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Author Nora Roberts begins 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 Author Nora Roberts begins 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…


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Author Nora Roberts begins 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 Author Nora Roberts begins 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…

30 review for The Awakening

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    OM freaking fascinating creative Gs! This is marvelous long prologue to a new series. The entire book impeccably introduces us the likable, falling in lovable characters and their past and present stories and preparing us like a calmness before the storm for the next exciting adventures of the characters! I have to admit after reading this book I prayed the borders will open soon because this book gives you addictive craving to schedule an urgent trip to Ireland and get lost in its folkloric, anc OM freaking fascinating creative Gs! This is marvelous long prologue to a new series. The entire book impeccably introduces us the likable, falling in lovable characters and their past and present stories and preparing us like a calmness before the storm for the next exciting adventures of the characters! I have to admit after reading this book I prayed the borders will open soon because this book gives you addictive craving to schedule an urgent trip to Ireland and get lost in its folkloric, ancient historical , magical places. Those tempting forests, the supernatural creatures and mystical elements perfectly summon your soul and you just die to be part of those incredibly breathtaking and life changing adventures. ( oh I forget to tell you how tempting to hear those sexy, ear tickling Irish accents!) The book starts with a quick introduction of Breen Kelly, 26 years old, insecure, introverted , reluctant teacher who hates the guts of her job, barely making her ends meet, drowning into her debts, hard worker, shopping from thrift shops, wearing grey colors, laying low to be invisible because her own mother made her believe she was not capable to achieve something extraordinary: she is under average. But when she goes to her mother’s place as she’s directed to finish her chores: including watering her plants and organizing her correspondences when she was in spa treatment-having fun (bitchy monstrous, intimidating mother model) she coincidentally finds out( thanks to the cat’s sudden move) the financial statements about her own account she never knows its existence. After her father and mother has been separated when she was a little girl, her father has left them and never contacted with her but now she sees each year he has sent her money and now it’s a huge amount may cover her all expenses and give her better life choices to chase her dreams. So Breen tells her sweet pie, supportive, BFF Marco what she discovered and offers him to go to a journey with her to find her father and learn about her ancestors in Ireland. Marco the bestie, so much likable friend accepts her offer. From her bus trip to her mother’s house throughout her airplane trip, Breen realizes a bearded man is following him but as soon as she realizes his existence, he disappears into thin air. She asks herself as if she’s been hallucinating. But she forgets that mysterious guy as soon as her plane land into the magical Leprechauns 🍀🍀🍀 And of course the magical atmosphere of Ireland awakens true potential of Breen, after Marco’s going back to the US, she starts work on her blog and two different novel concepts but when the storm blasts out and as she hears the voice summoning her, she discovers an opening portal to another world which her father has been born and raised and her grandmother has been waiting for her with open hands. A magical universe with werewolves, elves, Magicks, powerful talismans, dragons and the one of the most charismatic leader, warrior Keegan! Breen discovers her abilities, supernatural powers and her extraordinary skills which frightened her own mother and she realizes that’s why she has lived in over protective cocoon her mother built for her during her old life in Philadelphia and as soon as she discovers her potential and her important role to protect both of the worlds from the danger of her own blood thirsty grandfather she realizes she has to make a decision. Will she fight or will she escape to the world where she came from? The story is great introduction to give enough about the characters and their pasts, motives. And we witnessed the beginning of Keegan and Breen’s love story ( we also met with the bad woman who may create conflict about their love interest at the upcoming installments) and we learned more about upcoming war between evil and good! The story finishes with a cliffhanger as we expected! So am I in to read what’s gonna happen next! Abso-freaking-lutely! I’m hooked, I’m chanted, I’m all in! Cannot wait to read more Breen, Keegan and Marco’s journeys! So much special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this incredible Arc with me in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    This book made me so happy...and that’s all you need to know... Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 This book made me so happy...and that’s all you need to know... Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  3. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    First one in a new series - and it's set in IRELAND - woohoo!!!! Nora Roberts descriptions of Ireland will give you the biggest craving to visit immediately!! In The Awakening the scenery is so vibrant and authentic that I felt I was on the island myself. It’s proof how well the author has researched this place, visited herself and how much she loves Ireland. And it was palpable how much she put herself into this book. If you haven’t been to Ireland yet, after reading this book you’ll put the isla First one in a new series - and it's set in IRELAND - woohoo!!!! Nora Roberts descriptions of Ireland will give you the biggest craving to visit immediately!! In The Awakening the scenery is so vibrant and authentic that I felt I was on the island myself. It’s proof how well the author has researched this place, visited herself and how much she loves Ireland. And it was palpable how much she put herself into this book. If you haven’t been to Ireland yet, after reading this book you’ll put the island on the very top of your bucket list. The novel gives you the best kind of Wanderlust. The Awakening is an introduction to what is to come. Similar to her last trilogy, Chronicles of The One, the author splits the trilogy into three parts. In the first book The Awakening, we are introduced to the characters, their connections, possible love interests, and the first glimpse of what is to come. The book has a slow build up, almost a bit too slow at times, but with a cast like this, and the world building the author put in place, there is a lot to cover. As always the author loves to pitch Good agains Evil. And that’s exactly what she does with this new trilogy. I can only imagine what’s to come next! A big showdown, battles, wonderful relationships and friendships, and fantastic writing. The Awakening was a massive start to a new fantastical trilogy, that will leave you wanting to book a flight to Ireland stat. ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  4. 5 out of 5

