The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning trilogy that the New York Times Book Review praised as "A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King's The Stand."
Bad End, but worth reading.
The first two books of this series are phenomenal. They’re different then other books and she builds the characters really, really well. I remember finishing the first one a bemoaning having to wait a year for the next. Then after the second I was even more excited for the third. They were SO good!
For this last book though, she did not develop the story like you would expect from a Nora Roberts book (of which I think I might have read nearly all of them. She is absolutely a favorite of mine). Throughout the whole book it felt rushed.
At the end, I was discussing it with another Nora fan and we both agreed that it felt like this was supposed to be four books and after the second came out, for whatever reason, it was decided to condense the last “two” books into one to make it a trilogy. This is definitely worth reading because it does close up the first two absolutely amazing books, but I was disappointed.
The Rise of Magicks
Liked the first one. Didn’t like the last one.
I agree with others who state this book felt rushed and wasn’t paced well. I kept waiting for more details and excitement during the battles and other events as in the first two books, but it never happened. Makes me wonder if a ghost writer was used for this one, because it just felt like the story was following an outline with no real heart put into the story. Petra was barely present and she was supposed to be the main antagonist. Still love Nora Roberts, but the wrap up to this trilogy was a huge disappointment for me, as the writing just wasn’t on par with the first two.
So good! Sad it’s only a trilogy! This is the new Harry Potter it just falls short due to only being three books :(
Nora writes so well and I’m delighted with her shift on this new 3 book series. Although I mark this book with 3 stars, I would rate the previous 2 books as 5 stars.
For me, the problem is that the majority of Book 3 is about battle plans and strategies. I get it - the One must overcome the Dark and that is not simple. But that’s kinda boring and perhaps the overarching 3 book storyline could have been thought through to allow more story in the final book.
Some tired standards still in this series and was hoping that the shift away from romance would get rid of them.
- Riding pillion
- Hair pulled into a tail
- You matter
- Put your hands on me
And why wasn’t there more development on the Merpeople? Or on her evil cousin?
But overall, Norah is a terrific writer!
The Rise of Magicks not as magical
I’ve been looking forward to the last book in this trilogy for so many months. I preordered it to make sure I had it as soon as it was out. Sadly, it was nowhere near as engaging as the first two. It felt rushed and as if so much information was left unsaid. It actually reminded me of watching a movie made from a popular book....always so much is left out to be able to fit into the allotted time. Anyway, Nora Roberts still is a phenomenal author....just not one of my favorite books.
By Q-tip / letty
The first book actually scared me and the next and the next. I could not even put it down. Nora Roberts is a great writer. Can’t wait for the next series!
What a Finish to a Phenomenal Trilogy
I looked forward to the arrival of ‘Rise of the Magicks’ and was not disappointed. Nora Roberts did justice to the series with this book. It was highly entertaining and made me cry upon Mick’s death and the loss of Colin’s arm. I wasn’t expecting either of these events to happen. Ms. Roberts is profusely productive in her writing and her books. I thoroughly enjoyed this and the other two books in the series. I really liked the ending and the destruction of Petra thrilled me to no end!
My eyes got heavy at early in the AM because I didn’t want to put the book down. Unfortunately, I had no choice and stopped reading. Thank you Ms. Roberts!
The book dragged
By Sara Treasure
I couldn’t put the book down! Amazing finish to an unbelievable series ❤️