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
To all the people rating this book 1 star because Nora Roberts "PLAGIARISED" Tomi Adeyemi,
Nora Roberts is one of the most established ROMANCE authors for DECADES. She has written 100+ books and you're saying she COPIED Tomi Adeyemi's book Children of Blood and Bone??? It's laughable and embarrassing! These titles are common before Children of Blood and Bone exists.
Nora Roberts is a LEGEND. She can write any GENRE. Her books became my gateway to adult romance novels and I'll be forever thankful for that. Whether you like it or not, falsely accussing a veteran author can be your downfall. By the way, I applaud Ms. Roberts' response to this debacle. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 So classy!
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.
Nora Robert’s fans have waited a LONG year for this book. Of Blood and Bone is the second book of the Chronicles of the One trilogy. If you haven’t read Year One, I highly recommend you read it before you read this book. In Of Blood and Bone, we move forward about ten years and get to see glimpses of what life is like after the Doom virus destroyed most of the world. New Hope is apparently thriving while other places are rift with terror. Fallon Swift is tasked with literally saving the world beginning when she turns thirteen years old.
I loved the way this book seamlessly wove many characters stories into one cohesive book. Robert’s use of magic and mayhem in her writing is phenomenal. This book kept me riveted the entire way through. I’m only sorry that I will have to wait a year until the final book is released.
When our world falls apart, who are we? Are we fixers, dreamers, sinners? Read this book to find out how Fallon will attempt to save the world. Although this book is written for an adult audience, YA readers will enjoy the main character, Fallon’s story. Paranormal beings preside heavily in this fantasy series, so if you are not a fan of that genre, this book is not for you.
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
First, if you haven't read Year One I suggest you do. While there is a brief recap in the prologue, I feel you need to read the first to get into the second.
Second, this is a different Nora Roberts than anything I have read before, and I have read 90% of her books. For that reason this book, as well as the first, was a little hard to get into. While her usual trilogies have a pattern (three men, three women, who pair up at the end of each of the books) this series focuses on Fallon Swift, the chosen One. There is very little of the romance that we expect from Ms. Roberts.
This book jumps time in large quantities. It starts with Fallon in her 12th year, so we miss the past years of what is happening in New Hope. As we know from the first book, she leaves with Mallick on her 13th birthday. That's where the time jumping starts. We jump ahead a few months, then a year. Interspersed in these chapters are intense details of a day or two, then we jump again. During this time Fallon is training and learning her craft. When she is about to turn 15 Fallon returns home, where I think she stays for a year before heading out again. A period of four years, I believe, is covered, so a lot of details are missing.
That being said, there is also a lot of detail crammed into those years (if that makes sense). I could imagine myself in the faerie glen, on the farm, traveling to New Hope (although a lot was left out of that journey). I could see the prison in Cape Hatteras. It is very rich in details and descriptions.
I was VERY surprised at the end. You know there is a traitor in the midst of New Hope, and there are signs pointing to one person, I would've never expected it to be who it ended up being, and another surprise during the reveal.
I enjoyed that the story, while mainly about Fallon and her journey, also included New Hope and the people there. However, I would have like to know more details: How did Fred and Eddie end up together? How did Katie end up mayor? How does Arlys get her info? There are a lot of unanswered questions, but they don't really take away from the story in whole. And, as usual with a series, we are left with more questions than answers at the end and now must wait until book three!
I also enjoyed that they honor Max, Fallon's birth father, throughout the book, that he is not forgotten by anyone as he was an integral part of the first book.
Overall I would give this book a 4.5. It was an excellent book, if a little heavy. A good book to read on a stormy day wrapped up in a blanket and you have nothing else to do!
An ARC. Pub date Dec 2018. More later, but Nora does not disappoint.