    PorshaJo

    An author new to me, check. A fantasy read, which I rarely venture into, check. A book won via Shelf Awareness that is coming out in November, check. After all that, why not jump in and read it. So I did and I enjoyed every minute of it. Breen is living with her best friend Marco. She's kinda frumpy, let's people push her around, doesn't think much of herself, and her mother just adds to that putting her down, telling her she will not amount to anything. Keep your job, which you hate Breen, as a An author new to me, check. A fantasy read, which I rarely venture into, check. A book won via Shelf Awareness that is coming out in November, check. After all that, why not jump in and read it. So I did and I enjoyed every minute of it. Breen is living with her best friend Marco. She's kinda frumpy, let's people push her around, doesn't think much of herself, and her mother just adds to that putting her down, telling her she will not amount to anything. Keep your job, which you hate Breen, as a school teacher. Her mother, while travelling, has her daughter check her apartment, pick up her mail, etc. While there, a wind blows some papers all around and Breen discovers that in her name is an account for 4 million dollars, which her mother has been hiding from her. She's also been hiding the fate of her father from her. So everything changes for Breen, and she flees to Ireland, the birth place of her father, to look for him, dragging along Marco. But odd things begin to happen to Breen. She begins to see a strange man, she has the most bizarre dreams, that seem real. And one day while out walking, she falls.....through a portal to another world. Her world, Talamh, the world of the Fey. And here, Breen has superpowers, where she must fight to protect herself and her world. There are spells, magic, dragons, evil...but dragons! Sometimes it's great to step outside of a comfort zone and read something totally different. And this was one of those times. I really enjoyed this one and kept picking it up, not wanting to put it down. I wanted to know what happened. So yeah, it's quite long (something the dialog could have been trimmed down, just too much), it's a bit cheesy in places, a bit predictable (in the romance area) and it's part of a series of books to come. Hence, I had to knock it in my rating. I'm not big on series, I tend to loose interest and never finish them. But this one ended on SUCH a cliff hanger, I can't imagine NOT picking up the next in the series, when ever that may come. Overall, a good book for fans of fantasy, for fans of Nora Roberts, or for those who want to step outside of their comfort zone a bit. Also, thanks to Shelf Awareness and St. Martins Press for an early release copy of this book, it in no way influenced my review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Quick thoughts: A shiny new series set in Ireland, this book is stunning and so unlike anything else I’ve read. I’m ready for book two and hope it won’t be a long wait! More thoughts to come. Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader Quick thoughts: A shiny new series set in Ireland, this book is stunning and so unlike anything else I’ve read. I’m ready for book two and hope it won’t be a long wait! More thoughts to come. Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  6. 5 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    TITLE: THE AWAKENING AUTHOR: Nora Roberts SERIES: The Dragon Heart Legacy #1 RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2020 GENRE: UF/PNR THEMES & TROPES: Celtic Myths, Ireland RATING: 3.5 Stars CLIFFHANGER: Yes! READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG I'm gonna come out with it right away...thiswasmyfirstnorarobertsbook. Yeah I deserve those judgy eyes. One thing's for sure thought, it won't be my last book by her. That she is an accomplished writer is crystal clear from the get-go. The world building, the landscape descript TITLE: THE AWAKENING AUTHOR: Nora Roberts SERIES: The Dragon Heart Legacy #1 RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2020 GENRE: UF/PNR THEMES & TROPES: Celtic Myths, Ireland RATING: 3.5 Stars CLIFFHANGER: Yes! READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG I'm gonna come out with it right away...thiswasmyfirstnorarobertsbook. Yeah I deserve those judgy eyes. One thing's for sure thought, it won't be my last book by her. That she is an accomplished writer is crystal clear from the get-go. The world building, the landscape descriptions, the character development, it was all very well done. If you've never been to Ireland you'll want to go after reading THE AWAKENING. I saw every little detail in my mind, every beautiful place Breen visited. I loved to spend time in this world. The inclusion of LGBT and non-binary characters in romance becomes more and more normal, as it should, and I couldn't be happier about it. Marco wasn't just Breen's best friend by name, he was amazing, a constant in her life. And Sally was a delight! Two worlds, both somehow hers. How would she ever balance them? Breen's journey from an insecure, meek teacher who hated her profession into a self confident, strong-willed witch was slow but rewarding. Her mom did a number on her and Breen always thought of herself as never being enough. Until she has to step up in a big way. Helping her along the way are well-meaning people - one of them Keegan, who becomes her teacher in all things warfare. Here is where I'll admit that I thought he wasn't very likable. We know the brooding type but they usually have a sweet and funny side about them too. I think the author failed for a majority of the book to let me see another side of him except the rude hardass and judgmental, impatient jerk he was. “She’s beautiful. I’ve tried not to notice, but I’ve eyes in my head, after all. When that spirit flashes, she’s more beautiful than any I’ve known." So when all of a sudden he admitted to himself being attracted to her I had a rough time believing it. From this point forward though I got to see a softer side of him. His connection with Breen though was a bit of a stretch. I hope that this will become more natural in the next book. He’d wondered and wondered how she would feel under his hands, how her body would move under his, and now he knew and wanted hours of her, days of her, nights of her. I also have to say that this book could have been a good 25% shorter. In parts it dragged and made it slower than it should have been. But niggles aside, I had fun with this first installment of this new series and enjoyed this world and its people. The cliffhanger will have you craving the next book. If you're a fan of Ireland and the magic this country is famous for, pixies, fairies, dragons, were, witches, any fantasy creature you can imagine, then this is definitely a recommendation for you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I would give this book 4&1/2 stars if I could. A slow start kept it from getting 5 stars. Once I got into the story and met all the characters the book moved quickly. It is the first book in NR's new trilogy. I'm looking forward to the second book as Nora left her readers with a big cliffhanger! Recommended for NR fans and fantasy fans. I would give this book 4&1/2 stars if I could. A slow start kept it from getting 5 stars. Once I got into the story and met all the characters the book moved quickly. It is the first book in NR's new trilogy. I'm looking forward to the second book as Nora left her readers with a big cliffhanger! Recommended for NR fans and fantasy fans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    I must say that the storytelling was fantastic. This author really brought to life not only Ireland, but this alternate universe she created. Just the scenery alone was worth the read. This first book is more about the heroine, Breen learning who she really is, and shedding the old Breen her mother tried to mold her into. We also get introduced to many characters in this alternate universe that will have a lot to do with the overall storyline. The imagery of each of these characters were just as I must say that the storytelling was fantastic. This author really brought to life not only Ireland, but this alternate universe she created. Just the scenery alone was worth the read. This first book is more about the heroine, Breen learning who she really is, and shedding the old Breen her mother tried to mold her into. We also get introduced to many characters in this alternate universe that will have a lot to do with the overall storyline. The imagery of each of these characters were just as fascinating as their surroundings. I loved seeing Breen shine as she learns where she truly comes from. I really liked her character and could relate to her struggles with confidence. I also like how she handles many conflicts that dealt with this confidence issue she has that was bred by her mother. Keegan was a harder character for me to like. He's an honorable man who has this fierce need to protect everyone, but that need got in his way of his compassion towards Breen in this book. It will be interesting to see how he changes in the next book now that he sees what he's asked of her. As I mentioned before, there are many side characters that add to the overall story and I am looking forward to seeing where they all will fit in as things escalate. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    First off it takes place in Ireland. That alone makes me happy always wanted to go there. Nora roberts is a great storyteller. I have to be honest I read her romance books. This is out of my comfort zone. Amazingly I really enjoyed the book. Nora is good at character development Breen is learning all about herself Breen is a teacher. She hates her job but she is drowning in student loans. Breens mother is no help always telling her she is not good enough. Things change one day when Breen accidently s First off it takes place in Ireland. That alone makes me happy always wanted to go there. Nora roberts is a great storyteller. I have to be honest I read her romance books. This is out of my comfort zone. Amazingly I really enjoyed the book. Nora is good at character development Breen is learning all about herself Breen is a teacher. She hates her job but she is drowning in student loans. Breens mother is no help always telling her she is not good enough. Things change one day when Breen accidently sees some financial papers that her mother accidently left out. Her mother opened an account in her name with alomst 4 million dollars. She goes to Ireland to search for her father. She comes across a magical place Talamh. There are elves,witches,fairies and dragons. Another character you will meet is Keegan you might as well call him protector All is I can say I am glad this is a series can't wait to read the second book :) I won this book in a giveaway thank you

