'On the shield, one of seven forged in the timeless past to hold back the dark, fell a single drop of blood. So the shield weakened, and the dark, spider-patient, waited as the decades passed, and the wound spread under the grass and ground.'
The brilliant conclusion to the Chronicles of the One trilogy - an epic story of love, war, family and magic.
Fallon Swift has spent all her life preparing for this moment. No longer can she stand by whilst her fellow Magicks are hunted by the fanatical Purity Warriors or rounded up and experimented on by the government.
Fallon must follow her destiny to restore the magical shield that once protected them all. But she can't do it alone. It is time to build her army, to take on her nemesis and take down the enemy.
She has learned to fight, now she must restore the light and banish the dark forever. The final battle has begun...
'A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King's The Stand' - New York Times Review of Books
'Breathtaking' - Heat
Roberts's rushed-feeling follow-up to 2018's Of Blood and Bone concludes her Chronicles of the One trilogy, which details how 19-year-old Fallon Swift who is prophesied to save the world raises an army to prepare for the ultimate showdown between good and evil. The book is set some 20 years after mankind was nearly eradicated by a virus unleashed by a broken magical shield. The survivors either remained human or evolved into creatures with supernatural powers known as Uncannys. Fallon spends much of this volume making alliances and taking out strongholds run by intolerant humans and Dark Uncannys in a buildup to taking back New York City for the good guys. Fallon's goal is to deduce the proper time to close the shield that started all this, and to settle the score with her evil cousin Petra. While Roberts retains her ability for using humor to break up the heavy-handedness of fantasy writing, her usually on-point pacing is off. There's a romance between Fallon and her coleader, Duncan, who had a nicely unfurling flirtation in the previous novel but here go from resisting each other to deeply in love to practically engaged in a heartbeat. Showdowns are built up as epic but end before readers can fully absorb them. Fans will see flashes of Roberts's talents here, but will wish that she had fleshed things out. 1,000,000-copy announced first printing.
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Nora Roberts does it again
I love that Nora doesn’t drag the timeline out as a day by day thing, the character developments and detailed plots really reel you in. The magic and character back stories are amazing and a lot of them really tugged at the heart strings.
My cons were that Duncan and Fallon’s relationship was missing something but it went the way I liked, there wasn’t enough done with Petra and the ending was a bit rushed. Still a good read that I couldn’t put down although it wasn’t worth the price I paid for it