The Rise of Magicks - Nora Roberts

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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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My Review:

enjoyable/easy to read:
3/5

While I did enjoy this trilogy and overarching story, this third book was slightly anticlimactic. For how much was accomplished and achieved, it all ran together into a monotony of battles and cities won. No one too important to the story ever felt like they could be in trouble and for what basically feels like a civil war (since the majority of it is based in the US), there doesn’t seem to be a lot of casualties.

I don’t think I ever got the character growth or development I needed to feel invested in these people and their struggle. I appreciate that the story did cover a lot of time and there was definitely more plot development than you would usually expect in three books; maybe if the plot had been spread out into more instalments it would have allowed for more time to delve into the characters and their families and their personal struggles and motivations.

This is a good trilogy with a lot of parallels to what is going on in the world today, I was just looking for more from the third book and didn’t feel it lived up to the potential of the entire series. A little too much world-building and not enough character development.

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