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The Night Bird (Lost Continent #5)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  511 ratings  ·  32 reviews
For centuries the women of Aronsdale have lived freely among the green and misted valleys. Creatures of exotic beauty and sensuality, they possess powerful skills of enchantment…and young Allegro is no different. But her life—and Aronsdale's independence—is threatened when Jazid nomads invade, carrying Allegro into the desert as a prized trophy…or ...more
Paperback, 571 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Luna (first published 2008)
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This book was a quick read and it was pretty over-the-top. I understand that every inhabitant of Aronsdale is an ethereally beautiful being, even the "bad" guys always have some kind of redeeming quality because they are described as good-looking, but it is now starting to get old. And fast. As much as I truly love following these characters across the generations and learning how their family trees have expanded, there were simply more descriptions about Allegra's nipples than anything else in ...more
This is my least favorite of her books. I strongly dislike romances that involve kidnapping with Stockholm syndrome.
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I had read all of the Lost Continent books and enjoyed them very much, so I thought I might as well finish the series. Night Bird was good. I really enjoy reading Asaro’s writing because her female leads are always strong. I thought the political concepts were brilliant, and I loved the idea of all the kingdoms, from the previous books, being forced together in an intense war council. It was great to see everything come together. On the other hand, I could have done without all the sex and tortu ...more
This book was sexy, which kept me going. I don't feel that the sex scenes really were anymore graphic than in the last two books, but there was an awful lot of talk about nipples.

I can appreciate reading more about the Iris/Jarid side of the story, but this last installment of the series just gets redundant. We have all the same major components to all her other stories.

In no particular order.
**Flat evil characters
**Two sided "good" characters (even character development becomes redundant when
I'm still reading it but only have 6 chapters left. I started reading the series when I found The Charmed Sphere in my favorite second hand book store and I couldn't put it down. I force myself so I can go on with day to day activities. I am very sad that there are no more after this one but I understand that Catherine Asaro wants to write more but Luna doesn’t want to publish it because they don’t feel there is an audience for them. Pah! Is there is hope for the adventure to continue after The ...more
This is a very typical book in Asaro's Lost Continent series, very much resembling Misted Cliffs (which it seems I forgot to review): a beautiful woman who is taken away from her home, a dark powerful man with whom she eventually falls in love, and a sadistic evil guy who wants her for himself. Throw in magic and politics, and stir. A good non-complicated read - finished it in one day.

There is one new element in the story, though - a child, the heir to the throne that has been usurped; exception
Allegra is on her way to the Aronsdale mage school when she is kidnapped by Jazidian bandits to be sold as a pleasure slave. Put up to auction, she is purchased by the prince regent of Jazid, Markus, who is leading a rebellion against Cobalt's occupation of his brother's throne.

