Hello everyone. I know I have been MIA for quite a while. I got a bit burned out reading and writing. I have also started playing Skyrim for the first time in my life…I know I know…crazy. Plus, life in general has been busy with kids, financial setbacks, work, etc. I’m finally finishing up my book reviews before I get into my newer reads. Today is Underlord by Will Wight, #6 in the Cradle series. In case you are new, at this point I expect you to be a fan of the series and I am pretty wild with my reviews with these by now. If you want me last review it is here.
Let’s get into it shall we? Once I learned the term UNDERLORD in the frame of this universe and saw the titles of future books…I have been dying to get here. Lindon and Yerin as Underlords in this part of the world, would be epic. I root for them to succeed. To grow in many ways…Apparently ship them too?? This is a slow burn with these two it seems. So, slow I never really felt a strong possibility until this book. This is a duo where I always felt fine with whatever relationship develops as long as they grew together. They are both “career” oriented, so to say, which is why I never thought much of romantic feelings. This book made it feel like a possibility; though either way it’s fine.
Regardless, the synopsis for this book is “A tournament approaches. All around the world, great clans and sects prepare their disciples to fight against one another in a competition of young Underlords. Even the Blackflame Empire is drawn in, but their youth are not strong enough to compete. Yet.”
Lindon, Yerin, and Mercy need to level up. I mean that was pretty apparent after struggles and enemies made in book 5. Plus, their next step is obvious by the end of book 5. The big hurdle we have been building towards, Underlord. After some petty issues with the Skysworn taken care of (honestly at this point, the Skysworn are small potatoes, let’s be real) the Akura send the Blackflame Empire and their rival Seishen Kingdom to the Night Wheel Valley training grounds never before open to them. The smaller kingdoms will finally get a shot at the big time. In preparation of that, they need to get as many Underlords as possible ready, they must be under the age of 35 though. I am 39, I’m offended. Anyways, big Uncrowned Tournament cometh. Of course, nothing can be that easy for your characters (or their sponsor)….
The Seishan Empire Overlord King Dakata wants all the glory for his Empire and especially for his elder son, Underlord Seishen Kiro who has a younger Truegold brother Daji. Of course one cannot forget Kiro’s servant Underlady Riyusai Meira who is completely devoted to Kiro, uncomfortably so actually. I mean if I had someone this devoted to me I would probably get her some therapy. Kiro seems like a good, smart guy, so just an interesting pair. Regardless, Dakata plans a pre-emptive strike on the Blackflame Empire inside the training grounds. It works. The Blackflame Empire is completely caught off guard. Skysworn, not looking so hot now are you? Kiro attacks Lindon and Meira tangles with Yerin. In the process Yerin gets her lifeline cut…I was stunned at this development. Meira, wth, you bitch. Now Yerin has to reach Underlord or will die in two months!?
Now trigger the planning and training montage!!! Dross gets some leveling up. Lindon with planning time is like Batman. Yerin tries to come to terms with her sketchy Blood Shadow. Mercy meets with Charity. Eithan is up to Eithan stuff. Que the rock and roll music as the Blackflame Empire goes in for a counter strike. What music did you pick in your head? Come on, tell me! Of course, my new least favorite character Charity informs Dakata of this surprise attack. She is the worst. Ok exaggeration. I know. She just irritated me every time she was around. The battle explodes while Yerin, Lindon, and Mercy sneak into Charity’s treasure room where of course they would have to face their boss level fights in Daji, Kiro, and Meira.
This fight was tense. I was stressed out, not going to lie. It was a fantastic series of events besides what happened with Kiro. Finally, what I suspected with Mercy finally happened. Lindon and Yerin are badass Underlords now. Daji and Meira can eat sh*t. All is well, right? RIGHT?! Nope because Yerin and Lindon are separated for the big tournament they got into. The Akura take Lindon, along with Mercy of course, onto their team and Yerin stays with the Eithan and the Blackflame Empire. Now they will probably have to fight. Will, why did you do this to me? That’s like separating Chip and Dale, Syl and Kaladin, Rand and Balefire, Garfield and lasagna, so sad.
The next book will kill me without Yerin and Lindon together. I mean I do enjoy Mercy so there’s that. Oh, but the coolest thing was Orthos rescuing Lindon’s sister at the end. SAY WHAT!!! That was awesome. I have been wondering what has been happening to his family since he left angering those weak ass idiots at the “school” so long ago. I hope Orthos wrecks shop.
Ok that is all for this one. Fun read as usual. Looking forward to the next one. I will try to return to a more regular schedule again.