The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

December 9th, 2019 Kimberly Review 17 Comments

9th Dec
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
The Rise of Magicks
by Nora Roberts
Series: Chronicles of The One #3
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 14 hours and 3 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.3x

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning new trilogy praised as “A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s The Stand.”

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…

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The Rise of Magicks the final book in Nora Roberts’ Chronicles of the One was one of my most anticipated listens for 2019. I couldn’t wait to devour it. Powerful and action-packed, Fallon and her chosen team face evil.

I love Roberts trilogies that offer a little magic or paranormal woo-woo.  The Chronicles of the One differs from her past trilogies which were fast-paced and focused on the romance. It was there, but the central focus is on the fall of the world brought on by the Doom, the rise of evil and Fallon Swift. Chosen by the Gods to end the evil and bring peace and light, Fallon Swift is, the one.

Because of the way the story unfolds listeners and readers should begin at the beginning Year One and now that the trilogy is complete it’s the perfect time to binge!

The Rise of Magicks brings growth as Fallon Swift forms armies and takes back the light by reclaiming cities and towns ruled by dark. It is not without loss, and she will suffer. One cannot help but admire young Fallon who has been tasked since birth with such responsibilities. Her training, family, mentors and friends aid her and she seeks their guidance and those of the gods.

The magical elements, supernatural creatures, talents and abilities of the people added to the tale giving us healers and travelers.

The prophecy and prophecies spoken gave me chills. Julia Whelan was the perfect narrator for this trilogy. Not only did she capture Fallon, but she gave voice to so many characters we met along the way. She enhanced the magical elements, the prophecies and the battle scenes.

The world building was well done, but it’s the characters who drove the story and held me captive. I got to know these characters and when they hurt I hurt. I rooted for them, laughed with them and oh lord when we lost one I cried for them. That is the magic of this trilogy.

Roberts did a great job of bringing the story full circle and giving listeners and readers a satisfying ending to the trilogy. She tied up threads, gave us some happily ever afters and a glimpse into the future….

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17 Responses to “The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts”

  1. Lorna

    Oh I wish I knew. I preordered this and should have waited and got it on your site. Darn. Not reading your review or anyone’s until I get to it. Listening to the Singh book right now.

  2. Jen

    Oh – the final book is out! I’ve been waiting for all three to be out so I can binge listen. Sounds so exciting! Thanks.

  3. Olivia Roach

    I know Nora Roberts best for her murder mysteries set in the real world so it is shocking to see that she does fantasy so well too! And yay for being able to head over heels love one of your most anticipated reads this month.

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  4. Carla

    This sounds like a good ending to a great trilogy. I used to read her trilogies all the time, but haven’t read one in awhile. I should check this one out. I am assuming with 5 cups, the narration was also very good. Nice review Kim.

  5. Diane Sallans

    I’m on the library wait list for this book – I actually hope I won’t get it til after Christmas so I can settle in and read undisturbed – I tend to binge Nora’s books in just a day or two.

  6. kindlemom1

    I’m so glad you loved this! I read the first book and really liked it but I’ve been waiting for the others to come out before starting it again. I am looking forward to reading them even more now.