I think I complained in my review of the last book that all the heroines in this series end up kidnapped. This one definitely takes the cake! This book read more as a romance to me than a fantasy with romance elements. Se
Oh, man. I had long ago read the first 2-3 of this series, and decided I wasn't all that in love with the whole world, so never pursued the rest of the series. This book looked interesting and was available through the library, so I picked it up, not even realizing it was the same series. Whoops! I enjoyed it enough once it got going. I'm still not in love with the series, but Asaro does know how to write romance.
Okay, so I stumbled upon the forth book in this series first and thought it was okay. It didn't require a lot of effort and was quick, light reading. So I thought I would read the rest. The are fantasy novels about a society that both reveres and hates magic. I was more interested in the ways different kingdoms dealt with threats and their people, which brings me to the last novel. There is a kingdom in these books where woman are property and warlords rule everything. I thought this was going t ...more
Oct 29, 2008 Toni rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people that want a nice distraction
Shelves: fiction, silly-series
I picked this up on a whim after reading the author's biography. Three paragraphs long, chroniciling her career as a ballerina and mathematician. I was curious, so I decided to give it a try. Even though it was the fifth one in the series, I had no trouble keeping track of the characters and plot points. It was a nice escape from politics and life. I enjoyed the constant description of beautiful hair and water. Allegra, the main character, has the ability to cast "sleep spells." These "spells" m ...more
Catherine Asaro is an excellent romantic fantasy author. Her characters have depth, strength, and humor. However, this book (as in others by the same author) contains a lot of sex and sexual violence that would both discourage me from recommending it to anyone. Additionally, while the plot is rather formulaic, the interpersonal, political, and cultural elements contribute an additional complexity that make it an interesting (if also quick and easy) read.
I was a little suprised by this book. I dont usually read books of this nature, Im a werewolf and vamp kinda girl but it was kool. The poor girl was taken against her will and things seem to go down hill from there but shes a tough cookie, but you cant keep a good woman down. Im a little disapointed that this is book five cause I hate to read books out of order but I will look for the other four to see how the series began.
Excellent. I am not sure if this is the end of the this series. The author's website is confusing on that issue. It is an excellent wrap if it is. Every time I thought she could not do more damage to her characters, she does and does it well. You really feel like you are dealing with life the way it happens versus the way you want it to. Her solutions are not perfect but they are realistic.
Toks (at GalacticTidesx)
The last book of the series is probably the worst of them all. The romance has moved from shrill to grating. The fantasy is non-existent. Woman gets captured, falls in love with the man who bought her. What kind of second-rate harem fantasy is that? There's even the mysterious enigmatic sand people who hate women (dingdingding stereotype lotto winner!)
Nov 12, 2008 Jenne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: fantasy, romance, reviewed
Not one of Catherine Asaro's best, but still enjoyable as a quick, light read. The author leans a little too much on plots from previous books in this series making this book more predictable than I had expected. Saying that, I practically read it from start to finish in one afternoon, without putting it down!
I have to admit, I almost stopped reading this book. I was afraid the main character would let me down and stay with a man who was apart of a very "male" driven society. Let's just say I'm glad I didn't. Was it the most amazing book of all time? No, but was it a nice "guilty pleasure" read? Yes, and quite quick too.
The plot is basically about a girl who suffers from (I believe it's called) the Stockholm complex....Anyways, lets say that it is not the most original work out there, but it is an easy read. Most of it could even be skipped and you still wouldn't miss a thing. But I do recommend it for a rainy day, really.
Stayed up way too late reading this one. *grin* It is the first book in this series that I've read and I will certainly be looking up the others. The hero is a bit of an alphole, and not my usual thing, but the emotional intensity and the political intrigue kept me turning the pages.
Nicola Pike
In this latest book in the series we follow the story of a slightly plump dairymaid who has the power to make people fall asleep. She gets kidnapped and sold as a slave. I really like how they explore the idea of coercion and how feelings are just darn complicated
I liked the idea that a mage focused her powers through regular polygons and that the more powerful the mage, the more sides the mage could handle. Too bad the R rated sex scenes got in the way.
though part of a series it can be read alone, which is what i did at first. There are elements of dubious consent, hero is very possessive of heroine. very hot book overall.
May 22, 2012 Are rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
Forgot how much I like the Lost Continent series. Meant to only read a bit of this and ended up staying up past 5 finishing it.
Very beautifully written and original. I am looking forward for the main character's next story!
Asaro can always be depended on for a good read.
this series has slowly declined with each book.
Lynn Calvin
captive,Amazon received,headless woman cover
Book 5 of Lost continent collection
It was an Amazing book!
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Does anyone know the order of the series? 2 13 Jan 09, 2009 02:01PM  
  • On Fire's Wings (Final Dance, #1)
  • Keepers of the Flame (The Summoning #4)
  • The Wizard's Ward (Umbria, #1)
  • The Mountain's Call (White Magic, #1)
  • The Compass Rose (One Rose Trilogy, #1)
  • Silver's Bane (Shadowlands #2)
  • White Star (Epic of Palins, #2)
  • Shadows of Myth
  • Under Camelot's Banner (The Paths to Camelot, #3)
  • Gossamyr (Changelings, #2)
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The author of more than twenty-five books, Catherine Asaro is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula® Award, as did her novella “The Spacetime Pool.” Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine
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Primary Inversion (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #1) The Charmed Sphere (Lost Continent, #1) The Quantum Rose (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #6) The Misted Cliffs (Lost Continent, #2) Catch the Lightning (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #2)

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