Fallon Swift has always known her thirteenth birthday
would present her with a choice. She lives in a world
devasted by the virus called Doom, where safety and food
are rarities. Her birth was foretold as she is "The One"
promised. Meanwhile, the residents of New Hope, the
settlement her mom fled after a horrific attack killed
Fallon's biological father, are continuing to live,
focusing on rebuilding what was lost when the virus
spread. Fallon's thirteenth birthday is here and now it's
time for her to train and start fighting....
Despite loving YEAR ONE, I was a little leery about how a
teenager designated as "The One" would come across in a
book but I should have trusted Nora Roberts. Fallon is a
great heroine, caught between a prophetic future and the
teenage pressures of growing up in a post-apocalyptic
world. I love Fallon's spunk and her determination,
particularly when she leaves home with a mysterious man
to train for a role she's been destined to obtain- even
if she isn't yet sure she wants it.
I'm thrilled that we continue to get snippets of life
back in New Hope! I grew to love the residents of this
beacon of hope in such a jarring and horrible world and
it's good to see the community continuing to thrive. I
liked visiting again with Fred, Arlys, and Chuck.
However, I also love the younger generation that we are
getting to know, like Duncan.
OF BLOOD AND BONE is the second book in Nora Robert's
stunningly good fantasy series, Chronicles
One and wow! Sometimes the second book of a series,
particularly in fantasy novels where the heroine is in
training, can be a little slow but Nora Roberts avoids
all of that and hits this one out of the ballpark! Make
sure you read YEAR ONE first so that all the pieces will
fit together as OF BLOOD AND BONE alternates between
several locations and it's helpful to know the background
on all the individuals. I had to drag myself away from
the compelling story line as there was nary a dull
moment. I can't wait to see how Chronicles
One concludes! Nora Roberts once again shines with OF
BLOOD AND BONE.
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.