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.
At the end of Year One, we see the birth of who is to become The One. We continue that journey as Fallon Swift, on her thirteenth birthday, is fated to go with Mallick to train, to learn, and to become The One. In her youth, she’s heartbroken to leave her family for two years. In her teenage years, she’s defiant, angry, and miserable. In time, she learns to take on quests, to learn, to trust herself. Even in dreams, when the gore and the burning come, she is determined to do what she is fated to do. Mallick is fated to help her and is devoted to teaching and, in his words, cannot fail. In times when Fallon is scared and unsure of where she will go or what she will do, I admire her strength, her courage, and her fight.
Raiders and Purity Warriors continue to devour the magical and to kill those who do not share the same thoughts and goals. They leave those in fear, while others from New Hope continue to rescue those fated to die or worse. It angers me when I hear of those being raped, tortured, and killed all because they possess magical abilities and are different. It’s also inspirational to hear those who get out, who survive, even with scars that will last.
In New Hope, where a community was formed, the family grew, and friendship bloomed, life is fragile. They grew and learned to grow food, raise animals, and survive in a community with security and laws. A community built on hope. A community that goes out of its way to protect those who can’t, so they can continue to live peacefully. Threats are always there, but with each other, they can fight against them.
They build and when they build, in the end, threats come. Don’t worry I won’t spoil it, but Fallon’s army bands together to fight. There are some losses, some heartache, and some unknowns. As the ending of this book came, I often wondered when the dreaded enemies would show their faces. I can’t wait to see how Fallon and her army defeat them and what becomes of New Hope in, The Rise of Magicks.
Roberts has done an excellent job, as always, writing characters you can relate to, those you can love, you fear for, and you get angry for. I was immersed in their world and I’m glad the story continues so that I don’t have to say goodbye to them just yet.