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Outside Sacred Valley, ancient ruins rise from the earth, drawing sacred artists from miles around to fight for the treasures within. Lindon has reached Copper, taking the first step on the road to power, but the warriors of the outside world are still far beyond him. To advance, he turns to the arcane skills of the Soulsmiths, who craft weapons from the stuff of souls. Outside Sacred Valley, ancient ruins rise from the earth, drawing sacred artists from miles around to fight for the treasures within. Lindon has reached Copper, taking the first step on the road to power, but the warriors of the outside world are still far beyond him. To advance, he turns to the arcane skills of the Soulsmiths, who craft weapons from the stuff of souls. With new powers come new enemies, and Lindon soon finds himself facing an entire sect of Golds.


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Outside Sacred Valley, ancient ruins rise from the earth, drawing sacred artists from miles around to fight for the treasures within. Lindon has reached Copper, taking the first step on the road to power, but the warriors of the outside world are still far beyond him. To advance, he turns to the arcane skills of the Soulsmiths, who craft weapons from the stuff of souls. Outside Sacred Valley, ancient ruins rise from the earth, drawing sacred artists from miles around to fight for the treasures within. Lindon has reached Copper, taking the first step on the road to power, but the warriors of the outside world are still far beyond him. To advance, he turns to the arcane skills of the Soulsmiths, who craft weapons from the stuff of souls. With new powers come new enemies, and Lindon soon finds himself facing an entire sect of Golds.

30 review for Soulsmith

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petrik

    3.5/5 stars A great sequel that build upon the foundations laid in Unsouled. Soulsmith is the second book in Cradle series by Will Wight. Continuing from where the previous book left off, Lindon has left the Sacred Valley in pursuit of advancement and accessibility to stronger powers. An ancient ruin has risen, and many sacred artists—Lindon included—gathers and they fight for the treasures inside. As I’ve mentioned in my review of Unsouled, it seems very likely that each sequel in this series wil 3.5/5 stars A great sequel that build upon the foundations laid in Unsouled. Soulsmith is the second book in Cradle series by Will Wight. Continuing from where the previous book left off, Lindon has left the Sacred Valley in pursuit of advancement and accessibility to stronger powers. An ancient ruin has risen, and many sacred artists—Lindon included—gathers and they fight for the treasures inside. As I’ve mentioned in my review of Unsouled, it seems very likely that each sequel in this series will better than their respective previous installments, and Soulsmith is the first proof of that. Admittedly, I’m still not a huge fan of the main character himself, but Yerin and the new characters being introduced here—especially Eithan and Jai Long—were so entertaining to read. “In his experience, practically anything became an adventure if framed properly.” Seriously, Eithan immediately became my favorite character of the series so far since his first appearance. One of the reasons this happened is that it felt to me like Wight did a terrific job in writing Eithan’s and the other supporting characters—both from protagonist and antagonists side—internalizations, especially when it’s compared to Lindon. There aren’t any mysteries surrounding Lindon’s character, and there seemed to be no complexity in his motivations; his development throughout the series so far has been constricted to only getting stronger. Meanwhile, Eithan, Jai Long, and Yerin brought conflicts, complexities, and tensions that the series needs, and I’m happy for it. Remember, this is a great feat by Wight, especially after considering that these characters are so much more powerful than the main character himself. Plus, the inclusion of the terrifying Arelius Family and The Blackflame Empire also made the series more engaging. “That’s the nature of any acquired skill. It will feel like breathing through a wet rag for a while, and your body will tell you to stop. But one day, you’ll look back and wonder how it was ever difficult.” Although I have said for two reviews now that I’m not a fan of Lindon, I still have to admit that I loved his rigorous training section. No pain no gain, we’ve heard of this before; this has been what Lindon continuously faced in his path towards stronger power, and I admire his tenacity. Lindon’s determination is iron-strong, and despite being regularly surrounded by Sacred Artists who are much stronger than him, he survived—luck is involved but still—and he never gives up. Lindon continuously undergoes rigorous training to advance to the next level of strength; I love this, Wight never stop emphasizing the importance of hard work, perspectives, and knowledge, maybe even more important than natural talent at times. “These two weeks had been the worst in Lindon’s life, but half a month of agony was nothing compared to a lifetime of helplessness.” My reviews for the series so far have been relatively shorter than my usual reviews, but I think people who’ve read this series will understand just how painful it is to stop reading and write these reviews. I’m honestly halfway through Blackflame already as I typed this review, I can assure you that the overall quality of the series has improved significantly and it gets so much addictive to read. Wight progressed the series as good as he progressed Lindon’s advancement; Soulsmith expanded the world-building, characterizations, and magic system of the series introduced in Unsouled and at the same time includes new characters and dangers that sets the stage incredibly well for Blackflame. “Sacred artists. Without risk, without battle, without a willingness to fight, you will stay weak. And weakness means death.” You can order the book from: Book Depository (Free shipping) You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing! My Patrons: Mike, Hamad.

