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As this world ends, a new one begins. From number one New York Times bestseller Nora Roberts - an epic, apocalyptic tale of good and evil, love and loss.
With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins...
They call it The Doom - a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year's Eve in the Scottish countryside. There's something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.
Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life.
But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise. As the remaining authorities round up the immune and the 'Uncannies' for testing, Lana, Katie and others flee New York in search of a safe haven. The old world is over, and Year One has begun.
When Nora Roberts first spoke of writing a fantasy series I was immediately intrigued. I'm a huge lover of the fantasy genre and have been reading Nora Roberts books since I was fourteen years old. Nora Roberts is a prolific romance writer - one of the reigning queens of the genre - and also known for her ongoing sci-fi/detective In Death series that she writes under the pen name J.D.Robb. The one thing that both these genres (or at least the books that Nora Roberts writes in these genres) is that for the most part, the books in the fantasy and sci-fi/detective genre have a happy ever after, happy for now or a satisfactory ending (in that - the bad guy is captured and put away, etc). Whereas, in fantasy, as those who write and read the genre can tell you, not all fantasy books, especially epic fantasy books have happy endings. So I was very curious to see what Nora Roberts would do in the fantasy genre and how the story would play out and I was absolutely thrilled when I was given the chance to read and review an advanced copy of Year One. So what can I tell you about Year One? Any lovers of fantasy, dystopian fantasy, or paranormal romance/fantasy romance - read it! This book completely absorbed me and drew me in. I was hooked within the first few pages and stayed up reading way, way longer than I should have - ok - I admit it! - I maybe didn't sleep at all! - Mainly because I wanted to read just one more page, and then just one more, until the book was finished. I am, even now, still feeling the residual effects of a book hangover and am in that mental stage where I don't really want to read anything else yet but merely want to revel and think about the characters and world that I had just been immersed within. I am not going to tell you anything that happened in the book as I believe in keeping reviews as spoiler free as possible, but I will tell you that Year One , reads like many of Nora Roberts books. It has the same somewhat lyrical and poetic style of description and imagery as many of her previous works do. The characters and world come to vivid, beautiful life and you have the sense when you're reading - that even if you didn't know the authors name - you would still know that you were reading a Nora Roberts book. No one writes quite like Nora Roberts. What I loved the most about this book and the one thing that I am going to take away from it and think about; is that, even though this is a fantasy book, a fictional story, it gave me a sense of hope and reminded me that even in the darkest of times - you can find flashes of light, sparks of courage and bravery, little glimpses of the beauty and strength of the human spirit. Thank you to Hachette Australia and Netgalley for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with its many ups and downs and surprises and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what happens next and I highly recommend reading this book.
Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. With over 500 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world. She is both a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK and a number one bestseller in Australia.