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Nightborn (Thrones & Bones #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  198 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
For fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull comes Book 2 in the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy that began with Frostborn.

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 Chario
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Elle Fae
Going through a strange phase of not being able to finish any book, I had to force myself to read this one, and happily I enjoyed it. It starts off a little slow, but once it picked up, the story went full speed ahead.
Jun 29, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With thanks to Penguin Randomhouse for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"The outside world was the best kind of terrifying." With a tasty opening line like that, I know I'm in for some fun.

Nightborn is the second book in Anders' Thrones & Bones series. It returns us to the vast continent of Katarnia, which expands beyond the frozen north we discovered in the first book, Frostborn. It also begins by introducing us to a new race of people a
Brian Anderson
Jul 21, 2015 Brian Anderson rated it it was amazing
Wanted to add a few words on the book, instead of just stars. I honestly can't recommend this series enough. I could try, but you'd want me to zip it after three pages of gushing.

Since page one of the first book in the series I have loved these characters. They felt real, I felt homey in their homes (well, at least Karn's village). So much so, I had that cringing anticipation, knowing bad things were going to happen. That eager anticipation of the character's adventure is a rare thing in books.
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
May 26, 2015 Van (Short & Sweet Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received a review copy (arc) from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

4 1/2 STARS.

Nightborn is the second installment in the Thrones & Bones series following Karn Korlundsson, a Norrøngard farmer and lover of board games, especially Thrones and Bones. Readers last left off with Karn and Thianna destroying the Horn of Osius, a magical horn crafted in Thica enabling the user to control all reptilian creatures such as snakes, wyverns and dragons. After the crazy adventur
May 25, 2015 Krystianna rated it really liked it
**Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review!**

As soon as I finished Frostborn, I instantly picked up my copy of Nightborn and I'm so glad that I did! Nightborn was even better than Frostborn, which I didn't think would be possible!

In Nightborn, elves have tried to find out where the horn went, though Orm the dragon ate the elves who came. All he knew was that there were more coming back because they thought that it wasn't the la
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Sep 07, 2015 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it it was amazing
Synopsis- Karn Korlundsson was quite happy learning to manage his family’s huge farm. So Karn didn’t understand why a wyvern (a small dragon-type thing) had to come out of the sky and kidnapped him from a local trading market. When he gets to the home of Orm, a giant linnorm (a type of dragon), Karn finds out that Thianna Frostborn, his half-giant friend, while on a mission for Orm, got captured by an enemy force. Orm says that she was looking for another Horn of Osius for him. The Horn can ...more
Jun 04, 2015 NightlyReading rated it really liked it
So normally, I am not a big fan of middle grade reads. I have tried and tried reading them in the past and to no avail, I have not been able to finish them! This book has become my exception to that rule! If you enjoy high fantasy, then you should probably pick up this series.

I had not read the first book and went into this completely blind! I must admit that although there were a few times that I seemed to get confused, I was able to follow the book through for the most part which made me VERY
Jul 14, 2015 Dizneeee rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog, Dizneeee's World of Books.

The adventures and events (chariot fighting, y'all!!!) were amazingly described and I could see the images clearly in my head. This book was definitely a movie for my brain. Lou Anders is a great fantasy storyteller!

I am still thoroughly enjoying this series and I cannot wait for the next book! Again, if you enjoy middle grade, fantasy, adventure, or friendship, this is a book and series for you.
Dec 03, 2015 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
FIRST THOUGHTS: This sequel is definitely much more fast-paced than the first! But in the best way. I liked seeing our two MCs again, but I also fell in love with a new character. This book is so fun!
A fun follow up to the first book, our two heroes are separate but soon end up on the path to finding one another. I loved the new characters, Desstra is definitely unlike the other dark elves and has a conscious, but it gets her in trouble with the other dark elves.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Another action-packed excursion into the world of Thrones & Bones! Written by local author!
Jul 23, 2015 Lena rated it it was amazing
YA doesn't get better than this.
Oct 12, 2016 Delia rated it it was amazing
Another great read by Lou Anders. This series was recommended by a friend and I'm so glad I read the series. Full of action, adventure, elves, dragons this book delivers it all.

Ivie Isler
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Frostborn, the first Thrones and Bones book, I knew that I had to read Nightborn, the second book in the series. Lou Anders' world intrigued me, and I wanted to see where he would take readers next. Luckily for me, the publisher sent me a copy to review.

Readers can enjoy the second book in the series without reading the first book, but I wouldn't recommend it. Lou Anders sets the foundation of Karn and Thianna's f
Aug 28, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Karn is a gamer; his favorite game is Thrones and Bones (after which the series is named). When his best friend Thianna–half giant, half human–is kidnapped, he’s tasked by the dragon Orm to find her. Easier said than done, for he must travel far from his rural home to the city of Castlebriar, deal with duplicitous elves, and solve riddles. Thianna was on a quest to find a horn, much like the one they discovered in book one, FROSTBORN–these horns make it so the user can speak with and coerce ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Venus rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

In this sequel to Frostborn, Karn Korlundsson has settled nicely into his life as the son of a Jarl, learning how to trade and bargain. His adventuring days are over, or so he thinks. When Karn is whisked away to have a (another) face-to-face encounter with a dragon, he finds himself on a quest to find his missing half-Frost Giant friend Thianna and another horn of power. However, finding a half-giant isn't as easy as he thinks it should be, especia
Chapter by Chapter
Dec 20, 2015 Chapter by Chapter rated it really liked it
Nightborn (Thrones & Bones 2) by Lou Anders was a fantastic follow up to its predecessor, Frostborn. We are once again immersed into a world of magic and mythical creatures, and are once again shown the value of true friendship.

