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."
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
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 actually scared me and the next and the next. I could not even put it down. Nora Roberts is a great writer. Can’t wait for the next series!
The Rise of Magicks not as magical
I’ve been looking forward to the last book in this trilogy for so many months. I preordered it to make sure I had it as soon as it was out. Sadly, it was nowhere near as engaging as the first two. It felt rushed and as if so much information was left unsaid. It actually reminded me of watching a movie made from a popular book....always so much is left out to be able to fit into the allotted time. Anyway, Nora Roberts still is a phenomenal author....just not one of my favorite books.
What a Finish to a Phenomenal Trilogy
I looked forward to the arrival of ‘Rise of the Magicks’ and was not disappointed. Nora Roberts did justice to the series with this book. It was highly entertaining and made me cry upon Mick’s death and the loss of Colin’s arm. I wasn’t expecting either of these events to happen. Ms. Roberts is profusely productive in her writing and her books. I thoroughly enjoyed this and the other two books in the series. I really liked the ending and the destruction of Petra thrilled me to no end!
My eyes got heavy at early in the AM because I didn’t want to put the book down. Unfortunately, I had no choice and stopped reading. Thank you Ms. Roberts!