Review: Bloodline (Cradle #9) by Will Wight

Rating: 8/10

Synopsis

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. They’ll have to persuade the squabbling inhabitants of Sacred Valley to leave behind their home and set off into the outside world.

But it has been a long time since Lindon left, and more has changed than he realized.

He has always sought power to save his family…but now he might be too late.

Review

“….you know what they say: if you want something done right, get Eithan to do it.” – Eithan

It is hard in a series as long as this to keep up momentum and make all the books matter. Will Wight does a good job of this. Although Bloodline did feel like a “bridge book” at times, it made up for that by being fast paced and having important conflicts with very real stakes. Wight also leaned into more worldbuilding and plot about the heavenly conflict currently happening which I thought was very smart to do now in order to wrap up the series in a satisfying way in the next 3 books.

We know these characters pretty well at this point through 8 books, so there wasn’t a ton of character development. What we did have is a number of cool character moments that helped me appreciate each of the main characters a little more. I’d say one character that did have a good bit of character development was Lindon, who I actually think needed it the most. Confronting his past and the growth that came with that was cool to see and made Lindon feel almost like a different character by the end. I also really enjoyed being reacquainted with characters that we have seen little or nothing of in the last 5-6 books!

The fighting, as it always is in this series, was engaging and so much fun to imagine. We also see the highest stakes fighting we have seen in the entire series in this book. There is two great, overwhelming threats that are battled against in this one and I had no idea how it would turn out which I loved!

The plot was engaging as well as pulse pounding. Whether it was Lindon’s, Yerin’s, or Eithan’s POV, something was always happening. I also really enjoyed seeing more of the Abidan and the Mad King as the war in the heavens is escalating. I can’t wait to see how Will Wight will weave both stories together as we get just a glimpse of that at the very end of the book.

Overall, Bloodline was another solid continuation of the Cradle series that sets up the rest of the series really well. These last 3 books are about to be crazy!

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