  2. 5 out of 5

    joel

    Wight is like that friend who says they're going to be a famous rapper... ...except if instead of stringing together bad rhymes he wrote books. And instead of sucking he...didn't suck. I'm not sure where this guy came from. I bought house of blades because Amazon told me to and it cost less than a McFlurry. That series fell before my late night reading technique like 12 year old Bieber fan getting run over by the tour bus. Cradle came next and his writing has clearly advanced. He seems to write a Wight is like that friend who says they're going to be a famous rapper... ...except if instead of stringing together bad rhymes he wrote books. And instead of sucking he...didn't suck. I'm not sure where this guy came from. I bought house of blades because Amazon told me to and it cost less than a McFlurry. That series fell before my late night reading technique like 12 year old Bieber fan getting run over by the tour bus. Cradle came next and his writing has clearly advanced. He seems to write a book in the time it takes to stand in line at the DMV, so I assume he is a disciple of Sanderson. Or he speeds a lot. Doesn't matter. The unique magic systems, pacing, clear story arcs and vivid imagination pisses me off. Because I thought one day I could publish a book on Amazon and call myself an author. Then this sack of hammers comes along and sets STANDARDS, totally ruining my plans. Also, his pricing makes me suspicious. If I get 6 hours of reading time out of a book it should at least cost enough to let him upgrade from the dollar menu to a combo meal. Seriously dude Mountain Dew code red can't keep you going forever. Send me your address and I'll mail you one of my mom's quiches.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 Support me ☕ Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars “That’s the nature of any acquired skill. It will feel like breathing through a wet rag for a while, and your body will tell you to stop. But one day, you’ll look back and wonder how it was ever difficult.” Unsouled ★★★ 3/4 Soulsmith ★★★ 1/2 This is somewhat a not very popular opinion but I liked book 1 more than book 2 and there is a good reason for that. Looking at my ratings of both books, the difference This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 Support me ☕ Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars “That’s the nature of any acquired skill. It will feel like breathing through a wet rag for a while, and your body will tell you to stop. But one day, you’ll look back and wonder how it was ever difficult.” Unsouled ★★★ 3/4 Soulsmith ★★★ 1/2 This is somewhat a not very popular opinion but I liked book 1 more than book 2 and there is a good reason for that. Looking at my ratings of both books, the difference is not a big one but I couldn’t help thinking book 1 was better. The main reason for that is that I felt this book was vert technical, very cold and clinical. There was a huge focus on the world-building and the magical system which I approve and I like but there was some distancing from character building and I thought the balance was quiet better in Unsouled. There are indeed new characters in this entry but I did not somehow care about the characters as much as I wanted to (I am reading book 3 as I am writing this and I do like them way more there) mainly because I did not have the time to connect to them and feel them. They are not flat characters by any means but there is something missing that was there in book 1 (and book 3). Story wise, it continues the story after book 1 and it was as fast paced and action packed which makes the series an addicting one and the books are hard to let down. This was mostly a book explaining the magic levels and the advancement between different levels. I liked how the story ended and I do believe it has potential and that’s why I will continue it for sure! “I think you may have seen hard work sometime in the past,” Yerin called back, “but you never came close enough to shake its hand.” Summary: As in the first book, this book is fast paced, full of action and is addicting to read. The world building was intense in this one which may affected the character building but it was a good entry nonetheless.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    This is part of my re-read of the series. I thoroughly enjoy this book. I believe it's my favorite book until book 5. I love the pyramid and how Lindon Advances. This book holds up to re-reads. I hope this series catches on and they need to make a cartoon of this at the least. Previously: Wow, this was even better than the first book! The fun of this book is seeing Whe Shi Lindon grow from this little outcast everyone treated like a kitten into someone to contend with. He's very smart and sort of This is part of my re-read of the series. I thoroughly enjoy this book. I believe it's my favorite book until book 5. I love the pyramid and how Lindon Advances. This book holds up to re-reads. I hope this series catches on and they need to make a cartoon of this at the least. Previously: Wow, this was even better than the first book! The fun of this book is seeing Whe Shi Lindon grow from this little outcast everyone treated like a kitten into someone to contend with. He's very smart and sort of foolhardy and mighty lucky. Yerin and Lindon have left the Sacred Valley behind and they are in the wild. This story starts off basically in a battle. We see Lindon jumped to the toddler level finally and then they are attacked and it doesn't let up. The pace is so fast and I couldn't put this book down. I read this short novel in 2 days. I feel like this and book 1 could be one story and make an excellent 500 page book and then again, it's nice to dip your toe into a series with a fast paced quick book. I am so hooked I had to start the 3rd novel in the series today. I just went on in. I can't put this series down. I love the magic system. Madre is basically Qi and channelling is like meridians. I love that he built this system of magic basically on acupuncture. We learn so much more about the world. Lindon is always underpowered by those around him. In Sacred Valley, Jade was what the elders where there and that was high for him. When he gets into the Wild city, everyone there is some form of Gold, which there is like only 1 or 2 back in his home. So we see the whole story up it's power and of course Lindon has to tic off one of the most powerful people in this city that became the villain of the story. So now, this new city looks overpowered to Lindon's old village. Now he thinks of Jade as a stepping stone to Gold which, he only ever dreamed of Jade before him. I like that idea. There is an overpowered character in this story who is one of my favorite characters in fantasy. He is the Underlord level. He just has fun with life and he sort of sneaks into the story. I have a feeling it will be the next level of power we see. There are too many great ideas in this story to go over in a simple review They are exploring ancient relics hidden in a pyramid. There are lots of other ideas. I really can't wait to see what Will does with this series. There are 7 books in the series and I hear that he is planning to do 12 total. He puts out about 2 books per year; he is a fast writer. This story was tight. It was an adventure story and I'm a fan of this series. It's self-published, but don't let that scare you. This is just as good as any traditionally published book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    TS Chan