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    2.5 stars -- I am a huge fan of La Nora, but I had a very mixed experience with this first entry in a new paranormal series from her. The things I liked were the actual magic system and world the fantasy elements are based on. They are all coorelated to the Fey and set in an alternate fey realm in Ireland, which was really fun. But this book feels so messy in terms of structure. It is nearly 500 pages, and honestly, I think it would have been a far stronger book had it been cut down to half that 2.5 stars -- I am a huge fan of La Nora, but I had a very mixed experience with this first entry in a new paranormal series from her. The things I liked were the actual magic system and world the fantasy elements are based on. They are all coorelated to the Fey and set in an alternate fey realm in Ireland, which was really fun. But this book feels so messy in terms of structure. It is nearly 500 pages, and honestly, I think it would have been a far stronger book had it been cut down to half that. Better still, cut to 250 pages of this book & then have the next entry start at that point for the last 250 pages. That said, I am intrigued about where this story may go, so if you go into this knowing there's a lot of lag, you may find a new series to invest in.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    Breen is 26, and has reluctantly pursued a career a field in which she feels inadequate, due to the demands of her controlling mother, Jennifer. Jennifer has told her that her father left them, but Breen learns that there is a secret account to which he deposited money for her. She decides to visit his homeland, Ireland, to search for information, but learns much more than she bargained for. She finds a portal to another world, the world her father left, and learns that she has powers, as did he Breen is 26, and has reluctantly pursued a career a field in which she feels inadequate, due to the demands of her controlling mother, Jennifer. Jennifer has told her that her father left them, but Breen learns that there is a secret account to which he deposited money for her. She decides to visit his homeland, Ireland, to search for information, but learns much more than she bargained for. She finds a portal to another world, the world her father left, and learns that she has powers, as did her father. She meets her grandmother, who mentors her, but wonders if she should stay in this world or return to the USA. With elements of Brigadoon and Hogwarts, this novel should appeal to fantasy lovers--it's the first in a trilogy, and I look forward to reading more of Breen's adventures. Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up. I know of no medicine better than a Nora Roberts book. Whenever I’m feeling down or overwhelmed or just in need of something comforting, her books are always a welcoming escape. The Awakening, the first installment in her newest series, is no exception. If the rest of the Dragon Heart Legacy is as great as The Awakening, it promises to be one of her best. “You have to look to find. You have to ask to have the answers. You have to awaken to become.” In recent ye Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up. I know of no medicine better than a Nora Roberts book. Whenever I’m feeling down or overwhelmed or just in need of something comforting, her books are always a welcoming escape. The Awakening, the first installment in her newest series, is no exception. If the rest of the Dragon Heart Legacy is as great as The Awakening, it promises to be one of her best. “You have to look to find. You have to ask to have the answers. You have to awaken to become.” In recent years, Nora has been taking more and more risks with her work. She’s been writing about weightier topics, departing from the formula she’d adhered to for so many novels, and diving further into the fantasy genre. All of these changes absolutely delight me. While there’s a part of me that misses the predictability, as it was part of the the draw and comfort of her work, I have so much respect for the risks she’s taking and the ways in which she is stretching herself. “You have to work to have peace, and there are times you have to fight for it.” In this novel, Nora really highlights her strengths: characterization and strong sense of place. Breen, our main character, grows tremendously over the course of the book. And her supporting cast is simply delightful. There are a lot of musicians in this novel, and the way Nora portrays music was, as it always is, moving and true. I loved getting to know this cast, and I can’t wait to see how they develop over the next two books. “An instrument was a garden, needed love, needed tending.” My very favorite element of the story is the setting. We actually have three main settings here: Philadelphia, Ireland, and the fictional Talamh. All three settings are vibrant and well fleshed out, but there’s something about Ireland that just shines. I’m not sure how many novels Nora has written that are set at least in part in Ireland, but I’d say there are at least a couple dozen or so. You can tell that Ireland holds an incredible appeal for her, and her love for it comes through brilliantly in each of those aforementioned books. Reading one of her stories set on the Emerald Isle is my favorite way to travel when traveling is impossible. Because of Nora, Ireland is the top bucket list destination for every woman in my family. The way she paints the setting with her words is nothing short of stunning. I can always close my eyes and see just exactly what she’s described, and it’s always lovely. “If you fail, well, greatness rises from first failures.” The fantasy elements in this story are so much fun. For the most part, they are elements she has utilized in past novels, but the parallel worlds motif is a new one for her, and it adds some resonance to the rest. There’s magic, and fairies, and dragons, and more. I feel like these elements will be further explored in the next installment, and I’m beyond excited. “If you rock no boat, you never end up in the water to see where the waves might take you.” One way in which this book differs greatly from most of Nora’s novels is that it ends on a cliffhanger. I’m never a fan of such endings, but it definitely packed a punch. Thankfully, I know I won’t have to wait forever for the next book. Nora’s work ethic is insane, and I can’t remember once in my adult life when a book wasn’t published on the date she promised. Because she’s so dependable, I feel pretty secure in the belief that I won’t have to wait more than a year to see what happens next. “I’ve learned that life, a good one, is about love, about standing up for yourself and others, about generosity, about giving back.” I had a wonderful time reading The Awakening, and discussing it with my mom and grandmother as we all read it together. Even if it’s not my new favorite book, there’s nothing quite as soothing and captivating as diving into the writing of Nora Roberts when the real world is so far from perfect. This novel met all of my expectations, and I have a feeling it’s just going to get better when I revisit it next year. You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    The Awakening is the first instalment in The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy, where parallel worlds clash over the struggle between good and evil. Breen Kelly, a high school English teacher from Philadelphia, has been studying hard for a title and a career she's not even sure she wanted. She never made a choice herself for many things in her life; they were the wish of her cold and dominant mother, who seemingly wanted to live vicariously through her. The warmest childhood memories are of her Irish The Awakening is the first instalment in The Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy, where parallel worlds clash over the struggle between good and evil. Breen Kelly, a high school English teacher from Philadelphia, has been studying hard for a title and a career she's not even sure she wanted. She never made a choice herself for many things in her life; they were the wish of her cold and dominant mother, who seemingly wanted to live vicariously through her. The warmest childhood memories are of her Irish father, even though he left them a long time ago never to be heard from again. Breen is lucky to have Marco in her life, her best friend since kindergarten and a constant source of love and support. But even Marco can't make Breen make the change in her life that she so desperately longs for. One day Breen is alone in her mother's house when a sudden gust of wind blows apart the papers on her mother's desk. As Breen picks them up, she discovers that all the documents are about her - they are bank statements showing that her father has sent her money over the years. Now she knows for sure: her father never really left her. She and Marco take the first plane to Ireland to find her family and origins. Here a secret awaits Breen she could never have dreamed... This is an enchanting, emotive and richly-imagined fantasy epic and a story I got lost in from the very beginning. It's refreshingly original and moving with a liberal dose of the wonderful tenderness and humanity Roberts's characters overflow with; Breen is a superb protagonist who is relatable and flawed and all too human because of it. She's been through a lot in life and Roberts captures both her gentle and anxious sides perfectly in this captivating character-driven coming of age tale. Her awakening was as stirring and profound as I could've wished as she ventures on a journey of self-discovery taking her across continents after some surprising revelations. The mix of both the real-world setting and that of fantasy blended much better than I'd imagined making for a story that has a whole lot of heart, soul and powerful omens alongside the authors rich and intricate building of both worlds. The characterisation is so exceptional that the characters come alive on the page and jump out of the book and into your heart with ease; Breen's friendship with Marco was so touching and even accompanies her on her adventure to Ireland. This is a story of identity, of belonging and of never settling or accepting you're simply not good enough, and I think that's a strong and courageous message we could all learn to live by. Highly recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tracy C

