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The Rise of Magicks

The Rise of Magicks, December 2019
Chronicles of the One #3
by Nora Roberts

St. Martin's Press
464 pages
ISBN: 1250123038
EAN: 9781250123039
Kindle: B07L2QR5WD
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A tale any fantasy lover will enjoy!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Rise of Magicks
Nora Roberts

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted November 23, 2019

Thriller Paranormal - Supernatural | Fantasy | Romance Paranormal

The Doom virus annihilated civilization as we know it, while various magickal abilities began to emerge in the population. A fanatical group called the Purity Warriors has risen to power and subsequently imprisons, tortures, and murders those imbued with magickal powers. Fallon Swift is “the One” foretold to bring about change and now the time is at hand. Prepare for battles….

The first book in the Chronicles of One series remains one of my favorite dystopian/fantasy novels of all time and I’ve eagerly anticipated the conclusion with THE RISE OF MAGICKS ever since I closed the last page of YEAR ONE. I love that we get to see how New Hope has grown and evolved since the collapse of civilization. It’s amazing to see just how far society has progressed despite the threats posed by the Purity Warriors and the Dark Uncanny.

Fallon is the obvious heroine, since she was prophesied to be “the One”, but I have to admit I admire her mom, Lana, and her strength even more so. Fallon grew up with a mom determined to show her love, teach her how to both survive and thrive, and willing to fight when necessary. I particularly love the scene between Lana and Mrs. Aldi, despite the brevity of it, as it showcases the core message of the Chronicles of One series about loving one another without bias despite differences in appearances or abilities.

THE RISE OF MAGICKS is the third and concluding book in the Chronicles of the One. THE RISE OF MAGICKS is best read in the context of the series. This storyline has been building up to the conclusion since the arrival of the Doom virus decimated civilization. Nora Roberts does a magnificent job with the complexity of the world building, crafting a dystopian future where hope and fear are constantly at war. Nora Roberts is a master at any genre she sets her pen (or computer) to, and THE RISE OF MAGICKS is a tale any fantasy lover will appreciate and enjoy!

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SUMMARY

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning new trilogy 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…


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