ARC Review: Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

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ARC Review: Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
Of Blood and Bone

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: December 4th 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of the One #2
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

“Nora Roberts proves why she has been such a successful writer for so long; I loved it. ”
~ Under the Covers

Of Blood and Bone is the second book in the Chronicles of the One series and one of my most anticipated books of 2018. In 2017 I picked up the first book Year One without any expectations yet it ended up being one of my top new releases of that year. That means that Of Blood and Bone came with a years worth of pent up excitement and my absolute conviction that I would love it. I admit, with that much expectation it can be difficult. But Nora Roberts proves why she has been such a successful writer for so long; I loved it.

This book starts about 13 years after the end of Year One the world has settled into the apocalypse, with settlements like new Hope trying to create a new community unifying both the magical and non-magical people. But, there are also the Purity Warriors who destroy and torture any magical person they come across, as well as raiders who attack anyone crossing their path. Then there are the Dark Uncanny who use their magic to spread their evil and despair. This is the only world that Fallon Swift has ever known, but she has been born The One and is destined to fight back the darkness. It’s a lot of responsibility for a 13 year old and now she must leave home to train and decide whether she is ready to take up the mantle of The One.

Year One blew me away, it had the excitement and danger of an apocalypse, people were dying, magic was emerging, new people were meeting. Nora Roberts had a lot to work with and she did a great job. But, Of Blood and Bone is the middle book. The excitement has settled into to day to day routines, relationships have been built and magic is now a well established part of life. It could easily have been boring. But it wasn’t. Although it wasn’t quite the adrenaline rush of Year One it had its own set of challenges to deal with.

Fallon Swift is now a teenager and in a lot of ways this book was a juiced up coming of age story. Fallon is learning about her powers and how she should use them, leaving home and comforts behind. But Fallon has more than just boys and magic to worry about; she’s known from an early age that she’s The One. She has the big responsibility of saving the world. It’s a lot of pressure and I really enjoyed the way she handled it.

But, we don’t completely leave old friends behind. This book switches from Fallon to the people of New Hope. We see how the community and the people have developed, particularly the teenage twins Duncan and Tonia. I admit, there were a lot of names and I would have benefited from rereading Year One before starting this book. But, it soon came back to me and it was fascinating to see how they had developed their society and the roles the characters had played. In fact, I would love if Roberts brought out some novellas that took place between the Year One and Of Blood and Bone. A few characters unexpectedly coupled up and I would love to see how they got together.

Although I loved this book it did take a bit of adjusting when I read. I started it expecting to read another urban fantasy. Instead it felt like a young adult. This is because although there are adults and they definitely play a role, most of this book is told from the perspective of Fallon and Duncun. They were the main protagonists, we saw Fallon training and we saw New Hope from Duncan’s perspective.

I really enjoyed this book, it was beautifully written and Roberts did a great job developing her characters and her world. I look forward to reading the third and final book in the series.


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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


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This series doesn’t sound like my type but nora roberts is such an amazing writer that she could probably get me to enjoy it.

Kathy Valentine

Fabulous review suzanne!! I need to read this series!! Shared on all my socials!!??

Amy R

Thanks for the review, I still have book 1 on TBR pile and am on the waitlist at the library for this book.


Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Suzanne