    A worthy sequel that expands on the worldbuilding and magic system, Soulsmith delivers on the promise of an engaging and fascinating story of epic powers inspired by Far Eastern martial arts. Outside of the Sacred Valley in pursuit of advancement, Lindon came face-to-face with his destiny as he encountered powers beyond his imagination. The most powerful amongst the clans and Schools within the Valley are mere children compared to the dime a dozen Golds that can be found in the Desolate Wilds. A A worthy sequel that expands on the worldbuilding and magic system, Soulsmith delivers on the promise of an engaging and fascinating story of epic powers inspired by Far Eastern martial arts. Outside of the Sacred Valley in pursuit of advancement, Lindon came face-to-face with his destiny as he encountered powers beyond his imagination. The most powerful amongst the clans and Schools within the Valley are mere children compared to the dime a dozen Golds that can be found in the Desolate Wilds. As expected, and I don't believe it to be a spoiler to say so, Lindon did manage to level up in his powers. How that happened, though, is the part where I will not deign to reveal. Safe to say, it was far from painless. "The sacred arts are a game, and your life is the only thing you've got to bet. You want to move up? This is what up looks like." The introduction of two fascinating new characters, Eithan and Jai Long, was to me the best part of this sequel. In the first book, we only had Lindon's POV for the bulk of the narrative and a few chapters from an otherworldly powerful being. The already complex worldbuilding had to be expanded as our main protagonist leaves the confines of the Sacred Valley into the wide, open world of Cradle. Given this, the added perspectives of new characters served to enhance the story. Jai Long, an exile of the Jai clan - one of the strongest within the Blackflame Empire - was the antagonist with an empathetic backstory. Meanwhile, Eithan was an enigmatic and irrepressible personality whose motivations were never quite clear, and I could not tell whether he can be trusted or not. The impact of these two characters on Lindon's fate made the story way more compelling. Through the perspectives of the new characters, we were also given more insights into the political landscape of The Blackflame Empire and the intricate magic-martial arts system. Even though Golds can be found in abundance, there are three sublevels within Gold itself where the gulf between each level - Lowgold, Highgold and Truegold - is much wider than from Copper to Iron and then to Jade.  Beyond Gold we even have Underlords who are the leaders of the most dominant clans within the Empire. Believe me when I say that the powers displayed by these sacred artists were truly spectacular - to the point of being almost over the top.  For me though, that was half of the fun of reading this series so far. These relatively short novels were addictive and easy to read, with efficient and immersive prose, and minimal errors as far as self-published books are concerned.  Its narrative moved at a decent pace and was well-plotted with each book having a self-contained story. At the same time, there was also sufficient foreshadowing and development of a larger plot leading to more epic narrative threads to be told in future instalments. Continue watching this space as I foresee greater potential in this series. You can purchase a copy of the book, or read it free via Kindle Unlimited on Amazon US. You can also find this and my other reviews at Novel Notions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    In the wilds Yerin and Lindon run into hordes of beasts and remnants. They follow where the beasts are heading to find ancient ruins that contain items of massive power. They also find an alliance of sacred artists who intend to mine it for resources. After what feels like a lifetime, Lindon has finally reached Copper. As Lindon tries to learn the skill of a Soulsmith, he finds himself the prey of a powerful group of Golds. Soulsmith was a good time. Lindon advances only to realize that in compar In the wilds Yerin and Lindon run into hordes of beasts and remnants. They follow where the beasts are heading to find ancient ruins that contain items of massive power. They also find an alliance of sacred artists who intend to mine it for resources. After what feels like a lifetime, Lindon has finally reached Copper. As Lindon tries to learn the skill of a Soulsmith, he finds himself the prey of a powerful group of Golds. Soulsmith was a good time. Lindon advances only to realize that in comparison to the world at large, everyone from the Sacred Valley is incredibly weak. Lindon surprisingly finds that encouraging as he's seeking the power to save everything he's known. The characters really come alive in this book. There is of course Lindon. He stands tall and looks vicious despite his weak skills. Yerin who despite seeming as though she only wishes to fight actually cares for Lindon. There are also some interesting new additions in Jai Long, Fisher Gesha, and the happy yet mysterious Eithan. Jai Long is the typical angry genius. He has a backstory that makes it wholely justifiable. He's not evil, but he's certainly not good either. Fisher Gesha is a powerful soulsmith who Lindon and Yerin find themself working for. She's the typical gruff old master. Eithan from the start is clearly powerful even though he mostly appears to be looking for fun. These three really stand out among the rest of the new characters. Soulsmith has me excited to see where the story goes. I really enjoy the way Will Wight crafts his tale and characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zitong Ren

    So, I’ve finished book 2 of the Cradle series, a fair while since I finished Cradle and overall, it was fine. I’ve heard that while the first few books are ok, the later books are fantastic and look, maybe it’ll be a while before I get around to every book in the series, I would think that I would continue on with the series eventually as I am interested in it. This book was good enough to read for sure, though I’m not super invested in anything just yet. The world here is pretty interesting and So, I’ve finished book 2 of the Cradle series, a fair while since I finished Cradle and overall, it was fine. I’ve heard that while the first few books are ok, the later books are fantastic and look, maybe it’ll be a while before I get around to every book in the series, I would think that I would continue on with the series eventually as I am interested in it. This book was good enough to read for sure, though I’m not super invested in anything just yet. The world here is pretty interesting and it was expanded a fair bit here, well beyond Sacred Valley, which is where book 1 took place. A large section of the world is explored, and we learn a fair bit more about the other societies in the world. A huge chunk of the book does just take place in one settlement, which was fine by me. As it is told from the characters’ perspective, who have little interest in things like culture or history, so there isn’t much of that here. It’s not detrimental to the story as it is irrelevant to the characters and plot, although I would like to have learnt a bit more about things that do not directly correlate with the character. Still, I do like the way the whole “magic” system functions and how it has developed. It’s not fancy or anything, but it builds engagement with the character and makes the reader want to have Lindon succeed. The characters are ok here. Lindon’s fine, he’s not overly compelling to follow around, though he is not boring either. I suppose there is not really anything that makes him super special and there are far better written protagonists out there in my view. I do find Yerin to be a bit more interesting to follow around, though there isn’t much from her POV. She contrasts with Lindon who is the more typical weak character that gets frowned upon by everyone. Eithan was also fairly interesting to follow as he remains fairly mysterious for most of this book until the very end, where the sort of big reveal comes. The plotting was alright here. Nothing blew me away exactly, but I suppose that it remained decent the whole way through. The pacing was fine throughout, though in this book there are some odd chapters that are sort of interludes that sometimes are somewhat jarring. They seem to add some more context, but I don’t know how useful they are to the main story for now. Those are really all my thoughts on this. Overall, it was good, but it also wasn’t that much more than that for me. 6/10

