Published: November 26, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Chronicles of the One #3
Pages: 464 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 5.0/5.0
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.”
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…
I never ever thought I would say I read and loved a Nora Roberts books, much less an entire trilogy. I had always associated her with romance novels that featured glistening pectorals front and center(maybe incorrectly), but after I saw reviews of Year One from other bloggers (particularly Drew’s review) I picked it up. It was great and I impatiently waited for the next two books and now here we are. The series is over and it was SO GOOD – I’m still in a bit of a state, really.
The Rise of Magicks was the conclusion we’ve all been waiting for and it lived up to my every expectation. It was brilliantly action-packed, emotionally charged, and I was so full of anticipation and sometimes dread the entire time! I was unsure if Nora Roberts was akin to GRRM and liked to kill off main characters or if she would be kind to characters and readers and leave all the main folks alive and happy. It was really up in the air until all the baddies were dead.
Fallon Swift, the One, has been training and preparing those who follow her to take down the Dark once and for all. This means taking on strongholds in D.C. and New York and confronting those who have taken power there. This also means her loved ones must go into danger and, like I mentioned, I wasn’t sure if everyone would live through the book. It was harrowing at times and I might have instigated some TMJ symptoms from grinding my teeth (kidding, the book didn’t do that). Tonia remains steadfastly at her side, while Duncan is off gathering support in the west and dealing with his feelings for Fallon. Ah, young love, am I right? Eventually events come together and Fallon and Duncan are reunited and finally, FINALLY decide they’re together and defying fate out of spite is a bit pointless since they really do love each other.
Again, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this entire series and I’m wondering what other good stuff I’ve missed out on after being judge-y. The Rise of Magicks was a solid conclusion and it had plenty of epilogue to satisfy my “what about after” curiosity. There were some really cheesy parts that I think the audiobook amplified, for instance, all the rhyming visions and some of the incantations were just silly. I did however, enjoy the narration by Julia Whelan.