Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, #2)by Nora Roberts Published 04 Dec 2018
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Year One returns with a new tale of terror and magic 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.
"Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, #2)" Reviews
I never read this, and probably will never get around to it. My interest - or lack thereof - for reading this book is not why I'm shelving it.
I'm familiar with Nora Roberts - her books are romances, fairly stereotypical, but she dares to venture into historical, fantasy and thriller sections, which is more than most famous writers of the genre do (e.g. Danielle Steel and Sandra Brown). She didn't start the trend of romantic suspense, but she largely influenced it and was - still is - one of its most prolific writers.
The recent shameless accusation by Tomi Adeyemi of Nora plagiarizing her title (check it out here: https://i.imgur.com/9wumF75.jpg) is outrageous, completely baseless and deeply offending. She showed her utmost lack of understanding of publishing/copyright matters, and didn't even bother to reach out and search some information first.
If Roberts decided to be serious in this matter and if Adeyemi - a young writer of color, who was very keen to insist on how special her 'ownvoices' debut was; yet rather than being stripped of some rights, she has been acting as if though her status as a black woman writer made her invincible - was a more famous author, this deliberately harmful claim could have ended up in court, no doubt.
I can understand a strong emotional reaction - idiocy, on the other hand...
Oh, and you can read Roberts' brilliant reply to this upsurging claim here: http://fallintothestory.com/mob-rule-....
We stan a queen.
I try not to make a habit of commenting on the dirty laundry of prominent authors--that's not what this site is for--but in light of the controversy surrounding this book and 'Children of Blood and Bone', I'm going to have to side with Ms. Roberts on this one. Her response to the accusation is absolute gold and though I've yet to read any of her books, I'm going to be very quick to remedy that, starting with this series. She's just shot to the top of my list of 'Ultimate Queens' for that alone.
I know that I am low man on the totem pole regarding this novel as it has gotten much well reviews but...................
Of Blood and Bone is a fantasy/dystopian novel book two in a trilogy. Although I did not read Book One, the prologue and first few chapters did well to acclimate me to the previous book so I felt this a good way to also introduce this as what could be a stand alone novel. For this point, Ms. Roberts did well.
The story revolves around Fallon, a soon to be 13 year old destined to train against evile forces. After two years of training (and after 260 pages of training - yawn) the story became tired, redundant and repetive. Filled with wizardry, magick (yep, that's how she spells it), faeries, magic manifestations and witches incantations, the book started up with a bit of spark but once I no longer felt compelled to pick up the book or lost interest in where the story was going, I knew it was time to put the book down.
If Ms. Roberts is aiming for a YA audience the book might be successful in my mind. With only 184 pages to go I had to put it down (446 pages in the book).
It immediately gave a likeness to The Hunger Games and other such dystopian titles. The characters seemed trite and surface only which only added to the weight of the book. It might just be a case of this genre being over-done. Thanks to A Likely STore Bookstore for the ARC but I have to place this book in my DNF catagory.
This series has a continuous story arc and the books cannot be read as standalones. If you haven’t read the first book, Year One, don’t start here.
The story resumes years after the last book where Lana’s child was identified as being The One and she escaped after the attack on New Hope. That child, Fallon Swift, is approaching her 13th birthday, the age when Mallick, “the visitor,” promised he’d return to the farm and take her away from her family for training. As that date looms closer, Fallon and her family make the most of their time together. Meanwhile, the residents of New Hope have created a viable city and formed close relationships as the country has not emerged from the apocalyptic effects of The Doom. Kate’s twins, Duncan and Antonia are now teenagers who have mastered their gifts for the benefit of the town and beyond and are vital to their continued development.
When I learned that Roberts was creating this series, I worried that she might not be able to pull this off. This story continues the excellence of the first, with minute attention to detail, lore and fantasy while keeping the focus in the realities of the present day. What’s also remarkable is how effectively the human condition is woven into the character development, clear lines between good and evil but also the acknowledgment that our natural human instincts don’t necessarily have us fall definitively in one or the other. It’s a very complicated, dangerous world but hope sits beside despair.
Most of the story is Fallon’s narrative but we do get others’ points of view exactly when I felt I needed them. Julia Whelan delivers such an outstanding performance I had to remind myself that she was the only narrator. She doesn’t resort to attempts at baritone for male voices and yet I recognized the gender every time. My decision to listen to this series was one of my better ones as she just makes a great story even better.
Fallon’s maturation and honing of her gifts, skills and temperament was more interesting than I’d imagined. I loved Mallick and how their relationship developed and shaped. I don’t want to divulge much more about the story but rest assured there’s plenty of excitement, intrigue, tension and even romance as she connects with New Hope. There’s one particular scene that can only be described as spectacular with a huge twist. I was left in a good but uneasy place and am excited about the final chapter to come in this fascinating tale.
(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)
Of Blood and Bone, the second novel of the Chronicles of The One trilogy, is another expertly crafted story from Nora Roberts, and although it's stated that it works as a standalone I feel that it is better to have read Year One first as you get a deeper understanding of the plot, characters and world. Year One was a superb start to this fantasy series, but this is even better. I have trouble getting my head around the fact that Ms Roberts is not only a romance writer, but she can create a fantastic and captivating dystopian world. The fast pace and excellent writing make it easy to be gripped from the first couple of pages, and the characters are very well developed with lots of detail being paid to each of them.
The story is a powerful and emotional one as you really care about what happens to the characters you've become invested in. Not only is the worldbuilding some of the best I've encountered this year, but its some of the best I've ever come across in the fantasy genre. The contrast between light and dark, good and evil is very well executed and provides some tension throughout the story. This is a character-driven novel/series which is reminiscent of Stephen King's The Stand, so those who enjoyed that book will definitely find a lot to love here. I am already eager to get my hands on the final instalment, but I guess I'll have to be patient given that it's still a year away. I'm sure it'll be worth the wait! I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Many thanks to Piatkus for an ARC
Must read series! (buddy read with Heather and Shannon)