The Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, #3)
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…

The Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, #3) Details

TitleThe Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 26th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250123039
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Romance, Magic, Science Fiction, Dystopia

The Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, #3) Review

  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    5 Well Deserved Stars - Thank you Edelweiss for an ARCI can not wait to put this conclusion in the hands of my library patrons because it was so beautifully wrapped up - I couldn't have asked for a better ending. I've said it before, *raises hand* not the biggest Nora Roberts fan here I admit this freely however, if I can specify a series to be the HUGEST Nora Roberts fan for - it'd be this one. She ties up loose ends, ravels and spins a web with each and every character and yet it somehow ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Well Deserved Stars - Thank you Edelweiss for an ARCI can not wait to put this conclusion in the hands of my library patrons because it was so beautifully wrapped up - I couldn't have asked for a better ending. I've said it before, *raises hand* not the biggest Nora Roberts fan here I admit this freely however, if I can specify a series to be the HUGEST Nora Roberts fan for - it'd be this one. She ties up loose ends, ravels and spins a web with each and every character and yet it somehow flows perfectly.Fallon, Tonia, Duncan and their growth as characters is the 💥bomb.com But that isn't even the best part of this book...the best part is how every.single.character has a purpose. There was no fluff written in just to be page fillers. Mallick, Simon, Fred, Arlys, Mick, Lana... the list goes on and on because every person plays a role. Action, adventure, romance, intense anticipation, impending doom, hope, darkness, you name it, this book has it all and then some. I'm impressed Ms. Roberts....thoroughly impressed.
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    For me, it always has been hard to continue a series after a year long break. To keep all the characters straight. To remember all the battles that have been fought. And to connect all the dots. Surprisingly it wasn’t as hard to get into The Rise of Magicks as expected. But I still needed a chapter or two to become accustomed again with the story and its cast.I finished the book in two days, and it kept me quite busy and enthralled with its 454 pages. I even got goosebumps at one time. And I For me, it always has been hard to continue a series after a year long break. To keep all the characters straight. To remember all the battles that have been fought. And to connect all the dots. Surprisingly it wasn’t as hard to get into The Rise of Magicks as expected. But I still needed a chapter or two to become accustomed again with the story and its cast.I finished the book in two days, and it kept me quite busy and enthralled with its 454 pages. I even got goosebumps at one time. And I definitely loved the overall feel-good theme. Especially how LIGHT banishes the DARK, again and again. After only a short time of becoming familiar with the characters, it was like revisiting old friends again. There are so many fantastic characters in this trilogy. Partially because the POV of the entire trilogy is told from the view of the ONE and her family. Another reason why they story isn’t as dark as it could have been.Besides meeting favorite characters, what I think I enjoyed the most was how with each battle, skirmish and confrontation LIGHT surged forward in its never ending quest to banish the DARK side. I loved how the author emphasized this by giving the novel an overall feel-good vibe. Same with seeing places that were lost to the DARK, built back up and flourish again. There was a noticeable progress, hope and successful integration in every page of this book. All of this made for a very satisfying read.But, there were a couple things I felt were missing.This novel had a lot of battles going on, and I didn’t feel like the length of the fighting scenes compared to the amount of battles that were fought. But I must also say that I’m someone that reads Kate Daniels who is known for her fighting scenes. The biggest issues was for me that the battles were just too easily won. It’s supposedly this HUGE battle between good vs evil, LIGHT vs DARK, and I felt the gravity of it all was just not met.Now I also know that the author doesn’t write high fantasy or anything that comes with epic battles like e.g. in Lord of the Rings. But the feeling I got from the books, the overall plot, the message, all of it didn’t mesh with what was delivered on he pages. The epicness that I had built up in my mind since I read Of Blood and Bone was missing.Of course, whatever I felt was missing in the end worked towards delivering a feel-good novel. With a ‘light banishes the dark’ kind of feel, which was of course the heart and soul of the entire novel/trilogy. I just felt that for a 454 page novel, with a lot of substance, and a plot that covered multiple years that this last book might have been better split into two. But this is just me, mulling over the fact that the book felt LONG at times, and maybe even a tiny bit repetitive.Nevertheless, as I mentioned above, I devoured the novel in two days. And I believe many readers will love it, especially if they aren’t as bloodthirsty as I am apparently – lol. I wish there would have been a longer epilogue, but that’s something I always wish for. Anyway, this epic saga, that covered multiple generations, is finally concluded, and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jenelle
    January 1, 1970
    Book received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The series comes to a powerful end as Fallon and New Hope come together fight the evil that caused the Doom. Really, there is no explanation needed when it comes to Nora Roberts. The final book brings the series to a mind blowing close. With lives lost, lives to avenge, and a dark evil to destroy.... I loved this series so much! It’s different from her normal writing in that the series doesn’t surround the romance of certain people Book received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The series comes to a powerful end as Fallon and New Hope come together fight the evil that caused the Doom. Really, there is no explanation needed when it comes to Nora Roberts. The final book brings the series to a mind blowing close. With lives lost, lives to avenge, and a dark evil to destroy.... I loved this series so much! It’s different from her normal writing in that the series doesn’t surround the romance of certain people but builds through families. Love it!