Where book 1 showed us the growing friendship between Karn and Thianna, Nightborn shows us the value of the friendship that these two characters have. That through thick and thin, and with whatever is on the line, the friendship and loyalty that Karn has for Thianna s
Jul 11, 2016 Angie rated it liked it
Nightborn is the second book in the Thrones and Bones trilogy. It picks up shortly after the events in Frostborn. Karn is learning to be a farmer and a trader and doing well at it. Before he can settle in though he is summoned by the dragon Orm for a quest. It appears the Horn of Osius from the last book is not the only one. Orm has already sent half-giant Thianna after the new horn, but she has disappeared. Karn is sent south to find her and the horn.

Karn is not the only one on the quest for t
Sep 12, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it

True rating: 4.5 stars.
Resch Reads
Aug 08, 2015 Resch Reads rated it really liked it
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
Kelley Ceccato
Another delightful entry in the "Throne and Bones" series, with the right mix of adventure, friendship, and humor to make it enjoyable for boys and girls alike. I'm starting to suspect that, when it comes to "comfort-reading," I might actually prefer middle-grade to YA, since the emphasis in middle-grade fantasy is on adventure and we're more likely to see strong friendships between boy and girl characters. "Frostborn" was a winner in that regard, and this follow-up does not disappoint.

Karn come
Aug 22, 2015 Yapha rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
In this sequel to Frostborn, gamer Karn Korlundsson is basking in the glow of his heroics regarding the horn of Osius. Much to his dismay, he learns that there is a second horn that must be found and destroyed. Even worse, his best friend Thianna has gone missing while searching for it. He immediately sets off to find her. To complicate matters, two Dark Elves are searching for the horn as well, and will stop at nothing to get it. This is another exciting adventure filled with riddles, strategy, ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
In Nightborn, Karn and Thianna Frostborn's adventures continue. Thianna has disappeared and Karn must call on all his gaming and riddling skills to rescue her. To save her, he must find the magical horn of Osius, but he is only one of many who are looking for it. Two rival elf factions are also seeking the horn and don't seem to care who they hurt to possess its magical powers. Karn just wants to save his friend. I think Anders has written a first rate middle grade fantasy series. I enjoyed ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Phoebe rated it really liked it
Book 2 in this lively fantasy series was funny and exciting. Kids who enjoyed Nancy Farmer's Norse mythology series will like Anders' books, which are peopled with traditional fantasy characters like elves and giants and dragons. Karn, who loves gaming and is an expert at strategy, is on a mission to rescue Thianna, his frost-giantess friend, who has been carried off. The parallel story of dark elf Desstra and her wavering loyalties is nearly as interesting and provides a good plot twist. Good ...more
John A
Nov 11, 2015 John A rated it it was amazing
Thrones and Bones Nightborn, the squeal to Thrones and Bones Frostborn, is even better than the first! Lou Anders keeps the book interesting by coming up with our heroes getting into problems in a smart way, not for example, "hey, let's walk down this dark hallway without a weapon when there is a freaking psycho killer on the loose!" Anders way of getting our heroes in trouble is "oh no, we've been tricked!"

I highly recommend this book to readers who like stories where the main characters act in
Jan 21, 2016 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Karn has returned to his home to live out the rest of his life in peace, but that peace is short-lived. He soon finds himself whisked away on another adventure. Thianna has disappeared while searching for another great horn. Dark elves lurk in the shadows, also searching for the horn, but for much more sinister purposes. Karn just wants to find his friend, but the adventure of a lifetime awaits and there's a world to be saved.

Highly recommended for ages 8-14. Excellent book, very entertaining an
Isabel S.
May 31, 2016 Isabel S. rated it it was amazing
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This book was just as amazing as the first one. The riddles that had to be solved sort of took the place of the Thrones and Bones game playing from the first book. The new characters were lively and I was definitely satisfied when I finished the book. I was a little disappointed that Thianna wasn't there for a while, but Karn was great to follow after so I didn't mind it that much. The game focus for this book was Charioteers. I wonder what game he will choose next?
Oct 20, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Gotta Read This!
Wow, what a great series! Lou Anders advances the story with true craft! After reading the first book, I had to get the second. and it didn't disappoint. With an emphasis on friendship, and more story world building, this is a must-read. I read a lot of books, and this is one that I would definitely recommend to a friend, read again, and cherish my signed copy of. Nightborn is fantastic!
Andrew Bosley
Nov 13, 2015 Andrew Bosley rated it it was amazing
Lou Anders' Nightborn was a great addition to an exciting series! Loved seeing Karn and Thianna together again for more adventure and excitement! What a great relationship! The world expands greatly in Book 2 of the Thrones and Bones series, giving the reader a wider view of different cultures, societies, and histories. The story itself is engaging, having a great balance of action, puzzle-solving, and witty banter! Its a brilliant story I'd recommend to fantasy lovers of all ages!
Sep 19, 2015 AliceAnn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pamela
Another exciting adventure in the Thrones & Bones series. We get to see more of Karn and Thianna, as well as meeting a new main character, a dark elf named Desstra. There is plenty of adventure and humor and excitement to enjoy. I think my favorite side characters in this installment are the basilisks and the cockatrice.
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Lou Anders is the author of Frostborn, Nightborn, and Skyborn, the three books of the Thrones & Bones series of Norse-themed fantasy adventure novels written for boys and girls equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over five hundred articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A ...more
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