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Nightborn (Thrones and Bones) Hardcover – July 14, 2015
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Gr 4–6—Placing your head in a dragon's mouth hardly seems the most sensible way to begin one's quest. And yet Karn, protagonist of Nightborn, does just that. Like Frostborn (Crown, 2014), this novel takes place on the continent of Katarnia but expands beyond the frozen landscape and also introduces a new character, Desstra. Desstra is a dark elf training to join an elite group called the Underhand. To do so, she must retrieve the horn of Osius, which controls the dragons. But our hero Karn must also find the horn if he wants to rescue his friend Thianna. Anders continues the world-building and character development begun in Frostborn and also further develops the friendship themes with the new characters—all without sacrificing pacing or making things too complicated. Anders includes instructions on how to play Charioteers, a game within the story, making this book ideal for teachers or librarians who may want to supplement the reading with extended activities. Maps and a "historical" time line are also included for the fantasy obsessives who want to further study this intricate world. VERDICT A must-purchase for fans of the first book in the series.—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library
About the Author
Lou Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over 500 articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at louanders.com and ThronesandBones.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones.
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In Castlebriar, Karn soon discovered just how many interested parties coveted the Horn. Ruthless dark elves from Deep Shadow pursued him relentlessly, armed with poison. The Order of the Oak worked covertly to ensure the precious treasure would remain hidden. Ancient riddles led Karn to Grave Hill—then under it.
This second book of the Thrones and Bones series is a grand adventure, with intriguing characters and a fast pace. The frost giantess Thianna, quick to solve problems with her powerful fists, has advanced in wisdom, if not in patience. Karn learns important lessons about betrayal, and ultimately about redemption. Anders has woven enduring themes into a vibrant story that has strong appeal for readers of all ages.
This time around I finished this book in two days. I actually lost sleep at night because I wanted to finish the story. I can only hope the third book will be as good. Definitely worth the purchase.