    WOW!! I loved every minute reading this! I am a huge Nora Roberts fan, especially her trilogies. This is a bit different. Where before we had 3 books with 3 couples, The Awakening is just the beginning for Breen. We see her eyes truly open to the world around her and how she manages the many changes in her life. Roberts description made me feel like I was smack dab in the middle of Ireland....and beyond. The ending has me anxious for the rest; one of the draw backs of getting an advance copy!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    This was an interesting first book in a series that very much felt like a very extended introduction. The bulk of the middle of this book was the training sequence in any chosen one narrative. It wasn't entirely unenjoyable, it just went on for so long. The beginning bit was a really descriptive vacation story that also went on for too long. And that my primary gripe here is that I wish an editor had reigned Roberts in a bit and helped her tightened this story up so that it felt like more than a This was an interesting first book in a series that very much felt like a very extended introduction. The bulk of the middle of this book was the training sequence in any chosen one narrative. It wasn't entirely unenjoyable, it just went on for so long. The beginning bit was a really descriptive vacation story that also went on for too long. And that my primary gripe here is that I wish an editor had reigned Roberts in a bit and helped her tightened this story up so that it felt like more than a 450 page introduction. That said, I rather enjoyed the pieces of magic, folklore and world building. I love a good chosen one story and this hits all the tropes well, from she never knew she was special to one of a kind powers. In an attempt to balance her super specialness, it does go a little ham on the training sequences (as stated above) but I appreciated the effort to ground our chosen one's weaknesses and strengths. I feel like I would've appreciated Breen's character more in a tighter version of this story. As it was, her characterization came through a bunch of repetition that made me kind of annoyed with some of her woe-is-me-ing. When I look past that, though, there were some positives: she was hardworking and loyal and rational in a magical story. On the flip side, I would've appreciated Keegan more had he been a bit more fleshed out. We spend so little time with him, in the grand scheme of things, and a lot of that time is him being all hard and broody. The ending was probably my favorite part, for the way it brought the whole ramble together and finally felt like it was taking off. I think that, more than anything, is why I intend to read on in the series. I've invested so much in this intro already and I can see a second book being better.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Oh my goodness, I am in love with this story. What a great trilogy this is going to be! Full review coming soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hsinju