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this last book in this trilogy way more than the first two. (see links to my reviews of the first two books below) It was a reasonably good way to end this trilogy but not an original way to end it. However, if you have already read the first two books, then this is a must-read for you. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34311452-year-onehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38236125-of-blood-and-bone I had some problems with the repetitiveness that Nora I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this last book in this trilogy way more than the first two. (see links to my reviews of the first two books below) It was a reasonably good way to end this trilogy but not an original way to end it. However, if you have already read the first two books, then this is a must-read for you. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34311452-year-onehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38236125-of-blood-and-bone I had some problems with the repetitiveness that Nora seems to embrace lately. She does like to repeat over and over, what we not only have learned from the first two books, but she did this with passages from this particular book too. Unlike other reviewers, I feel that Ms. Roberts was merely filling up pages to get to a specific word count. I did not like the fact that these books use a language more like what she uses in her J.D.Robb series -which I call 'text speak.' She tends to lose the flow of her sentences when doing this, and it makes it a bit awkward for a reader who is not used to this way of speaking. Ms. Roberts leaves out things like determiners and grammatical articles and even some crucial verbs!I still do think that this series is geared more for the YA/Teen audience than a purely adult one.There are new character's to enjoy, fights galore, and deaths of some secondary character's that we've come to know. I do wonder why Fallon is not using all of this fantastic magic she absorbed when opening "The Book of Spells" and then jumped into "The Pit".The last fight is interesting ( not exciting as such, but interesting) but a little lackluster for a trilogy like thisI loved Vivienne especially and a lot of the secondary and tertiary character's. This idea would have made an excellent long-running series which would have given the characters more time to grow and mature into their roles. I did have a bit of a difficult time with the large jumps in time. Fallon is an infant -poof-Fallon is 13-poof-Fallon is 20 (I think). An extended series would have given us time to see what all the fights were like, to understand more about Vivienne and the other alliances, to feel more about the romance, etc.*ARC supplied by the publisher.
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  • Celeste
    January 1, 1970
    It's finally here! This is the last of my highly anticipated books of 2019, and I can't even find the words for how excited I am to have it in my hands. I can't wait to see how this story ends.
