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The Rise of Magicks The 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 After The Sickness Known As The Doom Destroyed Civilization, Magick Has Become Commonplace, And Fallon Swift Has Spent Her Young Years Learning Its Ways Fallon Cannot Live In Peace Until She Frees Those Who Have Been Preyed Upon By The Government Or The Fanatical Purity Warriors, Endlessly Hunted Or Locked Up In Laboratories, Brutalized For Years On End She Is Determined To Save Even Those Who Have Been Complicit With This Evil Out Of Fear Or Weakness If, Indeed, They Can Be SavedStrengthened By The Bond She Shares With Her Fellow Warrior, Duncan, Fallon Has Already Succeeded In Rescuing Countless Shifters And Elves And Ordinary Humans Now She Must Help Them Heal And Rediscover The Light And Faith Within Themselves For Although From The Time Of Her Birth, She Has Been The One, She Is Still Only One And As She Faces Down An Old Nemesis, Sets Her Sights On The Enemy S Stronghold, And Pursues Her Destiny To Finally Restore The Mystical Shield That Once Protected Them All She Will Need An Army Behind Her It had been around two decades since the Doom struck, killing the majority of civilization, and all the while Fallon Swift was readying herself preparing to free those imprisoned or impoverished by the Purity Warriors and Dark Uncanny As she built her armies, her leaders proved themselves time and again her brother Colin, Duncan and his twin Tonia, Mick, Mallick and manyand with her mother and father by her side, Fallon knew it was time.Fallon was The One but she couldn t do it on h It had been around two decades since the Doom struck, killing the majority of civilization, and all the while Fallon Swift was readying herself preparing to free those imprisoned or impoverished by the Purity Warriors and Dark Uncanny As she built her armies, her leaders proved themselves time and again her brother Colin, Duncan and his twin Tonia, Mick, Mallick and manyand with her mother and father by her side, Fallon knew it was time.Fallon was The One but she couldn t do it on her own Her ultimate goal would be the hardest, but to remove the Dark completely she would take it one step at a time All the while supported byandwho would fight for the Light Could it be done Fallon was determined the enemy would be extinguished Wow The Rise of Magicks is such a powerful novel, a brilliant conclusion to the Chronicles of the One trilogy by Nora Roberts I loved it loved them all She is such a talented woman her pen just flows with the words Captivating, intriguing, poignant, intense, gripping breathtaking The image of the tree of life on the cover of my copy is outstanding and I found the meaning as I read Highly recommended.With thanks to Hachette AU for my copy to read in exchange for an honest review Disappointed.Yeah, so that is the keyword with this final installment of the Year One series I adored the first book It was a five star book that I felt had scope, depth, action, and suspense It set up a world shattering apocalypse delivered on the wings of disease and magic And we got to see how a bunch of different people in a bunch of different places all had to confront and cope with it And at the end of that book, their different stories and lives converged, ended on a great climactic Disappointed.Yeah, so that is the keyword with this final installment of the Year One series I adored the first book It was a five star book that I felt had scope, depth, action, and suspense It set up a world shattering apocalypse delivered on the wings of disease and magic And we got to see how a bunch of different people in a bunch of different places all had to confront and cope with it And at the end of that book, their different stories and lives converged, ended on a great climactic yet tragic moment and set up what promised to be a ripping story toward a hopeful conclusion.I liked the second book a little less so, but understood it was necessary It was a textbook hero s journey of a chosen one hero who has to be at the forefront of the looming and final conflict It had to take us through that hero, Fallon s training and show us how and why she d earn an army to follow her Even though I didn t love that book as much as the first one, it was still action filled, all show rather than tell, and had some great set action pieces.So I was really looking forward to this final installment By all rights it should have used all the stuff the first two books set up all the characters we ve learned to love and hate, the scope, even the time that has elapsed in this world to show us not tell us the lead up to and then the final confrontation.But I was very disappointed in the result I think this book squandered the stellar promise of the first book and the groundwork of the second book The first book felt really grand and pretty epic, this one just felt small.For one thing, I thought too much of it was told from Fallon s POV I get that she is the chosen one, but almost every single scene was from her POV One of the things that made the first book so wonderful was the differing experiences of all the main players It gave such a great overview what was happening distilled into different human stories This time is almost all filtered through Fallon, and I hate to say, Fallon is just not all that interesting on her own She is what she is A chosen hero who learned all these mad skillz in the last book But her inner struggles and ruminations are not enough to make an exciting bookAlso the book was too damned talky Fallon speechified a lot and intoned spells and drew her flaming sword and made lofty pronouncements about light and lapsed in rhyming visions Every word spoken was heavy with light vs dark symbolism And I mean HEAVY symbolism People didn t just talk, they talked with Meaning capital M And a lot of commas Holy commas, Batman.All the interesting personalities in the first book are relegated to parents who are super worried and wringing their hands over their youngsters who have to take on this fight At this point after the apocalypse, these people should beresolute than that They don t live in the world they lived in before