    This is my first Nora Roberts book. I know. I couldn't believe I have never read anything else by her either. And I really enjoyed this first book of her new fantasy series. Roberts is a very seasoned writer, and it totally shows in her way of storytelling. I love the pacing of The Awakening. It is really consistent and nothing felt rushed or dragging. One minor issue I had was the paragraph breaking during conversations. On some occasions, I had trouble figuring out who was talking. But that did This is my first Nora Roberts book. I know. I couldn't believe I have never read anything else by her either. And I really enjoyed this first book of her new fantasy series. Roberts is a very seasoned writer, and it totally shows in her way of storytelling. I love the pacing of The Awakening. It is really consistent and nothing felt rushed or dragging. One minor issue I had was the paragraph breaking during conversations. On some occasions, I had trouble figuring out who was talking. But that did not interfere much with the wonderful story. Just one more day before the rest of [Breen's] life began. The Awakening is a low fantasy with the Chosen One trope. Breen is an extremely relatable American woman in Philadelphia. She struggles to pay off student loans, works in a job she hated, and has never been anything but barely average. Or so her mother says. Upon discovering her mother's attempt of hiding great things from her, she quits her job and spends a summer in Ireland, trying to locate her father who has disappeared from her life. Though I love all the queer folks in Breen's life, I find them falling a little on the "stereotypical gay men" side of the spectrum. But Marco and Sally are the best people. I love how they are always there for Breen, even before she has broken free of her mother and herself. On top of being rather stereotypical, most characters, queer or otherwise, are not distinctive enough to establish individuality in my mind. I hope the sequels will give them more personality. For those wanting this book for the romance, it is not the main plot. And though it is clear whom Breen gets involved with, I find the actual relationship development a bit surprising and it did not work particularly well for me. I did not feel much attraction or emotional connection, but it is still very important to the series, and I hope to see it evolve. What I love the most about The Awakening is the serenity of the narration, the calmness of the surroundings, and the peacefulness as Breen begins to hone more confidence than she has ever had. I also love the message of not letting anyone reprimand you, and all the wonderful words dedicated to acceptance, belonging, and becoming one's true self. The Awakening is an exciting read as we embark on Breen's journey of finding herself. It ends on a cliffhanger, but not a note too nervous. I honestly laughed at the ending and cannot wait to read more about her adventure. I received an e-ARC from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    December 16, 2020: Bringing together a magical portal and the classic chosen one trope, this start to a new fantasy series by the acclaimed author is enchanting, evocative, and entertaining. The beautiful, scenic views of Ireland are painted in this contemporary fantasy to contrast the warmth of a wonderful found family. A flawed young woman in search of the missing parts of her puzzling life—a father who she assumed to have left and relatives at stake—crosses the thin barrier to step into a Cel December 16, 2020: Bringing together a magical portal and the classic chosen one trope, this start to a new fantasy series by the acclaimed author is enchanting, evocative, and entertaining. The beautiful, scenic views of Ireland are painted in this contemporary fantasy to contrast the warmth of a wonderful found family. A flawed young woman in search of the missing parts of her puzzling life—a father who she assumed to have left and relatives at stake—crosses the thin barrier to step into a Celtic-inspired magical world where her destiny is determined and surprising revelations await to be disclosed. Greater focus on characterization and world-building was understandable as a first installment but the lack of enough propulsion to plot was dissatisfying and certain paths were predictable. ➼ an early digital copy received via netgalley but review remains uninfluenced. ↤ blog | ko-fi | twitter | instagram October 24, 2020: Can I say I haven't read any books by Nora Roberts but still claim I'm excited for this book?

