Of Blood and Bone
Chronicles of The One, Book 2
Nora Roberts, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Year One returns with Of Blood and Bone, a new tale of terror and magick in a brand new world.
They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you only think of Nora Roberts as a romance writer, think again! The captivating follow-up to Year One showcases her talent for dystopian fantasy, immersive world-building, and strong-willed characters. Thirteen years after the onset of the Doom, an apocalyptic virus, a miraculously immune teen girl named Fallon is called upon to fulfill her destiny as The One. Guided by a centuries-old warrior, she prepares for the three quests that will mark her readiness for battle. Of Blood and Bone works as its own thrilling story, but reading Year One first adds background and colour.
Roberts's fun follow-up to 2017's Year One focuses on the training phase of mankind's chosen savior, 13-year-old Fallon Swift. After most of the world's population dies from a virus known as The Doom, people called Uncannys develop magical powers and separate into good and evil factions. Fallon's mother, Lana, is told by a man named Mallick that Fallon is destined to train with him for two years, beginning on her 13th birthday, to prepare for her role. Fallon decides to leave her family and moves with Mallick to an undisclosed location to hone her magic and fighting skills. While this isn't particularly new territory a reluctant heroine butting heads with her square mentor, a series of quests to prove the heroine worthy, a meet-cute with a boy who will obviously play a greater role in her life Roberts is a natural storyteller, and the narrative is consistently enjoyable. Fallon's training culminates with her attempts to raise an army, and an opportunity for her to save her mother's old pals and their kids in the colony of New Hope, which is targeted by evil Uncannys. Though it's the middle book in a planned trilogy, this can be read on its own and will appeal to fans of fast-paced dystopian tales with a strong heroine. 1,000,000-copy announced first printing.
Good story telling!
Much better than the first book.
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2 stars for books that I would be hesitant to recommend to anyone at all, but the book was not a total disaster.
1 star for books that were so terrible or ridiculous for me that I wish I had not wasted time on reading it to begin with.
Absolutely a must read. SO good!