Review: The Becoming by Nora Roberts

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Last Updated on December 6, 2022 by Mary Elle

The Becoming, the second book in the Dragon Heart Legacy by Nora Roberts is finally here!

If you read The Awakening, the first book in the series, you’re probably as eager to get your hands on this one as I was.

I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed!

This review post will give you a short synopsis of The Becoming along with my thoughts on the book and what I liked or didn’t like.

The Becoming by Nora Roberts

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The Becoming is the second and latest book in the Dragon Heart Legacy series by Nora Roberts. If Nora sticks to the same type of time schedule between books, then presumably there will be a third book (and last?) in the series sometime next year.

I recently reviewed the first book in the series, The Awakening. Before I read that I had some very mixed feelings about it and almost overlooked the series completely.

Why? Because it seemed like it might be too “fantasy-ish” (is that a word?) for me. I don’t normally read fantasy and I just wasn’t too sure about this series. You can read my review of the first book to see for yourself what I thought.

But let me just say that I’m so glad I didn’t completely miss this series.

Synopsis of The Becoming

Love and war, gods and humans. An epic tale that entwines them all…

Breen Siobhan Kelly has just returned to Talamh with her best friend Marco accidentally in tow. Why accidentally? Because Breen herself had to travel through a portal between two worlds to get from Philadelphia to Talamh, and Marco latched on to her at the moment she took the leap.

Marco is dazzled by what he finds in Talamh, a realm filled with dragons, faeries, and mermaids, but he quickly realizes that in Talamh, Breen is not quite the same as the ordinary schoolteacher that he knew in Philadelphia. In Talamh, Breen is learning to embrace the powers of her true birthright.

But dark forces threaten to upset the peaceful, calm, and joyful existence that the people of Talamh enjoy. One member of Breen’s bloodline plots to destroy Talamh and everyone in it, so Breen Siobhan Kelly will need to take the next step on her journey of becoming everything she was meant to be.

The Becoming – What I Liked

Talking about what I liked in this book is a bit difficult for me, only because I was so completely convinced that I would definitely not like this series.

But in reality, I’m completely hooked on it.

The thing I like the most about this book, and the previous one in the series as well, is the characters. I feel like I completely know them like I might see and talk to them in real life!

I’ve read some unfavorable reviews about the characters, saying that they are undeveloped. I couldn’t disagree with this more! I find the characters to be very well developed

Another favorite is the setting, which is partially in Ireland, and partially in the alternate world of Talamh which I picture as looking exactly like Ireland. So a complete win-win there!

And finally, there is definitely a buildup of the story from book one to book two, and then from book two to book three. I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger in any way, but it leaves me with just enough questions about what’s going to happen next that it has me highly anticipating the next book. I like that because it keeps me engaged in the series.

The Becoming – What I Didn’t Like

Honestly, there’s not much I didn’t like about this book. I couldn’t wait for this second book in the Dragon Heart Legacy, and I just reread the first book right before I started this one because I wanted to be sure I remembered everything from the first one.

If there is anything I didn’t like, I guess I would say that this one has even more fantasy-ish qualities than the first. And fantasy is just not my thing.

But at this point in reading the series, I’m completely used to what’s going on in the book so that wasn’t really a problem.

The Becoming – Read, ReRead or Reject?

And now for my 3 Rs of book reviews. Should you Read, ReRead or Reject?

What are my honest thoughts about The Becoming?

For now, this book is a definite Read.

If you’ve already read my review of The Awakening, you’ll know that it ended up as a ReRead for me. The Becoming could possibly end up as a ReRead as well, right before the third book in the series is released. Who knows? It’s too early to know that at this point!


I loved The Becoming just as much as I did The Awakening.

If you can’t wait to hear my thoughts on the final book in this series, I’ve already reviewed The Choice so you can have a look at that whenever!

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