  19. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    The prologue introduces us to Talamh, where Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword and tasked with protecting the realm. The story then whisks us to present day Philadelphia, where we meet Breen Kelly. She is a young teacher, buried in debt and unhappy. She unwittingly, or perhaps with some help, discovers that her mother has kept secret an account opened by her long-lost father. An account that would have paid for college and allowed her to pursue her own dreams. Those funds open the door to The prologue introduces us to Talamh, where Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword and tasked with protecting the realm. The story then whisks us to present day Philadelphia, where we meet Breen Kelly. She is a young teacher, buried in debt and unhappy. She unwittingly, or perhaps with some help, discovers that her mother has kept secret an account opened by her long-lost father. An account that would have paid for college and allowed her to pursue her own dreams. Those funds open the door to possibilities. The first is a trip to Ireland to find her father. She ends up in Galway, Ireland, in the perfect cottage. It is here she will discover who she really is. This differed from Roberts’ previous trilogies. Most of which involve powerful females who know their magic. In each book, one of them finds their mate as they fight against evil. In this story Breen knows nothing of her father and the world he came from, only the magical stories he told her as a child. It was delightful seeing this young woman discover, doubt, learn and believe all while finding herself. Away from her mother’s influence, she grew confident. I loved Talamh and the family and friends she discovers there. Many fae dwell in the realm from mermaids to dragons. We meet powerful characters like her grandmother, who teaches and guides her and reunite with childhood friends. Keegan, now a man and burdened with protecting the realm from danger, has been waiting for Breen. Battles are coming and she is the key to their success. The romance will be a slow burn and it looks like it will cover the three books. I liked their chemistry, the frustration, and banter. Romance, crossroads and decisions push the narrative as Roberts’ prepares us for things to come. Barrie Kreinik narrates, and this was my first experience with her. From her Irish lilt to the voices she created for each character, she enchanted me. Roberts’ descriptive style and flow translate beautifully to audio and make listening a pleasure. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    OMG! OMG! OMG! First of all, huge thank you to #stmartinspress for the amazing gift of this book! As you all probably know, I'm a huge fan of the Great Nora. She never fails to entertain. So, of course I adored this book and gave it lots and lots of hugs even before opening it. Then...wow! It was hard to put down! You know how some books follow you around when you are forced to walk away? It's like part of your mind is continuously occupied with the characters while you go over what has already OMG! OMG! OMG! First of all, huge thank you to #stmartinspress for the amazing gift of this book! As you all probably know, I'm a huge fan of the Great Nora. She never fails to entertain. So, of course I adored this book and gave it lots and lots of hugs even before opening it. Then...wow! It was hard to put down! You know how some books follow you around when you are forced to walk away? It's like part of your mind is continuously occupied with the characters while you go over what has already happened and anticipate what will happen next. This is one of those books. So dragons accompanied me to work and magic surrounded me while making dinner. Our story starts out with our heroine living a square and colorless life orchestrated by her mother. This helicopter mom landed and took over completely. Then one day something happens to round the edges of her world and bring color back. The Great Nora doesn't make the changes jarring. The colors seep in slowly and the edges round out and begin to expand in monumental ways. Magic comes in to our heroine's life like all good magic does...sneaky. Don't miss this book! Especially if you like fantasy (as I do). It's GLORIOUS!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monica Reents

    “If you rock no boat, you never end up in the water to see where the waves might take you.” I love so many of the quotes from this book, but this one really speaks to me and feels like it summarizes the story line for Breen, the main character, very well. Breen is from two worlds, but was only aware of her home in Philadelphia, until a trip to Ireland became more than she could ever have thought would be part of her reality. The Awakening is the first book in The Dragon Heart Trilogy by Nora Robe “If you rock no boat, you never end up in the water to see where the waves might take you.” I love so many of the quotes from this book, but this one really speaks to me and feels like it summarizes the story line for Breen, the main character, very well. Breen is from two worlds, but was only aware of her home in Philadelphia, until a trip to Ireland became more than she could ever have thought would be part of her reality. The Awakening is the first book in The Dragon Heart Trilogy by Nora Roberts. If you have ever read a book by Nora Roberts, you know you’re going to get characters that will work their way into your heart and a world that you daydream about visiting. In this first book in the series, we are drawn into a magickal world of Faeries, Trolls, Mer people, dragons, Elves, the Wise (witches), Sidhe, and a few humans, as we visit Talamh. I love Breen’s character. We get to watch her grow as we learn about who and what she really is as she goes to Ireland in search of her father. We meet her as a young woman, living with her best friend and roommate, Marco, who is always trying to help her come out of her shell. She was always trying to live an “unseen” life. I loved watching her find the strength and courage to reach beyond her limited sight to become independent and adventurous, embracing her true self. This story will pull you in and hold you until the very end, leaving you wanting more. The writing is as magical as the story; the characters, relationships, and world create the perfect blend of story, heart, and magical adventure. It’s the kind of story you think about when you’re not reading. You’ll cheer for Breen and soar along with her on her wins. The Awakening is a story about waking up and allowing yourself to be who you really are, despite the odds. I recommend this book to everyone who has read anything by Nora Roberts, for lovers of fantasy with a sprinkling of romance, and to those looking for a story that will weave its way into your thoughts with relatable characters, and a world you’ll dream of visiting. This is one of my top reads for 2020 and I want to thank St. Martin’s Press for sending me a copy of this book to read in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    ***I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review This is the first book in The Dragon Heart Legacy Trilogy. This book introduces us to Breen Siobhan Kelly, a 26 year old middle school teacher. Breen lives with her best friend Marco in a small apartment, she works a job she hates because her mother told her that was all she would be good at, she is drowning in student loans and can only afford thrift store clothing. She has no self esteem because she has been beate ***I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review This is the first book in The Dragon Heart Legacy Trilogy. This book introduces us to Breen Siobhan Kelly, a 26 year old middle school teacher. Breen lives with her best friend Marco in a small apartment, she works a job she hates because her mother told her that was all she would be good at, she is drowning in student loans and can only afford thrift store clothing. She has no self esteem because she has been beaten down her entire life by her mother, who has repeatedly told her she is not good enough. One day when she is at her mother's apartment watering her plants while she is away, Breen accidentally sees some financial papers that her mother had not yet hidden away....statements from an account in Breen's name, and the balance in the account was almost four million dollars. Breen investigates and finds out her mother opened the account in her name, and all of the child support payments her mother claimed she never got went straight into that account. Breen closes the account and opens one in her name only and then immediately books a trip to Ireland to search for her father. When she gets there she immediately feels a sense of home, and as she starts searching for her father, what she discovers instead is a portal... into a land called Talamh, where there really are such things as fairies, were, elves, witches and dragons. I devoured this book. I couldn't put it down. Talamh was such a magical place and I never wanted to be transported back out of there. I loved everything about this book, including the surprise ending. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Cowles

