Raincoast Books – Year One – Chronicles of the One!

If you’ve read many of my book reviews, you’ll know that I’m a pretty big Nora Roberts fan. I’ve reviewed a couple of her other books and have never been disappointed! She writes in depth books with characters you fall in love and the plots are never the same! I’m back to tell you about another! And let me tell you ……….this book is NOT what you’d expect from Nora!

This book is called “Year One – Chronicles of the One”. It is not a romance, per say. Nor is it anything like the “In Death” series. In the Advance Readers’ Edition that I received to read, there is a letter from Nora in the front of it. It gives a bit of her history with writing romance novels and of her turn onto a different road when she started writing the “In Death” series. She mentions how her trilogies take her down yet another road, as they have to be written in a slightly different fashion than a stand alone book. But this book – it has taken her down a totally different road. It took her quite awhile to choose this road – as she says – “that light flicked on a turn off the highway…..an unexplored road….the light didn’t dim, so I turned off and followed it.” It fascinates me – the writer’s path to a new book!

Now let me tell you the worst part about this book! It’s Book 1. It will be a trilogy. And now I have to wait and wait and wait for the next two books! Gah!!!

Okay, I’ll stop whimpering and get back to the book. This novel centres around the world as an unknown sickness rapidly decimates the world’s population. I can hardly imagine such a situation and yet it is described so realistically that I hope we never see it. It doesn’t take long in this situation for both the good and the bad to come out in people. Some try to help others. Some just take and take for themselves. Pretty soon it becomes evident that there are those that are “uncanny” – like witches and elves and faeries – and their “power” has become much stronger following the sickness, perhaps even unlocked? Naturally, there are many in the “normal” camp who want nothing to do with the uncanny, even if they’re trying to help. It has always been that way – the dark and the light! But for those who survive and are immune to the sickness, life has changed – utterly and completely!

There’s Lana and Max – both witches – who realize they need to escape out of New York. There’s Arlys and Fred – who both worked at a TV station, Arlys has no power and Fred (girl) is a faerie. There’s Chuck, the hacking genius that was Arlys’ source for under the radar news. He tells Arlys where to meet him after she divulges the truth to her viewers. There’s Jonah, a seer, and Rachel, a normal doctor, and Katie, who just gave birth to twins and adopted a third orphaned baby as they were leaving the hospital. They were all headed to safety, where ever that might be. Life becomes a series of scavenging adventures to find food and necessary items like gas. Life becomes a series of life or death decisions. Life becomes fear.

Eventually, they all end up in New Hope, a town that has sprung up from the ravages of a ghost town. A town to bring Hope to the lost. A town where normalcy was returning. But Lana was pregnant. Pregnant with The One. Life seemed to be returning  to a new familiar for awhile but it isn’t long before those who would like to see The One killed are searching for Lana.

This book had practically had me sitting on the edge of my seat and chewing my fingernails off! Nora is such a fantastic writer and she never fails to pull me right into a book! But like I said before….the bummer is that now I have to wait around for book #2 and then for book #3! Now I remember why I wait until the series is done before starting into it! Hahaha!

Thanks again to Raincoast for sharing this brand new book with me. It is set to hit bookstore shelves on December 5th! It’s great fun to have the privilege to read it ahead of time! Head over to Facebook to follow Raincoast and Nora!

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  1. Tammy Dalley says:

    I love Nora Roberts, I have read a lot of her novels! This one sounds like a great read thanks for the review

  2. kristen visser says:

    This totally sounds like my kind of book and one that would be hard to put down. One that I could really get into!! I have written this down and hoping to pick up this weekend

  3. Gah – waiting for the rest of the trilogy will be so hard! 😉

  4. kathy downey says:

    I love her writing and have read most of her books!

  5. I haven’t heard of this book before although I have read her other books and enjoyed them.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Wow, this sounds like a wonderful book to read, full of suspense and intrigue.

  7. Nora Roberts is my absolute favourite author! I cant wait to take this book out of the library !

  8. I love her books , thanks for sharing

  9. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review!

  10. I have read Nora Roberts, but not for a long time. I will have to check this one out.

  11. I would love to read this set of books

  12. Darlene Demell says:

    I have read a lot of Nora Roberts books. She is a great writer, knows how to keep you interested.

  13. I enjoy reading Nora Roberts books.

  14. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I do like the cover of this book, a really good picture, scary in itself.

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