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Like deep dark water, it pulls them down. The faint fire of magic within them flickers and dies. Their eyes turn black as night. They are nightborn now. Grace Marchant has been many things: streetwise orphan, rebellious servant, and now beloved companion of Prince Bastien, heir to the throne of Larelwynn. But their sunlit happiness is not destined to last. The golden magic Like deep dark water, it pulls them down. The faint fire of magic within them flickers and dies. Their eyes turn black as night. They are nightborn now. Grace Marchant has been many things: streetwise orphan, rebellious servant, and now beloved companion of Prince Bastien, heir to the throne of Larelwynn. But their sunlit happiness is not destined to last. The golden magic which brought them together in purest passion is threatened by strange and ancient forces. Innocent people are becoming nightborn – cruel, deadly, unrecognisable to their loved ones – and these two young lovers are the only ones with power enough to stop it. In times of peace, striking a deal with their closest enemy would be unthinkable, but now their only hope is to ally with the neighbouring Valenti royal family: manipulative, cunning, and always with an eye on the Larelwynn throne. The partnership comes at a devastating price… if Grace wants to defeat the nightborn, she must watch Bastien marry a Valenti princess. Grace knows she must make this heart-wrenching sacrifice for the good of the whole kingdom – but she also fears the magic in her veins, usually so warm and bright, is turning cold as deepest midnight. A beguiling darkness whispers to her from within. Is Grace herself becoming nightborn? Time is running out. With Bastien promised to another, and a stony distance growing between them, will Grace find the source of the nightborn curse before every last soul is consumed by the darkness? Combining sizzling romance, courtly intrigue, and heart-in-your-mouth action, this dark and addictive fantasy series is perfect for fans of Graceling and Emily R. King.


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Like deep dark water, it pulls them down. The faint fire of magic within them flickers and dies. Their eyes turn black as night. They are nightborn now. Grace Marchant has been many things: streetwise orphan, rebellious servant, and now beloved companion of Prince Bastien, heir to the throne of Larelwynn. But their sunlit happiness is not destined to last. The golden magic Like deep dark water, it pulls them down. The faint fire of magic within them flickers and dies. Their eyes turn black as night. They are nightborn now. Grace Marchant has been many things: streetwise orphan, rebellious servant, and now beloved companion of Prince Bastien, heir to the throne of Larelwynn. But their sunlit happiness is not destined to last. The golden magic which brought them together in purest passion is threatened by strange and ancient forces. Innocent people are becoming nightborn – cruel, deadly, unrecognisable to their loved ones – and these two young lovers are the only ones with power enough to stop it. In times of peace, striking a deal with their closest enemy would be unthinkable, but now their only hope is to ally with the neighbouring Valenti royal family: manipulative, cunning, and always with an eye on the Larelwynn throne. The partnership comes at a devastating price… if Grace wants to defeat the nightborn, she must watch Bastien marry a Valenti princess. Grace knows she must make this heart-wrenching sacrifice for the good of the whole kingdom – but she also fears the magic in her veins, usually so warm and bright, is turning cold as deepest midnight. A beguiling darkness whispers to her from within. Is Grace herself becoming nightborn? Time is running out. With Bastien promised to another, and a stony distance growing between them, will Grace find the source of the nightborn curse before every last soul is consumed by the darkness? Combining sizzling romance, courtly intrigue, and heart-in-your-mouth action, this dark and addictive fantasy series is perfect for fans of Graceling and Emily R. King.

30 review for Nightborn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. 'For this is my final wish, to lay my head beside yours, to bend my knee before you, to spill my blood on the cold hard ground, three times dead, twice entombed.' I liked Mageborn, it was a good story. But my attention and enjoyment of it wavered throughout the novel. With Nightborn, however, I was gripped from start to finish. I was thriving along that high tension. In Nightbo BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. 'For this is my final wish, to lay my head beside yours, to bend my knee before you, to spill my blood on the cold hard ground, three times dead, twice entombed.' I liked Mageborn, it was a good story. But my attention and enjoyment of it wavered throughout the novel. With Nightborn, however, I was gripped from start to finish. I was thriving along that high tension. In Nightborn, we pick up months after the end of Mageborn alongside Bastien, Grace, and the gang as they move into the Valenti Islands in hopes of an alliance against Rathlynn. One of the things that made me anxious about the synopsis of Nightborn was the premise that a love triangle might be found in the midst of this second installment. As a personal preference, I am not a fan of love triangles. They are cliché, they've been done a million times, and if I do read one, I hope and pray that it will be done in a way that will allow me to still enjoy the story while I attempt to manage my anxiety levels. I commend Jessica Thorne. Not only did she deliver on this fervent hope of mine, but she didn't give us the typical love triangle that I would expect in this scenario. The fact that she still gave the allusion of it, and then threw in a twist, made me like this book even more because I admire and appreciate an author who thinks outside the box. With just a little tweak of the characters and their personalities, the cliché was averted. The plot of Nightborn was fascinating. We are given a hint as to what a nightborn is from the first novel—they are the reason that mageborn paid homage to Bastien. But without Bastien around, and with the Deep Dark disturbed after Grace's death and return in Mageborn, the nightborn now run rampant. Their magic is twisted, broken, and they are out to maim and kill and destroy. In mind of this, if you expect chaos, death, bloodshed and fear, you are not going to be disappointed. Nightborn more than delivers on this while the main cast of the novel runs for their lives in an attempt to not just solve this problem, but to find a solution for the way that the Deep Dark is affecting Grace. If she played a strong role before, Grace steals the show in this book, and I am delighted by that. This is a case of me liking a character at first, but then really appreciating them the more that I get to know them. Grace is headstrong without being overconfident, and she is not immune from feeling the obvious fear that someone might feel when there is an ancient and powerfully magical force taking over you. She's more than willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves, but it's not a blind sacrifice. She wants to find a way to end what is potentially going to ruin an entire group of people, rather than blindly throw herself to the mercy of whatever god might make this happen and hope for the best. She was very human in her weaknesses and strengths, and her love for Bastien—and their relationship, in general—is not just stronger, but more deeply felt, and I couldn't help but connect with it. There are going to be some surprises, many coming from the antagonists of this cast. Asher Kane is a delight to hate, and he almost overwhelms Aurelie in “bad guy” persona. Where Aurelie is hatred borne of pride and an ego the size of the entire kingdom of Rathlynn, Asher is smart. He uses that intelligence to his advantage. He certainly uses it a time or two here. If there was anything that made me draw back in doubt about Nightborn, it was likely Kane and company's easy capture of Bastien and coercion into him going along with their plans near the novel's start. On one hand, I am not surprised. Bastien has been used before. But the ease with which it was done, while he still retained his powers at full strength and could defend himself, was unbelievable to me, rubbed me the wrong way, and left me dissatisfied. I'm still not wholly convinced, and in part feel that it was done so that the marriage with Rynn could happen. Besides, you would think that Bastien, who has lived in a nest of vipers for years, would know better than to go into another one, on his own, to reason with them. You're lovely, Bastien, and I adore you, but that was never going to work out and you must have known it. Book three must be coming next if the second's end is anything to judge by, and I want my hands all over it already. The ending to Nightborn was slightly weakened for me by Grace's neat salvation—again. It happened far too easily, although I'm sure that the Hollow King had/has a plan, and that we may (I hope) later find out about it. But I am eager, now that I find myself well and truly hooked into this story, to continue following its path.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Inkslinger

