• Bloodline

  • Cradle, Book 9
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (8,952 ratings)

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Bloodline

By: Will Wight
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
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It’s time to go back home.

In the years since Lindon left Sacred Valley, he has attained power beyond anything his family thought possible. Now he’ll have to put those powers to the test, because a Dreadgod is on its way.

Lindon and his allies set out to evacuate the valley before the arrival of the Wandering Titan, but their sacred arts are weakened by an ancient curse. They’ll have to persuade the squabbling inhabitants of Sacred Valley to leave behind their home and set off into the outside world.

But it has been a long time since Lindon left, and more has changed than he realized.

He has always sought power to save his family…but now he might be too late.

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An effort in frustration.

Beware Spoilers.

Not even Travis could salvage this book even though he made a valiant effort. For most of the book we have Lindon and the gang trying to help evacuate Sacred Valley. Mostly though this involves the extreme frustration of seeing the gang trying to humblebeg prideful petty tyrants to see reason, then getting repeatedly stabbed in the back for the effort while not fighting back or doing so nonlethally.

The hamfisted moralizing in the face of a local apocalypse is honestly insulting. Who really thinks killing some backstabbing murderous idiots firmly in the way of saving thousands is so bad they might regret it for the rest of their lives? In this world? It's not like they are some reborn teen idiots from earth or anything either... But no, because the opponents are only Jades that would stain their own honor too much somehow, as if evil is related to cultivation level somehow. Sure give them a chance, a second chance even but don't let them try to kill/torture you, everyone you care for and doom all innocents without even raising your damn voice. Every time they adressed these morons with "Honored Elder" I seriously wanted to reach across spacetime as slap some damn sense into them.

Then we have the escalation of conflict. I guess we can extrapolate that Lindon will probably be that last molecule of matter in the multiverse that makes the scales land on the right side somehow, but at this moment it really feels like his ability to contribute against the real threats is so miniscule as to be irrelevant to anyone tbh.

The last third of the book was decent at least but it can't carry the early parts of pure frustrating idiocy nor make up for the lack of satisfaction overall. This book ends up just setting up for future books and being an effort in frustration.

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It's good.

It is good and I hate that it's over.
that's all you need to know.

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Like watching LeBron go 1-on-1 with a 3 yr old

This book is chock full of what I like to call "manufactured drama"
By that I mean, realistically the situation should present no mystery/problem whatsoever ...but in order to try make the story interesting the author introduces some completely unrealistic condition to "spice things up"

Will is the GOAT, and I am a fan ...but this book is disappointing
It's at least 60% filler ...It becomes less fluffy towards the end, but on a whole nothing that important really happens in this book

U cud def skip this one without missing anything

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The great next chapter in a great story - buy it

There seem to be a lot of reviews taking issue with the story that I don't understand. I think people get fixated on the "end" rather than the journey, and you miss out on enjoying the journey.

One of the things I love most about these books is they feel like one continuous story. They happen to be broken into books but they feel more like chapters to me. In this chapter, we learn more about the characters we love, their struggles, their personalities, their advancement. It's everything I've come to love from this story.

Sometimes the chapters (books) wrap more story arcs than others and seed more or less new ones. That's just the way writing is going. This book didn't wrap the sheer volume of things that came together in the last book, but that doesn't make it any less satisfying or enjoyable.

If you're looking for a grand resolution, not the book for you. If you're interested in another turn with all the characters you love from Cradle, you're going to love this book.

I'm glad Will can keep a steady pace, I'll preorder the next as soon as it's ready.

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Disappointed

I love this series. This book feels like it was written by someone else though.

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80% filler

You can definitely skip this one

Gotta say Travis did an excellent job as usual tho.

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10/10

As with all books in this series Will Wight did an absolutely stellar job writing this one. I don’t even have to say anything about the narrator, Travis Baldree is my all time favorite and as usual killed it. Overall 5 stars all around, my only complaint(because it’s so good) is I wish the audiobook was longer!! XD

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Perfect!

Will and Travis are the power couple from hell when it comes to writing and narration.
This book was well worth the wait. I loved it. im already waiting impatiently for the next one!
it was a great story that kept my attention while doing a little more world building to bring everything together.
I love this book. This whole series ought to be a mandatory read/listen.

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Finally home!

I devoured this book, and now im sitting here feeling abit disappointed. Its a really good book, but it feels like the story hardly moved forward at all.

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It's OK. How short or long it too short or long?

I'm conflicted after listening to this book. I like the series overall, but man I wish there was more of a point. The series needs more of a The adventures of title than anything. As long as this series took to get here, I hope it doesn't drag out or just suddenly end.

It's good but after waiting a bit too long for the new titles to come out, I can't help but lose interest over time. I can say that I was more vested in the first few books than I am now.

For this book, the middle dragged too much and was fluffed out pretty bad. I would have rather not have had an overly dragged out evacuation effort ( I was not a fan of the 1/2 a book to try to evacuate a bunch of low level jades even though I have a gold army ) and focused more on the family aspect and helping them and the last fight or leveling up. I can think of many other ways the book could have helped move the story without the fluff it had.

I did enjoy the battles, action and family time the book did have. The last battle was pretty good. I enjoyed what may come with the ending provided and will follow the series. I hope to see Lindon power up and move past the Cradle soon as all hell seems to be unleashed there already and it needs to end and start season 2.

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  • Morris
  • 04-06-21

Great continuation of a fantastic series

This is by far the greatest series in the market. This book is a compelling tale of Lindon returning to his village. OH HOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED!

