Chronicles of The One series, Book #2. Book #1 reviewed here https://wp.me/p6N6mT-32W
In this sequel to Nora Robert’s Year One — both part of her fantasy series the Chronicles of The One — readers return to post-apocalyptic America. Of Blood and Bone takes place twelve years after the Doom as killed most people on earth, revealing the presence of magical beings living alongside humans. Survivors have returned to living off the land, scavenging for the few supplies left after the outbreak, and protecting what precious resources are left. To make their situation even more precarious, the survivors have splintered into factions — communities of magical and non-magical beings who coexist; religious extremists who want to exterminate magical people; dark magical beings who want to kill humans and peaceful magical people; a violent gang that kills all non-members for sport; and a brutal “government” that wants to experiment on magical beings — which are all engaged in a violent war with one another.
Hope has been placed in a prophecy that tells of the coming of a warrior, a woman and witch who will be called The One, who will unite all of the peaceful people of the world to overthrow their enemies and start the rebuilding of civilization. The One is Fallon Swift, a girl born in the first year after the Doom. Now a teenager, Fallon leaves her home and family to travel with her protector and teacher to study for more than two years to become a warrior. Using magic and might, she slowly works to gain the broad set of skills she will need to fight her enemies.
Once she is deemed ready, she sets out to build her army one person at a time. Hindered by her age and her sex, she must painstaking convince survivors she is The One and she is capable of leading them to battle…and to victory. With her family now at her side and her growing army of survivors ready to fight for a better world, she returns to New Hope the town established in book one, Year One, to ask the men and women there to join her as she prepares to take on the world.
Roberts has written an engaging fantasy novel that has elements you world expect from the genre: magic, drama, intrigue, mystery, and even romance. It seems worth sticking with the series to see how Fallow Swift and her army fairs in the battle of good verses evil.