    ARC provided by Bookouture and Jessica Thorne via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookBub "She never thought to have a lover like him. A king, even if he was one in exile. A god, even if he was one who had given up his power." 05-31: 'Nightborn (The Hollow King Book 2)' by Jessica Thorne is has been one of my most eagerly awaited releases of the year. When I read the first novel in the series 'Mageborn' back in February, I had n ARC provided by Bookouture and Jessica Thorne via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookBub "She never thought to have a lover like him. A king, even if he was one in exile. A god, even if he was one who had given up his power." 05-31: 'Nightborn (The Hollow King Book 2)' by Jessica Thorne is has been one of my most eagerly awaited releases of the year. When I read the first novel in the series 'Mageborn' back in February, I had no idea the kind of need it was going to create in me for more of her world. In hindsight, I fell absolutely in love with Bastien the moment he graced the pages. I was slower to warm to the other characters, though they're all good.. the villains included. In fact, the villains have pretty nasty tendencies indeed.. even if they don't always get to carry out their thoughts and ideas. Prince Bastien, the Lord of Thorns, and his lover Grace Marchant fled their home for safer lands. This part of the journey picks up on those distant islands with the Valenti Dowager Queen bargaining with the throne meant for him. As heir to the throne of Larelwynn, she offers him an alliance in exchange for marrying her daughter. Meanwhile, innocent mageborn are being corrupted and becoming nightborn once thought to be legend, growing dangerously powerful as the Deep Dark spreads. The only way to protect themselves and save the people he's sworn to protect seems to be agreeing to the price the Valenti royal family demands. Though Grace knows the sacrifice is necessary for the good of the kingdom, he's her everything.. and watching it all happen is not easy. "Her only adornment was the warrant and a sigil threaded on a chain. She wore them like a thread. If only she'd stop looking like she wanted to murder anyone who so much as glanced their way." Oh the angst! While I do miss the constantly annoyed, brooding Bastien from the first book, it's also really good to see him content and it's frustrating how short-lived his happiness always seems to be. Watching as those around his clamor for his power or his name for their own agendas is infuriating. He deserves so much more. Thorne does such a great job of getting the reader invested because there really is always some nefarious person right around the corner with plans to use him. He's loyal, protective, and will do just about anything for those he considers 'his people' which is a huge weakness with the pit vipers surrounding him. "Danny had always said Kurt would end up in more hot water than he could handle. Kurt had always told his little brother that he liked his water as hot as possible." The supporting characters are wonderful. The banter is good, the dialogue is well-written, and frankly.. there's a great sense of humor that sort of permeates their little group. Sarcasm abounds. I love Misha the Lyric who's loyalty also seems to know no bounds, of course.. he suffered awfully in book one as well and I haven't forgotten. Kurt is a wildcard, always funny, always resourceful, but you never know exactly where he's going to come down on a situation. Ellyn is as stubborn as Grace and that's saying something because I'm pretty sure if you searched the word in Webster's.. there'd just be a picture of her there. It's definitely a quick-paced page-turner. There's plenty of action, lots of moments that swing wildly back and forth while you wait to see the outcome, and an antagonist that just never stops showing up at the worst possible moments. I despise Asher. Even more than the nasty royals, the man has no morals. He completely lacks any redeeming qualities. I guess.. I could say that for all the villains, they're clear-cut. "I can throw him over the side, but he'd probably just control the sea and walk after us." Though Bastien is beautiful and lovely.. he's also (to borrow a phrase from a comedian) a bit of a Princess Peach. I'm not sure I've ever read a powerful male character who gets captured quite so much. He's always being abused by some horrible person or another, manipulated and controlled.. because he does have vulnerabilities. Don't get me wrong, it makes for a great story. It just also makes me want to sweep him away and keep him safe.. which enables me to relate to Grace really easily. At least until she does the same stupid things, albeit for better.. if not good reasons. Unless you're heartless, you're probably going to go through some tissues. I know I did. Quite a few.. and it started before I even reached the first half of the book. If you like good fantasy stories with interesting mythos building and magic systems, this is one of my favorites. Be sure to give this series a try. Thorne really knows how to weave a tale and keep you engrossed throughout every page. I absolutely love these books. PURCHASE LINKS: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sónia

    I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Nightborn is a wonderful wrap-up of a magical duology full of dark secrets and unexpected twists. I really enjoyed Mageborn when I read it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Nightborn soon enough. The story starts a short time after the end of Mageborn with Bastien and Grace safe in a whole new kingdom. Until that safety is pull out from under their feet when they’re faced with a decision Grace never saw I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Nightborn is a wonderful wrap-up of a magical duology full of dark secrets and unexpected twists. I really enjoyed Mageborn when I read it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Nightborn soon enough. The story starts a short time after the end of Mageborn with Bastien and Grace safe in a whole new kingdom. Until that safety is pull out from under their feet when they’re faced with a decision Grace never saw coming. Either Bastien marries that kingdom’s youngest princess or everyone he cares for will suffer. Their journey throughout this book was action-packed and thrilling with lots of twists and turns. Very fast-paced, between ambushes, stolen memories, kidnappings and dark powers brewing within our beloved characters, they fight to overcome everything thrown their way by multiple enemy forces. The most surprising character in this book has to be Asher Kane. His motivations and his plans are unveiled in this instalment and we see a side of him we haven’t before. His cunning has no match. I was not a big fan of Rynn at the start but she slowly grew on me. New bonds blossom with the introduction of a few new characters and new plots are uncovered. I think Kurt has to be my favourite character in the book. I love how sassy and arrogant he can be. Everyone in the gang is amazing and I was happy to follow their adventures again. The negative thing I can comment on is how Bastien felt less powerful in this book. He barely used his powers and we see Grace use hers a lot more. I think in some scenes Bastien could have defended himself easily and he just didn’t. I highly recommend this duology to any and all fans of YA fantasy. It’s an exciting and action-packed story that leaves you at the edge of your seat.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    The Hollow King: 1. Mageborn — 4⭐ 2. Nightborn — coming soon! Blog | Twitter | Instagram I just received an email from NetGalley that I've been approved for an e-ARC of Nightborn by the publisher—Bookouture! 🥳 I can't wait to read it because even though there was no cliffhanger in Mageborn, I'm still dying to know what will happen to Grace and Bastien in the sequel 😍 From the synopsis, I know this is not going to be a fun read like the first book. I get a feeling the sequel will be dar The Hollow King: 1. Mageborn — 4⭐ 2. Nightborn — coming soon! Blog | Twitter | Instagram I just received an email from NetGalley that I've been approved for an e-ARC of Nightborn by the publisher—Bookouture! 🥳 I can't wait to read it because even though there was no cliffhanger in Mageborn, I'm still dying to know what will happen to Grace and Bastien in the sequel 😍 From the synopsis, I know this is not going to be a fun read like the first book. I get a feeling the sequel will be darker somehow. Aaahh, I'm super excited!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Evans

