ARC Review | Thrones and Bones: Nightborn

 Title: Nightborn 

 Author: Lou Anders

 Series: Thrones & Bones #2 

 Genre: MG, Fantasy, Norse Myth

 Page Count: 352

 Publication: July 14, 2015

 Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (Penguin)

 Format: Physical ARC

 Source: Sent to me by the publisher for an honest review. (The first book, Frostborn, was also sent to me for review purposes)

Since this is a sequel and I’ve never talked about the prequel on here before, I’ll include the synopsis for it first:

Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.

Twelve-year-old Desstra is in training to join the Underhand, the elite agents of the dark elves. But her graduation is jeopardized by the betrayal of a teammate. Things go from bad to worse when she is sent far from home on a secret mission, under the supervision of this same rival, whose approval she must win if she is to graduate and realize her life’s dream.


Karn is trading in the city of Bense, when he is snatched into the air by a wyvern. The creature carries him across the wilderness straight to the Blasted City, to Sardeth, home of the dragon Orm. Is Karn about to be a dragon’s dinner?


Fate doesn’t have anything so easy in store for him. The great dragon tells Karn he believes a second Horn of Osius exists, hidden across the continent in the city of Castlebriar. What’s more, Orm has previously sent Thianna Frostborn on a mission to recover the horn, but her wyvern returned without her. It seems Thianna has run afoul of the dark elves. Now Karn must rescue his friend and together they must uncover the horn before the dark elves get ahold of this powerful relic.


With only a dragon’s blessing to aid them and a mysterious riddle to guide them, Karn and Thianna must race the dark elves to a prize that could alter the fate of nations. 

Okay, so I really enjoyed both of these books, this is a great series. When I first got the email asking for the review, what mostly drew me in was that it had Norse Mythology, and that fans of Rick Riordan would enjoy it. I mean, you all know how much I love Rick Riordan and his works, and he’s also coming out with a new series on Norse Myths so that was great too. I’ve been getting into Thor and all that fun stuff. Isn’t Loki the most amazing villain the world has ever seen, I love him so much.

Anyways, back to the books. They were both just such fun rides, honestly, you meet mythical creatures and have adventures, it was great. Our main characters in the first book are Karn and Thianna, Karn is obsessed with this board game called Thrones & Bones, and Thianna is pretty much a joke in her let’s say “pack”. She’s half human, so she’s only 7 ft tall as opposed to the other giants who are 15.  Karn has his things too, he’s the first born son so his role is to take over the family farm, but he doesn’t want to do that, he liked adventures, and his board games.

Evidently, something happens and brings these two characters together to fight for their survival. The adventure begins, there’s a task at hand and it’s up to them to accomplish it. I loved Karn and Thianna’s friendship development, and both of their character arcs throughout the novel. I think readers will love this, and they’ll also take something from it.

The story ended well, but also led into the sequel. This review is mainly supposed to be about Nightborn, but since it’s an ARC and a sequel I don’t typically write spoilers, so that’s why I talked about the first book more, because if I hadn’t then I would’ve spoiled it for you by talking about this one.

So in order to not spoil Frostborn, all I’m going to say is that the adventure continues, it picks up where it’s prequel left off. We meet new people, see old characters make a comback, there are other tasks, and the action is still there. It’s just as good.

Something else about these books, I love the pacing. You’re never really bored reading it, nothing is too short or too long, it’s just perfect.

I would recommend you read this series evidently if you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson series, if you’re into fantasy, and giants, and elves,and all those fun creatures.

Has anyone read this? Let me know your thoughts!




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