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.
The first and second books were amazing and my absolutely all time favorites. The ideas used is so unique and I absolutely loved this original story. The second book created a character I loved with so much depth and personality, and the second book really took the time and paced itself to really give a good effect. I loved it so much that I preordered the third book so I that I would have it right away when released. When I finally read it, I was so disappointed. The very first chapter is so rushed I couldn’t appreciate it. The whole story is so rushed in itself it feels shallow and not really in depth. The vibe it gives is like an amateur story and nothing like the the first 2 books. The ending was anticlimactic and the final showdown was confusing and dull. The main character seems too different and the writing is a little too dramatic in parts and not really detailed enough in others. Though still a great story overall, Nothing can really describe how disappointed I was with this ending of my favorite series and I feel like Nora kinda dropped the ball on this one.
The Rise Of Magic
I love Nora Roberts books, she is one of my favorite. But I didn’t like this book at all, thought it was uninspiring and boring. The characters in the first book were great and the story entertaining. The second was good and I was looking forward to the last book but was so disappointed in the third book and will never reread it. It is probably my least favorite series because of this book.