    I devoured this book and stayed up into the early hours of the morning just to finish it. This is the second book in the series and it completely blew me away. The story is darker but the characters are superb. Grace and Bastien are fully fleshed out, both amazing and yet also flawed, stubborn, and willing to do what is necessary to save each other, even if that means causing pain. My heart broke for both characters at certain stages of this book. Grace really shone throughout the story and her I devoured this book and stayed up into the early hours of the morning just to finish it. This is the second book in the series and it completely blew me away. The story is darker but the characters are superb. Grace and Bastien are fully fleshed out, both amazing and yet also flawed, stubborn, and willing to do what is necessary to save each other, even if that means causing pain. My heart broke for both characters at certain stages of this book. Grace really shone throughout the story and her actions and emotions were felt on all levels. Celeste is another character that really came to life on the page. She's creepy and extremely dangerous and was so well written. Aurelie, the wicked queen, lives up to her name too. Throughout this story, I was pulled into a new world, dark, filled with magic, action, and perilous adventures as Bastien and Grace struggled to defeat the deep dark. Misha, Danny, and Ellyn all played a big part and I loved the loyalty these characters had. New characters were introduced too and Rynn was a big surprise and I found myself shouting nooooo more times than a little. I don't want to give away any spoilers as to what happens in this story, but I will say, be prepared for a heart wrenching emotional journey at times and lots of harrowing battles. It's a page-turner and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this book by Jessica Thorne is the best yet and sure to be a bestseller. The ending left the way open for another book in the series and I really hope we get one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rhoda Baxter

    I enjoyed the first book, Mageborn, so when I saw this pop up on Netgalley, I grabbed it. Wow. I enjoyed it even more than the first. The story opens with Grace Marchant and Bastien Larelwynn (the Lord of Thorns) in a foreign court, where Bastien is playing -or rather trying not be played by - courtly games. Meanwhile something odd is happening to the Mageborn. They are being converted, filled with darkness and turned into vicious and powerful Nightborn. There's no way to save them, and the only I enjoyed the first book, Mageborn, so when I saw this pop up on Netgalley, I grabbed it. Wow. I enjoyed it even more than the first. The story opens with Grace Marchant and Bastien Larelwynn (the Lord of Thorns) in a foreign court, where Bastien is playing -or rather trying not be played by - courtly games. Meanwhile something odd is happening to the Mageborn. They are being converted, filled with darkness and turned into vicious and powerful Nightborn. There's no way to save them, and the only way to destroy them is to kill them or let them kill themselves. Grace's powers are dangerously close to turning Nightborn. Quite early on, something terrible happens to Bastien (I can't tell you what it is, but it's pretty terrible) and everything goes wrong. There's romance and magic (the costly kind, not the nice twinkly kind) and quite a lot of violence. The pace doesn't let up right until the end. It's a brilliant fantasy adventure that gallops along. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Petra Dimitrova

    *THANK YOU to Bookouture for graciously providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review* I absolutely hate writing that kind of reviews...but i am left with so much mixed feelings about Nightborn. Firstly i really loved all the plot twist and surprise moments ideas....and thats what makes me sad,because of all the potential that story has. I felt like i was sprinting trough all the events one after another and that left me no room to grasp properly ,mentaly and emotionally what was going *THANK YOU to Bookouture for graciously providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review* I absolutely hate writing that kind of reviews...but i am left with so much mixed feelings about Nightborn. Firstly i really loved all the plot twist and surprise moments ideas....and thats what makes me sad,because of all the potential that story has. I felt like i was sprinting trough all the events one after another and that left me no room to grasp properly ,mentaly and emotionally what was going on and to have some kind of impact on me - at least emotionally (and believe me there are a lots of moments that makes you gasp - what did just happened?).Maybe if there were more chapters and more time to "breathe" between all the action it would give time to sync in. Again i loved the character development direction that Grace Marchant was heading and i wanted more and i was curious! But again was cut short on several occasions and it felt like a hiccup and it was really frustrating because it was undermining all the buildup her character got so far. Another love/hate moment is Bastien's character....i was kinda pleased to see him got the backseat for a while but after a while it became a little irritating and his character got pretty much like a damsel in distress all of the time. I really hope there will be a third book in the series,because on one hand the final was good despite that it left me a little baffled and with a lot of questions and two - despite the hate/love relationship with the second book i want to see the characters again and sort some of the questions. Hence why i gave 4 stars and not 3 despite my rant and in some weird way i did enjoyed it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Nightborn is the second installment in author Jessica Thorne's The Hollow King series. This story picks up 3 months after the ending of Mageborn. There are several key characters that readers must pay attention to: Captain Grace Merchant, Queen Aurelie, Asher Kane, Kurt Parry & Bastien Larelwynn. Once upon a time, a terrible plague known as the Nightborn descended on the world. Their magic was wild and dangerous and nothing c *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Nightborn is the second installment in author Jessica Thorne's The Hollow King series. This story picks up 3 months after the ending of Mageborn. There are several key characters that readers must pay attention to: Captain Grace Merchant, Queen Aurelie, Asher Kane, Kurt Parry & Bastien Larelwynn. Once upon a time, a terrible plague known as the Nightborn descended on the world. Their magic was wild and dangerous and nothing could control them. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Milverton

    Another great book, Thorne breaks my heart every damn time! But I can forgive her I suppose. Nightborn is a great story in The Hollow King series, very interesting and fast-moving. The book had me in a rollercoaster of emotions but the ending ultimately left me satisfied. Thorne is a great author, I can rely on her for a great book every time, something to curl up on the sofa with and fall into!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Spira Virgo