    I absolutely fell in love with this new world Nora Roberts has created. She has painted it in such vivid detail that I felt as though I was discovering it right alongside Breen. And I never want to leave. In fact, I'd probably consider giving a kidney for books two and three right now. A masterful blend of magic, suspense, and simmering chemistry, The Awakening will take you on an epic journey of self-discovery and one that explores the definitions of family, duty, and rising above who you thoug I absolutely fell in love with this new world Nora Roberts has created. She has painted it in such vivid detail that I felt as though I was discovering it right alongside Breen. And I never want to leave. In fact, I'd probably consider giving a kidney for books two and three right now. A masterful blend of magic, suspense, and simmering chemistry, The Awakening will take you on an epic journey of self-discovery and one that explores the definitions of family, duty, and rising above who you thought you were. It would be hard for me to love a book more and I'll be counting down the days until I can return to Ireland...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    WOW!!! I have to catch my breath. Just WOW!!! This fantasy is a master work of world building and a character creating introduction to a new mind boggling series. It is a carefully created journey of one woman's discovery of self. And, that self is so outside the ordinary, but oh so compelling. Each character revealed is so complex and so likeable, that I was immediately drawn in. Well, there is one because there has to be a villain and he is a really despicable one. And Breen's (our heroine) mo WOW!!! I have to catch my breath. Just WOW!!! This fantasy is a master work of world building and a character creating introduction to a new mind boggling series. It is a carefully created journey of one woman's discovery of self. And, that self is so outside the ordinary, but oh so compelling. Each character revealed is so complex and so likeable, that I was immediately drawn in. Well, there is one because there has to be a villain and he is a really despicable one. And Breen's (our heroine) mother is a rip roaring bitch! Her "family" consisting of Marco, Sally and Derrick are her heart. Our hero, Keegan, well, be still my heart! As the story progresses and the "other" world is carefully revealed, you are sucked right in. Witches, the Sidhe fae, were, elves, oh my! It's incredible! I could not put this book down and burned the midnight oil until my eyes blurred. I couldn't wait to grab my coffee and hit it again today. And, that end! Of course, I said, as I was laughing! And, now I have to wait another year to see what happens next! Damn! It is fantastic! WTG Nora! ;) P.S. Nobody describes Ireland better! The land of my grandparents. I so want to visit!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Awakening by Nora Roberts is a captivating novel. I was immediately drawn into this tale and I did not want to put it down. The Awakening is the first installment in The Dragon Heart Legacy series. I thought it was well-written with developed characters and a complex plot. Breen Kelly learns her mother has hidden a vast sum of money from her. Breen is surprised to learn that her father who disappeared many years ago has been sending her money. This money will allow Breen to make changes to h The Awakening by Nora Roberts is a captivating novel. I was immediately drawn into this tale and I did not want to put it down. The Awakening is the first installment in The Dragon Heart Legacy series. I thought it was well-written with developed characters and a complex plot. Breen Kelly learns her mother has hidden a vast sum of money from her. Breen is surprised to learn that her father who disappeared many years ago has been sending her money. This money will allow Breen to make changes to her life such as quitting her teaching position. Her roommate and best friend, Marco Olsen suggests she do something that she has always dreamed of doing. Breen has always wanted to visit Ireland. She rents a cottage for the summer in Connemara where she begins to dream of a magical place with red dragons. Breen is in for the adventure of her life. The Awakening is a magical tale. I like that the author took the time to establish the characters, storyline, and setting. Her vivid word imagery brought the scenery alive for me. We get to meet Keegan and Breen’s loving grandmother along with a cast of enchanting folks and creatures. There is good versus evil and a bad woman who is intent on causing conflict. I liked seeing Breen come out of her shell and blossom. Of course, The Awakening ends with a cliffhanger. We must now wait a year for the next tale in The Dragon Heart Legacy series. If you have never wanted to visit Ireland before, you will after reading this book. You can tell that the author did her research. I enjoyed the whimsy and humor in the story. Marco is a delight and I frequently laughed after reading his dialogue. My favorite phrase from The Awakening is, “Girl, take it from an old queen. Be who you are and the heck (I changed this word) with the rest.” The Awakening is a magical tale that will keep you riveted until the very last word.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    The Awakening by Nora Roberts is the 1st book in her new Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy. I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts books, especially her fabulous trilogies; I absolutely love each and everyone of them. I was thrilled to find out about the first book in this new trilogy and am happy to say I loved it…another winner for Nora Roberts. Breen Kelly, our heroine, is 26 years old and lives in Philadelphia; she hates her job, and is deep in debt. Breen has strange dreams that keep her up many nights, The Awakening by Nora Roberts is the 1st book in her new Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy. I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts books, especially her fabulous trilogies; I absolutely love each and everyone of them. I was thrilled to find out about the first book in this new trilogy and am happy to say I loved it…another winner for Nora Roberts. Breen Kelly, our heroine, is 26 years old and lives in Philadelphia; she hates her job, and is deep in debt. Breen has strange dreams that keep her up many nights, with one message “Come Home, Breen Siobhan”. With her mother away, she is cleaning up and discovers some papers that has an account with her name and a balance of close to 4 million dollars. Breen decides she wants to learn more about her father, and travels to Ireland with her friend Marco. For two weeks they travel and enjoy Ireland, and when Marco goes home, Breen is determined to stay for a few months. She comes across a cute puppy (Bollocks), who leads her through a portal where she meets her grandmother, and learns her father is dead. Breen will learn everything about the realm of Talamh, filled with magic, fairies, witches, dragons, elves, weres, falcons, as well as the beautiful incredible land and family/friends she knew when she was a young child, only to be taken away by her mother. Roberts not only created a wonderful heroine, but I loved those family and friends in Talameh; Keegan (the young leader and love interest), Marg, Morena, Aisling, Mahon, Harken, Sedric, and her friend Marco, etc. In the midst of all these wonderful people, there is of course an evil villain, Odran, her grandfather, who is determined to kidnap her and take away her powers, which needs to be awakened. I do not want to give spoilers, as you need to read this from start to finish. What follows is a wonderful story that kept my attention throughout, unable to put the book down. I loved watching Breen learn how to use her powers from her grandmother, as well as Keegan training her on how to fight with a sword or her own abilities such as fire. I also loved how Breen wrote a children’s book about her puppy, and also starts to write a novel. The slow build romance between Breen and Keegan was nicely done, as they belong together, which I expect to see more in the next book. I loved loved Bollocks, who was such an adorable puppy. Breen needs to make a choice; does she go back home, or does she stay and help Talameh fight the oncoming evil. What will Breen do? I loved everything about this book, as I devoured it from start to finish, and look forward to the next book. Barb The Reading Cafe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ivana BM

