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Of Blood and Bone

Chronicles of The One, Book 2
Written by: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Series: Chronicles of The One, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (389 ratings)

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

©2018 Nora Roberts (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Loved it!

After completing Year One, Nora Roberts had me primed for book two, Of Blood and Bone, in her Chronicles of The One series. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. I’ll do my best to write this review, but this is not the type of series where you could jump in anywhere along the way. Roberts is building off of the world she masterfully created in Year One. At the same time, she leaves the necessary, gentle reminders of what happened in the first book, there is a full year between the release dates, and I cannot be expected to remember every detail. Of Blood and Bone jumps a few years into the future since the events of Year One. The story is more about the children, while the adults are still present and active. I connected easily to the new characters and invested myself in their lives. This is a story where the good guys are very, very good and the bad guys are very, very bad, and sometimes well camouflaged. I decided to use my monthly Audible credit for this book. When I wasn’t listening to Julia Whelan’s narration, I was thinking about the story and this post-apocalyptic world that Roberts created. When I was listening to it, I wanted the story to go on and on. I came to appreciate Whelan’s skill as a narrator, each character had a unique tone to their voice that she maintained consistent throughout. The best part of finding a series that you love as a reader is that you have more to look forward to. The best part of the series being a trilogy is the tension that you feel waiting for the third book. The end is in sight, but you have to wait for it; November 26th and The Rise of Magicks is circled on my calendar.

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AWESOME! LOVED IT!!

This second book "Of Blood and Bone "in the "Chronicles of One " Series by Nora Roberts is just as good as the first! I'm impatiently waiting for the third & last book in the series. I'v listened to this through audiobooks twice and totally enjoyed it both times and will probably relisten when the next book is out to refresh everything in my brain lol. You won't regret buying either the book or audiobooks, its its another Winner by Nora Roberts.

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Post apocalypse story telling

This book is a great continuation of the first book. But also has a great story of its own. It has a full detailed outlook of what it could really be like if it really happened and how different groups would deal with what’s left. I like this book and the story a great deal.

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Good but not great

Voices all sound the exact same for their respective gender. Story is good and entertaining, but too black or white, none of the characters feel real or deep because they are all so good and don't have any kind of moral or intellectual struggle they just are perfect (unrealistic). Everything happens so convineintly. But overall still a good story just not enough grim dark for me. And I may just have higher expectations for narrators than I should, thanks to Steven paceys amazing narrations I am probably spoiled.

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A Must Read!!

I've enjoyed the 1st two novels to this series immensely. Nora Roberts does not disappoint!! The narrator voice is so easy & pleasant to listen to. I'm now ready to purchase the final book to this series & I must say, if you haven't read or listened to them yet - YOU MUST!!

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can't wait to read third book

Loving the characters. Can't wait to get to the next book in the series. The narrator does a fantastic job as well.

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  • TCM
  • 2020-05-05

I Love this trilogy!

I love this story! Getting Book 3 now! I enjoy this narrator as well. Nora Roberts is now one of my favorites

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I can't wait for the next one!

I am really enjoying this series. I like the fact that islets set in today's time, and to see how that plays out is cool. It's not necessarily the most intriguing story I've ever read, but I find myself NEEDING to know what happens next and camt stop listening!

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Fucking Amazing!!!

This is just amazing. Such a good book. I don’t know how I feel about the narrator, all the voices sound to similar, not distinct enough for each character. So I can’t tell who’s speaking if they are multiple people in a room and they don’t mention who says what. But all in all this book was amazing! I hope the third book is even better

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  • HS
  • 2020-01-30

The series is starting to get stagnate.

I liked the first book, is starting to get boring. I was starting to zone out in certain chapters. the Narrator is good

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  • Tayln
  • 2018-12-12

Can't Wait for the next!

I loved this more than the first year! I cried way more than I have in a long time when reading a book but perhaps it was just my connections to the characters after reading "Year One" recently. I truly cannot wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Kelly M
  • 2019-08-19

Great read

NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 Of Blood and Bone is book 2 in Nora Roberts’ Chronicles of One series. We pick up almost 13 years after the end of book 1 (Year One). Fallon Swift “The One” is swiftly approaching her 13th birthday and the beginning of the next chapter in her journey to save the world. Fallon’s journey will take her back to the town of New Hope that her mother and birth father helped found. The people of New Hope will play a very important role in Fallon’s journey. Of Blood and Bone was a great second book in the series. The story is a little slow because the is a lot that Fallon has to learn in two short years. There is a lot of build up to what may happen in the final book of this trilogy. I am very much looking forward to seeing what is next. Again Julia Whelan did an amazing job narrating this story. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. I will also be looking for more books narrated by Julia. If you have not started this series yet, I would highly suggest it! But you must read in order!!!! Disclaimer: I purchased this audiobook and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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  • J.S.
  • 2019-04-03

Dissapointing

Found the second book in the series to be boring. There was never a reason to really care for any of the characters. This is the problem with creating overpowered characters. This is basically a 14 hour retelling of King Arthur and Merlin. Save time and watch 20 minutes of Excalibur. Merlin takes child. Merlin tutors child. Merlin returns child.