    Trigger Warnings: (view spoiler)[physical violence, Slavery, mild gore, physical injury; mention of sexual assault by woman. (hide spoiler)] I received this book from Net Galley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. "The Deep Dark is coming, and all the Nightborn will be coming with it." "Coming?" "For me. For you. And for everyone we love."   Can I just say how much I waited to read this book the moment I received the news it was ready to be released? That it's been only 3 months ago t Trigger Warnings: (view spoiler)[physical violence, Slavery, mild gore, physical injury; mention of sexual assault by woman. (hide spoiler)] I received this book from Net Galley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. "The Deep Dark is coming, and all the Nightborn will be coming with it." "Coming?" "For me. For you. And for everyone we love."   Can I just say how much I waited to read this book the moment I received the news it was ready to be released? That it's been only 3 months ago that I read Mageborn and the continuation is here. That my babies, Bastien and Grace, are here and I can succumb to my foolish weak emotions and dive back into their world straight away with my mind fresh and ready to swallow the pages one by one. I just love Jessica's writing, they are my very own drug. I guess that's how Aurelie feels... Magic is addicting ;) He had a heart that would look after this whole world even if it killed him. It's been exactly three months since Grace and the gang escaped from Aurelie, Asher and Celeste clutches and spoiled their plans for at least a little while. Grace got so much on her shoulders now, the protection of Bastien and her friends, the future of the kingdom and how they going to usurp Aurelie and now a malevolent power raising thanks to Bastien saving her from the brink of death. Things aren't great at all, not only they are housed in another country seeking an asylum and trying to gather forces so Bastien can claim the throne the mageborn are starting to lose control. It's not another Hollow outburst, no... The Deep Dark is back and is rapidly changing the mages one by one, including our beloved Grace. You could be so much more. If you just had the courage to reach out and seize it. It's waiting for you. There's a sacrifice, of course. But everything worthwhile demands a sacrifice. Especially magic. This book isn't kidding around if you thought the stakes were high in the previous title think again. Jessica Thorne is here to torment us with so many conflicts and angst that for some time I forgot to breath. I thought I was in one of those exceptionally movie screening of David Lynch movie and just when I thought I comprehend what was happening, she push me off my chair and then my heart was panicking. Grace have to put her duty before her own happiness, Bastien dealing with his own identity and what was his past which has huge gaps in it, Ellyn been uncomfortable been back to her own home country at the control of the Valenti royal family and Kurt, Daniel's brother trying to be a huge thorn in Aurelie butt while buying the gang some time. You aren't just following Bastien and Grace POV anymore but everybody which appreciate since now we get to enjoy the perspective of so many characters like Daniel, Kurt, Ellyn, HACK even the bad guys Aurelie and Celeste which were my favorite to explore. Aurelie was quite an enjoyable little villain and seeing her shine more in this book was a blessing. Celeste still a huge wild card and she wasn't undermined and became a vital part for the final act too. More depth to the world and the magic, the history behind the hollow king was revealing and it was mind blowing. I enjoyed this, and if you loved Mageborn you'd love this one too :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hina

    Cover ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ First Impressions/ Expectations If you know me, you know I was a SUPERFAN of Mageborn. I loved Bastien and Grace so much. So I had to read Nightborn! Thank you Netgalley & Bookouture for granting me this ARC 🥰 Plot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ MC ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyment ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Final Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 Tropes: Okay I honestly have no idea what to call anything that happened in this book 😅 Rollercoaster of EMOTIONS, HAE, Cliffhangerish Trigger Warnings: Some Sexual References, Mild Cur Cover ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ First Impressions/ Expectations If you know me, you know I was a SUPERFAN of Mageborn. I loved Bastien and Grace so much. So I had to read Nightborn! Thank you Netgalley & Bookouture for granting me this ARC 🥰 Plot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ MC ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyment ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Final Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 Tropes: Okay I honestly have no idea what to call anything that happened in this book 😅 Rollercoaster of EMOTIONS, HAE, Cliffhangerish Trigger Warnings: Some Sexual References, Mild Curses Would Recommend for... people who enjoy a plot with lots of twists, HAE, Love a story with a great backstory/lore, magggiccccc Would not recommend for... people who only enjoy fruity feel good romances, light fun reads Age Recommendation: 15+ Honestly this book was pretty dense. It was super plot heavy with insane twists and it broke my heart a million times over. I loved it, but omg the toll on my heart. It was just insane. Highly recommend for those who liked the first book and if you haven’t read it yet read Mageborn it’s sooooooo goood ⭐️ SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON Look this took me a second to really read because it’s just so heartbreaking. I had to stop several times because I was like omg WHAT IS THIS? My beautiful OTP was STRUGGLING and not in the normal way either an OTP does. Bastien had to just get himself in a situation where he got married off to Rynn some dumb princess. Honestly I just could not with her honestly. Idk who was more pissed by this Grace or me? I was like poor GRACE. I love you girl for the both of us though 🥰 So we got more POVs than Grace and Bastien which was fun. I enjoyed Aurelie’s and Kurt’s POV but obviously this was still Bastien and Grace’s story. Honestly I was struggling the whole way through trying not to punch someone because Grace really loved Bastien and Bastien loved Grace as well but idk I was mad at him 😂 I know it wasn’t his fault but he could’ve left rynn or idk killer her? Till Death Do Us Part RIGHT? That’s one way to end a marriage. So plot twists. I think I kept screaming what like more times than I could count. Bastien getting roofied then married to Rynn Auralie getting preggo and not actually preggo Asher betraying Auralie Auralie killing Celeste Grace being consumed by darkness MULTIPLE TIMES Bastien dying but not actually Ellyn taking the necklace and not bursting into flames Ellyn being a larerelwynn Bastien is actually the guard not the hollow king but kind of Bastien was human and now is human Juhmane betraying them. Grace being possessed by Celeste Grace trying to roofie Bastien and make him forget about her The list WAS ENDLESS Yeah this story was tragic epic and then had a happy ending of sorts. A simple life which was great until MISHA HAD TO SHOW HIS FACE AGAIN. All in all. I loved this book. I only gave it 4.75 because it broke my heart with Bastien still being married... 😭 Read it. An epic tale of insane proportions with love, betrayal, and a rollercoaster of many other emotions. Buckle down because this book was a hell of a ride. I loved it so much.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Starting (again) with a dark prophecy and that sense of foreboding, Grace and Sebastian along with Elyn, Danny and Misha are in exile, in an island kingdom. Because there is danger everywhere for Sebastian, and his ex-best friend is colluding with the dowager queen and his rather unhinged sister, returning to Rathlynn without a solid plan to ‘solve’ the problems isn’t really an option. And things are bad everywhere: Mageborn are losing control of their magic and are transforming to Nightborn – t Starting (again) with a dark prophecy and that sense of foreboding, Grace and Sebastian along with Elyn, Danny and Misha are in exile, in an island kingdom. Because there is danger everywhere for Sebastian, and his ex-best friend is colluding with the dowager queen and his rather unhinged sister, returning to Rathlynn without a solid plan to ‘solve’ the problems isn’t really an option. And things are bad everywhere: Mageborn are losing control of their magic and are transforming to Nightborn – the most dangerous and deadly of the magic-wielders. All of that signals a great imbalance in powers, an imbalance that Sebastian believes only he can right by returning to the pool where he first made the deal with the Hollow King. Of course, Grace isn’t about to shirk her duty or her love for him – even when their relationship has become a political disadvantage. Particularly when a Princess, Rynn, is put forth for Sebastian to wed, as her grandmother, queen and chief manipulator, is arranging things. From one battle to another, to learning of powers heretofore unseen, and the struggles that become the power play between Grace, the Deep Dark, Sebastian and the future of the world. This is NOT a book that will make sense, not in a real way, if you haven’t read the first: Mageborn. And, while the story is listed as YA Fantasy, this is easily one of the more intriguing and clever series, without becoming a long-winded tale of 5 or 7 books, and perfect for a weekend’s read. In fact, this is one of my favorite series to work with medieval feel, magic, romance and plenty of political sub-plots. Thorne’s characters are easy to relate to with strong voices and clear affection and loyalties shown in friendships. Several twists, a few surprises and some unexpected alliances are formed and strengthened in this one, and leaves us all with a peek into the ‘what afters’ for characters we’ve come to know and appreciate. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  13. 4 out of 5

