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
4 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟
If you enjoy Post-apocalyptic, Dystopian, Survival... you get all three with this series, but, you also get Fantasy!!! This is only my 3rd book by Nora Roberts so I don't have much to compare it to but ya'll,.... I just love this series so far! I know she usually writes Romance, but these are in a totally different league and there is something in it for everyone !!
What a fantastic follow up to Year One. It succeeds Year One and tells the story of the rise of The One. I adored all the characters in the first book and was so excited to jump back into this world to find out what has been going on with everyone. It did not disappoint. The characters are so well developed and the writing just makes you care what happens to them. I for one, am definitely invested in them and extremely sad I have to wait another year to see what happens in book 3.
This was very much a middle book. A lot of the world building and action takes place in book 1. In this one we follow Fallon as she trains for leadership and battle. Of course there are still some epic action scenes, but this one concentrates more on character development and builds up the plot for what's to come in book 3. It wasn't boring or slow - the pace was actually perfect and keeps you turning the pages. I personally could not put it down. I am pretty sure this type of book is my absolute favorite. Watching people start all over again and learn to survive in a world that's new is one of my favorite things!! It has a The Walking Dead type feel, only instead of zombies, certain people have magical abilities. So there is a real tug of war with light vs dark. I totally recommend Year One and Of Blood and Bone! These are adult books, but tend to read like a YA, especially this second one. I CANT WAIT FOR BOOK 3!!!
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.
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 never read this, and probably will never get around to it. My interest - or lack thereof - for reading this book is not why I'm shelving it.
I'm familiar with Nora Roberts - her books are romances, fairly stereotypical, but she dares to venture into historical, fantasy and thriller sections, which is more than most famous writers of the genre do (e.g. Danielle Steel and Sandra Brown). She didn't start the trend of romantic suspense, but she largely influenced it and was - still is - one of its most prolific writers.
The recent shameless accusation by Tomi Adeyemi of Nora plagiarizing her title (check it out here: https://i.imgur.com/9wumF75.jpg) is outrageous, completely baseless and deeply offending. She showed her utmost lack of understanding of publishing/copyright matters, and didn't even bother to reach out and search some information first.
If Roberts decided to be serious in this matter and if Adeyemi - a young writer of color, who was very keen to insist on how special her 'ownvoices' debut was; yet rather than being stripped of some rights, she has been acting as if though her status as a black woman writer made her invincible - was a more famous author, this deliberately harmful claim could have ended up in court, no doubt.
I can understand a strong emotional reaction - idiocy, on the other hand...
Oh, and you can read Roberts' brilliant reply to this upsurging claim here: http://fallintothestory.com/mob-rule-....
We stan a queen.
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)