OF BLOOD AND BONE takes
readers back into the apocalyptic world where YEAR ONE took place and Fallon Swift is quickly
growing into "the One" whether she and her family are ready or not.
Destiny calls to the nearly thirteen-year-old, the age that she will leave
her family and learn who she is and what she must do to bring peace
back to the whole world. Is it possible to be ready?
Leaving the mother who birthed her, the father who raised her and the
brothers who plagued her, as brothers will, might be the hardest thing
this young woman ever does, but it is her choice. Could it really be a
choice? There is much that is placed on this child's shoulders who is
understandably angry that she can't just be normal and continue to live
on the farm with her family. But Fallon knows, she must do what the
magick asks of her and is determined to return home having learned
everything she must learn.
OF BLOOD AND BONE is the
second of the Chronicles of One series by the ever amazing Nora Roberts. After reading YEAR ONE, I wasn't sure how it would
be possible to continue this frightening world making it even more
enthralling than the first. I have to admit, I am not usually a fan of pre-
teens and teens being the heroes/heroines in books, but Fallon is a
young woman, grown up beyond her years, with the knowledge of her
fate. The lessons she is taught by Mallick, (her mentor) the people they
encounter and the changes we get to watch teens and teens being the
heroes/heroines in books, but Fallon is a young woman, grown up
beyond her years, with the knowledge of her fate. The lessons she is
taught by Mallick, (her mentor) the people they encounter and the
changes we get to watch - her growth, maturity, and understanding of
herself make her the perfect young heroine, who returns to do what
she must do at fifteen.
OF BLOOD AND BONE is a
fascinating read by a gifted storyteller at her best and a must-read for
fans. With ever everything that is Ms. Roberts style, family plays a big
part in this story. Fallon, her parents (if you read YEAR ONE then you know the death of her biological
father and the falling in love of the parents who raised her) and the
brothers that compromise her family. But, there are always those that
become family by heart, not blood that becomes important characters
to this storyline, and, of course, there has to be a touch of romance for
young Fallon, little hits of a sweet first love even if her mind is on her
duty to the world.
Though it isn't necessary, because the prologue gives a g good dose of
background information, I believe that readers should read the first
book first, to really understand the second. Many of the characters and
areas that were a part of that book come back and are major parts that
blend into the deeper plot line.
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 beforeâ€”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 huntedâ€”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.