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    Will Wight really starts to hit his stride with this sequel, expanding the magic, the world and the characters while building momentum with another fast-paced and exciting read. Soulsmith takes a big, but necessary step; expanding the story outside the confines of Lindon’s home, Sacred Valley, where Jade is the greatest height. It allows Wight to fully lift the veil from the eyes of our main character and also from ours by showing us the extent of what is considered to be powerful. What Lindon on Will Wight really starts to hit his stride with this sequel, expanding the magic, the world and the characters while building momentum with another fast-paced and exciting read. Soulsmith takes a big, but necessary step; expanding the story outside the confines of Lindon’s home, Sacred Valley, where Jade is the greatest height. It allows Wight to fully lift the veil from the eyes of our main character and also from ours by showing us the extent of what is considered to be powerful. What Lindon once believed to be the final stage of a sacred artist’s path, the mythical achievement of Gold, is untrue. By the standards of the outside world, anyone below Gold is considered powerless and unworthy of being called a sacred artist. This only serves to light an even bigger fire under Lindon though, as he has more to do than he ever dreamed of if he wants to catch up. “Just one more day,” Yerin said, letting out a deep breath and relaxing against the door again. “Don’t know why you’re crowing about it. Any day where I haven’t beaten a Remnant to death with its own limb is a holiday.” Lindon and Yerin both have a lot of work to do to reach their goals, and it was highly entertaining and fascinating to see the start of their journeys in trying to achieve this. Lindon is, of course, doing everything in his power to progress and level up, and he is steadily growing on me as his character develops. Similarly, Yerin is not left out in the cold regarding development and these two are quickly becoming an exciting if slightly unbalanced team, power-wise. With the expansion of the world though, simultaneous expansion of the cast is not unexpected and the most interesting of the new additions by far was Eithan. What a fascinating character! I won’t say more though, other than I might have a new favourite. Ok, might should be definitely. The story is teeming with new places and faces, mysteries, more in-depth discussions and demonstrations of the magic system and its various types of users and techniques. Cradle’s history and mythology are expanded upon as well, adding more layers to the foundation of this world and once again it feels like this is but a drop in the ocean for what the author has install for us.That’s not to say the worldbuilding steals the thunder - it blends seamlessly with the story and the development of the characters while still giving us heaps of good stuff; monstrously powerful sacred artists make their entrance, ancient relics are hunted and nail-biting, action-packed fights are abundant, making this a superb, fast paced read. These books are easy to fly through and packed with so much fun. We hear that a lot nowadays, making the word fun seem an overused term, but it is truly relevant in this case. The Cradle series is basically the crack/candy/coffee of fantasy and I am almost shocked that they have not been traditionally published. The only explanation to me is that the author has purposefully chosen this path. The force is strong with this one. Just keep on doing what you are doing, Mr Wight. If you write it, I will read it. “The sacred arts are a game, and your life is the only thing you’ve got to bet. You want to move up? This is what up looks like.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    David S Meanderings)

    Reread complete! 4.25 stars “Sacred artists. Without risk, without battle, without a willingness to fight, you will stay weak. And weakness means death.” I want to give a quick shoutout to the narrator, Travis Baldree. He continues to bring the world of Cradle to life in an engaging and immersive way and I will be continuing this series via audiobook in large part to his fantastic narration. Soulsmith continues almost immediately where we left off last with Lindon and Yerin leaving the safety of the Reread complete! 4.25 stars “Sacred artists. Without risk, without battle, without a willingness to fight, you will stay weak. And weakness means death.” I want to give a quick shoutout to the narrator, Travis Baldree. He continues to bring the world of Cradle to life in an engaging and immersive way and I will be continuing this series via audiobook in large part to his fantastic narration. Soulsmith continues almost immediately where we left off last with Lindon and Yerin leaving the safety of the Sacred Valley and going out into the world beyond. I was so excited about this book because I believed the world was going to expand in this entry and that proved to be true. We learn much about the tribes outside of Sacred Valley. Each seems to have a similar culture to Lindon’s, but what separates each tribe is the path they take to power and the different techniques and advantages that those paths afford them. Speaking of paths to power, I have continued loving the magic system that Will Wight has crafted. I think the biggest thing I enjoy about it is the breadth and scope of it. There are so many ways to become powerful, so many different techniques, natural “boosters”, and other intricacies that make this magic system so interesting to read about. Another aspect of the magic that I really like is that natural talent plays a part, but ultimately a sacred artist’s level of power and mastery of the magic comes from effort, force of will, and smarts. There is nothing that doesn’t feel earned here. Lindon goes through some very extreme things to advance in this book that made me really admire his dedication and strong will. “These two weeks had been the worst in Lindon’s life, but half a month of agony was nothing compared to a lifetime of helplessness.” One thing I hope improves throughout the series is Lindon himself. Specifically, Lindon’s character development. Don’t get me wrong, I like Lindon. He is the type of character that fits the stereotype of a younger brother and that is what he becomes to a few of the people around him. However, I think that his personality comes off as somewhat flat and boring at times. Lindon has grown up all his life being told that he was basically worthless and a shame to his clan. Other than a few instances where he uses that as fuel to dig deep and survive or improve himself, we don’t really get to see him emotionally wrestle over the fact that he was basically verbally abused and bullied for most of his life. I mean, Lindon at one point even thinks about how someone who is more powerful than him could just kill him in the street and no one would do anything about it because no one cares about the weaker magic users. It is quite unrealistic and a disservice to the character to not have him walk through those things with the reader. It was almost like he just shrugged it off instead of working through it organically. This is only the 2nd book in a 12 book series so I hope that improves, but that kind of bothered me. A huge redeeming factor for Lindon’s lack of character development are the side characters getting more POV time. Yerin, who we were introduced to late in the last book and has now become Lindon’s friend and companion, is very interesting. We knew a little of her backstory from Unsouled and we start to get a few more glimpses in Soulsmith. Her complexity as a character continues to intrigue me and I am really looking forward to seeing where she ends up. Then we have Eithan. I won’t go too far into Eithan because I don’t want to talk about spoilers. Suffice it to say Eithan is powerful, mysterious, and brings a humor and light heartedness to the story that really elevated Soulsmith in my eyes. I can’t wait to get to know him more and see where his story goes as well. Last, but certainly not least, we have Jai Long. A man haunted and driven by the tragedies of his past. A master of the spear and a powerful sacred artist in his own right, Jai Long will stop at nothing to attain what he perceives as justice. These three added a depth and nuance of character that was sorely needed and I felt increasingly more invested and excited for the next installment as I grew to know each one of them. “He drew himself up as though proud to be asked the question. “Young lady, I am the greatest janitor in all existence. I am the son of a janitor, last in a long line of janitors that stretch all the way back to the Sage of Brooms…and beyond!” I really love the action scenes in this series so far. Fights in this series typically employ a blend of the sacred arts magic system along with martial arts and that has been a joy to imagine. There are so many obstacles to overcome and so many dangers in each fight that I was always on the edge of my seat and fearing for the characters’ lives. Soulsmith was another fun, fast paced entry in the Cradle series that expanded the world and brought new, exciting characters into the mix. I have already started the next book, Blackflame, and plan on continuing to binge read the rest of the published books in this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Soulsmith is the second book in Cradle series by Will Wight. Continuing from where the previous book left off, Lindon and Yerin leave the Sacred Valley in pursuit of stronger powers. Cradle is progression fantasy, good fun, basically popcorn entertainment. All books in the series are quick reads with lots of action, delivering exactly what it says on the tin. This instalment didn't blow me away, but I think this is one of those series where each sequel is better than the previous book. Soulsmith is the second book in Cradle series by Will Wight. Continuing from where the previous book left off, Lindon and Yerin leave the Sacred Valley in pursuit of stronger powers. Cradle is progression fantasy, good fun, basically popcorn entertainment. All books in the series are quick reads with lots of action, delivering exactly what it says on the tin. This instalment didn't blow me away, but I think this is one of those series where each sequel is better than the previous book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    5 Stars Soulsmith, Cradle #2 by Will Wight lives up to the incredible high standards that he set with his The Travelers Gate Trilogy. As a result of my love for his trilogy I had very high expectations for this book and series and let me tell you, I was not let down. This is simply epic fantasy at it's finest. Will Wight deserves to be mentioned in the same sentences as the genre giant Brandon Sanderson. Both of these men excel in their fantastical story telling, character creating, and depth to 5 Stars Soulsmith, Cradle #2 by Will Wight lives up to the incredible high standards that he set with his The Travelers Gate Trilogy. As a result of my love for his trilogy I had very high expectations for this book and series and let me tell you, I was not let down. This is simply epic fantasy at it's finest. Will Wight deserves to be mentioned in the same sentences as the genre giant Brandon Sanderson. Both of these men excel in their fantastical story telling, character creating, and depth to their story lines. What makes both better than the rest is their ability to create freaking cool, kick-ass magic systems that not only are a pleasure to read and imagine, they also are crafted to feel plausible and real. I absolutely love that. In Unsouled, book one Wight has created a story that centers on the awesome magic system. Sacred Artists use their souls like magic in unique and awesome ways. The hierarchy and tiered system is really cool. The magic makes the story. In this book we get to know more about our unlikely hero Lindon, an Unsouled with ambitions well beyond his means as well as his new companions Yerin and Eithan. We also get to know the magic system even more and I love it. No spoilers but I can say that this book was impossible to put down. I loved it. I highly recommend it to fans of the genre. If you have not read Will Wight, be sure to pick up his The Travelers Gate Trilogy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    eriophora

