Fantasy Book Review | The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Book Description

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year Oneand 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… (

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Favorite Character


The characters are all developed so well, and it is hard to choose just one. The main character, Fallon, is a good choice, but so are many others. I decided to name Mick my favorite character. He is full of love, light, and unbridled joy and puts a smile on my face whenever he comes into the story. He is the essence of all that is good without compromise or doubt. There are other reasons I chose him, but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, so you have to read the book to find out what those reasons are.

What I Love About The Rise of Magicks

The Rise of Magicks is the third book in a trilogy, so I loved to finally have the conclusion though I hate that I will never see the characters again. Their story is done. Never say never, but I don’t remember Nora Roberts continuing a fantasy story outside of the original trilogy. So, this novel is bittersweet, but it is an excellent conclusion to an epic tale full of victories, losses, the power of love, and the empowerment of women.

Society needs good versus evil stories and has since the beginning of time. They make us believe that, in this world that is so full of evil and hate, there is hope – hope for a better tomorrow, hope that good will triumph over evil, hope for a good life. And what would be left without hope? There is a reason it stayed in Pandora’s Box. So, I love that this story reaffirmed to me that good will always triumph over evil!

As I mentioned in the favorite character section, I love that all the characters, even minor ones, are so well-developed. And I love that the story is as much character-driven as it is plot-driven. Both are on equal footing, which creates a multi-layered story that must be peeled like an onion, layer by layer, to understand all of the messages contained within.

One such layer is a look at the nature of hate and bigotry in society. One of the antagonists, Jeremiah White, is Hitler-like in his treatment of magical people. He forms a group called Purity Warriors, who believe that society should be comprised of purely non-magical people. The Purity Warriors travel around the country, capturing magical people that they kill or imprison. A subplot in the novel is about opening people’s eyes to the fact that the differences in people should be embraced, not reviled.

What I Wish

The cast of characters is rather large, and I had a hard time remembering who was who, in the beginning, and as a result, it was very confusing for me at first and dramatically, albeit temporarily, slowed down my enjoyment of the story. So, if I could have a wish granted, it would be either a list of characters with a short description or more reminders within the story itself of who everyone is.

To Read or Not to Read

If you love epic fantasy, you will love this story, but it does need to be read in order and totality.

About Nora Roberts

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. (