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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  13,368 ratings  ·  402 reviews
Outside Sacred Valley, ancient ruins rise from the earth, drawing sacred artists from miles around to fight for the treasures within.

Lindon has reached Copper, taking the first step on the road to power, but the warriors of the outside world are still far beyond him.

To advance, he turns to the arcane skills of the Soulsmiths, who craft weapons from the stuff of souls.
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published September 26th 2016 by Hidden Gnome Publishing
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Progression fantasy & Shonen anime fans
3.5/5 stars

A great sequel that build upon the foundations laid in Unsouled.

Soulsmith is the second book in Cradle series by Will Wight. Continuing from where the previous book left off, Lindon has left the Sacred Valley in pursuit of advancement and accessibility to stronger powers. An ancient ruin has risen, and many sacred artists—Lindon included—gathers and they fight for the treasures inside. As I’ve mentioned in my review of Unsouled, it seems very likely that each sequel in this series wil
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wight is like that friend who says they're going to be a famous rapper...

...except if instead of stringing together bad rhymes he wrote books. And instead of sucking he...didn't suck.

I'm not sure where this guy came from. I bought house of blades because Amazon told me to and it cost less than a McFlurry. That series fell before my late night reading technique like 12 year old Bieber fan getting run over by the tour bus. Cradle came next and his writing has clearly advanced. He seems to write a
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Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

“That’s the nature of any acquired skill. It will feel like breathing through a wet rag for a while, and your body will tell you to stop. But one day, you’ll look back and wonder how it was ever difficult.”

Unsouled ★★★ 3/4
Soulsmith ★★★ 1/2

This is somewhat a not very popular opinion but I liked book 1 more than book 2 and there is a good reason for that. Looking at my ratings of both books, the difference
This is part of my re-read of the series. I thoroughly enjoy this book. I believe it's my favorite book until book 5. I love the pyramid and how Lindon Advances. This book holds up to re-reads. I hope this series catches on and they need to make a cartoon of this at the least.

Wow, this was even better than the first book! The fun of this book is seeing Whe Shi Lindon grow from this little outcast everyone treated like a kitten into someone to contend with. He's very smart and sort of
TS Chan
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A worthy sequel that expands on the worldbuilding and magic system, Soulsmith delivers on the promise of an engaging and fascinating story of epic powers inspired by Far Eastern martial arts.

Outside of the Sacred Valley in pursuit of advancement, Lindon came face-to-face with his destiny as he encountered powers beyond his imagination. The most powerful amongst the clans and Schools within the Valley are mere children compared to the dime a dozen Golds that can be found in the Desolate Wilds. A
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In the wilds Yerin and Lindon run into hordes of beasts and remnants. They follow where the beasts are heading to find ancient ruins that contain items of massive power. They also find an alliance of sacred artists who intend to mine it for resources. After what feels like a lifetime, Lindon has finally reached Copper. As Lindon tries to learn the skill of a Soulsmith, he finds himself the prey of a powerful group of Golds.

Soulsmith was a good time. Lindon advances only to realize that in compar
Zitong Ren
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
So, I’ve finished book 2 of the Cradle series, a fair while since I finished Cradle and overall, it was fine. I’ve heard that while the first few books are ok, the later books are fantastic and look, maybe it’ll be a while before I get around to every book in the series, I would think that I would continue on with the series eventually as I am interested in it. This book was good enough to read for sure, though I’m not super invested in anything just yet.

The world here is pretty interesting and
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will Wight really starts to hit his stride with this sequel, expanding the magic, the world and the characters while building momentum with another fast-paced and exciting read.

Soulsmith takes a big, but necessary step; expanding the story outside the confines of Lindon’s home, Sacred Valley, where Jade is the greatest height. It allows Wight to fully lift the veil from the eyes of our main character and also from ours by showing us the extent of what is considered to be powerful. What Lindon on
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Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cradle
Reread complete!

4.25 stars

“Sacred artists. Without risk, without battle, without a willingness to fight, you will stay weak. And weakness means death.”

I want to give a quick shoutout to the narrator, Travis Baldree. He continues to bring the world of Cradle to life in an engaging and immersive way and I will be continuing this series via audiobook in large part to his fantastic narration.

Soulsmith continues almost immediately where we left off last with Lindon and Yerin leaving the safety of the
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Soulsmith is the second book in Cradle series by Will Wight.

Continuing from where the previous book left off, Lindon and Yerin leave the Sacred Valley in pursuit of stronger powers.

Cradle is progression fantasy, good fun, basically popcorn entertainment. All books in the series are quick reads with lots of action, delivering exactly what it says on the tin.

This instalment didn't blow me away, but I think this is one of those series where each sequel is better than the previous book.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Soulsmith, Cradle #2 by Will Wight lives up to the incredible high standards that he set with his The Travelers Gate Trilogy. As a result of my love for his trilogy I had very high expectations for this book and series and let me tell you, I was not let down. This is simply epic fantasy at it's finest. Will Wight deserves to be mentioned in the same sentences as the genre giant Brandon Sanderson. Both of these men excel in their fantastical story telling, character creating, and depth to
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks

“Don’t know why you’re crowing about it. Any day where I haven’t beaten a Remnant to death with its own limb is a holiday.”