    This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks “Don’t know why you’re crowing about it. Any day where I haven’t beaten a Remnant to death with its own limb is a holiday.” After having read the first two books in Will Wight’s Cradle series, it felt unfair to review them separately. While the first book, Unsouled, was interesting and provided a solid foundation for the series… it fell a little flat for me – particularly when compared to the second book, Soulsmith. I enjoyed Un This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks “Don’t know why you’re crowing about it. Any day where I haven’t beaten a Remnant to death with its own limb is a holiday.” After having read the first two books in Will Wight’s Cradle series, it felt unfair to review them separately. While the first book, Unsouled, was interesting and provided a solid foundation for the series… it fell a little flat for me – particularly when compared to the second book, Soulsmith. I enjoyed Unsouled, but I didn’t understand the hype surrounding the series until I’d read beyond it. Soulsmith was a romp and a half that left me hankering to start Blackflame, even at the expense of some of those ARCs I’ve got piling up! In Soulsmith, our two main characters truly come into their own. Lindon, born with a stunted magical ability, properly begins on his journey towards power. Yerin, the damaged disciple of the now-deceased Sword Sage, has her own challenges to face. Yerin rapidly became a favorite – she has an “I don’t need anyone! But also, if you hurt Lindon, who by god is under my protection, you will regret it,” sort of attitude. I’m a sucker for the secretly lonely types. Yerin just needs a hug and a shoulder to cry on, yet she can’t quite bring herself to accept that from others. She’s not ready to reveal that level of vulnerability, but I’m already looking forward to it once she is. “Her master always talked about solitude as though it was some great treasure, some tool that aided in focus and training. That was a pile of rot. He was the strongest sacred artist she’d ever met, but some things he just didn’t understand. . . Yerin wasn’t overly attached to Wei Shi Lindon; she’d only known him for a few days, and part of her still expected him to be playing some sort of twisty trick on her. She’d spent no small amount of time wondering if she should kill him and remove the danger. But having Lindon around gave her someone to talk to, someone to help her with her bandages, someone to help keep the bloody memories and the acid-edged grief at bay.” Unsouled, in contrast, largely deals with characters who won’t be plot relevant again for quite some time. Wight fleshes out the culture and politics within Lindon’s home, the Sacred Valley…. But the Sacred Valley is extremely insular and cut-off from the outside world. It doesn’t set the tone properly for the cultures and people we’ll see moving forward. In this same vein, Unsouled tends to feel slow and sluggish, with little actually happening on the pages. The dynastic clan culture represented was intriguing, but ultimately very different from the broad world Lindon moves into in the subsequent books. Fans of magic systems will find a great deal to enjoy as will fans of progression fantasy. Much of the plot is centered around Lindon’s quest to “level up” in power… but, that said, this is not LitRPG. The magic system is based on a substance called madra, of which there are many different types giving the wielder different abilities. Yerin, for example, uses sword madra. By using different breathing patterns, a magic user can cycle madra through their veins to move throughout their body. At certain madra concentrations or with certain techniques, the user’s body and awareness will change to the next level of power. However, there is a wide range of ability within each stage. Training and madra types determine your fighting ability. You won’t find any health bars or madra counts here – it’s all fairly loosely described. The prose is fairly workmanlike, but that’s no bad thing in these books. I chewed through the first two in record time – they’re easy, accessible, and don’t require much effort from the reader. Sometimes, that’s exactly what I want out of something. While I don’t want to eat a bag of chips for every meal, sometimes there’s a certain degree of enjoyment in munching on a bag of potato chips until you hit the bottom… and much like potato chips, you’ll find you’re left wanting even more of that deliciously salted and fried goodness the moment they’re gone. Wight tells the story in a way you can sprint right through it, consistently eager to see each new challenge Lindon and Yerin will face. All in all, Unsouled was okay… but Soulsmith is where Wight hits his stride. If you’re not fond of the first one but like the core concepts and ideas behind progression fantasy, I highly recommend sticking with it before passing judgement. I found Soulsmith to be tons of fun with intense, high-stakes moments. A review of books 3-6 can be found here, on my blog!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Enjoyed this book very much, and picks up right after book 1 concludes and gives us a lot more information about Lindon's world, the other clans outside the valley and more about the path of improvement that Lindon has begun. (view spoiler)[Yerin is a valued teacher and friend who protects him in there flight from the mountain. I didn't like the way that Lindon treated her as he struggled to find a teacher. But I like Eithan and I think he will keep book 3 very interesting. (hide spoiler)] Enjoyed this book very much, and picks up right after book 1 concludes and gives us a lot more information about Lindon's world, the other clans outside the valley and more about the path of improvement that Lindon has begun. (view spoiler)[Yerin is a valued teacher and friend who protects him in there flight from the mountain. I didn't like the way that Lindon treated her as he struggled to find a teacher. But I like Eithan and I think he will keep book 3 very interesting. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Soo

