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Blightborn

Blightborn (The Heartland Trilogy) - Chuck Wendig

Cael, Lane, and Rigo head north through the Heartland, looking for the provisions depot, and stumble upon more than they bargain for in the form of a mysterious hobo and the Sleeping Dogs, raiders fighting against the Empyreans.  Meanwhile, Gwennie has found that winning the Lottery isn't all it's cracked up to be and wants to escape the flotilla...

 

I got this from Netgalley.  Thank you, Netgalley!

 

Chuck Wendig is one of the few authors I've encountered that knows how to make the second book in a trilogy not suck.  Blightborn takes what Chuck established in the first book and turns the knob up a few notches.  

 

Blightborn picks up where Under the Empyrean Sky left off.  Cael and his pals are on the run.  Gwennie is on the flotilla and sees Cael's sister.  Rigo's father, Wanda, and Boyland Barnes Jr. are part of a posse looking for Cael and his pals.  Things quickly spiral out of control from there.

 

I don't want to give away too many of the nuts and bolts of the plot or reveal too much of what happened in the last book.  I will say that all the threads of the plot advance quite a bit.  The new characters of The Sleeping Dogs, the peregrine, Harrington, Eben, and the Maize Witch are all pretty compelling.  Not one of the characters emerged unscathed.  Who would have thought Cael's father was so interesting back in the day?

 

I really like what Wendig seems to be building toward in the Heartland Trilogy.  The series reminds me of Black Feathers at some times and The Court of the Air at others, with its ecological themes and cities in the clouds.  With the full scope of what the Empyrean is planning, I can't wait for the final book!

 

Four out of five stars.  Get crackin' on the sequel, Chuck!