This one has no security, none They have to be constantly vigilant and understand that until they have eradicated their enemies they are never safe But it feels like this book has lost the thread and wants to beconventionally an inner reflective romance than the previous two books in the trilogy suggested this series would be In fact, one of the things that impressed me about the first book was that it felt so very different from anything else NR had written This one really feels very familiar, it feels like everything else she s written.And finally, there are all these ambitious plans to take back the big cities New York, DC etc from the dark forces Lots of plans and looking at maps and gearing up troops But it is clear NR simply doesn t or can t write battle scenes The descriptions are generic and these major offensives are over in two pages where the good guys are declaring victory We get all aftermath or Fallon has already taken care of that reassurances It just feels all so very toothless You get all dressed up and the dance is already over.So yeah, disappointed There s something about a culmination that makes me hesitate Whether it s a fear that the ending won t live up to my expectation or a desire for the journey to never end, it leaves me inclined to never finish anything Not in life, mind you I m incredibly dependable and the opposite of a procrastinator when it comes to reality But when it comes to entertainment, I d rather let the story live on unfinished in my mind than risk a final chapter that sours something I grew to love Constant Reade There s something about a culmination that makes me hesitate Whether it s a fear that the ending won t live up to my expectation or a desire for the journey to never end, it leaves me inclined to never finish anything Not in life, mind you I m incredibly dependable and the opposite of a procrastinator when it comes to reality But when it comes to entertainment, I d rather let the story live on unfinished in my mind than risk a final chapter that sours something I grew to love Constant Readers of Stephen King can relate, I m sure though I love his work, the endings are rarely satisfying However, there are some authors I always trust to really deliver with their endings, and Nora Roberts is high up on that list She knows how to stick the landing every single time The Rise of Magicks is no exception, and has actually shot this series into my list of best loved series of all time, alongside The Kingkiller Chronicle and The Stormlight Archive Loss can shake faith if you let it, and the dark gloats when faith seeps out with loss Chronicles of the One is, in ways, radically different from anything else Nora has ever penned For one thing, she very rarely kills off characters, much less 80% of the world s population But not only did she launch the planet into a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions, she also took a pretty hefty risk by killing off a central character in the first book While this might seem pretty par for the course for fantasy fans, remember that Nora has, until recent years, been first and foremost a romance author, whose audience expected happily ever afters in the final pages of any book she penned Even I had a hard time accepting that radical choice, and I read plenty of fantasy and horror I suppose I was thrown off because Nora was my ultimate source of comfort reading for a decade She s added some incredible depth to her work over the past few years, but I just wasn t quite ready for what I found in the pages of Year One At least, I wasn t the first time around On my second read through, my cognitive dissonance was replaced with a ton of respect and a genuine love for the story Nora was telling By my third time through, Year One had become one of my favorite books Both of the following installments cemented that love The other, the not like me, would always spark hate in some hearts In other ways, Chronicles of the One is merely a final draft of the story Nora has been telling for years magic finds its way to a group of friends or family or strangers destined to become both, and those who use magic for good must battle back the dark, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance While never derivative, it s a story that Nora has told before, and told well You can tell that it is her center, a belief that magic lies just beneath the surface and that those who wield it for light will always triumph over the darkness However, that triumph never comes without blood, sweat, and tears One of my favorite elements of any Nora novel or series is her portrayal of idyllic families and communities, while also showing how much hard work went into building them and goes into maintaining them In all of her stories, the central characters find their passion, be it art or carpentry or baking or bookselling or defending others in a court of law, and how hard they work at said passion The same goes for any practitioner of magic nothing worthwhile comes freely or even easily I love how much emphasis she puts on giving whatever path you ve found for yourself absolutely every ounce of effort you have And I love how, no matter how long and hard the fight, that good will always triumph over evil in everything she writes I can t lean on you until I m sure I can stand on my own There s very little I can say about the actual book itself without spoiling it So I ll say that it was a perfect conclusion, both for romance fans and fantasy fans There were a multitude of battles and strategic preparations and war councils, but there was also love and humor and the culmination of a romance that had been building since the involved parties were born Nora perfectly balanced fate and free will in regards to both the war and the romance, and I think she handled both beautifully For those who are fantasy fans and not lovers of the romance genre, don t worry the romance in the book never takes over the plot even as it becomes vitally linked to it The entire trilogy was handled in such a way that I truly believe that fantasy fans will love it should they give it a chance Then again, love s a victory Without it, all the battles mean nothing If you