    10/2/2020 Notes: The re-reads of Soulsmith were more enjoyable than the first time, but the transitions and certain events are still too forced to be a 4 star. On the other hand, lots of goodies for the series and plot direction. 10/7/2019 Notes: Couple of important plot events & people are added in this book but the story flow was chunky & did not flow as well as the first book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid

    It was starting to gain momentum and every element was expanded. The new POVS were especially intriguing. The story promising to get more interesting going forward.

  16. 4 out of 5

    KatieR

    I really liked Unsouled, the first in the series, but I liked this one even better. The first book is a good primer for introducing the world, but this one takes it all up a notch. Lindon is a really good protagonist in that he's always trying to learn in every situation. He's clever and tricky, but also foolish, so there's no relaxing at all. New characters are introduced and they're great additions. While the first group was super interesting, this one was both engaging and entertaining. I hav I really liked Unsouled, the first in the series, but I liked this one even better. The first book is a good primer for introducing the world, but this one takes it all up a notch. Lindon is a really good protagonist in that he's always trying to learn in every situation. He's clever and tricky, but also foolish, so there's no relaxing at all. New characters are introduced and they're great additions. While the first group was super interesting, this one was both engaging and entertaining. I have already downloaded the next book and started it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  18. 5 out of 5

    THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)

    A good sequel to the first book, and it works upon the foundation laid down by the former. This book reads like a kind of rite of passage for the story as well as the characters. There isn't much action, but the tension is high, and the pacing of the story keeps up the adventurous thrill. The setting is outside the Sacred Valley, and filled with unknown dangers for the young protagonists. The main plot revolves around gaining power advancement, and the retrieval of a powerful spear from an ancien A good sequel to the first book, and it works upon the foundation laid down by the former. This book reads like a kind of rite of passage for the story as well as the characters. There isn't much action, but the tension is high, and the pacing of the story keeps up the adventurous thrill. The setting is outside the Sacred Valley, and filled with unknown dangers for the young protagonists. The main plot revolves around gaining power advancement, and the retrieval of a powerful spear from an ancient magical ruin. Every magical creature and monsters, and humans have converged to attain whatever they can from the ruin. It's sort of a paranoid competition, each trying to outdo the other filled with petty rivalries. Lindon here advances to copper, and then to iron. His tenacity was admirable, but his naivete and constant prodding for shortcuts was irritating. I'm starting to like Yerin more than him. She's powerful, and growing into her power. I hope that the author makes her come out of that hard shell she's built for herself. I would like to see her vulnerability. Lastly, the most intriguing and enigmatic character was Eithan. He was charming, and takes Yerin and Lindon under his tutelage. His interactions with them was delightful, and hammers them to sharpen their abilities further. His motives are unknown, but, I believe that he's gonna be a major player in the later books. I enjoyed reading this. What I'm mostly interested about these books is the entertainment level, that comes with fantastic action, mysteries, and some good characterisation. This second book is another step towards improvement, and it pushes me into reading the rest of the books. And, I'm definitely going to do that.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steven Naylor

    Rating 4.0 stars I didn't like this one as much as the last one. I enjoy the process of getting stronger and reading about how it happens and the struggle. While Linden did get stronger in this book. He achieved copper early on in the story. The was a large section of the story afterward where he really didn't have much progression. The society is frustrating. People's sense of honor is so skewed. Fighting someone weaker than you doesn't seem very honorable. But, if that weaker person actually i Rating 4.0 stars I didn't like this one as much as the last one. I enjoy the process of getting stronger and reading about how it happens and the struggle. While Linden did get stronger in this book. He achieved copper early on in the story. The was a large section of the story afterward where he really didn't have much progression. The society is frustrating. People's sense of honor is so skewed. Fighting someone weaker than you doesn't seem very honorable. But, if that weaker person actually is able to beat the stronger person it is even worse since that person's clan now is dishonored that someone weaker could beat them. None of that is honorable. How is anyone supposed to grow? Nobody wants to teach someone else because it will make them stronger without doing anything for themselves. Anyone weak in this society is basically a slave.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rajkumar Pagey

