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.
Synopsis from Amazon
I've always loved Nora Roberts (she nails the happy endings I'm looking for) and I was incredibly excited when she decided to branch into dystopian/paranormal fiction with Year One (review here). It was a great introduction to the destruction of our current society and its transition into a world divided. After reading it last year, I was equally excited for its sequel, Of Blood and Bone, to come out this year so we can see where the time jump brings us. And I was really happy with the results.
There are so characters in this series that it could become overwhelming to follow them all, but Roberts does a wonderful job (as always) ensuring that we have a good amount of time with each character, ensuring we develop a relationship with key characters and are invested in their storylines. This is equally important for when the plot lines begin to overlap; we know it's going to happen and Roberts makes sure to ease characters and readers into it, strengthened the relationships of characters to each other and readers to the characters.
Fallon spends A Lot of Time in Training
I loved getting to see all the characters grow up, but I felt that Fallon's two years of training went on for a really long time. I was often more interested in finding out what Duncan and Tania were doing (talk about badass twins) instead of constantly following Fallon through her training. I was anxious for her to be finished so that she could join the actual fight with the rest of the characters. It wasn't a huge detraction for me, but I still wish it had gone by a bit faster.
The Ages Are a Bit Off For Me
Unless we get another major time jump (right now it's looking like it will be two years later in the next book), I'm not quite sure how I feel about the age of our hero. I'm a such YA fan, so I definitely think teenagers can be the hero, but it seems very out of character for Roberts to have a teen protagonist. Fallon is around 15-years-old at the end of this book, and I don't think the predicted two years is enough of a jump for readers to see her as an adult in the next book(especially since we know there is going to be an adult relationship in her future). Again, I have nothing against teen protagonists - they are usually my favourite - but I'm a bit nervous to see how a non-YA author handles it. The teens in this series are forced to grow up quickly, but some of the things they do and say still sounded way too old for them. However, I'm keeping an open mind and can't wait for the next book to come out!
This was a strong sequel and I can't wait to find out how this series ends. It's definitely different than any of Roberts's other trilogies and it feels very fresh. I'm really enjoying the journey that she is taking us on and look forward to see where it goes. This series is a strong recommendation from me to anyone who enjoys Nora Roberts or paranormal/dystopian fiction.
FINAL RATING: 4/5
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