‘I love Bollocks’... this was a story written for children apart from the naughty bits. It was like reading a book written by a child. I have listened to and enjoyed previous NR books as they can be light distractions from the every day but this has to go down in my history of well over 200 audio books as being the biggest load of Bollocks. Now how do I get my money back??

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-2020

Loved this book, but.....

I throughly enjoyed this books and almost raced through it. My only disappointment is that book 2 isn’t out yet and won’t be until October 2021. It’s been left in such suspense and I would have easily gone straight onto the second without a stop or break in between. I feel abit lost now it’s finished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-2021

A brilliant book!

I used to read fantasy books regularly but got bored with them after a while so I wasn’t sure about trying this one. Being a firm fan of Nora Roberts I thought I would give it try. I loved it great characters and a story with plenty of angles to keep my interest. I didn’t want it to end imagine my disappointment when I realised how long that I have to wait for the next book!

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  • Patricia B.
  • 28-12-2020

Silly

The story is very obvious and poorly written, almost childish. Feels like the books Nora Roberts wrote at the beginning of her career.
Nevertheless, it was a fun listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-2020

excellent

narrator was very good. Nora Roberts at her best. Will definitely listen again! cant wait for book 2

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  • Brooks
  • 09-06-2022

Felt very one dimensional, boring.

The story reminds me of something a child would write, 'and then we got the limo, and then I had a champagne, oooh yummy, and then we caught the plane (in first class!!!) and I was so nervous, and then we arrived and the hotel was lovely...'. Unbelievably awful considering the Rise of Magicks trilogy, so engrossing and exciting. Really disappointed I spent a months credit on this.

I didn't get far to be honest. It was just too grating in every way.

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  • J. Chambers
  • 10-03-2022

fantastic story

loved it, going straight on to the second, gonna be hard to wait for the third part.

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  • andrew gunn
  • 24-02-2022

Amazing

As always Nora Roberts captures your imagination in the first chapter and you just want to comfort Breen right away.
l went through the porthole with her description every time and looked forward to seeing everything on the other side.

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  • Ali Q
  • 09-02-2022

Slow to Get Really Going

Far too much detail before they even arrive in Ireland. But I think the author was trying to make the reader understand the choice the heroine was making.
All round a good story, so will now go on to read book two.

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  • c crooks
  • 26-01-2022

Story telling at it's best

Barrie Kreinik tells the story so well, she brings the characters to life. I can't wait for the next book

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