- File Size: 3685 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Legacy Books; 2 edition (September 12, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N84NZHA
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Nightblade: A Book of Underrealm (The Nightblade Epic 1) Kindle Edition
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I asked for the first book and soon enough it arrived and since then I read nightblade twice.
From the first chapter I just kept reading, forgetting what time it was (1 am) and I was deep in the story. The author did a wonderful job with the world building and the characters. You can't help yourself but want to know more of this world and see how the characters are growing and the adventures they are facing.
Nightblade is about a girl, Loren, who runs away from her parents, especially from her abusive father, just after she meets a young man who was running from the law. Their adventure turned into a fight to survive. I love the author's imagery and how everything came to life in the book, I mostly loved the dialog between the characters, it felt as you are right there next to them eavesdropping on them.
Everything felt as a true adventure :)
Loren is a very relatable character, she has big dreams while trying to escape her abusive parents. The author made sure to build the world and the main character in such a real way. It felt so real, every fear and every success felt as real as in real life.
Loren will not marry for money and when she meets Xain her dreams and wishes comes to reality and she sees a way out of her current life. I will not spoil the rest of the story for you but I will say that when she took her first step out of her village, things became more complicated and very quickly Loren finds herself in bad situations.
My favorite character I must say is the young mystic boy and Loren, they are both well thought of and I felt very connected to them both.
By the end of the book, I wanted more... To know more about the characters and to see if she finally found what Loren was looking for. I love fantasy book (it's my main genre) and this book didn't fell short of my expectations. I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book and know of this series.
Can we take a moment to look at that gorgeous cover... I love the cover so much.
Nightblade is a great read and if you love young adult fantasy/epic fantasy, this book is for you. I can't wait to read the next books in this series.
If it sounds like I'm being too harsh on it, it's because one, I'm very picky (and I mean really picky, you will never meet a bigger book snob than me), and two, it's a young adult fantasy novel, and I am no longer a young adult. For younger audiences and teenagers, sure, give it a shot.
The story focuses on a girl pursuing her dream of becoming a master thief like the sort she had heard about in stories. (The story thief was pretty much a cross between Robin Hood and Batman, so there are far worse role models.) Most of her actions in the book are driven by the pursuit of that dream. She will not kill because the master thief was not a murderer, and she tries to solve her problems with wit and guile instead of force, and often manages to do so in legitimately clever and imaginative ways.
There were a few parts that bugged me, mostly the dialogue. Don't get me wrong, it could have been a lot worse. If people in a fantasy story talk to each other with modern slang terms, I may light it on fire (even if it's on my computer). Everyone sounded like they came from a more archaic time period, and that can be hard to do when you want the characters to sound like people instead of Shakespearian actors. However, the characters tended to speak in the same lofty, elegant fashion. It wasn't too blatant or extreme, but they all sounded like elegant, sophisticated individuals, even when they weren't. One of the characters was tutored from a young age while another was a street thief and a pickpocket, but they sounded pretty much the same. Sure, if the author wanted to go all Redwall on his characters, half of them would be incoherent, but I feel like he should have made some obvious differences between their speech patterns.
Of course, that's just me nitpicking. Like I said, I'm picky. It's a serious problem. The greatest measure of a story, though, is how well the author delivers on his promises. If the story is a hero's journey, the hero is going to go on a journey. If it's a romance, two people will fall in love, and if it's a mystery, someone's going to solve it. The main promise in Nightblade is that the main character is going to become her own legend, and the story delivers, at least a little bit. This is the first book of the series, so while she doesn't take over the local thieve's guild or steal fire from the gods, she does get better and better at being a thief, so by the end of the story, people have started telling stories about her.
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From one scrape to the next Loren must think and act quickly to escape those who would do her harm
-Strong, well rounded characters
-An overarching mystery that keeps you wanting more