I won't spoil the rest for you...


Word of warning, if you like sleep and are trying to be productive, do not get this book! (I'll probably relisten to this multiple times)

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  • Mardigann
  • 04-11-21

very disappointed!

Decent story development and interesting power progression. Good narration. However... heavily let down by the weak character development left a child returned years later... as a child.

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  • Charlotte
  • 04-06-21

Nailed it again.

Another hit, enjoyed every one so far and this did not disappoint finished it on day one.

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  • Arlena_reads
  • 04-10-21

The story advances...

...and in what a way! An excellent installment to an already 5 star series.

Somehow, Will Wight manages to surpass himself with every new book. The story is captivating from the get go and doesn't let up until the very end! There are many characters to follow in this book and while Lindon is still the main character I felt like we got enough "screen time" with the members of the main team considering the length of the book and the amount of action.

Audio performance is excellent as always but to say that the editing is lacking is an understatement. I don't know why did the editor decide to add dead space between words in the middle(!!!) of a sentence but it completely threw the timing off.

Fantastic book all-in-all and I'm sure I will listen to it many more times!

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  • Anonymous grackle
  • 04-07-21

A Good refocusing

I wanted more development but that could only happen with a longer book , Travis does his usual great job and the plot sets up the following book nicely. Worth it and looking froward to what follows.

I do wish every book was double the size as theres so much to explore and cradle is a awesome series

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-21

Good but short

Same great characters, setting and all the rest but very very short. Looking forward to the next book again

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  • Chris
  • 04-07-21

Another excellent addition

Travis is golden as always. Story has great pacing and IMO a fantastic plot. ThumbsUp

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

Amazingly good!

This latest addition to Cradle does not dissapoint. You know one of those books that gives you butterflies ? This is that book! Advice listen to all cradle and enjoy!

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  • John
  • 05-15-21

A perfect book for listening

I am a big fan, and I don't think that anyone who stuck until a book number 9 of a series needs much convincing. So let me just say that it is among most entertaining of the series and am very much looking forward to next books.

In case someone new to the series stumbles upon this. If you like fantasy and are looking for an easy to read/listen series which is incredibly entertaining I don't know of anything better.

In some sense this series compared with classical epic fantasy is something like a tv show compared to a movie with the author doing an amazing job and managing to make it both entertaining and not washed out in it's 9th season.

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  • Another Internet Guy
  • 04-11-21

Another Excellent addition.

A superb instalment of an exceptional series. Travis Baldtree's delivery is also outstanding. This book is one of the easiest recommendations I'll ever make and I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Xravia
  • 05-22-21

I wanted to enjoy this book.

I wanted to enjoy this book yet its hard to find something memorable after completing the book.

Firstly the term bloodline only really comes into effect in that future vision and the akura bloodline ( not sure what to take away from this).

Second the abadon make a huge deal about saving iterations and such yet when they fight the mad king who has the scythe which is built to anhilate worlds they don't group up and go all out to destroy him?!? they even said themselves that they need at least 3 to try and kill him. They also go and abandon all but 100 iterations from 10000 anyways ?!?!.

Third the sacred valley situation was narratively used as a plot point to develop the characters personalities rather than an actual evacuation. with the use of monarchs and the tournament wish being a bit bland.

there are a lot of random fate reliant elements that cut down my immersion , hopefully now that fate has been disconected and chaos is comming things get a bit more interesting.

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  • travis
  • 02-08-22

constantly amazed

I don't know how many times i said to my partner during this book, the author must've based Athens bloodline power on his own story writing ability. He planted seeds in book 1, 5, 7, 8, they just keep sprouting and it blows your mind.
spoiler** athens garden prepared for the sect. omfg. genius.

I hated the kind hearted bs from mercy and Lindon during the negotiations of saving SV. thank god for the internal conflict of mercy and repeating her mother's actions. lindons was purely painful to get through. the cockroaches of sacred valley were not worth the ridiculous lengths they went to, and it just got silly at some points. but the end result was worth the muck I guess.

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  • Mike Borg
  • 06-06-21

There's more after this and I can't wait

The Wandering Titan is heading to Sacred Valley and Lindon is determined to save it, with the help of his friends. This book has been a satisfying end to this story arc but the end indicates more adventures to come in future books. I'll be very keen to read the following ones too. Performance by Travis has been excellent all through the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-21

Great series

Another great read from Will Wight. Good story line and plenty of action and a hood amount of humour. Travis Baldree is an excellent narrator and I will search for more of his work!

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  • Shane
  • 04-22-21

omg I love these books

this series continues to be excellent quality. if you have listened to the others then this one will not disappoint. if you are new to the series please start from book 1. the progression in these books it awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-21

will wight is a god

another excellent addition to the cradle series. i just wish these books where longer! i can hardly wait for the next one. do yourself a favour and and get into this series!

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  • Tim
  • 04-11-21

Always worth it

Another great entry, thanks Will and as always Travis for the amazing narration. Can't wait for the relisten in a few months

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-21

Amazing!! Best series!!!

Amazing book and another great addition to this series. this is my favourite series and I think it's better than Sanderson. very impressive world and character building!!!

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  • Damien
  • 04-08-21

Amazing

Oh man, so much happens in this one. It's so great, you need to read it.
Still trying to figure out the connection between Lindon and the title for this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

Its what we all wanted

Absolutely fantastic closure, continuation and opening to a new arc. So satisfied with this book