  • Antonio
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book free from a Goodreads giveaway!Thank you, thank you, thank you. *No spoilersI have never read anything from Robert's before this series but I must say, I am definitely impressed.I'll no doubt be checking out some of her other work in the future if any are as elaborate and alluring as this. 'The Rise of Magicks' is a beautiful, riveting, and powerful conclusion to a fantastic series. A fast paced, emotional roller coaster of a story with an ending that would make almost anyone I got this book free from a Goodreads giveaway!Thank you, thank you, thank you. *No spoilersI have never read anything from Robert's before this series but I must say, I am definitely impressed.I'll no doubt be checking out some of her other work in the future if any are as elaborate and alluring as this. 'The Rise of Magicks' is a beautiful, riveting, and powerful conclusion to a fantastic series. A fast paced, emotional roller coaster of a story with an ending that would make almost anyone smile. The pacing was quite steady generally and had me constantly saying to myself "just one more page". I even found myself genuinely attached to numerous characters, even at times wishing they were real and a part of my life due to how real Roberts made them seem. It really was a blast to read. The only complaint I have as minute as it may be, is that the actual battles went by so quickly.So many pages leading up to a clash between factions only for the battle to be over before I really got into it. It kept things fast paced and easy to read yes, but I personally would have been pleased to spend a little more time in the action when the magic started flying the the swords started clashing. Overall, this book as well as the first 2 in this epic trilogy recieve a 4.5 from me. I'm so glad I read it, and so sad now that's it's over. Anyone who has read the first 2 should absolutely get this when it comes out and if you haven't read them yet, get on that. Thank you Nora Robert's for sharing this amazing story with us.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC of this book from St. Martin’s Publishing. It was a great conclusion to the trilogy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only issue I have is the time between the release of each book. It had been 7 months since I read book two and I was really wishing I’d done a reread of the first two since it took me some time to remember all the characters and how they fit in. From now on, I’m not starting a trilogy until the last book is released!! If you’ve read the first two books in this series, I won an ARC of this book from St. Martin’s Publishing. It was a great conclusion to the trilogy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only issue I have is the time between the release of each book. It had been 7 months since I read book two and I was really wishing I’d done a reread of the first two since it took me some time to remember all the characters and how they fit in. From now on, I’m not starting a trilogy until the last book is released!! If you’ve read the first two books in this series, you will love this one.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    If you love fantasy, and you've enjoyed the books so far? Then this one is for you. There was so much that I've learned in this book. NR reinvented this world ans fine-tuned the details that we knew of these characters.It was like getting the series ending finale that we all deserved.So, so good!
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    WARNING: Very Long Review Below. This is a 3.5 star read, and the .5 is only because the lead up to the "climax “is, for the most part, quite an adventure. I’d decided, after having endured the steaming pile of annoyance that was Of Blood and Bone, that I was going to wait on this one, but the opening chapters were compelling enough that I couldn’t put it down/shut down cloud player. The thing is, it was the little things and, frankly, one huuuuuuuge one, that worked collectively to bring down WARNING: Very Long Review Below. This is a 3.5 star read, and the .5 is only because the lead up to the "climax “is, for the most part, quite an adventure. I’d decided, after having endured the steaming pile of annoyance that was Of Blood and Bone, that I was going to wait on this one, but the opening chapters were compelling enough that I couldn’t put it down/shut down cloud player. The thing is, it was the little things and, frankly, one huuuuuuuge one, that worked collectively to bring down my estimation of this, the long anticipated final installment of the chronicles of the One trilogy. Marred by repetitive diction, careworn tropes and clichés (many of these are unique to Roberts), and lazy, incoherent plotting, The Rise of Magics is, on the whole, a quite entertaining, but ultimately disappointing, conclusion to what began as a fantastic trilogy. First, while I really could have done without the romance, I really appreciated (I can never tell you how much) the fades to black. I couldn’t care less that “they moved together” or that “light melded with light” during mechanical sex scene x, y, or z. Still, the whole “get behind me; I’ll protect you,” “kiss her to shut her up,” “the relationship rules are different for me because I’m the male” tropes were fully in play here. To continue, as is her wont, Roberts stuffs this book with the usual melodramatic conflicts. you know the ones; the protagonist(s) flexes her/his/their autonomy and subsequently endures a blistering round of castigation from all corners. Cue the protracted apologies for actions that make perfect sense but are deemed to be major offenses because egos, mistrust in abilities, and youth-envy. Of course, not a single solitary person on team castigation takes ownership of his/her inability to relinquish control of anything to do with their children or lovers. Nope, it’s all about how wronged they are and about how their precious feefees being discounted during wartime is more tragic than, say, the profound and far-reaching