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Click to search this book in our catalog The Becoming
by Nora Roberts

Library Journal In the human realm, Breen Siobhan Kelly is a mild-mannered schoolteacher, but her true identity starts emerging in Talamh, the realm of magick to which she returns after The Awakening. She is being trained as a warrior by Keegan, leader of the Fey, who grows to admire her for more than her skills. But there's a problem: Breen's grandfather, the outcast god Odran, is plotting to bring Talamh crashing down. With a million-copy first printing and a one-day laydown on November 23.

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Publishers Weekly Bestseller Roberts’s second Dragon Heart Legacy fantasy refines characters and beats left hazy in the series opener to create a satisfying mid-trilogy outing. The story picks up immediately where The Awakening left off, just as protagonist Breen is dragged through a portal from modern Philadelphia back into the magical world of Talamh with her best friend Marco inadvertently in tow. Marco—a gay, Black musician who periodically rises above the stereotypical—gets a crash course in Talamh’s history and the impending fight against an evil god seeking to subjugate Talamh, Earth, and the many other connected worlds. While watching Marco grasp much of what Breen learned in the last novel can grow tedious, it also adds depth to aspects that previously felt sketched out, most notably the stakes of the coming war. This outing has a sharp edge, including a violent sex scene, but as the conflict between good and evil escalates, Roberts’s skills with building suspense and crafting stirring relationships truly shine. Readers will eagerly await the final installment. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Nov.)

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Kirkus A woman destined to be the bridge between the human and fey worlds prepares for war. This second book of The Dragon Heart Legacy series begins where the first book, The Awakening (2020), left off, with Breen Kelly and her best friend, Marco, jumping through a portal from Philadelphia back to the magical world of Talamh. Breen was born in Talamh and inherited powerful magicks from her fey father; however, Breen’s human mother insisted they leave the magical realm, fearing for the safety of her family. Breen, raised in complete ignorance about her background, was taught to use her magick by Keegan, the handsome leader of the fey. Breen’s return comes at the right time. The people of Talamh sense that Odran, a powerful, villainous god, has been gathering his forces and will soon make another attack on their world before moving on to conquer the rest of the known realms. Odran is her grandfather, and Breen intends to use her magick to stop him while he hopes to steal her abilities to further his own evil cause. Breen’s relationship with Keegan is on hold—his sole focus is teaching her to fight and preparing his people for battle, which leaves little time for romance. Most of the book is consumed with expanding Breen’s understanding of the world and her own abilities. There are multiple subplots about interpersonal relationships: Keegan’s ex-lover will do anything to get him back, Marco falls in love with a handsome young soldier, and Breen strengthens the ties to new friends and family. The characters learn more about themselves and prepare to battle Odran, but too much of the plot feels like filler, keeping readers on the hook for the final confrontation in the last book. Fantasy readers will enjoy the world but might wish that the promised battle was quicker to arrive. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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Book list Former Philadelphia schoolteacher Breen Siobhan Kelly is busy embracing her recently discovered fey heritage and sharing the wonders of Talamh with her bestie, Marco Olsen, when she discovers that her newfound happiness comes at a high price. Breen’s grandfather Odran, a very cranky god who was banished from Talamh, is plotting to destroy the magical realm and everyone in it. The only person who stands in his way is Breen, which means she is definitely going to have to step up her warrior training with Keegan Bryne, a very sexy farmer and leader of the fey, if she's going to have any hope of stopping Odran. Perennially best-selling Roberts launched her Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy in 2020 with The Awakening and now, in the second installment, conjures up an action-packed, magic-infused tale of dragons, danger, and desire that will have readers who got hooked on the first volume fully engaged until the last page, at which point they'll begin anxiously awaiting the upcoming conclusion to Breen and Keegan’s story.HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: A full-court press media blitz and a million-copy laydown ensure the success of megastar Roberts’ latest foray into romantic fantasy fiction.

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Book list Former Philadelphia schoolteacher Breen Siobhan Kelly is busy embracing her recently discovered fey heritage and sharing the wonders of Talamh with her bestie, Marco Olsen, when she discovers that her newfound happiness comes at a high price. Breen’s grandfather Odran, a very cranky god who was banished from Talamh, is plotting to destroy the magical realm and everyone in it. The only person who stands in his way is Breen, which means she is definitely going to have to step up her warrior training with Keegan Bryne, a very sexy farmer and leader of the fey, if she's going to have any hope of stopping Odran. Perennially best-selling Roberts launched her Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy in 2020 with The Awakening and now, in the second installment, conjures up an action-packed, magic-infused tale of dragons, danger, and desire that will have readers who got hooked on the first volume fully engaged until the last page, at which point they'll begin anxiously awaiting the upcoming conclusion to Breen and Keegan’s story.HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: A full-court press media blitz and a million-copy laydown ensure the success of megastar Roberts’ latest foray into romantic fantasy fiction.

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Click to search this book in our catalog We Were the Mulvaneys
by Joyce Carol Oates

Library Journal: Everyone knows the Mulvaneys: Dad the successful businessman, Mike the football star, Marianne the cheerleader, Patrick the brain, Judd the runt, and Mom dedicated to running the family. But after what sometime narrator Judd calls the events of Valentine's Day 1976, this ideal family falls apart and is not reunited until 1993. Oates's (Will You Always Love Me, LJ 2/1/96) 26th novel explores this disintegration with an eye to the nature of changing relationships and recovering from the fractures that occur. Through vivid imagery of a calm upstate New York landscape that any moment can be transformed by a blinding blizzard into a near-death experience, Oates demonstrates how faith and hope can help us endure. At another level, the process of becoming the Mulvaneys again investigates the philosophical and spiritual aspects of a family's survival and restoration. Highly recommended.

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Publisher's Weekly: Elegiac and urgent in tone, Oates's wrenching 26th novel (after Zombie) is a profound and darkly realistic chronicle of one family's hubristic heyday and its fall from grace. The wealthy, socially elite Mulvaneys live on historic High Point Farm, near the small upstate town of Mt. Ephraim, N.Y. Before the act of violence that forever destroys it, an idyllic incandescence bathes life on the farm. Hard-working and proud, Michael Mulvaney owns a successful roofing company. His wife, Corinne, who makes a halfhearted attempt at running an antique business, adores her husband and four children, feeling "privileged by God." Narrator Judd looks up to his older brothers, athletic Mike Jr. ("Mule") and intellectual Patrick ("Pinch"), and his sister, radiant Marianne, a popular cheerleader who is 17 in 1976 when she is raped by a classmate after a prom. Though the incident is hushed up, everyone in the family becomes a casualty. Guilty and shamed by his reaction to his daughter's defilement, Mike Sr. can't bear to look at Marianne, and she is banished from her home, sent to live with a distant relative. The family begins to disintegrate. Mike loses his business and, later, the homestead. The boys and Corinne register their frustration and sadness in different, destructive ways. Valiant, tainted Marianne runs from love and commitment. More than a decade later, there is a surprising denouement, in which Oates accommodates a guardedly optimistic vision of the future. Each family member is complexly rendered and seen against the background of social and cultural conditioning. As with much of Oates's work, the prose is sometimes prolix, but the very rush of narrative, in which flashbacks capture the same urgency of tone as the present, gives this moving tale its emotional power. 75,000 first printing; author tour.

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