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Blackflame (Cradle Book 3) Kindle Edition
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|Book 3 of 8 in Cradle|
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- File size : 4547 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Publication date : April 30, 2017
- Publisher : Hidden Gnome Publishing (April 30, 2017)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B0716GZ8QX
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,230 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once again, Will Wight has delivered a fantastic novel. His dedication to his craft shows, much as Lindon's own dedication finally is leading to some significant progress in this book. I won't spoil any details, but for those of you who have been eagerly waiting for Lindon to get more powerful...
Beyond that, Eithan is always a delight, his casual exterior a brilliant obfuscation for his continuous manipulation of both friends and foes to his whims.
Yerin has always been my favorite character in this series, and I'm pleased that she gets more character progression of her own here with a bit of a side-arc. Not enough to derail the main plot, but we get some more intriguing hints about her background here.
I haven't been a big fan of Suriel in the past, but I'll say that Suriel's part in this book is the most interesting it's ever been, and I'm sincerely interested in seeing where that plot goes in the future.
There are some epic fight scenes, but anyone who has read Will's book before knows to expect those. I wasn't expecting the sheer *number* of them, though. There are a lot of fight scenes - as well as training scenes - and I loved that. There was more learning how the magic system works, too, more explanations about the Blackflame empire and the wider world... More of everything I wanted to see, really.
I'll be looking forward to Book 4.
I just finished the third book. Two thoughts come to mind. One. How the heck can someone be so creative and expressive? Two. How the heck can he write such greatness so fast?
Wight is a rare talent and I feel lucky to have discovered his works.
The book? As always, if you liked the first two this one won't disappoint. If you are new to the author... give the first book in the series a try... and also give House of Blades a try.
This book is my favorite of the first three in the series. Wight has grown the story significantly since that first book “Unsouled” and this one does the best job of developing Lindon’s character as we have the opportunity to watch him train on the course of the Blackflame. I enjoyed the building trust and familiarity between Lindon and Yerin as the spend every day together working towards perfecting their own sacred artist path. I also really enjoyed getting more information about Ethan and his backstory. This third book moves quickly and is over much too soon. I’m not sure how many books are planned for the series, but I hope Wight continues to turn them out quickly because I am eagerly waiting on the next one.
For anyone who enjoyed the first two books, this is an absolute must read. It’s the best of the three by a wide margin. Very well done. A+
By the time you get to a third book in a series things can begin to feel formulaic, or at least slightly stale. Wight largely manages to avoid those feelings. He does this by continuing to reveal more about the setting while continuing to offer intriguing mysteries. There is a lot going on in Blackflame from a worldbuilding perspective. It would be easy for this to feel overwhelming, yet somehow Wight ensures that it all feels authentic. As Lindon learns more about his world, Iteration 110 Cradle, we are learning right along with him. This keeps things feeling fresh, which is impressive. Lindon continues to be an underdog in this world, and you’d think that would be wearing thin as well, and yet Wight weaves his story with such skill that—far from wearing thin—it feels quite expected and real for Lindon to continue having the struggles he is having. Wight’s ability to interweave world building and fascinating, deep characters is second to none. Blackflame has world building depth that could give Brandon Sanderson or George R.R. Martin a run for their money, but it’s all packed into a quick read that is fast-paced with little to no down time. Not only is the world building impressive, Wight is really flexing his character muscles in this one, as we begin learning more about both Yerin and Eithan. Not only this, but Wight has given us an interesting, multi-faceted antagonist in Jai Long. All of these are wrapped up in a story that has more than a few twists in it.
If any criticism can be offered for this book, it’s that it definitely feels like it’s part of a series. While the read was satisfying, it certainly didn’t have a self-contained plot, and plenty of threads are left hanging. It’s hardly fair to expect otherwise in a middle book, and yet I do think Wight might have been able to do a little more to give this book its own internal arc.
If you enjoy hopeful fantasy with a blockbuster style, Blackflame will be right up your alley. It’s got all the items you’d expect in a Will Wight book, a fun magic system, deep characters, and complex world building all held together in an excellently paced story that keeps the pages turning. If you haven’t given Wight’s Cradle series a go yet, do yourself a favor and pick up the first book, Unsouled as soon as you can.
5 – I loved this, couldn’t put it down, move it to the top of your TBR pile
4 – I really enjoyed this, add it to the TBR pile
3 – It was ok, depending on your preferences it may be worth your time
2 – I didn’t like this book, it has significant flaws and I can’t recommend it
1 – I loathe this book with a most loathsome loathing
Top reviews from other countries
But on the other hand the small bit of background plot is entertaining, the world building is good, and it's a good training montage. Easy to read, no surprises, pleasant escapism.
Simply addictive - as enjoyable as the House of Blades books, with a deeper world building backstory - highly recommended if you enjoyed those stories