Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, #2)by 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.
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)
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I am completely blown away by Nora’s newest venture. Chronicles of the One is a perfect blending of post-apocalyptic dystopia and epic fantasy. The fact that Nora, after decades of writing romance laced with tendrils of the supernatural, would take such a giant leap into writing a radically different story, is commendable. The fact that she not only pulled it off by absolutely nailed it commands respect. She has mine.
Of Blood and Bone picks up a few years after the end of Year One. We see the One grow and learn and near their thirteenth year, when they must leave home and beginning their training in earnest. The training sequences and quests that the One must complete are the elements that reminded me so strongly of epic fantasy. Here, in the midst of rusting cars and cracked asphalt, we are shown a magic that is wild and mysterious and is somehow seamlessly joined to the broken world from which it sprang. While magic is almost an entity in its own right, those that use it learn and grow in their knowledge, which I always loving seeing in a novel.
As with all of Nora’s novels, the relationships are the backbone. She excels at creating families of both blood and choosing. I’m not going to get into any relationship in particular, because honestly any name I list is going to be a spoiler for the first book. (That’s why I refer to the One as “they” instead of assigning a gender, as even that is a bit of a spoiler). What I will say is that beauty arose from the ashes of Doom in the forms of families and communities. The bonds developed through shared trauma are oftentimes deeper and stronger and more enduring than their sunnier counterparts, and that depth is well demonstrated here.
Besides the radical genre shift, there is also one other difference in this novel as compared to the rest of Nora’s work: there’s not a single sex scene. There are a couple of steamy kisses, but that’s it. From someone who built her career on romance, I thought this exclusion was a pretty shocking decision, but it absolutely works with the story. This is due in part to the ages of the main characters, which was another kind of different narrative choice for Nora; while adults are around and play important supporting roles, kids are undoubtedly the stars. As with the first book, there was no central romance. However, in this book we can see the foundation of what looks to be an explosive romance playing out in the final installment.
I have no negatives at all in regards to this novel, and found it to be even stronger than the first installment of the series. My one and only complaint is that I have to wait until November 2019 to see how the story ends. I feel like this is a trilogy that can both draw in new fans who prefer fantasy to romance, as well as pushing current Nora fans out of their comfort zone into new genres. I can’t recommend it highly enough, and will be counting down the days until I can get my hands on The Rise of Magicks.
Of Blood and Bone is ridiculous. It is a disappointment to book 1. The novel is unnecessarily long and its action scenes are too far apart.
Nora Roberts definitely didn't write Of Blood and Bone. The novel is poor, really poor. There is too many gibberish.
Few sentences were dedicated to the Uncanny, Purity warriors and the Raiders and that's a bad thing.
Fallon got an owl, Fallon got a wolf, Fallon got a horse, Fallon got a magical book. Fallon, Fallon, Fallon.
The two star rating I gave the novel is a miracle.
Nora Roberts should definitely put a lot of chaos, destruction and bad guys doing bad stuff in book 3.