Audiobook, Dystopia, Fantasy

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

The Rise of Magicks

Word of caution…this series has a continuing story arc and is intended to be read in order.

Fallon Swift, The One, and the rest of her family and community at New Hope are continuing their strikes against Raiders, Purity Warriors and the corrupt government officials who are waging war against magickals and keeping the world immersed in darkness. But, Fallon realizes that it’s time to play a bigger game, to bring back the “light” and move the world out of the chaos and despair into hope and progress. The only way to do that is with bold actions.

I could hardly wait for this book’s release as I’ve loved the series and what it stands for. There’s a particular emphasis on “light” and “dark” elements, whether it be individuals’ or groups’ behaviors or the difference in magickals. It was underlying everything of significance throughout the book, so much that I began to think of every encounter this way. It was a powerful distinction as I considered what it would mean if this kind of doomsday event really happened. At some point, it does boil down to good versus evil, lightness or darkness of heart.

Most of the story is told through Fallon’s point of view, though we do get others’ insights regularly as part of her narrative. That felt appropriate given that she is The One and earned that mantle even though it was ordained. I loved how the weight of that weighed heavily on her. There are lots of small skirmishes that helped me understand both sides clearly. But what was even more compelling was Fallon’s leadership. Great leaders have bold vision, know how to inspire others and surround themselves with those who are not only wise but will be truthful to them, speaking truth to power. Her father, Simon, and trainer, Mallick, were two extremely important voices, helping guide her decisions. There were others, including her mother, Lana, who had influence and that gave me comfort because it’s critical to success.

While the great battles initiated by Fallon and her forces seemed to end swiftly, I didn’t believe that because there was great emphasis on the casualties and losses, which were many. I’m not a fan of the details of war and battle campaigns but if you are, know that this isn’t a strong element in this story. You’ll have to just accept that they were bloody and tough because they aren’t outlined. However, the strength of this final story lies with the relationships, some stemming from the beginning of the trilogy, others cultivated during the journey to present day. The final showdown between Fallon and her nemesis was exciting and the return to where it all began was poignant. I love the strong themes and their resonance as it’s relevant for current times. The resilience of the light was encouraging as we experience dark times ourselves. It left me in such a good place.

Finally, Julia Whelan is in a class by herself as a narrator. I had to remind myself that there weren’t multiple performers because it seemed like there were at least four! Just truly an outstanding performance, making the listening experience extraordinary.

Book Info

  • Release Date: November 26, 2019
  • Series: Chronicles of the One #3
  • Narrator: Julia Whelan
  • Audio Length: 14 hours, 3 minutes
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio



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(Thanks to Brilliance Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

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