    This book had a slow start and I was losing hope. But the moment it picked up paced, it was a joyride. Everything Lindon and, by extension, we, as readers, knew about the tier system of this world is shattered. There are so many things to learn. Lindon and Yerin have left Lindon's home, Sacred Valley and even though they have not even healed completely, they have to defend themselves. Finally they reach the five faction camp and then we are introduced to a barrage of new characters and the clans the This book had a slow start and I was losing hope. But the moment it picked up paced, it was a joyride. Everything Lindon and, by extension, we, as readers, knew about the tier system of this world is shattered. There are so many things to learn. Lindon and Yerin have left Lindon's home, Sacred Valley and even though they have not even healed completely, they have to defend themselves. Finally they reach the five faction camp and then we are introduced to a barrage of new characters and the clans they represent. By far, my favorite was Eithan. Keep an eye on him when you read it. He's interesting. Lindon as a character is awesome. Humble and striving to attain a power that was always denied to him. I already miss Lindon's home that was introduced in book 1 but I'm sure we'll come around to that eventually. No matter how many times Lindon will fall, he'll rise up again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dexcell

    Very good second book in the series. It was definitely slow throughout, but I enjoyed it and the new characters. It was nice to see Lindon improve at a nice rate, but he's still so far behind everyone else. I'm curious how he's ever going to match up against Jai Long by next book. Very good second book in the series. It was definitely slow throughout, but I enjoyed it and the new characters. It was nice to see Lindon improve at a nice rate, but he's still so far behind everyone else. I'm curious how he's ever going to match up against Jai Long by next book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Calvin Park

    Will Wight gives us an amazing read in Soulsmith. Wight’s brand of fantasy is heavy on magic, giving us an intricate and fascinating magic system with plenty of depth. He also gives us a coming-of-age hero’s journey. All of this is set in a well-developed non-western secondary world. It’s so much fun to read, and for fans of hard magic systems it’ll really hit the spot. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of magic in fantasy. On this front Will Wight delivers so well. Magic plays an incredibly in Will Wight gives us an amazing read in Soulsmith. Wight’s brand of fantasy is heavy on magic, giving us an intricate and fascinating magic system with plenty of depth. He also gives us a coming-of-age hero’s journey. All of this is set in a well-developed non-western secondary world. It’s so much fun to read, and for fans of hard magic systems it’ll really hit the spot. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of magic in fantasy. On this front Will Wight delivers so well. Magic plays an incredibly integral role to the plot of Soulsmith. Lindon, our MC, continues his journey—which began in Unsouled—to become a better, more powerful sacred artist. One of the things I really appreciated about this sequel is that Wight didn’t rush things. It would have been easy to see an explosion of power for Lindon, but he continues to struggle as a comparative weakling. This gives us plenty of glimpses into Lindon’s character and it’s wonderful to see his development and growth. Even more, however, is the growth we get to see from Yerin. In fact, if anything has drastically improved from the first book in this series, I would say it is the characterization of secondary characters. Lindon has always been interesting. Wight is now building an entire cast of interesting characters and I can’t wait to see where they go and how they develop in the rest of this series. Any time you can give me intricate, interesting magic and a cast of fascinating, developing characters I’m all in. Wight has done that in spades here, and set it all in a unique world. One aspect of the world building I enjoy is how so much revolves around honor. Often fantasy worlds tend to take a guilt/innocence view of the world, much like the majority of western society. To see a tale told in a world that focuses much more on honor/shame is wonderful. I don’t have much to criticize with this book. Almost everything worked for me. There were a few moments, particularly toward the beginning of the book, where the action slowed down a little. These didn’t last very long, however. I also felt that the book may have lacked a little bit of a plot unto itself. It is obviously a middle book of a series. These are all very minor criticisms and they did not significantly impact my enjoyment. Will Wight’s second book in his Cradle series is excellent fun, heavy on magic, and begins introducing a wider cast of characters that I’m sure will play a larger role as the series progresses. It’s well done all-around and a wonderful read for those who thoroughly enjoy hard magic systems. 4.5/5 stars. 5 – I loved this, couldn’t put it down, move it to the top of your TBR pile 4 – I really enjoyed this, add it to the TBR pile 3 – It was ok, depending on your preferences it may be worth your time 2 – I didn’t like this book, it has significant flaws and I can’t recommend it 1 – I loathe this book with a most loathsome loathing

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rinaldo

    4.1/5 Following directly the ending of Unsouled, Lindon and Yerin struggled to survive in the wilderness. They quickly found themselves entangled in a ruin excavation dispute between several factions. Lindon was a kitten between tigers. Scrambling for anyone who would help and guide him in his Path, he found himself drawn to Soulsmiths and Forging, his original dream way back from the Sacred Valley. I also read this as a metaphor how Lindon would start to forge his own Path. Compared to its prequel 4.1/5 Following directly the ending of Unsouled, Lindon and Yerin struggled to survive in the wilderness. They quickly found themselves entangled in a ruin excavation dispute between several factions. Lindon was a kitten between tigers. Scrambling for anyone who would help and guide him in his Path, he found himself drawn to Soulsmiths and Forging, his original dream way back from the Sacred Valley. I also read this as a metaphor how Lindon would start to forge his own Path. Compared to its prequel, Soulsmith is significantly faster, but it is also less focused and slightly lackluster. It gives the glimpses of bigger world outside the Sacred Valley, but it also meanders a little bit in the middle with seemingly tangential subplots and side characters. It also lacks the subterfuges and subtleties from the prequel. Again, I'm not sure how to feel about the predatory world of Sacred Artists with twisted honour values, as there's lack of address how unjust and broken such world is. The book maintains the narrative that hard work pays, but in truth the book demonstrates how success also depends highly on luck and favour from powerful people of higher standing. However, Will Wight is an extremely compelling writer who hold your attention and interest hostage. He also managed to avoid some common trappings of xianxia while fleshing out some other parts. Conclusion Soulsmith gives glimpses of the bigger world out there, and with lightning fast pace, it will leave you addicted for more. Despite the slight lackluster pacing, you will be on your toes to find how Lindon would progress next.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Strix

