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(Cradle #4)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  17,470 ratings  ·  494 reviews
With his duel fast approaching, Lindon is locked away in prison.

As a Blackflame, he is too dangerous to remain free. The Skysworn, protectors of the Empire, have imprisoned him to keep him under control until the day of his promised fight arrives.

When it does, he will face Jai Long.

But a new danger approaches the Empire, closer every day. Only the Skysworn stand betw
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published September 30th 2017 by Hidden Gnome Publishing
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Matt's Fantasy Book Reviews
Dec 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A book with some flaws that don't matter because it is so dang fun to read!

The mark of a truly great fantasy series in my opinion is when it continues to get better the longer it goes on, and this is exactly the trajectory that Cradle has gone with these first four books. I have no doubt that while there may be some small bumps in the road along the way of this long journey, that this trajecto
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Progression fantasy & Shonen anime fans
4.5/5 stars

Wei Shi Lindon may not have any advancement happening to him in this book, but the series did. Skysworn, just like each respective previous books, once again upgraded the overall quality of the Cradle series.

I honestly think that Skysworn was even better than Blackflame; imagine my surprise when I found out that many readers thought of this one as a downgrade for the series. I respectfully disagree. What happened in Skysworn is the direction that the series needs, although I highly en
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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“After an injury like this, it is your thoughts that are most deadly. Your fears, your pain, your despair, they are deadly poison. Do not let them rule you.”

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

Holy Guacamole! I can’t believe I almost skipped reading this series because I always thought it was something else and I am very thankful for my friends David and Chan for “forcing” me to read this! Honestly g
TS Chan
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Holy moly, this series is seriously fun and addictive!

I was initially planning to read an ARC for a soon-to-be-released book, but temptation drew me to start Skysworn instead, which I duly finished in just over a day.  Verdict: Will Wight has a new adoring fan.

In Skysworn, the narrative continued to reveal more about the fantastic world of Cradle and its awesome magic system. The author did this ever so skillfully through the storytelling while dropping hints and teases about even mor
3rd Reading

I really don't enjoy this book in the series, but I have to say that there are a ton of important bits of information that are shared that is so important for the series. We find out several things about the world, how things are connected and about Eithan. We learn a tad about Ozriel.

There are about 4 scenes, the fight with Lindon and Jai Long, Redmoon Hall attack, Stormrock City with the quick trials for Skysworn and then the ending battle with blood spawn. That's about all there is
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who are partial to fun
Recommended to Eon ♒Windrunner♒ by: TS Chan
4.5 stars

The cradle series is officially the newest member on my list of favourite fantasy series.

If you have seen my previous reviews for Cradle series books, you will know that I have already described it as the crack of the fantasy world and Skysworn is no different, delivering some of the best moments in the series so far while continuing Lindon’s quest of becoming a force to be reckoned with. Plot-wise I will keep it sparse to avoid spoilers, and just say that there is a highly anticipated
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebies
The Blackflame Empire fears a user of the black flame path. Because of that the Skysworn imprisoned Lindon. Unfortunately his duel with Jai Long is still looming. Meanwhile Jai Daishou is desperate to find a way to destroy Eithan. He is so desperate that he's willing to risk the destruction of his clan and the empire in the process.

Skysworn felt like a transition book to me. The book begins with Jai Daishou searching for a way to kill Eithan while becoming increasingly desperate. We also see Lin
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Out of laziness I haven't been reviewing Mr. Wight's latest series. It's too easy to just give a star rating on my Kindle and let technology do the rest. It's a shame actually because this is easily Will Wight's best series yet.

This is not just Mr. Wight's best series but it's easily the best indie fantasy series ever. If manga was written well and didn't rely so heavily on big eyed artwork, it would be the Cradle series.


Deborah Obida
Nov 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Buddy read with Snezana

Another great addition to the series. Skysworn is the fourth book in the cradle series. This series is fast becoming one of my favorite series of all time. It’s fast paced, has great world building, awesome unique characters and finally the magic system.
What I admire most about this series is the relationship between the characters, it’s so real, they are like a family.

There are lots of revelations in this, I finally know what Eithan’s endgame is and more about the Abidan
David S Meanderings)
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cradle
4.5 stars

“Eithan looked from his enemy’s weapon to his own. “Longhook, is it? You can call me Tiny Scissors.”

This was an excellent continuation to the Cradle series. Narrator Travis Baldree was once again masterful in voicing each and every character and I really enjoyed every minute of it.

Lindon got some character development! In part because there isn’t as much focus on Lindon’s power advancement in this one, Will Wight was able to give Lindon’s character some more focus and add to his persona
DNF at 48%

This will be unpopular. I wasn't enjoying the other books in this series all that much and then came this line:

"My Master had a pill for everything."

A pill for re-growing limbs? Really!? Sorry, but I like at least a small amount of realism in my fantasy tales. This reads more like a kid's cartoon in my opinion.

Short review as I don't think most people bother to read them anyway.
Ben K
Mar 26, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
After a great start, with an action-packed set piece with high stakes, it was all very very downhill. The bulk of this book felt like a whole lotta filler, very similar to bk 2 in that way. Based on the engaging ending of the last book, I was at least hoping for another good last act, but alas, twas not to be. The ending missed the mark for me in an epic fashion, with all kinds of big stuff going down that I cared less than nothing about.

