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Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, 3) Paperback – October 6, 2020
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“Magnificent . . . perfectly balances magic, adventure, romance, and steely resolve in the battle of good vs. evil while reminding us that while the battles may save us, it's the home, hearth, and community which sustain us. Brilliant and inspiring.” ―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Deftly wielding her own brand of literary magic, Roberts once again merges mesmerizing characters, inventive plotting, and propulsive pacing as she presents the compulsively readable finale to her altogether bewitching Chronicles of The One trilogy." ―Booklist
"The final volume of 'The Chronicles of the One' (Of Blood and Bone; Year One) is a full fantasy, postapocalytpic version of Robert's tried and true storytelling mastery. Characters will come full circle, leaving no loose ends in this fast-moving, robust story." ―Library Journal
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- Publisher : Griffin; Reprint edition (October 6, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250123046
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250123046
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.58 x 1.2 x 8.23 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It’s going to be a while before I commit to reading anything Nora Roberts again.
Wish I could get my money back!!!!!!
Third books of trilogys are tricky. It's hard to wrap everything up nicely, while still having a good story, and maybe leaving a couple of threads in case you want to expand the world afterwards. It's a fine line and sadly, for me at least, this one doesn't make it.
First of all - and this is a problem with a lot of series, not just this one - it's been a year since I read the last book and another year since the first one. I remember, vaguely, who the main characters are, but relationships, fine details, and a lot of names are gone. There's no recap or glossary or anything that might help, although there may be in the physical book. In an ideal world, of course, we'd all have time to reread earlier books before tackling later ones, but...
And to be fair to Nora, some of the characters reminisce about events from the first book. They don't do it until about halfway in, but still.
Nora has an odd habit of jumping POVs in a scene. Almost every scene is from Fallon's point of view, but there'll be a few lines or a paragraph from someone else's point of view in the middle. It probably doesn't matter to a lot of people, but I personally find it quite jarring.
Even laying those aside, I just wasn't that interested in the story. It seemed to be an endless cycle of 'an attack, Fallon feels bad but then remembers that they saved people, they plan the next attack, an attack...' I'm glad I finished the series, but I just can't say that I enjoyed this read.
The characters are all developed so well, and it is hard to choose just one. The main character, Fallon, is the right choice, but so are many others. I decided to name Mick is my favorite character. He is full of love, light, and unbridled joy and puts a smile on my face whenever he comes into the story. He is the essence of all that is good without compromise or doubt. There are other reasons I chose him, but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, so you have to read the book to find out what those reasons are.
What I Love About The Rise of Magicks
The Rise of Magicks is the third book in a trilogy, so I loved to finally have the conclusion though I hate that I will never see the characters again. Their story is done. Never say never, but I don’t remember Nora Roberts continuing a fantasy story outside of the original trilogy. So, this novel is bittersweet, but it is an excellent conclusion to an epic tale full of victories, losses, the power of love, and the empowerment of women.
Society needs good versus evil stories and has since the beginning of time. They make us believe that, in this world that is so full of evil and hate, there is hope – hope for a better tomorrow, hope that good will triumph over evil, hope for a good life. And what would be left without hope? There is a reason it stayed in Pandora’s Box. So, I love that this story reaffirmed to me that good will always triumph over evil!
As I mentioned in the favorite charter section, I love that all the characters, even minor ones, are so well-developed. And I love that the story is as much character-driven as it is plot-driven. Both are on equal footing, which creates a multi-layered story that must be peeled like an onion, layer by layer, to understand all of the messages contained within.
One such layer is a look at the nature of hate and bigotry in society. One of the antagonists, Jeremiah White, is Hitler-like in his treatment of magical people. He forms a group called Purity Warriors, who believe that society should be comprised of purely non-magical people. The Purity Warriors travel around the country, capturing magical people that they kill or imprison. A subplot in the novel is about opening people’s eyes to the fact that the differences in people should be embraced, not reviled.
What I Wish
The cast of characters is rather large, and I had a hard time remembering who was who, in the beginning, and as a result, it was very confusing for me at first and dramatically, albeit temporarily, slowed down my enjoyment of the story. So, if I could have a wish granted, it would be either a list of characters with a short description or more reminders within the story itself of who everyone is.
To Read or Not to Read
If you love epic fantasy, you will love this story, but it does need to be read in order and totality.
It's now 4:30 in the morning and I have no regrets for staying up
To Nora Roberts -Thank you so much
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The main character Fallon is far less interesting and complex than her mother who much of the first book Year One focused on. Fallon essentially spends the entire prose talking about being “The One” and giving lots of speeches about light vs dark and setting her sword alight. Lana is reduced to being nothing more than a hand wringing parent (I lost count of the number of times “my girl!” or “my baby!” feature in the book).
The actual battle scenes are frightfully short and the main confrontation at the end of the book is over in less than 15 pages.