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(Cradle #9)

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It’s time to go back home.

In the years since Lindon left Sacred Valley, he has attained power beyond anything his family thought possible. Now he’ll have to put those powers to the test, because a Dreadgod is on its way.

Lindon and his allies set out to evacuate the valley before the arrival of the Wandering Titan, but their sacred arts are weakened by an ancient curse. The
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by Hidden Gnome Publishing
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Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure whether this is an unpopular opinion or not, but Bloodline is the best of the series so far for me.

First, I want to say thank you so much to Christine Sandquist from Black Forest Basilisks; the detailed summaries of the entire Cradle series to date provided by Christine were super helpful to me. You can check out the summaries here if you need some refresher: https://blackforestbasilisks.com/crad...

As for Bloodline, the ninth book in Cradle series by Will Wight, I will just immedi
2nd Reading:
I remember this book causing me so much internal frustration reading about Sacred Valley and this time, there was a little, but not nearly as much as I remember.

This book does a great job of simply continuing on with the story we have set and it all flows so smoothly. I do love we get to see a few characters from the earlier books and see them again. Everyone is so paranoid in this book and everyone thinks it's a trap. That's what strikes me about the society of sacred arts is they a
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Ah, yeah, but wounds can be deeper than you realize. Even when the healing is done exactly right, sometimes time is still the best cure.”

Unsouled ★★★ 3/4
Soulsmith ★★★ 1/2
Blackflame ★★★★
Skysworn ★★★★ 1/4
Ghostwater ★★★★
Underlord ★★★★ 1/4
Uncrowned ★★★★ 1/2
Wintersteel ★★★★ 1/2
Bloodline ★★★★

Bloodline is yet another great entry in the cradle series and Wight still manages to maintain the high quality the series has. I won’t be able to say much about the plot but it takes place after the t
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
A Dreadgod is heading for Sacred Valley. Lindon is determined to save the people from his home at all costs. Unfortunately Lindon and his friends are weakened by Sacred Valley's curse and the people of Sacred Valley are far from trusting.

Bloodline is largely what I expected in a very good way. Lindon is too good for the people of Sacred Valley. I needed to get that off my chest. It may simply be the nature of the Valley, but most of their leaders are absolutely ridiculous. It goes along with the
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good, but lacking

While I did enjoy Bloodline, I feel that it is one of the weaker entries in the series. There are the usual amazing fights, but the book lacked some of the character development and steadier pacing seen in Wintersteel. My thoughts on this book is likely influenced by how much more I liked Wintersteel in comparison. I feel that this book could have greatly benefited from a larger page count and slower pace. If I had to rank this book, I would say it falls somewhere in the middle
Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
I found Bloodline to be the weakest installment in the entire series so far. Even the first book was better, it at least held the magic of every first book. Lindon coming back home was the event I had been waiting for so long, and turned out to be disappointing. I guessed it couldn’t really be helped as the scope of series was too huge, that the homecoming event won’t matter much to the plot. Still, the whole back and forth thing with trying to save people who didn’t want to be saved felt comple ...more
David S Meanderings)
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-release
2nd Reread Update. 4.5 stars (Increased from 4 stars)

I don't usually change my rating upon a reread, but I enjoyed this one more than I did the first time around. It kind of reminds me how I felt about Skysworn my first read and then in subsequent rereads liking it more and more. So yeah, 9/10 for this one now!

Overall, Bloodline was a fantastic continuation of the Cradle series, telling it's own riveting story while simtaneously setting up the rest of the series really well. These last 3 books a
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. This book was frustrating though. The inhabitants of Sacred Valley were such dicks though. Trying to murder Lindon and co constantly. I loved all the cosmic stuff, it was cool to see what a top tier battle looks like with them wrecking a universe over and over again.

Looks like we're finally going into the Labyrinth next book. Can't wait to see what that's all about. Only three books until the end, sadly.
Alireza Khoshnevis
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Can’t wait to read this book. Someone should lock Will in a room with a typewriter! Hehe just joking....or am I?!
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Edit: Adding in second impression!

Listened through the audiobook and let me say, after being forced to go at a slower pace, the pacing of the book doesn't seem so extreme.

It's important to recognise that unlike the previous books, I feel this one definitely deals with heavier themes of family, community, and wanting to do the right thing. Lindon's experience in being reunited with his family only to see that everything is the same (except Kelsa) really got me in the feels. As someone who lives o
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another terrific entry in this highly addictive series.
William K. Moses Jr.
I'd give this book 3.5 stars.

The reason why the rating is so low is that I feel like Will spent too much time focusing on a part of the story that might have been interesting, but was in fact very irritating and frustrating and enraging to read. (view spoiler)Additionally, I find a particular decision Lindon makes later on very frustrating. (view spoiler)
Arundeepak J
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Rushed but Good one...

Maybe, this book coming after Wintersteel may have affected my view but I felt this book could have been a lot better if enough pages were given in the first half of the book for Character development and interactions than speeding up the pace from the very beginning and also I didn't enjoy the final battle as I thought I would.

