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Nightblade: A Book of Underrealm (The Nightblade Epic 1) Paperback – June 23, 2016
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The Nightblade series follows the namesake, who regularly goes by the name Loren of the family Nelda. Who is the best. She's so wonderfully rounded, a balance of clever and naive, and the series watches her learn more and become more purposed in her actions. At first she's just sorta flailing about and her best moments are when she's pressed for quick decisions. The world is deep, and you get to experience just how far it reaches as Loren learns about it herself. There's a good mix of action with sneaking about, so no one would get too bored with any part of the story. The fifth book, Weremage, is the weakest entry in the series, but even that one is still pretty dang good.
Plus there's a lil' representation for everyone. It's awesome.
The magic seems like it'll be good but so far it's not defined at all. Wizards are apparently outlawed but there is at least one 'mystic' which appears to be highly regarded. Not sure if the next book(s) will define the magic system more (I hope so as I personally enjoy well defined magic systems rather than just 'they wave their hands and it works')
ok amount of action, some of which happens kind of around the main pov character rather than to her, or with her.
Good enough book that i'll pick up the next one to see how it goes.
There is violence, no true cursing. No sex per say, besides a kiss and some hinting of darker things.
I couldn't put this book down. It flowed really well and I was on the edge of my seat for the next big scene, then relaxed when it was over. It was almost like a wave (hence, "flow"). When I say there was no sexual content, that doesn't include the suggestions made by men that Loren immediately catches. But I don't consider that to be actual sexual content. Nightblade opens up the series by introducing the main characters with all their secrets, some that you learn in the second book. Loren is not a typical heroine, as she had to fight to get out of a bad situation, although she manages to land in one new bad situation after another, and keeps her ideals constant. I tend to prefer a romance of some sort in the fantasy books I read, but the Nightblade series manages to keep my full attention even without it. Not that I've given up on hoping for it ;)
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and, essentially, "the game". Loren has to constantly talk her way out of situations, playing a game with her life every time. If you have seen or read Game of Thrones, you know what I mean by that.