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The Resource Nightborn, Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard

Nightborn, Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard

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Nightborn
Title
Nightborn
Statement of responsibility
Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard
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Language
eng
Summary
Karn Korlundsson must travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar, learn to play a new board game called Charioteers, decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, facing great dangers at every step. Includes directions for playing Charioteers
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  • Grades 4-6 In the opening scene, dark elves Desstra and Tanthal are teammates in a war game leading to membership in—or banishment from—the secret order protecting their homeland. Both competitors are courageous and clever, but Tanthal is unencumbered by such petty concerns as friendship or ethics. Later sent on a mission with Tanthal in charge, Desstra chafes under his leadership. Along the way, she forms an unexpected bond with a human boy, devoted gamer Karn, and his friend, the half-giant Thianna, the duo whose exploits were chronicled in Frostborn (2014), the first volume in the Thrones & Bones series. Bent on solving an ancient riddle and completing a quest, the characters’ overlapping paths lead them all toward an epic battle with a satisfying conclusion. The extensive back matter includes a glossary, invented history, and instructions for playing a board game mentioned in the novel. This sequel offers an adventure story with good pacing, well-drawn characters, and engaging action scenes. And yes, there’s the promise of more to come. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 07-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 21, p75)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — Placing your head in a dragon's mouth hardly seems the most sensible way to begin one's quest. And yet Karn, protagonist of Nightborn , does just that. Like Frostborn (Crown, 2014), this novel takes place on the continent of Katarnia but expands beyond the frozen landscape and also introduces a new character, Desstra. Desstra is a dark elf training to join an elite group called the Underhand. To do so, she must retrieve the horn of Osius, which controls the dragons. But our hero Karn must also find the horn if he wants to rescue his friend Thianna. Anders continues the world-building and character development begun in Frostborn and also further develops the friendship themes with the new characters—all without sacrificing pacing or making things too complicated. Anders includes instructions on how to play Charioteers, a game within the story, making this book ideal for teachers or librarians who may want to supplement the reading with extended activities. Maps and a "historical" time line are also included for the fantasy obsessives who want to further study this intricate world. VERDICT A must-purchase for fans of the first book in the series.—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library --Jessica Ko (Reviewed September 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 9, p137)
  • Caution: a wyvern's talons might pluck you up and drop you smack in the middle of a legendary quest. Indomitable duo Karn and Thianna went their separate ways after battling the undead and outwitting ornery dragon Orm in Frostborn (2014). Karn now lives the life of a lauded hero. Content but somewhat jaded, he pines for the excitement and camaraderie he shared with Thianna. Enter Orm, who recruits Karn to seek the second Horn of Osius, an ancient relic capable of commanding dragons (Orm digested the first horn in book one to safeguard his kind). Karn is reluctant until he learns that Thianna was the initial recruit and has since disappeared. As Karn endeavors to solve an ancient riddle that will lead him to the horn and, more importantly, to Thianna, reminders abound that a soft heart is compatible with strength and resilience. As he did in the preceding volume, Anders presents a captivating world of richly imagined biomes, grim outlooks, plenty of gaming, and fantasy fauna (giant bats, gnomes, a pride of manticores preoccupied with manure). Whereas the first book was characterized by a fair amount of adult guidance, this tale is primarily propelled by young protagonists and antagonists (an enthralling doppelgänger dark elf pair also seeks the horn). In turn, Karn and Thianna are more defiant, less naà ̄ve, and have more to lose this time around—namely each other—but they refuse to lose themselves. A winning testament to the value of friendship and to a surly dragon's power of persuasion. (maps, glossary, game rules, "historical" note) (Fantasy. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10433272
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Anders, Lou
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 640L
  • Decoding demand: 98 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 88 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 88 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.A518855
LC item number
Nig 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Gerard, Justin
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Thrones and Bones
Series volume
book 2
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dragons
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Mythology, Norse
  • Board games
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Dragons
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Mythology, Norse
  • Board games
  • Fantasy
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Norse
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Nightborn, Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1100232
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780385390361
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014042921
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385390361
  • (OCoLC)893890267
Label
Nightborn, Lou Anders ; illustrations by Justin Gerard
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1100232
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780385390361
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014042921
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385390361
  • (OCoLC)893890267

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