There's something substantial missing from Wight's writin
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reread: Still 5 stars. Still oh so good

This was an absolute joy to read. Literally could not take my eyes off of it at all. It has an explosive beginning, and by the time it started to slow down at all I was over 40% done with the book. Literally was thinking "Oh, that was a good beginning. Surely that was just the opening!" just to find out I was already nearly halfway finished without realizing it. This book is action packed, fun, and will fly by. I really look forward to continuing the rest o
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
My least favourite book in the series I'm afraid. All of a sudden the pace of the story becomes frantic and abrupt: [Infodump] ACTION SCENE!!! [Touching emotional moment] ACTION SCENE!!! It was like reading a Micheal Bay movie and it made the whole book feel like a string of unconnected vignettes or like the author wrote it as an after thought.

But even though the pace seems to have inexplicably changed for the worse, the content still largely remains as good as ever. Infact, perhaps its better
Nov 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

I didn't enjoy this as much as Blackflame, for just the simple reason that I was a bit uninterested for the majority of the book. I mean, by the first 30%, I thought this one was going to be the best, but after that things didn't slow down, which I think was a bit of the problem. Felt rushed, like this whole book was just a bunch of martial art fight scenes conpacted in one volume. I needed a bit more story, I think.
Still enjoyed, nonetheless. That first 30% was such a treat, and the ending w
Andrew Rockwell
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars---
Jim Robinson
Sep 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
4* for this short but explosive installment in the Cradle series

Another gripping read in the series which starts to up the ante as far as the powerful beings who are crossing paths with our protagonists. I enjoyed this book but it seemed very short and in reflection I am not sure how much plot progression was really made.

Still it was enjoyable and there were some epic battles and at least one new and very interesting character was introduced to us who I feel will continue in the story line.

Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the book where the Cradle series takes a big leap towards betterment in terms of the story, worldbuilding, and characterization. I'm of the opinion that this book is a vast improvement from Blackflame. It has amazing action, adrenaline fueled tension, and bigger threats to increase the stakes in the story.

I loved the addition of the skysworn, a group of elite warriors that safeguard the empire. And, our protagonists are caught in their midst viewed with anger, suspicion, and hostility. T
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Because I've been binging this series, I didn't remember to rate each book.

I really enjoy this world and these characters. There's so much against them and so much to root for. The moment I finished this one I downloaded the next one. That's just the way it's been.

This series has a martial magic theme and reminds me of anime. I see glimpses of Naruto, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Howl's Moving Castle, Saga of the Forgotten Warrior (a book series that I've always thought would make a wonderful an
Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fav-series
I will say that this was the best one in the series so far. Skysworn in my opinion was where the story really started. I was awed by the writer's skill in revealing slowly the bigger picture in each installment, dangling pieces of this world in such a way that left a reader hooked the deeper into the story one went in. It was fantastic. ...more
Steve Naylor
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 4.5 stars

This is an awesome series so far. Fast paced, action intensive with a well thought out story and engaging characters. There is a opening up to the wider world in this book. The last book was all about getting Linden ready for his duel. The duel happens in the first part of the book, so the rest of story deals with what happens next? We also see how Linden deals with being powerful. Up until this point he has always been the weakest one around. I am excited to listen to the next
Apr 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is where I'm compeletely hooked up with this series. This is where i got a good grasp of what the cradle actually looks like and undrestand some of the vague foreshadowings that started from the first book. It no more feels like a generic fantasy world and not even once i felt bored and that's because of the excellent pacing. It's fights and action scenes are not still the coolest scenes I've read though and so i feel like there is room for improvement in prose. I read the first 100 pages i ...more
Sep 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks, 2021
I can't quite put my finger on what's bothering me with the writing but other than that it's absolutely brilliant! ...more
Christine Sandquist
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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:

Skysworn, alas, is the awkward middle child of the series. While I still definitely had a great time reading this, the pacing was more than a little off. Based on my understanding, Wight tried to rush this book out a bit to appease the fans who were clawing at him for more Cradle (he
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

“Don't think,” she warned him. “After an injury like this, it is your thoughts that are most deadly. Your fears, your pain, your despair, they are deadly poison. Do not let them rule you.”

After spending 3 books for developing the main plot and meta plot, Will Wight came back stronger with this one without missing the beat. In fact, Skysworn manages to seamlessly bridge the main plot and the meta plot.

This book mainly deals with the long awaited duel between Lindon and a certain individu
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well damn.

That was not at all what I was expecting and yet even better than I had dreamed it could be. I mean... damn son. Couldn't put it down once I picked it up. Was riveting and interesting and intense. If you haven't read this series I would highly recommend you drop whatever you are doing and go read it. You're in for a treat.
Leon Niemandt
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Freaking hell. If I ever become World Emperor I will have Will Wight chained up in a dungeon, his hands chained to a keyboard, forced to write more Cradle books faster.

Beware, all you unwary readers! His books are more addictive than intergalactic supercharged crack.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is action packed. And that does seem out of place in the series. The previous three had moderate pacing, while this is way too fast. Think of it this way, previous three were setting up the plot while this is beginning of the plot.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
10/19/19 Notes:

3.5 Stars Raised to 4 on Reread

The funny bits are more so on round two because I know the characters now vs getting to know them. Basically, I have a great anime playing in my head. =D
E Beth Ann
Nov 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

The Writing perfectly balanced suspence, Horror, and humor, while the Worldbuilding was fantastic: no complaints there. The Plot, as it was in Book 2, I felt served more as a stepping stone for the next book. As well, I felt like this book was mainly for world building. The Suriel subplot was, again, probably the weakest part of this whole book. As this book's main focus seemed to be on Worldbuilding, the main characters within themselves didn't have much growth or expansion, and many (if
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