    2.5/5 I have to admit it is really hard to summon my thoughts of this one. To be honest, I am not quite sure what the author actually wanted to say.. Contemporary fiction with a spark of fantasy - it does sound like a great idea, but unfortunately the execution of it wasn't really as good as it might have been. Some parts were amazing, some ok, and some really boring, I even skipped some parts of the fantasy world cause it was just too unreal. Kinda like reading women's version of Harry Potter, b 2.5/5 I have to admit it is really hard to summon my thoughts of this one. To be honest, I am not quite sure what the author actually wanted to say.. Contemporary fiction with a spark of fantasy - it does sound like a great idea, but unfortunately the execution of it wasn't really as good as it might have been. Some parts were amazing, some ok, and some really boring, I even skipped some parts of the fantasy world cause it was just too unreal. Kinda like reading women's version of Harry Potter, but not as good. I loved the beginning when Breena started building her life, her friends and the whole trip to Ireland part. But somewhere around the middle things just started to fall apart. And when I read that people at Talamh mated, I knew I've had enough. Maybe the rest of the series will make it better as a whole. I certainly hope so. Big thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Oh Wow!! This book was so good and now I have to wait for the next one.!! This book has all the elements I’ve come to expect from one of her books. It had magic, dragons, fairies, romance and a big ole evil person trying to take over the world. It’s a page turner! I loved it!! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Morgan

    Nora Roberts just continues to amaze and this novel is the same. Similar to her last trilogy, it is fantasy, but one I had no trouble believing in.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gobookmart

    The Awakening : (The Dragon Heart Legacy Book 1) is my very first Nora Roberts book. I was unable to believe I haven’t read nothing else by her. I truly enjoyed this first book of her new fantasy series. Roberts is an extremely good author, and it absolutely shows in her method of narrating. I love the pacing of The Awakening. It is truly consistent and nothing felt surged or dragging. One minor issue I had was the paragraph breaking during discussions. On certain events, I experienced difficulty The Awakening : (The Dragon Heart Legacy Book 1) is my very first Nora Roberts book. I was unable to believe I haven’t read nothing else by her. I truly enjoyed this first book of her new fantasy series. Roberts is an extremely good author, and it absolutely shows in her method of narrating. I love the pacing of The Awakening. It is truly consistent and nothing felt surged or dragging. One minor issue I had was the paragraph breaking during discussions. On certain events, I experienced difficulty sorting out who was talking. But, that didn’t troubled much with the superb story. The Awakening is a low fantasy. Breen is an amazingly relatable American women in Philadelphia. She battles to take care of educational loans, works in a job she never liked, and has been nothing more but barely average. Or so her mom says. After finding her mom’s attempt of hiding great things from her, she leaves her job and spends a mid year in Ireland, attempting to find her dad who has vanished from her life. Despite the fact that I love all the eccentric people in Breen’s life, I discover them falling a little on the “stereotypical gay men”. Marco and Sally are the best people. I love the delightful way they are consistently there for Breen, even before she has broken free from her mom and herself. On top of being somewhat stereotypical, most characters, queer or otherwise, are not particular enough to set up uniqueness in my brain. I trust the sequels will give them greater personality. For those needing this book for the romance, it isn’t the primary plot. however it is clear whom Breen engages with, I found the relationship advancement somewhat astounding and it didn’t worked for me. I didn’t feel a lot of fascination or emotional connection, yet it is still important to the series, and I would like to see it evolve. What I love the most about The Awakening is the quietness of the portrayal, the tranquility of the surrounding, and the serenity as Breen begins to hone more confidence than she has ever had. I likewise love the message of not letting anybody reprimand you, and all the magnificent words committed to acceptance, belonging, and turning into one’s actual self. The Awakening is an exciting read as we leave on Breen’s excursion of getting herself. It closes on a cliffhanger, but not a note too nervous. I actually chuckled at the end and can’t hold on to peruse more about her adventure. Website : https://gobookmart.com/the-awakening-... Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/GoBookMart1/

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