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Lindon has a year left.

When his time runs out, he’ll have to fight an opponent that no one believes he can beat. Unless he learns sacred arts the right way, from scratch, he won’t have a chance to win…and even then, the odds are against him.

In the course of their training, he and Yerin travel to the Blackflame Empire, where they fight to master an ancient power.

Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published April 30th 2017 by Hidden Gnome Publishing
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Matt's Fantasy Book Reviews
Dec 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A ridiculously addicting book that is a wonderful addition to this series

This series continues to impress me, and while I recognize this book won't be for all the fans of the fantasy genre - it really resonates with me in a positive way. This book is the definition of a "progression fantasy", where it almost reads like a video game in that the main character is constant
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Progression fantasy & Shonen anime fans
4.5/5 stars

The dragon advances; Blackflame advances Cradle into an addictive series to read.

If I were to defined Unsouled as an invitation to Cradle, Soulsmith would be the appetizer, and Blackflame would be where the main course begins. Don’t get me wrong, the first two books were fun, they were great, and they were necessary installments full of proper foundations that made the ravaging Path of the Blackflame so compelling to read, but it truly felt like the meat of the story begins here. The
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Calista by: Liza Watson
3rd reading:

I am getting reading for the 10th book in this series coming out this fall. Will has bundled together in one volume, books 1-3 online and it feels like these 1st 3 books make one amazing story. The first book simply runs right into the 2nd and it really should be read as one story. Book 3 fits in with that so well.

Lindon is able to level up twice in this story. Yerin levels up one more time. That battle with Eithan is everything. It's my favorite. I love the training scene in this bo
TS Chan
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I think I am completely in love. Blackflame is an amazingly fantastic continuation of the Cradle series.

Integrating the fascinating Eastern-inspired worldbuilding and magic-martial arts system with better characterisation, Blackflame was easily the best book in the series so far. Even though I'm still not wild about the main protagonist, Wei Shi Lindon, I was growing more invested in what his future may bring. At the end of Soulsmith, Lindon found himself being given one year to train and advan
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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“That was the real lesson: if you were powerful enough, you could accomplish anything.”

Unsouled ★★★ 3/4
Soulsmith ★★★ 1/2
Blackflame ★★★★

The more books I read in this series, the more it feels like watching anime. Each book reads like an episode here and usually an anime season has 12-13 episodes and this has 12 books planned. And as much as can be crammed in 20 mins anime episode, those books are relatively short but full of ac
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Eithan has offered Lindon all he could want. A powerful family and instruction from a master. Eithan unfortunately also left Lindon in a predicament. In one year's time, he has to fight the Highgold Jai Long. Lindon is prepared to do anything to get strong enough to win, he just may not realize what that means. Eithan once again has dangerous plans for Lindon and he's made sure to include Yerin as well.

Blackflame was a strong sequel. The scene shifts to the home of the Arelius Family, Serpent's
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all fantasy fans (especially Petrik)
Recommended to Eon ♒Windrunner♒ by: TS Chan
Blackflame delivers on a whole new level and is a fantastic story, fully deserving of my first five star rating for this exciting series.

At the end of Soulsmith our main character is assigned a seemingly impossible task. A duel with an opponent who is a lion to his mouse. The inevitability of Lindon’s defeat and death is scheduled for a year later with Blackflame picking up almost immediately after Soulsmith and with Lindon training in the hope of survival. Who doesn’t love a great training sequ
David S Meanderings)
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cradle
8-23-21 - 2nd Reread done.... just over a year from the first time I read it. You could say I like this series just a little bit😁

Reread done. SO ready for Wintersteel!

4.75 stars.

I loved this book! This series has been addicting and fun throughout and Blackflame has only increased my love for it. Narrator Travis Baldree continues to impress as he brings this world to life and gives each character a unique voice. After this series is up I am definitely going to be looking into other series that he
Deborah Obida
Oct 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Buddy read with Snezana

Blackflame is the third book in the cradle series, just like the previous books this book is fast paced and action packed. It took place in another location from the previous books. The setting of this book is different from that of the first two, this took place in the Blackflame empire.

“That was the real lesson: if you were powerful enough, you could accomplish anything.”

The world and new location was well depicted, the houses in this new location are built in the
Jul 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5-stars rounded up to 4.

As others had suggested this is the best book of the series so far.

There seems to be more of a plot in this one, rather than just Lindon and Yerin jumping from one combat to the next. And now that Eithan has been added it gives us another character to focus on that has some more substance.

I still prefer Yerin at this point, though Lindon did advance a lot more during this book. There was a lot of description of Lindon having to picture things in his mind in order for h
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Executive Summary: This series started out pretty solid, but this book got really really good. I read the first half over several days, but I read the second half in one sitting. For that reason it was a pretty easy 5 star for me.

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A friend of mine was recommending I read Will Wight for a long time, but there are just so many books/authors out there that I never got around to it. It took getting a free copy of the first book of this series to get me to finally give him a shot.

I keep
Robert Thompson
"Someone," Bai Rou said, "is making a monster." I've reread the final chapters at least four times already. Each time, that line gives me chills.

The world of Cradle is an engrossing, meticulously built fantasy smorgasbord of epic challenges. It's filled with murderous antagonists, literal soul crushing characters(normally that would be bad but these are the real highlights) and a hero desperately out of his depth.Boilerplate you may think but packaged so perfectly. It's amazing!

