I was thrilled when I was asked to read the ARC of NIGHTBORN by Lou Anders. In the second installment of the THRONES & BONES series, Anders doesn’t disappoint. In fact, I would say he has taken the story to the next level.
Anders does a wonderful job of creating a vivid world, rich in detail, that makes the reader feel they are seeing it with their own eyes. The diverse cast of characters in the book resemble something from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Dragons, elves, giants, gnomes and other creatures abound, making it a great introduction to the fantasy genre for any MG reader.
In NIGHTBORN, Karn is enlisted by Orm, the great dragon from the first book, to retrieve the second Horn of Osius. Karn is reluctant to help the dragon until he learn that his friend, Thianna (a frost giant), is in trouble. Karn embarks on his quest, but there are others searching for the horn as well, the Dark Elves – lead by the ruthless Tanthal and the conflicted Desstra.
Once Thianna and Karn are together, the story takes off. The battles are exciting and action is thrilling. It was fun to see how the duo worked their way out of trouble with a little bit of fighting skill, a little bit of frost giant magic, and a little help from others.
If you haven’t read the first book in the series, you can still enjoy NIGHTBORN (but do read it, it’s great). Go ahead and pre-order this book, or if you are lucky, you can win it!