After having read the first two books in Will Wight’s Cradle series, it felt unfair to review them separately. While the first book, Unsouled, was interesting and provided a solid foundation for the series… it fell a little flat for me – particularly when compared to the second book, Soulsmith. I enjoyed Un
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Enjoyed this book very much, and picks up right after book 1 concludes and gives us a lot more information about Lindon's world, the other clans outside the valley and more about the path of improvement that Lindon has begun.
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
10/2/2020 Notes:

The re-reads of Soulsmith were more enjoyable than the first time, but the transitions and certain events are still too forced to be a 4 star. On the other hand, lots of goodies for the series and plot direction.

10/7/2019 Notes:

Couple of important plot events & people are added in this book but the story flow was chunky & did not flow as well as the first book.
Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fav-series
It was starting to gain momentum and every element was expanded. The new POVS were especially intriguing. The story promising to get more interesting going forward.
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Unsouled, the first in the series, but I liked this one even better. The first book is a good primer for introducing the world, but this one takes it all up a notch.

Lindon is a really good protagonist in that he's always trying to learn in every situation. He's clever and tricky, but also foolish, so there's no relaxing at all.

New characters are introduced and they're great additions. While the first group was super interesting, this one was both engaging and entertaining. I hav
Apr 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
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A good sequel to the first book, and it works upon the foundation laid down by the former. This book reads like a kind of rite of passage for the story as well as the characters. There isn't much action, but the tension is high, and the pacing of the story keeps up the adventurous thrill.

The setting is outside the Sacred Valley, and filled with unknown dangers for the young protagonists. The main plot revolves around gaining power advancement, and the retrieval of a powerful spear from an ancien
Steve Naylor
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 4.0 stars

I didn't like this one as much as the last one. I enjoy the process of getting stronger and reading about how it happens and the struggle. While Linden did get stronger in this book. He achieved copper early on in the story. The was a large section of the story afterward where he really didn't have much progression. The society is frustrating. People's sense of honor is so skewed. Fighting someone weaker than you doesn't seem very honorable. But, if that weaker person actually i
Rajkumar Pagey
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2020
This book had a slow start and I was losing hope.
But the moment it picked up paced, it was a joyride.

Everything Lindon and, by extension, we, as readers, knew about the tier system of this world is shattered. There are so many things to learn.
Lindon and Yerin have left Lindon's home, Sacred Valley and even though they have not even healed completely, they have to defend themselves.

Finally they reach the five faction camp and then we are introduced to a barrage of new characters and the clans the
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very good second book in the series. It was definitely slow throughout, but I enjoyed it and the new characters. It was nice to see Lindon improve at a nice rate, but he's still so far behind everyone else. I'm curious how he's ever going to match up against Jai Long by next book. ...more
Calvin Park
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Will Wight gives us an amazing read in Soulsmith. Wight’s brand of fantasy is heavy on magic, giving us an intricate and fascinating magic system with plenty of depth. He also gives us a coming-of-age hero’s journey. All of this is set in a well-developed non-western secondary world. It’s so much fun to read, and for fans of hard magic systems it’ll really hit the spot.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of magic in fantasy. On this front Will Wight delivers so well. Magic plays an incredibly in
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it

Following directly the ending of Unsouled, Lindon and Yerin struggled to survive in the wilderness. They quickly found themselves entangled in a ruin excavation dispute between several factions.

Lindon was a kitten between tigers. Scrambling for anyone who would help and guide him in his Path, he found himself drawn to Soulsmiths and Forging, his original dream way back from the Sacred Valley. I also read this as a metaphor how Lindon would start to forge his own Path.

Compared to its prequel
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For almost a third of this book I was afraid the magic was gone, and that sequel syndrome would have wiped out an extremely promising start. The initial chapters were fun, but then it sagged a bit and I worried and dragged my feet on reading more, in case it stayed boring.

Then the Fishers happened, and then everything exploded, and I forgive it, because the slow bits were just the author stage-setting.

That said there is one thing I do not forgive: the brief moment of OOC behavior on Lindon's par
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.33/5 stars
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok, this and the first book I both read in a bit over a day. I'm really enjoying this series, and from other reviews will only like it more and more as the series goes. This world is so well done, do unique. This is just an absolutely fun ride. ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Executive Summary: It started a bit slow, but ended strong. This continues to be a fun series.

Full Review
I enjoyed Unsouled a lot, and went right into this book. Then life got busy and I put it down for nearly 2 weeks. I think if the start had been a bit better, I'd have made the time to read it anyways.

I said in my review of the first book that this series reminds me a lot of shonen fighting anime and that theme definitely continues here. One of the main issues with those series is "Power c
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how Will Wight does it. Unsouled was published in June 2016 and he releases the sequel THREE MONTHS later, with zero drop in quality.

I loved Wight's Traveler's Gate series, but Cradle is shaping up to be even better. The magic system is both rigidly defined and expansive in nature, and is fully integrated into almost every aspect of the world. Combine that with the classic trope of a young, weak protagonist who painstakingly builds up more and more strength, and you have a great bo
3 Stars
A bit of a slow start, but as the story continues we get to know more about the world and the really cool magic system. There's this typical shonen "main protagonist becomes more powerful, so enemies must get stronger too"-theme which for me makes every rise in power seem a little pointless. I'm still kinda neutral about the main protagonist but start to love the new characters :)
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wuxia, fantasy
This book was head and shoulders better than book 1 and my first truly enjoyable experience in the wuxia genre.

I honestly can't remember if I read or listened to book 1, so that could definitely be a reason why I feel this way.

Nonetheless, I can start to see what all the fuss is about, but I'll make sure I only listen to these stories going forward.
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