consequences of Fallon taking time (infinitely more precious) to secure their approval. In this case, the collective tantrum has to do with the “adults” (adults specifically meaning the “parents/original” founders of New Hope)not being given the opportunity to grant permission to or set ground rules for a grown ass, highly trained heroine before she embarks on a dangerous but very, very necessary mission. Seriously, they throw a tantrum because Fallon neglects to afford them the opportunity to micro-manage/backseat drive her mission. Honestly, their inability to trust her to get safely in and out of a dangerous situation after an entire lifetime of training and at least a dozen battles under her belt smacks more of disrespect than does being robbed of the opportunity to lay down the law before said dangerous situation is to go down. This isn’t the only instance of “protagonist does perfectly understandable thing, only to crumple beneath the weight of multiple instances of emotional blackmail,” but you get my point. Speaking of youth-envy, the repeated elder-worship seriously grated. Hardly a chapter goes by when one or more of the younger generation isn’t falling all over him or herself to prop up this or that parent with reminders of what they did/built/gifted 20 years ago. It's almost like Nora Roberts is trying to reassure readers that Fallon and company, for all their extensive training, will always need their mommies and daddies. This sentiment/theme gets underscored in a seriously problematic way; see status update below if you aren’t worried about spoilers. Finally, the ending was a complete let down, full stop, as was the hastily scribbled epilogue that followed. I’ve been reading Nora Roberts for many years, so I’m used to more and better from her trilogies. All in all, this was little better than a slightly more than ok reading experience.
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  • ☕️Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this trilogy. Full RTC
  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    Exactly the finish to Chronicles of the One that I expected.This final book picks up right where Of Blood and Bone left off, and takes the characters and the story to the exact place promised at the outset. If you liked the first two books, you won't have any complaints here.Overall the series is very cinematic in presentation, reading like a well-made miniseries. That means, not a ton of detail, no extra stuff, and a quick pace from start to finish. It's an entertaining read that is easy to Exactly the finish to Chronicles of the One that I expected.This final book picks up right where Of Blood and Bone left off, and takes the characters and the story to the exact place promised at the outset. If you liked the first two books, you won't have any complaints here.Overall the series is very cinematic in presentation, reading like a well-made miniseries. That means, not a ton of detail, no extra stuff, and a quick pace from start to finish. It's an entertaining read that is easy to visualize, and doesn't challenge the reader or deprive you of the expected outcomes. Honestly just the ticket for me at the moment.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    Fallon comes up with some bold plans in this book, ones that don't seem like they will work, yet they do, which gives her and everyone else confidence when the next bold plan is thought up. Along the way they find intriguing allies, take some hard hits, settle into what has been foretold and kick ass. By the end of the book you are happy for everyone, that they managed to defeat the dark, put away the bad people and have a world where everyone can live their lives the way they want...happy.
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  • Debrac2014
    January 1, 1970
    Good ending to the series! Good wins over evil! While I did enjoy it, I found it too long and too wordy with all the discussions of war.
  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    Magical and mundane armies collide in the last of the trilogy set after the end of the world.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 Magical and mundane armies collide in the last of the trilogy set after the end of the world.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.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Goodreads giveaways for this ARE copy.I had read the first two books in the Chronicles of the One series and really enjoyed them. The magick and science blend was well done. The pacing was perfect. So I was really looking forward to this third and final book.And it did not disappoint! We continue learning more about the characters (one of my favorite things about this series). Roberts takes a back to the first book and the changes that have happened to help us Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Goodreads giveaways for this ARE copy.I had read the first two books in the Chronicles of the One series and really enjoyed them. The magick and science blend was well done. The pacing was perfect. So I was really looking forward to this third and final book.And it did not disappoint! We continue learning more about the characters (one of my favorite things about this series). Roberts takes a back to the first book and the changes that have happened to help us understand how New Hope became what is. Then there are the battles - they had me on the ege of my seat, right up to the last battle. I especially liked the connections with the people before and after which made the results of the battle more impactful.And that last battle is why I didn't give the book 5 stars. I was looking forward to that last, epic battle with Petra - especially because all the other battles were so involved. And the other two books made Petra to be this powerful, evil woman but the last battle made me just feel sorry for her because she seemed a plaything for the Source. Who also didn't seem like such a big deal. I came away from that battle wondering if that was it? On the flip side of that I also felt like I already need another story because there is still so much of this world and the characters I want to know more about.