can t tell, I loved everything about not only this book, but the trilogy it concluded I wish I could sayabout the character development and the magic and the scope without fearing that I d inadvertently spoil the story in some way, but suffice it to say that I couldn t have beensatisfied In fact, upon finishing the book I did something I ve thought about but never actually done in my entire life when I finished the last page, I decided to read it again I went with the audio version the second time through as Julia Whelan did such a brilliant job with the first two, and I loved going that route when I decided to reread them in preparation of this book s publication And I loved every minute of both reading experiences All of Nora s books are fabulous in print, and this trilogy was no exception But there s something about her writing that lends itself incredibly well to audiobooks There s a cadence, a distinctive and lovely rhythm to her prose that is absolutely enchanting when read aloud by a talented narrator Now I ve looked And I see The treasures, the dreams, the dangers, the glorious diversity of the world and those who live in it She s a generous mother who offers all we need, and she s a child who needs our tending and care I can t recommend this series highly enough to everyone, no matter your preferred genres If you re a fantasy fan, please don t let the fact that Nora is a romance author deter you The woman can seriously write Her world building, and lore weaving, and character development are all absolutely stellar And for someone fairly new to the game, her battle scenes were completely gripping If you re already a longtime Nora fan, and are hesitant to pick this up because of the darkness of theme and plot, please give it a try anyway You already know that you re in good hands trust her to get you through a radically different story in such a way that you ll be completely won over by the final pages Side note my grandmother devoured this series and isn t a fantasy fan Chronicles of the One, written by one of her favorite authors, opened her up to readingfantasy I can t tell you how excited I am about that This trilogy is truly something special It s among my top ten series I ve ever read In my whole life Now I have to face the difficult decision of which books to move from my favorites shelf in my living room so that Chronicles of the One can take its rightful place among them You can find this review andat Novel Notions For me, it always has been hard to continue a series after a year long break To keep all the characters straight To remember all the battles that have been fought And to connect all the dots Surprisingly it wasn t as hard to get into The Rise of Magicks as expected But I still needed a chapter or two to become accustomed again with the story and its cast.I finished the book in two days, and it kept me quite busy and enthralled with its 454 pages I even got goosebumps at one time And I def For me, it always has been hard to continue a series after a year long break To keep all the characters straight To remember all the battles that have been fought And to connect all the dots Surprisingly it wasn t as hard to get into The Rise of Magicks as expected But I still needed a chapter or two to become accustomed again with the story and its cast.I finished the book in two days, and it kept me quite busy and enthralled with its 454 pages I even got goosebumps at one time And I definitely loved the overall feel good theme Especially how LIGHT banishes the DARK, again and again After only a short time of becoming familiar with the characters, it was like revisiting old friends again There are so many fantastic characters in this trilogy Partially because the POV of the entire trilogy is told from the view of the ONE and her family Another reason why they story isn t as dark as it could have been.Besides meeting favorite characters, what I think I enjoyed the most was how with each battle, skirmish and confrontation LIGHT surged forward in its never ending quest to banish the DARK side I loved how the author emphasized this by giving the novel an overall feel good vibe Same with seeing places that were lost to the DARK, built back up and flourish again There was a noticeable progress, hope and successful integration in every page of this book All of this made for a very satisfying read.But, there were a couple things I felt were missing.This novel had a lot of battles going on, and I didn t feel like the length of the fighting scenes compared to the amount of battles that were fought But I must also say that I m someone that reads Kate Daniels who is known for her fighting scenes The biggest issues was for me that the battles were just too easily won It s supposedly this HUGE battle between good vs evil, LIGHT vs DARK, and I felt the gravity of it all was just not met.Now I also know that the author doesn t write high fantasy or anything that comes with epic battles like e.g in Lord of the Rings But the feeling I got from the books, the overall plot, the message, all of it didn t mesh with what was delivered on he pages The epicness that I had built up in my mind since I read Of Blood and Bone was missing.Of course, whatever I felt was missing in the end worked towards delivering a feel good novel With a light banishes the dark kind of feel, which was of course the heart and soul of the entire novel trilogy I just felt that for a 454 page novel, with a lot of substance, and a plot that covered multiple years that this last book might have been better split into two But this is just me, mulling over the fact that the book felt LONG at times, and maybe even a tiny bit repetitive.Nevertheless, as I mentioned above, I devoured the novel in two days And I believe many readers will love it, especially if they aren t as bloodthirsty as I am apparently lol I wish there would have been a longer epilogue, but that s something I always wish for Anyway, this epic saga, that covered multiple generations, is finally concluded, and I can t wait to see what the author comes up with next.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review

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