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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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The number one New York Times best-selling 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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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Loved it

Loved this so much I don't want the series to end! The storyline continues with laughs and tears that pull at your heart. Wishing for a continuation or an offshoot series which follows all the characters that are so artfully brought to life. I totally enjoyed listening to this audio book as it excellent narration and good third book.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • JMOak
  • 2019-12-02

Insipid, phrasing repetitions are annoying.

Insipid, near constant repetitions are annoying, returning after a very few chapters. A synopsis of the last book should have been worked into the first chapter.

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  • jose
  • 2019-12-07

Umm

I really tried to get into this book. After 5 hrs of trying to get on with the final chapter and just went straight to the end and see what happened because I was tired of daydreaming when I should’ve been listening. I loved the first two. But I fear like other authors they get bored by the end. Why do all the guys sounds like a tired old man or from the Deep South? I’ve noticed that too with other female narrator. But unfortunately for me I can’t listening to the chapters as I couldn’t get into it. Getting a refund. Hopefully she’ll do better next time.

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  • nbrooks335
  • 2019-12-01

Least favorite NR book

I’ve been a huge fan of Nora Roberts since my early teen years in the early 90’s. I’ve read every book she’s written, several more that a few times. I listened to the first two books in this trilogy and was anticipating the last, but I find myself incredibly disappointed. It’s the slowest, more boring story line she’s ever put out in my opinion. I still have about 90 minutes left, so maybe it’ll pick up, but I’m not hopeful. I’ve had to force myself through this book since about the 2-3 hour mark. If you must have the final book, I’d go with the abridged version as this book is about twice as long as it needs to be.

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  • Kimmie
  • 2019-11-30

This series conclusion is not worth the time.

Other than the occasional irritating vocal fry, the performance of the narrator is good.
Did Nora Roberts become bored by the story? Was this originally one book she was obligated to stretch out to three? Disappointing.

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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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  • 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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful