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  • The Rise of Magicks

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 3
  • Written by: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (293 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2019 Nora Roberts (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"[Julia] Whelan's ability to portray a large cast of characters, giving each a unique voice, is laudable. Each character is discernible from the rest — no matter their gender, age, or regional accent. Her soothing tone and even pacing keep the lengthy story moving for the listener. Overall, Whelan deftly presents another production worth listening to." —AudioFile Magazine

What listeners say about The Rise of Magicks

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As disappointing as Game of Thrones season 8

It actually hurt me how bad this book was, it felt so rushed there were times I had to go back to see if I had missed something but each time it was just shoddy writing. This series started off so strong and the finish was so weak, I’m sad I waited a year for this.

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Not Great.


I have never rolled my eyes so many times listening to a book. The overall performance was good but the dialogue was just god awful and predictable. It may be just me but at points I laughed because the reaction and dialogue didn't match what a normal person would say or do in the current situation - it was just out of place.

The story also seemed to jump around and focus on small battles and side characters that we never really saw again as our main protagonists won her near flawless victory only losing very minor side characters. The battles we did hear about seemed short on details and glossed over mostly.

Overall, not great.

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Excellent.

Nora Roberts never fails to deliver. Enjoyed the whole experience. Beautifully narrated by Julia Whelan. I was so sorry when it was over.

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Adventurous and thrilling

This trilogy left me loving the main characters and enjoyed the story line. The friendships and love are felt in this story. Highly recommend the whole trilogy

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Amazing

Didn't want the story to end! Fantastic story, once again by Nora Roberts and amazing performance by Julia Whelan.

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Meh. Didn't live up to Year One

Positive: Julia Whalen, as always was brilliant.

The Story: It wasn't terrible but for how high stakes Year One was - this fell pretty flat with too many cliches and overworm troupes. I've read/listened to almost everything NR has written so know to expect certain things and generally enjoy them, but they just didn't seem to fit in with the original world she built.

Both this and the second book were missing what made Year One really special and amazing. I can't say more of why this was so Meh without spoilers .. but Meh.

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Sooo good

Such a good book BUT I want to know more about how they end up. Haha. I guess it’s the mark of an amazing storyteller to make you not want to let the characters go.

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Just okay

Used a credit to complete the series. It was the final book and I loved the first one, so that's why I kept listening. The narrator was great I love Julia Whelan and now thati finished these 3 I will move on to something else.

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Love it...!

Narrator is great.
Love the story. Worth getting all 3 books.
Would listen to it again.

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Not great

The only reason I stuck with this trilogy is because I enjoy Julia Whelan as a narrator. The first book is pretty decent but as the story continues, it gets very trite. It essentially becomes a basic white feminist hero narrative full of pho-feminist "girl power" bs, which is itself mired in offensive gender stereotypes, that are willfully race blind and ignorant. Even beyond the failed political undertones, the story is unoriginal and just kind of boring. The ending is fine enough but it's ultimately a nothing trilogy/story.

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  • Jamie
  • 2019-12-23

Not great. Not even a little.

I never write reviews, but this was so bad, I have to warn you all. I loved the first book, the second was okay, but this was agonizing. Hokey, bad battle scenes, no character development, no relationship development between Fallon and Duncan...plus he’s a jerk about their “fated” relationship. And don’t even get me started about how she saves herself for him and meanwhile he’s off making notches on his bedpost. Also, the witchcraft and magic were super cheesy. I should have made a drinking game out of it — take a shot every time someone chanted “so mote it be”.

So much potential for this series, but it didn’t even come close to achieving it. It’s too bad.

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  • KathiSF
  • 2019-12-29

How did Nora Roberts get boring?

I was so excited about this book. I pre-ordered it so I'd be sure to get it right away. My disappointment was in reverse proportion to my excitement. I kept hoping it would get better - but it didn't.
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. I've ALWAYS LOVED her trilogies, but not this one. There was nothing new here - just more of the same. There was no real plot, just seemingly endless battles. The bad guys are weak and unruly (Yawn), the heroes are disciplined and strong (Yawn), oh yeah they train a lot (Yawn).
The Canadian Witch Vivian had potential but her character was never fleshed out. Why was her specialized knowledge needed anyway since Fallon learned all Magicks since the beginning of time in of Blood and Bone? Most of the other characters were mirror images of previous charcaters (Yawn).
By all means read Year One, and, if you like it - get of Blood and Bone, but don't bother with The Rise of Magicks unless you like reading about the same fights again and again and (Yawn) again with no new characterization or plot to speak of.

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  • Jessica Johnson
  • 2019-11-28

A brilliant finale.

I don’t understand the reviews of people who loved the series but couldn’t finish the final book. It is a continuation of the first two. It is written and performed the same as the first two. I loved and and will miss the characters. I wish the story could continue.

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  • Nathan
  • 2019-12-05

Could not sink the landing

First book was great, second wasn't bad, but the third was awful. What a train wreck. Nora can't write a battle scene. Lazy storytelling. No real pressure and any obstacles are resolved without any complications.

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  • Liyah Williams
  • 2019-12-05

Disappointed

Loved the first two books but, this third one was very disappointing and the finale was bleh.

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  • Elin Michelsen
  • 2019-12-25

What happened?

A strange experience in this one. Feels like some one else wrote this third book. To happy and simply black and white

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  • Skylar
  • 2019-12-18

Laborious listen

This was just painful to listen to, I tried so hard I have an hour and a half left and I couldn’t tell you what’s happened in the last four hours because it’s just slow and boring and awful. I hate to say this because I love Nora Roberts trilogies & multi story books because I drive a lot, but this one I just taken me two weeks (since it came out) I have not been able to finish it and usually I listen to two or three books a week! So sad because I waited so long for this book to come out!

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  • Traci
  • 2019-11-27

Not what was expected

I loved the first 2 books but I was disappointed with this one. There was so much emphasis on the war and not the love found during or after.
just not what I expected.

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  • M.T
  • 2019-11-26

I couldn't even finish it...

I'm so disappointed! I'm such a HUGE fan of this series, but after four hours, I gave up. Wow, what a let down.

Don't waste your credit on this book.

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  • 2019-11-29

Magick

Loved the story, from beginning to end and the narration was just amazing.

In this finally, we get to see all the characters mature and come into their own. I feel empty that this was the end.

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