The Rise of Magicks completes the “Chronicles of The One” trilogy. Fallon along with the twins Duncan and Tonia who all share a magical ancestry fated to save the world begins reclaiming the world from the forces of hate (the vicious anti-magic religious cult) and oppression (the government that interns and experiments on magical people.
Much of the story is taken up in developing her leadership skills, learning to be an inclusive leader, to ask for and listen to advice, and otherwise mature emotionally. The difficulty is remembering she is just sixteen. She also has a nemesis, the daugher of the man who killed her father. She has to learn diplomacy, tact, and patience.
She is also drawn to Duncan, falling in love while waging war across the entire continent.
While The Rise of Magicks was every bit as nail-biting and suspenseful as the first two books in the trilogy, it suffered a bit from what I think of as “Old Home Week” or “The Mentions”, something that afflicts every series I have read. When we get far enough into a series, the authors feel compelled to satisfy readers’ curiosity and demand to know what happened to some of the minor characters from the earlier books so they get mentioned we get caught up, kind of like the last thirty minutes of “The Lord of the Rings” movie, but it’s found throughout the book. I know it is a response to what readers want, but we would have better books if the authors didn’t listen to what we want quite so hard.
Still, The Rise of Magicks is a good fantasy adventure. Fallon shows herself a clever and deliberate leader who listens to others with a maturity far beyond her years. Again, Roberts show the power of women’s leadership, the value of acceptance and welcoming difference as a source of strength, not of weakness. I remain, as ever, a fan.