Of Blood and Bone is the second book in the Chronicles of The One series by Nora Roberts.
It is thirteen years after the Doom, the plague of evil that has taken the lives of millions while unleashing darkness and black magick upon the world. Fallon Swift, teen-aged daughter of two magickals with great power, sets off with her teacher, Mallick, who is to train her to be all that she can and must become in order to defeat the darkness and bring light back into the world. Is she up for the task?
Fallon has spent the first thirteen years of her life on her parents’ farm. She and her three brothers have led a normal though sheltered life. But what is normal in this new world where the infrastructure of life has been torn apart? Fallon has learned at the hands of her magickal mother and her non-magickal father how to build, sow, reap, cook, and use healing herbs. She’s also been called upon to protect the farm at times. But now she must accept her destiny or reject it. She doesn’t want to leave her family. Why her? she asks. Sullen and withdrawn, she agrees to follow Mallick (the loyal servant who has waited for her for centuries) with the clear understanding that she may return to her family at any time.
In a world of elves, faeries, shifters, and witches Fallon soon comes to realize that there is a part of each within her. This is what makes her The One. Book 2 – Of Blood and Bone – takes us through the two years of Fallon’s training and the awakening of the powers within her. She proves her mettle when she is called upon to defend the town of New Hope – where her sire gave his life for hers, where the survivors of the Doom both magickal and non-magickal – seek to create a safe sanctuary from whence life can go on without the threat of the dark side.
I found this second book of the series to be even more compelling than the first – Year of The One. Missing not a beat, the reader is thrust back into the story and is compelled to keep turning the pages. The conclusion of Book 2 sets the stage for the next addition to the series.
I am a fan of post-apocalyptic stories and Of Blood and Bone ranks up there in my top two. Edge-of-the-seat, page-turning plot line with twists and turns provided satisfaction. Nice to see Nora Roberts venturing into a different genre – she does not disappoint.
Rating: 5 stars