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  • Fay V
  • 2018-12-05

Beyond Expectations!

NR is brilliant! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this sequel! Answered all open questions from book one and brought in some exciting new elements that expanded and broadened the story line. Julia Whelan's narration was on par and very well done. Don't miss out on a GREAT story! Now I want the conclusion already!! Do not want to wait a whole year, I guess I'll just have to read and re-read.

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  • ABC&Me
  • 2019-05-21

Disappointing

After eagerly awaiting for over a year for this book to be released, I just finished it & am so disappointed. I don’t listen to/read a whole lot of sci-fi/fantasy, but I took a chance on the 1st book in this series, (Year One) & I loved it. I already returned this one. To me, this was a very boring YA fantasy...& I don’t like YA at all. The last book was from many different (adult) perspectives, & the story lines were interesting, scary, sad, & I definitely rooted for the good guys. This one is almost all from a teenaged girl’s perspective, which some people may like, I didn’t. Feels very YA, & YA always comes of super cheesy/cringey to me. The whole thing with her being “The One” irritated me. They never really explain ‘why’ she’s the chosen “One”, we’re just supposed to accept it, & move on...but I just couldn’t. Other than a few furry side-kicks she acquires along the way, she didn’t seem much different than all the other people with “magicks”. We’ve been told she was gonna be “The One” since the last book before she was even born...she’s been told her whole life that she’s this super-special savior of the world...anyone around her with magicks can ‘feel’ her specialness...but I just couldn’t. Her self-assuredness came across as undeserved/unearned & cocky. Overall, this one just didn’t have the same emotion, or the terrified apocalyptic feel the last book did. It barely kept my attention. I had to rewind multiple times when my mind would wander off. Nothing much happens until the very, very end. Even then, it was only 5-10 minutes of the book & not that exciting anyway. Disappointing.

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  • grafxgrl
  • 2018-12-11

Beautifully Emotional

Of Blood and Bone is a beautiful addition to Nora Roberts Chronicles of the One series. Julia Whelan was a new narrator to me with the first book and I have found I really like her narration. She does a beautiful job inflicting the emotions of the characters and I hope she does the next one as well. This book in the series was brilliant. I felt what the characters felt. I learned what the characters learned. The magics and paranormal aspects were not over done as in some books written in this genre. Nora is brilliant in this aspect and I have totally missed reading/listening to her work. I simply LOVED this book and cannot believe we have to wait another full year for more but will be waiting (im)patiently!

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  • Alisia
  • 2019-01-07

Good but....

So overall I enjoyed the book and seeing what became of the characters from Year One; however, it still fell a bit short for me. I thought Year One was phenomenal and so different from the Nora Roberts usual form of writing, the world, the characters, everything was just so intriguing and had me zoned in front start to finish. This book fell back into old hat, which is ok because I am a fan, but I was expecting a lot more. Hopefully the next installment will rekindle the magic of the first book.

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  • Beth
  • 2019-01-11

Not my favorite!

This really isn't my favorite series for several reasons. I liked that this series is a little different from what I am used to from Nora but I found that the story doesn't have enough conflict. The main character starts her growth process at the young age of 13 and from go she gets everything right...knows everything... and she rarely sounds 13 or pubescent. It's just too clean and tidy for me and not enough grit and struggle. The latter is something you'd expect more of because she's coming into herself and she's bigger than herself... but she always says and does the right things. I think I would feel better about the perfection of her character if she was older... but even still... there is a certain level of grit required for growth and struggle and this book is absent of those things and that is not an exaggeration.

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  • Rita T
  • 2018-12-11

Better than expected

Granted, there was some teenaged angst in this, overall this book was surprisingly good. I give it 5 stars. I am unsure why so many reviewers complain about the narrator. I have never heard a book narrated by Julia Whelan that wasn't well-done. I thought she did a great job with the characters. I eagerly look forward to what I guess is the final book. The twist at the end was very well done and totally unexpected, at least by me!! Another winner by Nora Roberts.

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  • Angela Bartlett
  • 2018-12-11

OMG

This was a thrilling addition to book 1. Now my days stretch long waiting for book 3. My hope is that it will not be as long as the the 2 years that Fallon trained or that others will train away from Hope. I enjoyed the edginess that many of the characters have.

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