Review: Nightborn by Lou Anders


From the author of Frostborn comes Book 2 in the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy for fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull.

Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.

Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand—the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

The novel includes instructions for playing the board game Charioteers. Visit for additional games, maps, character profiles, and more.


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This was an action packet adventure that definitely succeeded its predecessor in a way that not many authors can do. From the start I am captivated by the fictional world where elves, dragons, giants, gnomes, and more exist. Aside from the adventure and action, which there is a ton of, I found that there wasn’t a single part of this story where I was bored or didn’t want to continue reading. It takes a lot in a middle grade book for me not to get bored and Lou Anders excelled in this.

It was also great to see the characters develop and grow; in addition, to learning about some new characters. You meet Desstra who seems like she will be another key aspect in Karn and Thianna’s journey. The ending was epic with twists and turns that I didn’t even see coming. Needless to say it was an awesome read…for readers of all ages.


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