Book Reviews

Book Review: The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning new trilogy 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 saved.

Strengthened 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…

My Thoughts

Fallon Swift is a grown woman with the weight of the world on her shoulders. As she completes her training, she now trains those who will fight for her, The One. In doing so, she must undertake cities, sacrifice those people who fight for her, and help those rescued. It’s a hard job for someone so young, but with the New Hope originals, her friends, her family, she is able to do just that.

Taking down city by city, Arlington, D.C., and Pennsylvania is no easy task. There are many foes. There are many alliances to make, people to protect, and places now to keep running. As a team, Fallon, Duncan, Antonia, and the rest of the people in New Hope must seek to heel the darkness that has taken over and replace it with the light.

If you’ve been reading you know they have an enemy of Dark Uncanny. They also have Eric, Allegra, and Petra. I won’t give the ending away, but you will see the justice that is brought for all they have done. You will see what Fallon leads her people to take, who they save, and sadly who they lose.

The completion of this trilogy made me cry, made me happy, and had me wishing that it wasn’t over. I became very fond of all the characters of this story. I will surely be going back many times to visit New Hope and the people who touched the lives of this story. I had a few moments of balling and a few of anger at certain scenes.

Roberts has a way of evoking emotion in her readers and this story was no different. So, if you haven’t read the final tale, please do. You will not regret it. There is epic battle, love, friendship, and fierce loyalty. The Rise of Magicks ends with the light.

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