Of blood and bone

Nora Roberts

Book - 2018

"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 v...ictim. 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." --

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Series
Roberts, Nora. Chronicles of the One ; bk. 2.
Subjects
Genres
Dystopian fiction
Fantasy fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Apocalyptic fiction
Paranormal fiction
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
453 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
1250122996
9781250122995
Main Author
Nora Roberts (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ever since the virus Doom decimated most of the world's population more than a decade ago, the world has been waiting for someone to stop the madness. Now it seems fate has chosen Fallon Swift as its savior. On her thirteenth birthday, Fallon must leave her family—her stepfather, Simon; her mother, Lana; and her stepbrothers—behind and train with sorcerer Mallick to become The One: the person whose magical gifts can unite the forces of good left in the world to defeat the powers of darkness. So, no pressure on Fallon! With book two in her The One trilogy, following Year One (2017), Roberts successfully marshals her flair for crafting compelling characters and her skill at imaginative world building, on both a micro domestic scale and a macro dystopian global scale, to create a spellbinding story that will definitely delight her longtime fans as well as pique the interest of fantasy readers, who will want to see what she brings to their genre's literary table as she continues this exciting and relevant series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As always with Roberts, a massive print run, major marketing campaign, and enormous readership mean that no one needs otherworldly powers to predict that stocking this sure best-seller in multiples is the way to go. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

It's been years since the Doom: a mystical plague that not only killed much of society but released magic throughout the world. Technology and societies have failed, people are rebuilding and discovering how to live together despite their differences. Yet battles continue to rage and powerful gangs called Raiders and hunting zealots known as Purity Warriors make travel among populated areas difficult. However, Fallon Swift, a child ordained to be The One who would vanquish the darkness, knows her future begins on her 13th birthday. She will discover the reach of her powers and meet fairies, shifters, and other extraordinary creatures, as well as learn to fight and heal. Bringing back characters from the first book and adding others from the new generation, Roberts continues her series set in an extraordinary postapocalyptic future where magic and humans learn to coexist, and darkness and light continue the struggle. VERDICT The follow up to Year One takes a jump into the future, grabbing readers with epic world- and character-building.—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Roberts's fun follow-up to 2017's Year One focuses on the training phase of mankind's chosen savior, 13-year-old Fallon Swift. After most of the world's population dies from a virus known as The Doom, people called Uncannys develop magical powers and separate into good and evil factions. Fallon's mother, Lana, is told by a man named Mallick that Fallon is destined to train with him for two years, beginning on her 13th birthday, to prepare for her role. Fallon decides to leave her family and moves with Mallick to an undisclosed location to hone her magic and fighting skills. While this isn't particularly new territory—a reluctant heroine butting heads with her square mentor, a series of quests to prove the heroine worthy, a meet-cute with a boy who will obviously play a greater role in her life—Roberts is a natural storyteller, and the narrative is consistently enjoyable. Fallon's training culminates with her attempts to raise an army, and an opportunity for her to save her mother's old pals and their kids in the colony of New Hope, which is targeted by evil Uncannys. Though it's the middle book in a planned trilogy, this can be read on its own and will appeal to fans of fast-paced dystopian tales with a strong heroine. 1,000,000-copy announced first printing. (Dec.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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. Cities lie 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Fallon Swift's identity as the One can no longer be hidden, she begins her training in a mysterious shelter in the forest under the guidance of Mallick.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Knowing she will have to reveal her identity as The One, Fallon Swift trains under a centuries-old mentor to hone her magical and fighting abilities to defend their world from violent raiders. By the best-selling author of Year One.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Year One returns with a new tale of terror and magick in a brand new world.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Nora Roberts, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Year One returns with Of Blood and Bone, a new tale of terror and magick 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.