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(Thrones & Bones #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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 Char
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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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.
Amy Plum
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this series out loud to my kids, and they are utterly taken with the characters and the story. (Talking about it out of context when we're just walking down the street, etc.) I can't recommend it highly enough!
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Blabby Gabi
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brian Anderson
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightborn is a great sequel in that if you enjoyed book one, book two is all that and more! Friends on crazy adventures, Roman inspired civilizations, and learning more about yourself all feature heavily in Nightborn. Great for young readers and parents tired of gendered books especially :D
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
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
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**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
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 cont ...more
Kathy Martin
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second adventure in the Thrones & Bones series has Karn being sent by the dragon Orm to find the second of the horns that control the dragons. Orm has already sent Thianna looking and she has disappeared. Karn is willing to search but he is much more interested in finding Thianna than he is in finding the horn.

Desstra is a Dark Elf who is also searching for the horn. She wants to become an elite agent of the Underhand and must successfully complete this mission. Her plan is to pretend t
heather - NightlyReading
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
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YA doesn't get better than this.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Another action-packed excursion into the world of Thrones & Bones! Written by local author!
Fantasy Literature
3.5 stars from Kat, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

Disclaimer: just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publishers

Nightborn is the second novel in Lou Anders’ THRONES & BONES series for middle graders. I enjoyed the first novel, Frostborn, for its likeable protagonists, sense of adventure, touch of humor, and warm-heartedness. It’d be best to read it before beginning Nightborn.

The beginning of Nightborn finds Karn, our young gaming hero, back on the fam
Kate Calina
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karn Korlundsson was heading to the fur market when the dust clouds started. Taloned claws swooped over him and bore him into the clouds. He soared through the sky to Sardeth, the Blasted City, home to the massive dragon Orm. The great creature’s interest in the renowned young man was keen. Word had reached Orm that a dreaded Horn of Osius, forged to control the formidable dragon race, might still exist. When Karn learned that his friend Thianna had disappeared while searching for it, he agreed ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this better than the first one. I love the characters especially the addition of Desstra.
Hannah Givens
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent follow-up to the first book, adding a new character and new locations. I wasn't sure about the new character at first, but I very much liked that Karn and Thianna were allowed to progress -- they had their character development and sort of learned their lessons in the first book, and I'm glad they weren't sent back to square one, taught the same lesson over again, or anything like that. Also A+ more dragon content, Orm was already my favorite character. I thought the modern style of ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read Frostborn, two years ago, Nightborn didn't exist. But I adored the first book, and so I tucked it away in my mind to come back to later, hopefully when there was a sequel.

I forgot.

It wasn't until I was playing tafl one day that I remembered. And this time, there was a sequel.

30 pages in I considered marking it a DNF. I was having a hard time getting into it, but I decided to give it another chance. I am so glad I did. I love these books, with all their culture, their humor,
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 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 magi ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kai Porter
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I was sick and took a long time to finish it was still an amazing book. I just started Skyborn.

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
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Awesomely awesome" is how this novel is described by a ten year old boy who listened to this audiobook and I'm inclined to agree with his enthusiastic description of this second installment of the "Thrones & Bones", Nightborn. In this adventure, our young friends Thianna and Karn must solve another riddle to recover a second Horn before it is found by their enemies, who have now grown to include the Dark Elves. Their travels take them to a new Kingdom, and new locations within the growing f
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
Resch Reads
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 was the 2016 Thurber House Childrens' Writer in Residence, and spent a month teaching, living, and writing in the ha ...more

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Thrones & Bones (3 books)
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