    For almost a third of this book I was afraid the magic was gone, and that sequel syndrome would have wiped out an extremely promising start. The initial chapters were fun, but then it sagged a bit and I worried and dragged my feet on reading more, in case it stayed boring. Then the Fishers happened, and then everything exploded, and I forgive it, because the slow bits were just the author stage-setting. That said there is one thing I do not forgive: the brief moment of OOC behavior on Lindon's par For almost a third of this book I was afraid the magic was gone, and that sequel syndrome would have wiped out an extremely promising start. The initial chapters were fun, but then it sagged a bit and I worried and dragged my feet on reading more, in case it stayed boring. Then the Fishers happened, and then everything exploded, and I forgive it, because the slow bits were just the author stage-setting. That said there is one thing I do not forgive: the brief moment of OOC behavior on Lindon's part where he hurt Yerin. That single scene felt like manufactured drama, like it came out of nowhere, and didn't reflect Lindon's innate cleverness. Fortunately its consequences passed quickly, but it was a jarring flaw in an otherwise great series. But hey! One bad scene. Like two pages. And the book sped back up and got wonderful and so it gets four stars instead of five, but if the author can keep up the quality for book three, it'll get five stars as well. The big awesome things about this book: the introduced recurring characters range from outstanding to interesting, the central treasure hunt was fun, and I haven't read a training from hell sequence that fun in quite a long time. Finally, it ends properly, like the last book. I'm satisfied. There's looming danger and plot-threads, but it's not a cliffhanger and I can take a breather and be rested for when I plunge into book three. This series is so good.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steffan

    4.33/5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    A.R

    Ok, this and the first book I both read in a bit over a day. I'm really enjoying this series, and from other reviews will only like it more and more as the series goes. This world is so well done, do unique. This is just an absolutely fun ride. Ok, this and the first book I both read in a bit over a day. I'm really enjoying this series, and from other reviews will only like it more and more as the series goes. This world is so well done, do unique. This is just an absolutely fun ride.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Executive Summary: It started a bit slow, but ended strong. This continues to be a fun series. Full Review I enjoyed Unsouled a lot, and went right into this book. Then life got busy and I put it down for nearly 2 weeks. I think if the start had been a bit better, I'd have made the time to read it anyways. I said in my review of the first book that this series reminds me a lot of shonen fighting anime and that theme definitely continues here. One of the main issues with those series is "Power c Executive Summary: It started a bit slow, but ended strong. This continues to be a fun series. Full Review I enjoyed Unsouled a lot, and went right into this book. Then life got busy and I put it down for nearly 2 weeks. I think if the start had been a bit better, I'd have made the time to read it anyways. I said in my review of the first book that this series reminds me a lot of shonen fighting anime and that theme definitely continues here. One of the main issues with those series is "Power creep". The protagonist gets stronger and stronger so of course his opponents have to get stronger as a result. This one takes a slightly different approach. Mr. Wight ratchets up the power creep almost immediately without leveling our hero up. So instead Lindon finds himself in a world where everyone is not only far more powerful than himself, but everyone he's ever known in his life. A lot of the cleverness of this series revolves around how he still makes his way through conflict despite the huge power gap. However I still feel like the power creep is far worse than normal for a series like this, so I'm hoping the huge spike was mostly a one time thing and that it doesn't hit ridiculous levels in the next book. I will say that once I had more time to read I made steady progress again. The ending of this book got a lot more interesting than the start did. We're introduced to a fairly mysterious new character, and once we start to learn more about them, it really sucked me back into the series like I was in the first book. I want to start the next book right away, but I'm not sure if I'll have the time. I have a hold in for another book for my book club and I have no idea when that will come in. As this is an ongoing series, I'm no rush to catch up to the newest book, because then I'll just be stuck waiting. That said, I do really want to know what happens next, so I may end up reading it right away.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    I don't know how Will Wight does it. Unsouled was published in June 2016 and he releases the sequel THREE MONTHS later, with zero drop in quality. I loved Wight's Traveler's Gate series, but Cradle is shaping up to be even better. The magic system is both rigidly defined and expansive in nature, and is fully integrated into almost every aspect of the world. Combine that with the classic trope of a young, weak protagonist who painstakingly builds up more and more strength, and you have a great bo I don't know how Will Wight does it. Unsouled was published in June 2016 and he releases the sequel THREE MONTHS later, with zero drop in quality. I loved Wight's Traveler's Gate series, but Cradle is shaping up to be even better. The magic system is both rigidly defined and expansive in nature, and is fully integrated into almost every aspect of the world. Combine that with the classic trope of a young, weak protagonist who painstakingly builds up more and more strength, and you have a great book on your hands.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Franzi

    3 Stars A bit of a slow start, but as the story continues we get to know more about the world and the really cool magic system. There's this typical shonen "main protagonist becomes more powerful, so enemies must get stronger too"-theme which for me makes every rise in power seem a little pointless. I'm still kinda neutral about the main protagonist but start to love the new characters :) 3 Stars A bit of a slow start, but as the story continues we get to know more about the world and the really cool magic system. There's this typical shonen "main protagonist becomes more powerful, so enemies must get stronger too"-theme which for me makes every rise in power seem a little pointless. I'm still kinda neutral about the main protagonist but start to love the new characters :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    GaiusPrimus

    This book was head and shoulders better than book 1 and my first truly enjoyable experience in the wuxia genre. I honestly can't remember if I read or listened to book 1, so that could definitely be a reason why I feel this way. Nonetheless, I can start to see what all the fuss is about, but I'll make sure I only listen to these stories going forward. This book was head and shoulders better than book 1 and my first truly enjoyable experience in the wuxia genre. I honestly can't remember if I read or listened to book 1, so that could definitely be a reason why I feel this way. Nonetheless, I can start to see what all the fuss is about, but I'll make sure I only listen to these stories going forward.

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