E-Book, 385 Pages
By: Will Wight
“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
Skysworn ★★★★ 1/4
Underlord ★★★★ 1/4
Uncrowned ★★★★ 1/2
Wintersteel ★★★★ 1/2
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 tournament that happened in the last couple of books and it focuses on the Dreadgods which are currently the biggest danger the content has!
The writing is good as always, I noticed with this book that I don’t highlight much when I am reading those books because the writing is not purple or highly quotable and veers toward simplicity which is not a bad thing. In fact, I do like the tone of the story mixed with the humor and as usual, Dross outshines when it comes to this mix.
[Too bad his technique is…hm. Is it bad that I want to say “his technique is dross”?]
The book focuses on the aftermath of the tournament and that’s why it is mostly character-driven. I did not expect much action and advancement and techniques and yet we had all of those in this book. The characters are trying to save Sacred Valley and so it is a book about origins and where the story started from. It was so comical when all out heroes asked the villagers to scan them and they would think they are Jade or even “Gold”. It is so funny because I remember earlier in the series when I used to think Gold was a big deal and now it is like a very mediocre thing. The stakes keep increasing and the protagonists are also seeing things differently which is very convincing because I felt the same about everything.
The pacing is slower than the last books but it is still relatively fast, it is also shorter than Wintersteel and I was afraid the books were going to keep getting bigger but looks like they will maintain their average size. The world-building keeps improving which I think is crazy after 9 books!
“The legacy you inherit is nothing compared to the legacy you leave behind.”
Summary: Bloodline still maintains everything I love about this series, the writing is simple and funny but it can be complex too. The characters are still precious and lovable as usual, it was a bit slower and less intense than the tournament ARC but I think this is expect-able. I am looking forward to Reaper already and I am so intrigued by its name!!!