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointed.Yeah, so that is the keyword with this final installment of the Year One series. I adored the first book. It was a five-star book that I felt had scope, depth, action, and suspense. It set up a world-shattering apocalypse delivered on the wings of disease and magic. And we got to see how a bunch of different people in a bunch of different places all had to confront and cope with it. And at the end of that book, their different stories and lives converged, ended on a great climactic Disappointed.Yeah, so that is the keyword with this final installment of the Year One series. I adored the first book. It was a five-star book that I felt had scope, depth, action, and suspense. It set up a world-shattering apocalypse delivered on the wings of disease and magic. And we got to see how a bunch of different people in a bunch of different places all had to confront and cope with it. And at the end of that book, their different stories and lives converged, ended on a great climactic yet tragic moment and set up what promised to be a ripping story toward a hopeful conclusion.I liked the second book a little less so, but understood it was necessary. It was a textbook hero’s journey of a ‘chosen one’ hero who has to be at the forefront of the looming and final conflict. It had to take us through that hero, Fallon’s training and show us how and why she’d earn an army to follow her. Even though I didn’t love that book as much as the first one, it was still action filled, all show rather than tell, and had some great set action pieces.So I was really looking forward to this final installment. By all rights it should have used all the stuff the first two books set up -- all the characters we’ve learned to love and hate, the scope, even the time that has elapsed in this world -- to show us (not tell us!) the lead up to and then the final confrontation.But I was very disappointed in the result. I think this book squandered the stellar promise of the first book and the groundwork of the second book. The first book felt really grand and pretty epic, this one just felt… small.For one thing, I thought too much of it was told from Fallon’s POV. I get that she is the chosen one, but almost every single scene was from her POV. One of the things that made the first book so wonderful was the differing experiences of all the main players. It gave such a great overview what was happening distilled into different human stories. This time is almost all filtered through Fallon, and I hate to say, Fallon is just not all that interesting on her own. She is what she is. A chosen hero who learned all these mad skillz in the last book. But her inner struggles and ruminations are not enough to make an exciting bookAlso the book was too damned talky. Fallon speechified a lot and intoned spells and drew her flaming sword and made lofty pronouncements about ‘light’ and lapsed in rhyming visions. Every word spoken was heavy with light vs. dark symbolism. And I mean HEAVY symbolism. People didn’t just talk, they talked with Meaning (capital ‘M’). And a lot of commas. Holy commas, Batman.All the interesting personalities in the first book are relegated to parents who are super worried and wringing their hands over their youngsters who have to take on this fight. At this point after the apocalypse, these people should be more resolute than that. They don’t live in the world they lived in before. This one has no security, none. They have to be constantly vigilant and understand that until they have eradicated their enemies they are never safe. But it feels like this book has lost the thread and wants to be more conventionally an inner reflective romance than the previous two books in the trilogy suggested this series would be. In fact, one of the things that impressed me about the first book was that it felt so very different from anything else NR had written. This one really feels very familiar, it feels like everything else she’s written.And finally, there are all these ambitious plans to take back the big cities – New York, DC etc. from the dark forces. Lots of plans and looking at maps and gearing up troops. But it is clear NR simply doesn’t or can’t write battle scenes. The descriptions are generic and these major offensives are over in two pages where the good guys are declaring victory. We get all aftermath or Fallon has ‘already taken care of that’ reassurances. It just feels all so very toothless. You get all dressed up and the dance is already over.So yeah, disappointed.
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  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    January 1, 1970
    The hardest thing about this book was the time in between. With so many characters and a year between each of the previous installments, I didn’t remember who half the people were.And while I normally hate recaps because I’m normally binging or the time between is shorter, I really wish there had been one as I’m not a re-reader.Because of the above, it was hard to care and get into the story as much. Overall, interesting but I thought the battles were rushed. I also felt cheated after three The hardest thing about this book was the time in between. With so many characters and a year between each of the previous installments, I didn’t remember who half the people were.And while I normally hate recaps because I’m normally binging or the time between is shorter, I really wish there had been one as I’m not a re-reader.Because of the above, it was hard to care and get into the story as much. Overall, interesting but I thought the battles were rushed. I also felt cheated after three books, I didn’t get a better epilogue. We are left with minor questions. And honestly, I don’t want to envision my own outcome. I’ve invested two years, three books, I want all the answers from the authors mind. Anywho, it was good not great. Too many tears over fav characters dying.Narrator was good.
