They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.
Of Blood and Bone covered a lot of time and important training and planning. It never felt rushed or slow and I found it very enjoyable. I’m finding the trajectory of the story a bit expected, though. I guess there aren’t that many options when it comes to magical dystopian worlds with prophecies of a chosen one. Once again it seems that the world can only be saved by teenagers while the adults make dumb decisions or mess everything up.
There was as much character development as can be expected from such a large cast of characters, but I’m still only feeling that I have a very shallow awareness of most of them. Fallon is an interesting and inspiring protagonist but her actions don’t always feel honest for someone her age, even someone who’s known her whole life that she was The One. I would love to have more meaningful development of the twins and everyone else at New Hope.
I’m excited to continue this series and, considering how much time and ground this one covered, I’ve got a lot of optimism and expectations moving into the finale with The Rise of Magicks.