Promo Post: Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1) by Lou Anders ~ Fallon's Review of Nightborn

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2015 
by Yearling (first published January 1st 2014)    

Goodreads Description:

Fantasy fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series will embrace this first novel in an adventure-filled, Viking-inspired series by a debut author.

Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.

Readers will embark on a sweeping epic fantasy as they join Karn and Thianna on a voyage of discovery. Antics and hair-raising escapades abound in this fantasy adventure as the two forge a friendship and journey to unknown territory. Their plan: to save their families from harm.

Debut novelist Lou Anders has created a rich world of over twenty-five countries inhabited by Karn, Thianna, and an array of fantastical creatures, as well as the Thrones and Bones board game. 

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Available in Trade Paperback on 5/26/2015!


Frostborn is the fantasy adventure book I wish I’d had when I was a kid.
Charlie Jane Anders, i09

While I cut my fantasy-reading teeth on the works of Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman’s DragonLance and Darksword, I would have gobbled up this book at that age. Hell, I thoroughly enjoyed it at my current age.”
– Rob H. Bedford, SF Signal

Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series.”
─ Kirkus Reviews

The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount. It’s a strong and thoroughly enjoyable start to the Thrones and Bones series.”
─ Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“. . . adventure fans will enjoy the action, the Norse background, and the occasional flash of humor.”
─ Booklist Reviews

"Anders sculpts a rich world filled with his deep sense of family and fantasy into this powerful journey of discovery and friendship not seen since Alexander first introduced readers to Prydain."
─ Scott Taylor, Art of the Genre

"Lou Anders's FROSTBORN is sure to appeal to young readers looking for a dose of monsters and magic. Not just a classic fantasy romp, Anders's debut novel explores the experience of feeling young and out of place in a world that refuses to see you for who you are—something readers of all ages can identify with."
James L. Sutter, author of Death's Heretic


Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
Editor's Choice of Amazon for the month of August
PW Picks “Books of the Week” for the week of August 4th
io9's "Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for August"
2015-16 Beehive Book Awards nominee
Named a Staff Pick by: Politics and Prose, Books Inc., King's English Bookshop, Powell's, & more!

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 14th 2015 
by Crown Books for Young Readers 

Twelve-year-old Desstra is in training to join the Underhand, the elite agents of the dark elves. But her graduation is jeopardized by the betrayal of a teammate. Things go from bad to worse when she is sent on a secret mission, under the supervision of this same rival.

Karn is trading in the city of Bense, when he is snatched into the air by a wyvern who carries him to the home of the dragon Orm. The great dragon tells Karn he believes a second Horn of Osius exists, hidden across the continent in the city of Castlebriar, and that Thianna went searching for the horn and is now missing. With only a dragon's blessing to aid them and a mysterious riddle to guide them, Karn and Thianna must race the dark elves to a prize that could alter the fate of nations.

Fallon's Review:

Thank you Random House Young Readers for a ARC of Nightborn. This in no way affects my opinion in my review.

You know the saying never judge a book by it's cover. Well that saying applies to this book. I went into reading this book thinking it would be a great read for my kids and I would pass it on. Little did I realize that I would fall in love with it myself. This book had everything a fantasy lover could want in a book. Desstra is a Dark Elf from under the mountain. She has been sent on a mission to prove herself. She is a talented elf but does not seem to fit in the mold that is required. She is told this is her one chance to prove herself.

Karn is on a mission given to him by the Dragons. He has been made aware of another Horn and that the Dark Elves may be after the horn. He must stop them and find the horn before they do. Karn also learns that Thianna is missing from the Dragons. He is on a mission to find his giant friend while trying to figure out what the Dark Elves are up to.

Karn will be forced to face his own inner strength and realize he has the ability to become the hero. This is such a great story on finding who you are and learning who you want to be. This was a fast paced adventure for all ages. Perfect for Adults who love fantasy and children who want to get lost in the pages and swept up in the journey. I am highly recommending Nightborn. This is a must read.

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LOU ANDERS’s research on Norse mythology while writing book one in the Thrones and Bones series, FROSTBORN, turned into a love affair with Viking culture and a first visit to Norway. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over 500 articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at and, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones. 


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