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  • Tara Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. It was a beyond fitting end for such an interesting trilogy. I really hope this gets optioned to be a tv show (Oo hi CW/Netflix/Hulu/Amazon) or a movie.This book was full of Roberts’ signatures, without being to overly done and trope. Yes Fallon and Declan get together, have sex, fall in love. In this book, there weren’t a lot of sex scenes, nor were they in any particular depth of detail, which I personally appreciated and yet I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. It was a beyond fitting end for such an interesting trilogy. I really hope this gets optioned to be a tv show (Oo hi CW/Netflix/Hulu/Amazon) or a movie.This book was full of Roberts’ signatures, without being to overly done and trope. Yes Fallon and Declan get together, have sex, fall in love. In this book, there weren’t a lot of sex scenes, nor were they in any particular depth of detail, which I personally appreciated and yet missed. Yes, they beat Petra in the nick of time and save humanity. Although, for all her books about prevailing against evil, Roberts never explains what happens next. I’d really like to know if the world recovers. There was only one major character loss in this novel which in more ways felt like the next episode of a series. I will say, it was an action packed book and regrettably that left some holes and underdevelopment. I personally read the second book after it came out, which meant I couldn’t really remember all the characters outside the major ones, I definitely would’ve appreciated a key. I also felt Petra and the “villain” were very underdeveloped and she barely makes more then 2 appearances, yet she was the major villain. Same goes with the black dragon, that whole character greatly confused me, is it an animal, is it more. There does come a point where “villain cause I said so” isn’t enough. There was also this general disorder to the actual villains, which relied on the prior books to supply the general reasoning/bad acts etc. This book showed 3 different/Sameish villain groups, all of which Fallon and co succeeded over in various different detail, which again contributed to the missed/underdeveloped areas. The end battle felt rushed in comparison to the strong story development and start of the book, it felt like it should’ve been more then 3 tightly condensed books. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this story line and series and do hope it becomes a tv show as it was such an interesting concept.
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  • Sarai Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Magic is on a come back. If you haven't read the previous books in this series, don't worry about it. The story was easy to follow and everything from past books was explained well. I really enjoyed the magic and how it worked. It's a good sign when you can understand the magic in a book instead of just having magic that can do anything and there is no rhym or reason to it. The characters were great as well. They live in a dystopian world where they are fighting for equality and safety. I really Magic is on a come back. If you haven't read the previous books in this series, don't worry about it. The story was easy to follow and everything from past books was explained well. I really enjoyed the magic and how it worked. It's a good sign when you can understand the magic in a book instead of just having magic that can do anything and there is no rhym or reason to it. The characters were great as well. They live in a dystopian world where they are fighting for equality and safety. I really felt their battle and conviction in doing what was right, even if it meant they would give their lives for their cause. This was a fantastic story that really kept me on edge the whole time. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.Check out Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina for Books, Movies, Recipes and more. BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS | BLOGLOVIN
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to St. Martin's Press and a Goodreads Giveaway for an ARC of this wonderful book.I was very much looking forward to reading the final book in a trilogy that I think is a bit of a departure from the usual Nora Roberts novels.It was wrapped up nicely but a little too easily. There are several sequences in this book that, in the hands of a different author, would have been huuuuge action scenes. There would have been giant battles with all different kinds of Dark Uncannys, Raiders, and Thank you to St. Martin's Press and a Goodreads Giveaway for an ARC of this wonderful book.I was very much looking forward to reading the final book in a trilogy that I think is a bit of a departure from the usual Nora Roberts novels.It was wrapped up nicely but a little too easily. There are several sequences in this book that, in the hands of a different author, would have been huuuuge action scenes. There would have been giant battles with all different kinds of Dark Uncannys, Raiders, and Purity Warriors. Instead, we get a few pages and she tells us who won and who died. I get it, action is not really what you're looking for in a Nora Roberts book. But I did wish we could have seen more of what was happening. Also, maybe some merpeople.There are a lot of characters, so beyond Fallon you're not getting a ton of character development. Everyone kind of just stays where they are. It sounds like I didn't like this book very much but I actually liked it a lot! If you enjoyed the first two books, I'm sure you'll like this one. There just weren't any hard choices or shocking conclusions here.
