St. Martin's Press
Science Fiction, Dystopian, Magic
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.
Wow! It’s been a couple of days since I finished Nora Roberts’ Of Blood and Bone and I’m still overwhelmed and literally aching for the next book The Rise of Magicks!! I still cannot believe I have to wait nine months!! I digress, this book freaking rocked. I absolutely loved the first book in the Chronicles of One series, Year One and wasn’t sure how the second book would go or match up to the fascinating first, but this blew me away.
~~~~~Possible Spoilers Below~~~~~
Of Blood and Bone picks up a few years after Year One. We get to catch up with all of the characters still living from book one and there is even a special appearance by a character I loved. I was jumping for joy when that happened.
I just thought I loved the characters after Year One. Of Blood and Bone brings us back to the thriving town of New Hope. We get to catch up with those we followed in Year One and meet the next generation. New Hope has mostly been successful at integrating the town with magicks and those without while the rest of the world seems to be fighting along faction lines. The magicks have been waiting for the fated One that is prophesized to save them, but hope has waned over the past 15 years.
My favorite part Of Blood and Bone is our heroine Fallon Swift the daughter of Lana and Max from Year One. She is of course the One fated to save the world from the darkness. I loved watching her come into her over the years. Her journey from child to woman to leader is captivating.
Of Blood and Bone takes the reader on a journey into a dark mesmerizing place. While the story is about magic and survival the heart is Ms. Roberts’ characters. They’re not all good or all bad but they are all bewitching. Characters such as Fallon, Duncan, Lana and Aryls grab your heart and refuse to let go. You will root for them, cry for them and unfortunately cry for them too. I couldn’t get enough of these people. I especially love the slow-burn romance between two very important people.
Again, Ms. Roberts gave us one heck of an ending. I don’t know how I’m going to survive until December for the final book in the Chronicles of One series releases. The Rise of Magicks is bound to bring us an epic ending to this wild spellbinding series. I’m counting down the days! As with Year One, I’m thrilled to Joyfully Recommend Of Blood and Bone.