Although I could have read The Rise of Magicks quickly, I forced myself to go slowly–to savor the reading experience. Knowing that this was the last piece of the story, I didn’t want to rush through it. It was the right call, because it deepened my enjoyment of the story.
I was deeply invested in these characters throughout the series, and cared a great deal about each of them. I felt certain that there would not be a happy ending for all of them (they were in the midst of war, after all), but hoped any loss would have the necessary emotional impact to move the story forward in unexpected directions. I wanted some of them to experience events that shook them to the core, and having to overcome it. As for the villains of the story, I hoped they would continue to be a serious threat. I wanted to see cunning manipulation from the enemy–whether the enemy was magickal or not. And, more than anything, I wanted the final battle to have me on the edge of my seat, working my emotions into a frenzy.
Roberts delivered on all counts, giving readers a thrilling finale that serves as a fitting end to the trilogy. I have a feeling I’m not going to be the only reader who is sad to see this story come to an end…. but wow! What an ending it was!
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About the Book
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…
About the Author
NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Shelter in Place, Year One, Come Sundown, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.