Review: The Becoming by Nora Roberts

Series: The Dragon Heart Legacy #2
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: November 23, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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Nora Roberts’ The Dragon Heart Legacy continues in The Becoming. This is the second novel of the series, and I, for one, am inquisitive to see where it is going to go in the long run! Then again, I always was a sucker for dragon-focused novels (thanks, DragonLance!)

Breen Siobhan Kelly’s life has changed dramatically in recent years. She’s finally reconnecting with some of her estranged family members…and the powers she never knew she had. Breen still has a lot to learn but very little time.

As it turns out, there is a reason why her parents never wanted her to meet her grandfather, as he is not what the average person would call a ‘good guy.’ To protect Talamh, her new home, she must stand up against him.

“Time’s never lost, just spent on other matters.”

Wow. It feels like it has been ages since I read the first novel in The Dragon Heart Legacy. I’m going to blame 2020 (and 2021) for that feeling. Despite all of this ‘time,’ it was so easy to slip back into the world with The Becoming.

If you love Nora Roberts writing, but have always wanted to see a little bit more fantasy with her works, then this is the perfect series for you. It’s undoubtedly the perfect series for me! I love how well she balances fantasy elements with romance and vice versa. It all flows so smoothly.

Breen’s adventure has not been an easy one thus far, but it’s been really fascinating watching her learn how to control her powers and accept herself for who she is. There’s something very human in that, despite all of the magical bits. Don’t you think? Additionally, her sheer determination is inspiring on more than one occasion. In short, she’s the perfect female protagonist for this series. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ll admit that while I enjoyed the romantic parts in The Awakening, I hadn’t really come around to liking Keegan. I think that The Becoming did a better job of getting me to like him (clearly, he’s just one of those people you have to get to know first).

On that note, it felt like all of the relationships took a step up in The Becoming. Not just the obvious romance, but the friendships and families ties. All of it. That shouldn’t be too surprising, given the cliffhanger from the last book (reminder: her BFF tags along for the ride!), but it was still refreshing to see.

Long story short, The Becoming is very much worth the wait (which wasn’t nearly as long as my brain keeps thinking it is). I’m already looking forward to the third (and I believe, final) novel in this series.

Thanks to StMartinsPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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