Having read the f
Andrew Rockwell
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5.0 stars—-

Had to bump this up half a star after my 3rd reread. This is where the series really takes shape and things start to get interesting.

4.5 stars---

This series keeps improving book after book. I'm glad it is a long series
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 stars
Jim Robinson
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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5* This was the best Cradle book to date

Wow this book was a big step forward from Book 3 in terms of plot progression, battle scenes and the advancement of our now not so helpless protagonist Lindon. I really loved this book it had a nice balance to it which kept me reading that extra chapter which is always a good sign for a book.

Lindon levels up significantly in this story which is cool too as he has been pretty weak to date so that was fun to watch him learn and be tested both through trial
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, audiobook
03/10/2022 Notes: 4th Time Around

I didn't enjoy the plot process as much during this re-read, but that may be due to the other cultivation stories I've been reading. Most of them are not as well plotted as Cradle, and that's put me in critique mode. The only part that's a bit off in pacing was the last quarter of the book, but that's not a new thought from me.

10/07/2019 Notes: 1st Read

Book 2 was a transition piece. This one had a nice balance of overall progression in plot + characters and act
Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fav-series, fantasy
The dragon advances and the stories continue to impress, climbing the stairs of progression and grandness.
Sep 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks, 2021
4.5 - It's getting better and better! ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
This was the best book of the series so far and I was happy to learn that what I assumed was a trilogy is actually longer and that a fourth book is to be released. Which is great because I think there is a lot more story to tell in this universe. I'd highly recommend this entire series to anyone who would like an Asian influenced fantasy series, heroes that use their brains not hidden over powered skill sets. ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
If I were to read Cradle again (and I probably will), I might consider starting with Blackflame.

Unsouled and Soulsmith are basically an introduction to this world. They're fun, and they're the foundation, so it's impossible to skip them as a first-time reader (and you shouldn't; they're great), but Blackflame is where the real story starts.

Blackflame is where Cradle stops being an entertaining popcorn read and turns into a truly epic progression series.

Action-packed and fast-paced, this book is
Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it
The story and characters were slow to develop, but it is still an easy read/listen. Honestly didn't get good until 3/4 of the way through but I am still enjoying it. The way this book ended was fantastic.

Travis does a great job narrating the characters.
L.L. MacRae
Oct 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book in the Cradle series. Things are really ramping up and the excitement levels are higher than ever!! I love the characters, world-building, lore, magic, fighting. It's all absolutely brilliant! Really enjoying the audiobooks and will dive straight into book four :D ...more
Jonathan Wilson
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.75 Stars

Sep 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-read, 2021
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I had a weird experience with the audiobook for this as I downloaded it from the Audible catalogue (essentially the "free" library once you're a member) and midway through listening to the book, the book was no longer on the catalogue. Luckily, because apparently I have issues, I had already downloaded the kindle version of the book so I finished the boo
E Beth Ann
Oct 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 4 Stars

Best book in this series I've read so far. The plot was well unexpected, but done brilliantly once it took off. The pacing felt a little off at times, but other than that I have no complaints. The World Building did well to build upon the other two books. I nearly enjoyed every single character in this book; Yerin is the only exception, but she made up for it in the last third of the book. The Suriel sublot was actually my least favorite part in this book, but that speaks for itse
Rajkumar Pagey
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2020
Such a fun read.

In books which involves any sort of progression, there comes a point where the character has to decide which direction they want to grow in and what specialization to take.

Different books use different ways to show it.
In Dungeon Born series, the writer shows it as a level in the dungeon.
In Ritualist, the writer shows it as information which is just told from one person to another. It was pretty good and it reflected real world more than anything.

But in this book, we are presente
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars
This series just keeps getting better and better
Calvin Park
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Blackflame is an incredible fusion of eastern and western ideas. In the third installment of Will Wight’s Cradle series it’s obvious that the author not only loves this world and the characters but is also comfortable enough with them to truly begin spreading his wings. Whether you are a fan of Xianxia tales or a complete newbie to the subgenre, Blackflame will entertain you and make you love the characters Wight has crafted.

By the time you get to the third book in a series things can begin to
Christine Sandquist
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Looking for book summaries of all the books in the Cradle series? Look no further. My review is below, but you can find a summary of each of the Cradle books to date on my website, Black Forest Basilisks!

Book review:

“I’m not ‘polishing’ anything. The heavens opened up and showed me visions of all the greatest people on the planet, people who can wrestle dragons and strike down armies. Then they brought me to you. You’re all so far above me you might as well be stars.”

Finally! Lindon picks a prop
A strong continuation to the series expanding upon the world, and broadening the scope of the story. This was better than the previous two books, although it carries the load of the laying a solid foundation for improvement. There's fantastic action, and Wight also dedicates enough time in fleshing out his characters and testing them to their limits.

As worldbuilding goes, I enjoyed reading about the Blackflame empire. The conception of a city built upon the bones of a garangantuan dragon was ama
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“Don’t worry, I don’t train my students like that anymore,” Eithan said, holding up a bottle to the light. “I was far too lenient before. After weeks of my training, that girl should have been fighting those bears. With her fists.” 7 likes
“The only difference,” Eithan said, “is that you trusted him. Trust comes with time. And during that time, you will clear that course with your Goldsign or I’ll tie you to a string and drag you behind the house like a kite.” 3 likes
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