    ClaireJ

    Nightborn is the sequel to Mageborn, part of a dark, magical fantasy series The Hollow King. I loved the first book and this one did not disappoint at all. In fact I think it was better than the first book in the series and definitely a lot darker. It follows once again the brave, smart and loyal Grace Marchant and her beloved Prince Bastien who have to defeat their enemies to try and bring peace to their land and stop the Nightborn creating death and destruction among their people. There are so Nightborn is the sequel to Mageborn, part of a dark, magical fantasy series The Hollow King. I loved the first book and this one did not disappoint at all. In fact I think it was better than the first book in the series and definitely a lot darker. It follows once again the brave, smart and loyal Grace Marchant and her beloved Prince Bastien who have to defeat their enemies to try and bring peace to their land and stop the Nightborn creating death and destruction among their people. There are so many characters in this book that I was completely invested in. The author just makes each character’s personality come to life so well. Grace especially is the perfect, heroic female character who everybody would route for. I went through so many emotions reading this story. It literally at times makes your heart break. It is full of action, adventure, romance, magic and courtly intrigue. This story especially was all about sacrifice. Sacrificing yourself to bring harmony to your people and to your loved ones no matter what the cost is to yourself. Fantasy fans, you really must read this series. I find it so underrated and it needs to be appreciated a lot more than it is!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leonie Byrne

    Thank you to Netgalley, Jessica Thorne and Bookouture for my arc of Nightborn in exchange for an honest review. Spoilers ahead for book one: Mageborn Synopsis: following the events of Mageborn Grace and Bastien find themselves facing a new foe as the Mageborn begin to turn Nightborn. Eyes black, magic uncontrollable they succumb to the deep dark. And it's affecting Grace too as the darkness begins to whisper to her.... This is such an underrated fantasy series I seriously loved Mageborn and I lo Thank you to Netgalley, Jessica Thorne and Bookouture for my arc of Nightborn in exchange for an honest review. Spoilers ahead for book one: Mageborn Synopsis: following the events of Mageborn Grace and Bastien find themselves facing a new foe as the Mageborn begin to turn Nightborn. Eyes black, magic uncontrollable they succumb to the deep dark. And it's affecting Grace too as the darkness begins to whisper to her.... This is such an underrated fantasy series I seriously loved Mageborn and I loved Nightborn just as much. I love the chemistry between Grace & Bastien and the squad goals of the team who are such brilliant friends. The world building is awesome, the writing really good and the plot is one you want to follow. I can't wait to see more from this author.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Francisca Pinto

    I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I´ll be waiting for this book since I read Magicborn this February and love it so much. I enjoy this book but not as Magicborn, maybe because the first book was awesome and I want to learn more about the world, the magic, the characters, etc... But I feel unsatisfied. I expected a lot from this book since I like the first book Magicborn too much, I must admit that I did not expect anything from what I read but I was not surprise I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I´ll be waiting for this book since I read Magicborn this February and love it so much. I enjoy this book but not as Magicborn, maybe because the first book was awesome and I want to learn more about the world, the magic, the characters, etc... But I feel unsatisfied. I expected a lot from this book since I like the first book Magicborn too much, I must admit that I did not expect anything from what I read but I was not surprised. I think I was a little disappointed. What I liked least about the book was the princess and all the problem that was formed, I felt that it was super unnecessary and irrelevant to the story. Still the story seems to be over but if another book appears that continues the story, I'll read it. I think Jessica Thorne has great talent. Grace is still my favorite character.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Bookie_mama_bear)

    Thank you to @netgalley @bookouture & @jessthornebooks for my #gifted eARC of Nightborn in return for an honest review. This is book 2 of the Hollow King Series. I really enjoyed this. The characters remained true to the ones you meet in book one. The story continues on well and it’s a nice easy read. It’s classic Fantasy Adventure. So much happens so quickly in this second book and I love that! It’s definitely dark, bloody and fraught with peril but there’s also relationships and romance. Magic Thank you to @netgalley @bookouture & @jessthornebooks for my #gifted eARC of Nightborn in return for an honest review. This is book 2 of the Hollow King Series. I really enjoyed this. The characters remained true to the ones you meet in book one. The story continues on well and it’s a nice easy read. It’s classic Fantasy Adventure. So much happens so quickly in this second book and I love that! It’s definitely dark, bloody and fraught with peril but there’s also relationships and romance. Magic, crazy monarchs, deadly plague & deception at every turn.....FUN FUN FUN!!! I loved the ending and I’m really looking forward to book 3.