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  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic, incredible ending to this trilogy. I loved the characters, the action was compelling, the plot was interesting. The final battle was something I could see in my head like a movie. Wow. Fallon and Duncan will be on my mind for awhile - as well as Fred, Eddie, Lana and especially Simon. Amazing.I'm both a parent and a daughter and I really appreciated the way Roberts handled all the family relationships. When Fallon's parents question the wisdom of her having gone on a dangerous mission Fantastic, incredible ending to this trilogy. I loved the characters, the action was compelling, the plot was interesting. The final battle was something I could see in my head like a movie. Wow. Fallon and Duncan will be on my mind for awhile - as well as Fred, Eddie, Lana and especially Simon. Amazing.I'm both a parent and a daughter and I really appreciated the way Roberts handled all the family relationships. When Fallon's parents question the wisdom of her having gone on a dangerous mission alone without consulting anyone, they're not the only ones who take her to task. Her battle group in general did the same. Chuck said it best - they're right, she's right. These parents were the paragons of how you empower your children while still worrying for their safety. One of the highlights of this book was the way families were so close. The same with the friendships.The book could have gone way into YA territory with the mindsets and actions of the main characters. But I found a nice balance between them and the older adults. Everyone had a job, a role to play in the greater mission. If anything, I was both relieved and somewhat surprised that more key characters didn't die. I really liked the surprises and plot twists.There was one single thing that gave me pause. When one of the bad guys (really bad) cries out "the God of Abraham" along with all the horrible things that said God is going to do to the Magicks, I didn't like it. He was on the side of abject evil and you just don't lump the Christian God in with that. It furthers the stereotype that Christians are bad people, and nothing could be further from the truth. The whole aspect of religious people handling "powers" wasn't really explored other than one scene involving a dead priest. This story wasn't the place to do that - and I was fine with it until those two scenes briefly referenced it. To a person of faith, this was a red flag that really made me think about whether I should even be reading it. I generally stay away from stories about witches for this reason. In this case, the characters and overall dark vs. light idea overshadowed that - but not entirely. Witchcraft in the real world is in opposition to the Christian church, so to set it up that one is light and the other dark respectively doesn't work for me. I don't think Roberts did that completely here, but she certainly approached it. I'd rather she had left it out entirely.I'm not always a huge fan of Julia Whelan, but I have to say that she brought it to life beautifully on audio. Her characters were distinct and she allowed me to get completely immersed and lost in the story. That there's a fantastic narrator.
