ARC Review: The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

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ARC Review: The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
The Rise of Magicks

2 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 26, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of The One #3
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 464
Format: eARC

“I’m still feeling a little bit grumpy about this book.”
~ Under the Covers

I’m still feeling a little bit grumpy about this book. It was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2019, both because I have enjoyed the previous books in the trilogy and because it is a finale. I wanted something epic, something that would keep me on the edge of my seat, I wanted to go through emotional highs and lows. Sadly, instead of highs and lows I got a long plummet into disappointment and yes…boredom.

This book was all logistics. They would talk for pages and pages, chapters and chapters about what they were going to do, the battles they were going to fight. Then, it came to the actual battle, and it was over in a few pages. Now, it’s not like I want a book bogged down by bloody and explicit battle scenes. But, a little excitement would have been great. It’s a book with good and evil, magic and magic folk, prophecy and love, and yet I was kinda bored throughout most of it.

And, speaking of romance. This was another lacklustre area of the book. They are supposed to be a destined couple, foretold by prophecy, chemistry and conflicting emotions should have been sparking everywhere. Instead…it fell flat for me. It felt like they decided to be in love, and then that was that. But an actual relationship wasn’t really shown on the page.

I also found that this book was very simplistic in it’s view of good and evil. There were no shades of grey. You were either “good” and therefore an irritatingly nice paragon of virtue who never made any mistakes. Or you were “evil” and liked to murder babies and torture people. It was almost childish in its perception of human nature, leaving this book with very little nuance.

As you can tell, I was really disappointed in this book and my disappointment is so great because I adored the first book Year One. It had so much potential, I loved seeing their fight for survival in a rapidly changing world. But this book has such a different vibe and, for me, it didn’t work. At all.

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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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I hate when that happens. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Suzanne


Bummer especially from such a (usually) exceptional author and the series finale.

Amy R

Thanks for the review, I was disappointed in this installment as well.


I liked the book, for the most part, until the final battle. With two previous books building up to an epic battle I was as disappointed in the actual battle. It had barely begun and then was just…over. I expected more for the end of a trilogy.


Unfortunately, I have to agree with every word of this review. Very disappointed by this book.