  17. 4 out of 5

    LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)

    Nightborn is the second in the Hollow King series and I would recommend that you read the first, Mageborn just to get a fuller picture of the characters and story line. Nightborn really improved on the first book. We get to know the characters even better as it strikes the right balance between romance, action and adventure. I enjoyed the fact the story got a little bit darker for the second outing too, with an almost fairy tale quality to it. The relationship between Grace and Bastien was more Nightborn is the second in the Hollow King series and I would recommend that you read the first, Mageborn just to get a fuller picture of the characters and story line. Nightborn really improved on the first book. We get to know the characters even better as it strikes the right balance between romance, action and adventure. I enjoyed the fact the story got a little bit darker for the second outing too, with an almost fairy tale quality to it. The relationship between Grace and Bastien was more fraught and tense in this novel too, with plenty of roadblocks to their happily ever after. I do feel like the ending was a little rushed, in fact there were certain aspects that I would have liked to have seen fleshed out a little more and explained a little better but fingers crossed for another book. Nightborn is a magical fantasy/romance novel that left me wanting to see more from these characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stone_Assassin

    I enjoyed this sequel much more than the first book. Now don’t get me wrong, Mageborn was great! I just think this one was not so much world building, but more plot building. Now that readers have been introduced to the magic and darkness of the world, we really get a chance to get to know the characters. This story is a bit darker and overall more developed, in my opinion. I enjoyed watching Bastien and Grace have to struggle with decisions. It was refreshing to see characters stick to who they I enjoyed this sequel much more than the first book. Now don’t get me wrong, Mageborn was great! I just think this one was not so much world building, but more plot building. Now that readers have been introduced to the magic and darkness of the world, we really get a chance to get to know the characters. This story is a bit darker and overall more developed, in my opinion. I enjoyed watching Bastien and Grace have to struggle with decisions. It was refreshing to see characters stick to who they are instead of drastically changing overnight for no apparent reason. There is also more to learn about the side characters. I stayed up wayyyy too late reading this story, but it was definitely worth the lack of sleep. The chapters before the ending actually had me tearing up. Thorne gave us a semi closed ending, so there is a possibility for another book (which I really hope we get!) Recommended! Thank you to NetGalley and Jessica Thorne for the ARC in return for my honest opinion. -Stone

  19. 4 out of 5

    Helen Wawrejko

    I can say this was a riveting character driven story. Mages coming unglued, an evil Queen consort, and an immortal king with his beloved. The second book screams through betrayal and escape, death and destruction as Grace and Bastian try to contain the dark. Very good series, uncompromisingly emotional. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book from Netgalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caesara

    I don't know what to say. I still haven't recovered yet. The last chapters kept me in complete suspense, they led me to despair and back to earth again. At some point I was completely devastated and I couldn't believe what I was reading. I went through all the possible feelings through this story. This book was about power, unlimited power and what would you do to have access to it. This book was also about love. And what would you do for love and for the one you love. It was about sacrifice. Ove I don't know what to say. I still haven't recovered yet. The last chapters kept me in complete suspense, they led me to despair and back to earth again. At some point I was completely devastated and I couldn't believe what I was reading. I went through all the possible feelings through this story. This book was about power, unlimited power and what would you do to have access to it. This book was also about love. And what would you do for love and for the one you love. It was about sacrifice. Over and over again without a second thought. Sacrifice for your loved one and for your people also. Thank you Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book ❤️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Torie

    This book grabbed me from the prologue. Couldn't put it down. I haven't read book one in this series so I will be doing that.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    This is the second in the Hallow King series and I really would recommend reading these in order. Nightborn is a follow on, you’d miss out on a lot of the story if you read this as a standalone. As always there will be no spoilers for Nightborn but I will be referring to events that happened in Mageborn. It was no secret that I adored Mageborn and I have been excited to see what Jessica had in store for us next. Nightborn did not disappoint. The Story We pick up the story 3 months after the events This is the second in the Hallow King series and I really would recommend reading these in order. Nightborn is a follow on, you’d miss out on a lot of the story if you read this as a standalone. As always there will be no spoilers for Nightborn but I will be referring to events that happened in Mageborn. It was no secret that I adored Mageborn and I have been excited to see what Jessica had in store for us next. Nightborn did not disappoint. The Story We pick up the story 3 months after the events of book 1. Our gang of characters have fled Rathlynn to the Valenti Islands. The descriptions of this place really put me in mind of Venice. The city is surrounded by water, everything is interconnected by canals and river ways. All ruled over by the Dowager Queen, a fearsome woman with spies in every part of the world. After Bastien drew on the Magen to pull Grace back from the dead she hasn’t felt herself. Something is pushing at her being, trying to drag her under. Other Mageborn are no longer going Hollow either, but something much worse, they are becoming Nightborn. Bastien and Grace must navigate the Valenti court and stay one step ahead of the political webs being woven around them. As well as discover what is happening to the Mageborn. Those Characters we love to hate They are back, Asher Kane, Queen Aurelie and Celeste, still as mad as ever. The three of them are determined to bring Grace and Bastien down and will use any means necessary. I really dislike this trio but add in a few other questionable characters and yet again you are never quite sure who is playing who and what the long game is. I really enjoy that in a book, trying to work out the outcome of what is going on. The other new main character we are introduced to is Princess Rynn of the Valenti Island’s. I couldn’t decide how I felt about her at first and I do feel we only brushed the surface of everything she had to offer. She could be a very influential character and I am guessing we will see more of her in the future. Origin Story At its heart this is an origin story of the Hollow King and how Bastien came to be what he is. Bastien starts to get his very early memories back. It isn’t quite what we had been led to believe in Book 1. I found this quite complicated in places and had to re-read a couple of bits just to get my head around it all. I’m still a little confused about it but I did love learning more about the magic system and what was happening to all the Mageborn. Final Thoughts Just like Mageborn, Nightborn is full of political power play and a hunger for supremacy. It is fast paced, action packed and will make your head spin. I enjoyed the fact that the potential love triangle was not at all what I assumed it to be and Jessica avoided all the usual clichés. It made the story telling so much more interesting. I have to say I’m not sure how I feel about there being another book in this series. For me in some ways in wrapped up beautifully but equally there were some loose ends that could easily be developed. I will certainly read anything else Jessica publishes as I have really enjoyed what I have read so far.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura Doherty