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  • David St.Andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely horrible and annoying to listen too.The first book started out as a pretty interesting idea. The second book became a black and white shit fuck with a bunch of characters who all think, act and talk the same and are these paragons of virtue. The third book just overloaded me with unbelievable bullshit. Every character has the same speech pattern as the rest of the writing. I got really annoyed at how Evey second sentence sounded the same and she always writes like this: "he could feel Absolutely horrible and annoying to listen too.The first book started out as a pretty interesting idea. The second book became a black and white shit fuck with a bunch of characters who all think, act and talk the same and are these paragons of virtue. The third book just overloaded me with unbelievable bullshit. Every character has the same speech pattern as the rest of the writing. I got really annoyed at how Evey second sentence sounded the same and she always writes like this: "he could feel her power, her strength." Or "his evil was so intense, so overpowering." half of the length of this book are just all the extra descriptors she adds at the end of every other sentence,and all her characters talk like that too, which is hugely immersion breaking. The characters are really the worst part they are all the same super good people full of light that can do no wrong and are perfect in everyway. Everyone is respectful and hardworking and caring and all the same, even the minor or unnamed characters. Like this is nothing at all like how people act. These paragons of virtue are always right and respectful and speak like no real human does. There is absolutely no conflict in the book because the main characters are always prepared and always win without a struggle. I could go on about how bullshit this story is but it's not worth it.This is the first series and last I will attempt by Nora Roberts, she should stick to her romance novels. (even the romance and sex parts of this book were insanely awkward and unnatural). But Nora definitely cannot write grim, dark or grimdark stories.For audible people, the narrator is horrible, every male sounds the same and almost every female sounds the same. And Nora's writing makes the audio so hard and repetitive to listen too.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    The Rise of Magicks concludes Nora Robert's Chronicles of The One trilogy. I enjoyed the first book, Year One, thought the second book, Of Blood and Bone, was okay, and here I am, back in this strange, magical, and oftentimes cruel world with fingers crossed, hoping that good will triumph over evil. Magic is everywhere after The Doom. The only real question is can those who embrace dark magic defeat Fallon, the citizens of New Hope, and those looking to build a better world. The first two books The Rise of Magicks concludes Nora Robert's Chronicles of The One trilogy. I enjoyed the first book, Year One, thought the second book, Of Blood and Bone, was okay, and here I am, back in this strange, magical, and oftentimes cruel world with fingers crossed, hoping that good will triumph over evil. Magic is everywhere after The Doom. The only real question is can those who embrace dark magic defeat Fallon, the citizens of New Hope, and those looking to build a better world. The first two books build towards this inevitable conclusion, an epic battle between the dark and the light. There is loss, friendship, love, and most importantly, hope throughout all three books. The Rise of Magicks does a wonderful job of wrapping up all of the character stories and plot points. The ending, while satisfying, did leave me curious about what will happen now in this new world, and if the author chose to continue this story, I would be along for the ride.An enjoyable read, and one that I would recommend. I would strongly suggest you start with Year One, though there is enough backstory, so you wouldn't be lost if you started with this book.I received a DRC from St. Martin's Press through Edelweiss +.
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  • DeAnna
    January 1, 1970
    Received this book for free from the publisher with a request for an honest review.I suspect I might have enjoyed this book more if I had gone back and reread book 2 first. I didn’t recall who some of the characters were, which made it harder to care about them. This whole series just didn’t grab me as much as most of Roberts’ works do. The battles were too easily won, so it lacked some suspense.
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  • Sookie Cullen
    January 1, 1970
    So happy I received the ARC of Rise of Magicks!!I had waited so long to find out what would happen with The One and her band of Light from New Hope. I was not disappointed!! This is another can't put down read from Nora Roberts. I read way past my bedtime and any chance I was standing still long enough to hold the book!
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  • Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    The prevalent theme of dark against light continued throughout this third book. How easy it is to let the dark take control, but you must be stronger than it. How family is so important, and the strength you get from a “family.” The emotions and the struggles the characters display are well developed. Book 3 brings this epic battle to a solid conclusion.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful trilogy. Occasional tears and chuckles. Highly recommend
  • THall
    January 1, 1970
    A Great Ending
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a Nora Roberts book, so it can’t be bad, but there were a lot of people to keep track of, many of whom were introduced in books one or two of the trilogy. I’m glad good finally triumphed over evil, but I really didn’t care that much about the main duo getting together. Not my favorite.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.Full disclosure… Nora Roberts is my favorite author and I believe every word she writes is gold. That being said, I loved each book in the Chronicles of The One. The way it began with a magical pandemic that ended the world and finished with a battle between light and dark. The last book, The Rise Of Magicks, was an exciting, emotional, satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I really enjoyed the An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.Full disclosure… Nora Roberts is my favorite author and I believe every word she writes is gold. That being said, I loved each book in the Chronicles of The One. The way it began with a magical pandemic that ended the world and finished with a battle between light and dark. The last book, The Rise Of Magicks, was an exciting, emotional, satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I really enjoyed the characters, both new and old and how the story unfolded. Thank you thank you thank you St. Martin’s Press!!! I’m so happy I got to read an advanced copy.
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