Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nightborn (Thrones & Bones #2) by Lou Anders: Early Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Lou Anders
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC from publisher
Release date: July 14th, 2015
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
From the author of Frostborn comes Book 2 in the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy for fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull.

Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.

Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand—the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

The novel includes instructions for playing the board game Charioteers. Visit for additional games, maps, character profiles, and more!


First off, I want to say thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This book blew my mind. It took the expectations I had and completely shattered them into a gazillion little pieces. I loved it so so so much!!

All of the old characters were back, still as awesome as ever...but I think the new characters were my absolute favorite. Desstra, a dark elf, dethroned Thianna as my favorite character. I loved how she was made out to be a villain, but knew she should be good. I don't want to give anything away, but her character development was flawless.

I also loved the way that Anders took the story. Karn was able to use his gamer skills yet again to solve riddles, and even Thianna had her moments.

The world that Anders created is so cool. We got to see a lot more of it in this book, and I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to see more!

Overall, NIGHTBORN is a fabulous addition to the THRONES & BONES series! I highly recommend starting this trilogy!

CONTENT: Mild violence.

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