    Only a few short months ago I read and reviewed Mageborn the first book in The Hollow King series, so I was excited to get the chance to Nightborn. Although Mageborn had flaws overall it was a great book and an exciting start to a new fantasy series. I was really hoping that Nightborn would shine as a sequel but at times it felt as if there was so much action and drama, you couldn’t really connect with it emotionally. There was literally not a moment where you could pause and take a breath, as th Only a few short months ago I read and reviewed Mageborn the first book in The Hollow King series, so I was excited to get the chance to Nightborn. Although Mageborn had flaws overall it was a great book and an exciting start to a new fantasy series. I was really hoping that Nightborn would shine as a sequel but at times it felt as if there was so much action and drama, you couldn’t really connect with it emotionally. There was literally not a moment where you could pause and take a breath, as the story just carried you from chapter to chapter. Once again Grace shone, and her character development and inner struggles made you feel all the emotions. Grace has the weight of the world on her shoulders the protection of Bastien and her friends, the future of the kingdom that they have had to abandon, how they are going to stop the magic addicted Asher and Aurelie, and now following Bastien saving her from the brink of death the malevolent power he unwittingly released. In this second book of the Hollow King series we see far more of the side characters from Mageborn and learn more about each of their pasts. Throughout we get snippets of the action from their POV like Daniel, Misha, Kurt, Ellyn, and even Aurelie, Celeste and Asher. See in the motivations of the ‘bad guys’ was really interesting and I enjoyed this deeper look into their characters. New character wise we had Lara Kellen along with Jehane Alvaran and Princess Rynn who was a pleasant surprise. The backstory to the pact made between Lucien Larelwynn and the Hollow King gave the story more depth. This allowed us as the reader to understand more of Bastien’s motivations and also the terrible costs that were incurred by him due to the pact. He has forever been a pawn in the subsequent Larelwynn’s games. In Mageborn, the symbiotic partnership of Grace and Bastien made them both stronger, however in Nightborn this isn’t the case. Grace is by far and wide the stronger in the partnership and at times Bastiens role as the ‘damsel in distress’ becomes annoying. Out of the two books I felt that Mageborn was the stronger, I didn’t feel as gripped by this story. I suspect that is because there was so much action that I never got the time to really emotionally connect with the story. Even though I was rooting for the characters. The ending fell a little flat for me and left way too many unfinished and unsolved story lines. It is by no means a cliff hanger ending but it demands a sequel and I am interested to find out what happens next for Grace and Bastien. *** Disclosure: The publishers Bookouture invited me on to the blog tour for Nightborn by Jessica Thorne and provided a kindle copy to read via Netgalley. I received this product for free in return for providing my honest and unbiased review. I received no other compensation. All opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my own. I would like to thank them for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Knowles

    Title: Nightborn Author: Jessica Thorne Genre: YA / Fantasy Release Date: 26th May 2020 Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I received this copy from Netgalley/Bookouture for an honest review. I absolutely adored Mageborn so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. After reading the synopsis for Nightborn - I must admit I was terrified for Grace and Bastien's relationship! What an emotionally terrifying conclusion! From the very beginning whilst reading the prologue I was hooked yet again by Jessica's writing styl Title: Nightborn Author: Jessica Thorne Genre: YA / Fantasy Release Date: 26th May 2020 Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I received this copy from Netgalley/Bookouture for an honest review. I absolutely adored Mageborn so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. After reading the synopsis for Nightborn - I must admit I was terrified for Grace and Bastien's relationship! What an emotionally terrifying conclusion! From the very beginning whilst reading the prologue I was hooked yet again by Jessica's writing style. It dives straight in from where Mageborn left off and it was easy to get sucked back into Grace and Bastien's world again. If I thought the first was an emotional roller coaster - I was a fool. This book gave no reprieve. The rug was pulled from under my feet so many times, towards the end, each time there was a glimmer of hope for the gang - I just knew something wicked was waiting for them around the corner. There were plenty of villains in this story, new and old - but more often than not the main characters were their own worst enemies! There was so much self doubt that it was heartbreaking and a torture to read from Grace and Bastien's POV. Grace stole the show by far and at times that meant Bastien felt like a side character. But I still adore him. This book was darker than the first too, the scene with Kurt and the first Nightborn he encounters was horrifying and I'm not sure I will get that image out of my head for a while. If you loved the first instalment, be prepared to have your heart crushed and for your emotions to be all over the place right up until the very last page of this book. It has the perfect blend of despair and hope that made it a great page tuner for me. The story ends with the potential promise for a future instalment. I recently asked the author if this series would be a trilogy but at the time only a duology was planned. I'm very happy with how this has ended and would love to read more down the line if she ever revisits this world. I'm definitely adding more of Jessica's books to my TBR Amazon | Goodreads | Instagram

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dee-Cee It's all about the books

    Nightborn is the second book in the Hollow King series and after reading the first, Mageborn, I’ve been desperate to find out what happens next. Also look at that cover, it’s stunning. It’s been three months since Grace, Bastien and the team managed to escape from evil Aurelie, Asher and Celeste. They are now in the Valenti Islands hoping to find support so Bastien can claim the throne. Since their departure though something is happening to the Mageborn, the deep dark is taking over and causing c Nightborn is the second book in the Hollow King series and after reading the first, Mageborn, I’ve been desperate to find out what happens next. Also look at that cover, it’s stunning. It’s been three months since Grace, Bastien and the team managed to escape from evil Aurelie, Asher and Celeste. They are now in the Valenti Islands hoping to find support so Bastien can claim the throne. Since their departure though something is happening to the Mageborn, the deep dark is taking over and causing carnage and turning them into Nightborn. When Grace died and Bastien brought her back it triggered the deep dark to surface again and only Grace and Bastien have the power to stop it but there’s always something to get in the way and the couple have a tremendous amount of obstacles thrown in their path. Nightborn from the get go is action packed and it was fantastic being back with Grace and Bastien. I love that Mageborn gave us the character and world building so for this book we just get straight into it and know the characters. Grace is a great character, she’s strong and courageous but not showy with it and she seems to have grown more into her skin in this second book. Her passion to protect her friends and Bastien and the fact that she’s more in tune with her power make her standout. All the previous characters that feature in this story all seem to be well etched on my brain. It was easy to visualise them as I had before and sometimes when there’s a space between books it can take a little while for me to build them up again but as soon as one was mentioned they just popped into my mind, fully formed. There are some new characters and as with the regular ones you’ll love the goodies and you’ll love hating the baddies. Nightborn really took me on a roller coaster of a ride, it’s tense, it’s violent, it’s romantic, it’s thrilling and it’s just a pure joy to read. I’m not going to say anything about the plot, no spoilers here but be prepared for a journey that is magical and dark and full of surprises. It will have you’re pulse racing and the pages turning as fast as you can make them. I’d highly recommend you read Mageborn first so you can get the full experience and understanding of Nightborn and not only that, it’s a blooming good book too. I can’t wait for the next instalment, this is series I never want to end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Reece

    ARC from NetGalley 3.5 stars I did enjoy this book, but there were some failings. I feel like things were shoe-horned in too conveniently in order to move the plot along. I also found the lore a bit confusing, and there were entire chapters I had to reread trying to wrap my head around. I mean, at the end of it all I still don't 100% understand it. An example of something a bit contrived: (view spoiler)[Grace knows full well that Bastien was completely under the control of the potion and commands h ARC from NetGalley 3.5 stars I did enjoy this book, but there were some failings. I feel like things were shoe-horned in too conveniently in order to move the plot along. I also found the lore a bit confusing, and there were entire chapters I had to reread trying to wrap my head around. I mean, at the end of it all I still don't 100% understand it. An example of something a bit contrived: (view spoiler)[Grace knows full well that Bastien was completely under the control of the potion and commands he was given. She knows that this has been happening to him for years and he has forgotten entire lifetimes, and yet "She wanted to say it wasn't his fault. But she'd heard those words so many times from other women, women who made excuses and shouldered their burdens and made the best of it." I know that the Deep Dark is supposedly influencing her mind, but Grace is supposed to be sharp, cynical, intelligent, etc. I cannot believe this. It isn't believable. The whole purpose is to drive a wedge between them so that we can eventually have that rekindling of the romance. This happens often in books where the main love interests get together in the first book, and for the second book there needs to be something that keeps them apart so that the reader can enjoy them getting back together again. This was done poorly IMO. (hide spoiler)] I didn't have the same excitement over Grace/Bastien. I didn't find the bumps in the road of their relationship believable. I wish that some of the other characters had been fleshed out better, and I wish that it didn't end the way it did. It looks like another book is coming, but it wasn't really a cliffhanger so much as like hey look there's a cliff in the dista... The cliffhanger isn't the kind of cliffhanger that gets you excited for a new book. It's the kind of cliffhanger that has you wondering whether you just read a cliffhanger or if the author is trying to fade out the chorus instead of ending the track properly. Man I like to bitch a lot. All of this bitching aside, I liked it. I would read the next one. I would like to read more from this author. It was a decent read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emma Star Crossed Reviews