But the setup for the next book was really well done... I'm pretty excited about it...
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Cradle: The only books I read in one day.
Deborah Obida
May 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Buddy read with Snezana

Bloodline is the 9th book in the Cradle series. I remember when I finished Wintersteel, I told myself it was the best in the series, then I read this emotional rollercoaster and I’m torn, I love this book so much. This book features the usual awesome battle scenes, well developed characters, great friendship and amazing world building. The question that I’ve been asking since I found out about the Sage of the Endless sword got answered here, everything finally makes sense
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Not good... maybe a 2.5/5

I really enjoy this series. However, I almost didn’t finish the very first book because Lindon was such a weak and pathetic main character. I’m not referring to his lack of power but his milksop personality. Somewhere in that first book though he started changing into someone with a backbone and real spirit. A hero who was both thoughtful and humble, but still capable of great violence. It’s been fun reading about his progress ever since.

Unfortunately, Lindon seems to ha
L.L. MacRae
Apr 30, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous entry in the Cradle series! As to be expected, the ending was as strong as ever! I particularly enjoyed the idea of an enormous enemy moving slowly across the land towards you. It's inevitable, and that builds tension! It reminds me of Diamond Weapon crossing the sea in Final Fantasy 7. I don't know if it's a trope as such, but it's one I enjoy.

This one started very strong, with a gut punch of emotions. For me, the rest of the book raced ahead very, very quickly. Perhaps a litt
kartik narayanan
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bloodline is as much fun as any other entry in the Cradle series. There is a lot more social commentary this time around - shades of anti-maskers etc who refuse to do the right thing even if it could save their lives. If you are a Cradle fan, you will love it. If not, then this book is not going to change your mind.
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Re-read: Probably not my favorite Cradle book, but still really good. The clans really annoyed me this time through, though much of the book is absolutely fantastic.

I think this may be the best Cradle book yet. It had high stakes, humor, and humans being humans. By that I mean idiots. You want to slap half the people in this book, but you should have expected that going in. The action is top notch, the stakes have never been higher, and the book keeps your attention the entire time. Seriously,
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Feels like half a book. After what happened with Wintersteel and Uncrowned i.e. Will trying out a technique to cut less stuff from his books, I was really surprised to see something so short. To my surprise it feels both simultaneously too slow and too fast.

It feels too fast because, in addition to the constant hanging threat of the dreadgod, a lot of major things seem to happen offscreen or go unmentioned. A good example of this is that the book treats Mercy advancing to Overlord like something
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it

Enjoyable but had its issues and was a weaker entry in the series. The biggest issues were the pacing (waaaaay too fast) and the lack of character interactions. Both of these can be traced back to the size of the book: it's just a bit more than half the size of Wintersteel, 304 vs 540 pages. There was a lot of stuff that could have been given more pages: Lindon and Yerin's newfound relationship, Ziel, Eithan's backstory, Lindon's interactions with the Valley residents, etc. Despite all the
Justin Cole
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
The decline in quality for this series is disappointing. An entire book about saving a group of people the reader has no reason to care about at all, and who are not made to be sympathetic at any point.
Tushar Thakur
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was definitely not as satisfying as Wintersteel or Ghostwater.

While I enjoyed the middle of the book, the start and the climax felt disappointing. The only part of the first act I enjoyed was the casual conversation among the main gang, which was a breath of fresh air in the breakneck pace of this series. What I didn't like was how mildly impressed most everyone acted around Lindon and Yerin. Their most unusual and unprecedented advancements (respectively) should have elicited a more intimid
Ben K
Apr 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
3.5 stars rounded up for another solid entry in Cradle! The return to Sacred Valley was handled very well, and then a lot of this book was a climactic battle that had plenty of stakes and intrigue. I gobbled this one up in no time at all.
Tadgh Kelly
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A great continuation, a disappointing instalment.

Here, it is clearer than ever that Will Wight's overall fantastic series suffers because of its format. The Cradle series is much like, and heavily based on, progression fantasy, a genre most commonly published in the form of daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly chapter drops. They are essentially one long story rather than multiple successive stories. This is why Cradle is so easy and so satisfying to binge read. Unfortunately, due to the standard
Benny Hinrichs
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Definitely a good book. Definitely not the best Cradle book. Some scenes I wish had been longer, and some I wish had been shorter. It felt like the reunion with Orthos didn't get enough time, and we spent a little too much time convincing the clans. We could have had one more scene with the Wei clan elders. The cosmic scenes, e.g. where a planet gets cut in half, are sort of too big to really appreciate. They don't feel much grander than fighting the dreadgod. I think because they aren't built u ...more
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
More fun goodness in the Cradle series. Lindon finally went home to Sacred Valley and the reunion wasn’t quite how he pictured it.

The main plot probably didn’t move forward quite as much in this book, but the ending was great and set up the next book nicely.
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was so and so for me, if it wasn't for last chapters it would've sucked big time . ...more
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, favorites
04/14/2021 Notes:

- 1st Read & it was fun!
- Good wrap up for plot line in the book, but a total wam bam give me the next book now epilogue.
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Executive Summary: Another solid entry in this series, albeit not quite as good as the last one. I'm not sure if this broke my reading slump, but I sure read it much faster than I have been lately.

Full Review
This has quickly become one of my favorite series. I was especially looking forward to this volume since there has been so much character development since we last saw the Sacred Valley.

I think I enjoyed Wintersteel more, but it was more like the second half of Uncrowned. This one for al
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“Not enough. With only this much, I’m afraid the flavor won’t set in.” Orthos flicked his tail. “Some Archlords do eat intelligent sacred beasts.” “There’s one such Archlord before you now. Be silent and marinate.” 4 likes
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