The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning trilogy that the New York Times Book Review praised as "A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King's The Stand."
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Nora Roberts’ Chronicle of the One trilogy has been building to this explosive showdown between good and evil; the last book in the dystopian series is epic enough to enthral newcomers to the world. Roberts’ heroine, Fallon Swift, has not only grown into her magical powers, she’s become a formidable leader, commanding a devoted army taking on a corrupt government. The action is heart-thumping, but there’s ample room for quieter moments, like when Fallon discovers decent people defying the odds to build their own communities. Of course, this being Nora Roberts, there’s also plenty of romance—the heat between Fallon and fellow warrior Duncan is no small part of the novel’s allure.
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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The first book in the trilogy that I COULD put down
Love all things Nora Roberts. Love this trilogy. Loved the first 2 books. This one was so heavily anticipated. I waited MONTHS. Halfway through I was able to set it down and do other things (which is unusual for me when reading one of her books), so I felt like it dragged a little and just didn’t engage me like the first 2 did. With all of that said, I’ll still likely read it half a dozen more times and it’s still a good book.
So good! Sad it’s only a trilogy! This is the new Harry Potter it just falls short due to only being three books :(
Bad End, but worth reading.
The first two books of this series are phenomenal. They’re different then other books and she builds the characters really, really well. I remember finishing the first one a bemoaning having to wait a year for the next. Then after the second I was even more excited for the third. They were SO good!
For this last book though, she did not develop the story like you would expect from a Nora Roberts book (of which I think I might have read nearly all of them. She is absolutely a favorite of mine). Throughout the whole book it felt rushed.
At the end, I was discussing it with another Nora fan and we both agreed that it felt like this was supposed to be four books and after the second came out, for whatever reason, it was decided to condense the last “two” books into one to make it a trilogy. This is definitely worth reading because it does close up the first two absolutely amazing books, but I was disappointed.