    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of the book via Netgalley. The first book in this series had a slow start but I became hooked by the end so I had to read this second book. I read the first book back in February and well a lot has happened since This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of the book via Netgalley. The first book in this series had a slow start but I became hooked by the end so I had to read this second book. I read the first book back in February and well a lot has happened since then and I struggled to remember how the first book ended. A small summary at the beginning of this book would have been helpful to refresh my memory and get me back into the world. Much like the first book I did find the first 30% to be quite slow. Once I broke through the 30% mark I raced to the end. I really enjoyed the writing and it was easy to turn page after page. The story moves along nicely without feeling rushed. The book is full of action, twists and turns. Grace was feisty and kick ass. She fought right the way through and never gave up. I really admire Grace for that. Bastien, in my opinion, is still a little naive in this book. He relies on his status a bit too much and, well, let's say it doesn't always end well. There are an absolute host of side characters which I loved. We saw Kurt Parry develop more in this book too. It was nice to see what was going on in Eastferry while Grace and Bastien were in Valenti. It helped to give a whole picture of the world rather than just a one-dimensional view of where the main character is. The ending left it open for another book which I really hope we get as I feel the story is not quite finished.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Toya

    I had the pleasure of reading Mageborn earlier this year, and while I enjoyed it, Nightborn was the bloody, action-packed adventure that I was waiting for! One of my criticisms from book one was that instead of being a true dark fantasy, the plot heavily focused on the romance between Grace and Bastien…that is NOT the case here, and I loved it. Both Grace Marchant and Bastien Larelwynn are back, but this time they are in a foreign court. While Bastien is trying not to get too wrapped up in the po I had the pleasure of reading Mageborn earlier this year, and while I enjoyed it, Nightborn was the bloody, action-packed adventure that I was waiting for! One of my criticisms from book one was that instead of being a true dark fantasy, the plot heavily focused on the romance between Grace and Bastien…that is NOT the case here, and I loved it. Both Grace Marchant and Bastien Larelwynn are back, but this time they are in a foreign court. While Bastien is trying not to get too wrapped up in the politics that come with court, something strange and dark is happening to the Mageborn. The Mageborn are becoming hollow, no worse than that, the deep dark is taking hold of the Mageborn and they are becoming so dark and powerful that they are now Nightborn. And unfortunately, our poor Grace isn’t immune. This book didn’t hold back. There was blood, darkness, evil, and magic that comes at the most terrible price. While I felt like book one was time, Jessica Thorne spat in my face with book two. I was at the edge of my seat and holding my breath, not sure what was going to happen next. We no longer view the story from Grace’s and Bastien’s POV, which allows for the story to really flourish. Even the side characters felt more developed and complex. The magic and world building was incredible. Overall, if you’re a fantasy fan, definitely pick this duology up. The entire series culminates into an ending that will leave your jaw on the floor. Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and for providing a review copy through NetGalley. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Noricum Witch

    I was provided with an ARC from Bookouture via NetGalley for my honest review 🙂 Oh wow, this book was surprisingly angsty. I did not expect that. My resilience against angst is very weak… I can’t stomach it well. But I also love it when it is done right. Here it was done exactly right. It kept me on the edge of my seat without making me sick (yeah, angst makes me physically ill). We are back with Grace and Bastien who I absolutly love together. Grace is the levelheaded strategist while Bastien is I was provided with an ARC from Bookouture via NetGalley for my honest review 🙂 Oh wow, this book was surprisingly angsty. I did not expect that. My resilience against angst is very weak… I can’t stomach it well. But I also love it when it is done right. Here it was done exactly right. It kept me on the edge of my seat without making me sick (yeah, angst makes me physically ill). We are back with Grace and Bastien who I absolutly love together. Grace is the levelheaded strategist while Bastien is more led by emotions. It’s a great revearsal of gender stereotypes without making Grace look “mannish” or Bastien “female”. They are complex characters with flaws and that’s great. Anyway, things are not ok in the realm. Grace and her friends are on the lookout for allies. It is quickly established, that the best way to gain them is to get bastien married with a royal Princess to strengthen his claim on the throne. Bastien is completly against the idea, Grace can see the logic behind it. Then old enemies and a certain juice get thrown into the mix and the angst cocktail is ready 😀 I really wasn’t sure if everybody will make it to the end. The end was surprising, cause I assumed this would be a trilogy. But it has a finality to it, so maybe there will not be more. At least I couldn’t find any info on a possible 3rd book. There is no explicit content. http://wolkinromance.land

  30. 4 out of 5

    HilZie

    I was spellbound by the first book and eager to read this book. Sometimes second books don't live up to your imagination of how it should go or the hype you dream up while living on the afterglow of the first book. There is a lot of uncertainty with a second book. I will tell you (in my opinion) that I believe this book may be better than the first. The plot not only thickens, but characters become more refined and fleshed out. We see deeper emotions which allows for the reader to really latch o I was spellbound by the first book and eager to read this book. Sometimes second books don't live up to your imagination of how it should go or the hype you dream up while living on the afterglow of the first book. There is a lot of uncertainty with a second book. I will tell you (in my opinion) that I believe this book may be better than the first. The plot not only thickens, but characters become more refined and fleshed out. We see deeper emotions which allows for the reader to really latch on to Bastien and Grace as they try to navigate a foreign court. The dark intrigue, suspense, and mystery slings in this book as the author keeps the reader on their toes trying to figure out what is causing the Mageborn to try into these evil entities and if they can be saved. I don't want to give too much away but the sacrifices and heartache in this had me yelling a time or two as I quickly read through this book to an ending that I hope will lead to a book that will answer all. It's a must read series for fans that like James Maxwell and Jeff Wheeler. They won't be let down. **I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review. Thank you NetGalley **

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