4 star reads - Courtney

Of Blood and Bone #2 – Nora Roberts

beautiful story about 4 children escaping a horrible orphanage and going on a journey to find somewhere to call home.
0CA9A0E0-AAA1-434F-9AB3-A6B7B7F31C04They 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

9C0FF228-EEB7-4756-A738-6D07FCA2FA78Blood and bone was a fantastic read, but It just didn’t have that same pizazz that year one did. I was amazed at Year one with the plague and magic system. Where blood and bone was mainly reading about Fallon train and Lana and Simons life together.  I was bored honest for three quarters of the way through.

The only thing that saved this was the last fourth of the novel. You got to see battles and action. Finally something happened, but I wish it hadn’t be crammed into such a short time frame. I wanted to see more in depth with Fallon and her teacher. I wanted more of the magic system to be explained and how the Doom came about. We didn’t get that in this one. We got a story of a girl training and nothing else. To say I was disappointed is an understatement when year one was so good. 

Fallon grew tremendously and ad amazing character growth for being a kid and having so much put on her. I know at that age I couldn’t have done any of that. She’s brave, kind, smart and fights for those who can’t fight for themselves. Her character growth and watching her grow into a young woman kept me reading honestly. I would have dnf’d probably if wasn’t for that. 

Overall I give this a 3.5. While I enjoyed watching Fallons growth, it didn’t make up for dragging at times and cramming so much into the end. If you read year one go into this one with low expectations. I am hoping to continue book 3 and hopefully it will be better.

Courtney 💛

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