Book Review: Blightborn by Chuck Wendig

After the events of Under the Empyrean Sky, Cael has a singular mission: get onto the Empyrean flotilla where both his sister and his former first mate, Gwennie, both reside. Little does he know Gwennie and Mere have their own problems on the flotilla. And life in the Heartland is about to get a whole lot more complicated, especially when Cael learns a startling truth about his father and the Blight.

Wendig excels at creating compelling characters, and Blightborn showcases his talent. Rigo, Lane, Mere, Gwennie, and even Cael jumped off the page. Each showed the different dimensions of his or her personality, meaning I understood where they were coming for when they did the things they did. They also had me yelling at the book whenever they made dumb decisions. But I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

In addition to the characters, the tension never really let up throughout the course of the story. Second books in trilogies tend to be low points for me, coming off as vehicles for authors to get the characters from book one to book three. Things actually happened in Blightborn. Important things that I think may play a huge role in the next book.

My only minor complaint would be the lack of a plot strong enough to match the characters. That’s not to say the story itself wasn’t engaging. It reminded me of my complaints from the first book: It’s been done. However because the characters were so strong, I only notice this issue after finishing the book.

Blightborn would be a great read for anyone interested in a YA dystopian thriller.


Blightborn by Chuck Wendig is published by Skyscape and is available as a hardcover, paperback, and eBook.

**I received an advanced copy of this book from in return for an honest, unbiased review.

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