by Jennifer Jenkins


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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf, and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors. Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the Nameless. Hers is a suicide mission—Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe. What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground Nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty, and love are more complicated than she ever imagined.

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ISBN-13: 9781942664420
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Nameless Series
Edition description: None
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 528,295
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Jenkins is the cofounder of the Teen Author Boot Camp and a proud member of Writers Cubed. She had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagems (seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare). However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. She lives in Sandy, Utah.

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Nameless 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Aila More than 1 year ago
Thank you Month9Books for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for a review! Nameless starts out with Zo, a Wolf, infiltrating the Ram clan as a spy. It’s full of action from beginning to end, and with that is also the inclusion of in-depth characters who really grow. Whether its Zo’s prejudice against the heartless Rams or Gryphon’s apathy towards his clan’s brutal ways, both these dynamic characters change throughout the book. In the blurb above, Gryphon is the Ram soldier that Zo has “confusing feelings” for. We get to see a little of his thoughts, as this book is written in limited third person in his and Zo’s thoughts. Even though the description of the blurb highlights Zo’s character, Gryphon has an essential role that comes to light in the book. I absolutely loved his character development, and how, throughout the course of events, his eyes are opened to the cruelty in the Ram clan. The best part is the fact that he still has pride in his clan despite that. He doesn’t immediately want to start rebelling against the place and people he was raised with; instead, Gryphon wants to make the necessary changes that might benefit his clan. I found it not only realistic but also refreshing for someone to be set against their people’s traditions, but not want to separate completely away from the group. Zo, on the other hand, was a strong and courageous heroine. She cares about her sister and throughout the book we can see instances of their love and protection. In my opinion, Zo did a superb job with spying – she wasn’t deterred by frivolous things, including a good-looking Ram soldier. In fact, the romance in this book is pretty big, but not central. It’s definitely a slow burn as our characters come to realize their feelings and the dangers of them within the gates of the Ram clan. Both Zo and Gryphon were rational about it, and I think they would make a fantastic couple. Many additional characters add so much flavor to this book! The nameless rebels who want liberty; the Rams who are trying to save themselves from their own clan’s customs; each of them were important to the development and plot of the story, and I enjoyed reading about them. I really can’t wait to see what the sequel brings, because I feel as if the tense situations in this book will be leading up to a big event in the next. I really want to know more of the world! There are four clans in the story, but we only deal with two. We are given a history of what happened in the past, but I feel like there’s more to it! (Or maybe that’s just me wanting more?) Either way, I really want to explore more of the setting and the life outside the Ram’s gate in the next book. Nameless had a wonderful cast of characters and a meaningful story that has hidden lessons within it. I would definitely recommend this for readers looking for an adventure that ends up becoming so much more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest I completely stumbled upon this book and I'm so glad that I did. Lots of twists and turns and roller coaster of emotions. By the end I was hooked and attached to the main characters. *****spoiler***** It ends in a cliffhanger but don't worry there is a book 2.....Clanless
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
As I was just about to start reading this story, I heard someone compare it to the movie 300. I am NOT a fan of those types of books or movies.Warriors fighting with swords and shields and nothing but fighiting and killing with almost no interesting story plot just doe not interest me. I wondered what I was getting myself into deciding to read and review this book. I thought for sure that I was going to be in for a dull and boring ride. It was completely the opposite!. The story was intriguing from the very first page. I even found myself enjoying the battles. There were no holes in this story. Everything was plotted out and executed excellently! While reading I was never confused or wondering what was going on. It was never overdone and had just the right amount of descriptive writing. It wasn't too much and it was never not enough. The world building was excellent. The descriptive writing really gave me a sense of what this place looked like. I loved that the story alternated narrators each chapter between Zo and Gryphon. It kept the story very interesting and held me captive. I would find myself excited for the next chapter so I could get one or the other's point of view. The story was done in a way that was kept nice and simple. Sometimes when you get into fantasy worlds full of warriors and captibves things get overdone and the story is lost in all the world building. That wasn't the case for this story at all. The characters were well fleshed out and each one had their own charm. I am not one to remember all the names of characters and I usually quicky forget them after I'm finished reading a book. These characters were made so memorable that I couldn't forget them if I tried. You couldn't help but fall in love with each one in some way. They each had their own unique strengths and flaws and you couldn't help but love them for it. I felt connected to Zo and Gryphon the most. Zo was a strong female who never gave up. She was smart and fierce. Gryphon was noble, strong, and could also have a gentle side. I am so excited to read more about the two of them. This story and the characters kept me captivated. The romance was not forced or rushed. I like this book kept to plotting out the story and let us get to know the characters and the world withoutrushing into the romance between some of the characters. It had just the right amount that was neeeded.. When I got to the end of this story I wanted more. In my opinion the story ended perfectly. It ended in a way that leaves you wanting to read more and you can't wait to pick up the next book and see what happens next. It was a slight cliffhanger but not one so intense that you can't take it and are driven crazy and in agony until the next book is in your hands. The only thing I would have liked to see in this story was the world outside the Gates of the Rams. I have a feeling though that I will get to experience that in the next story. We got to know the Wolves, the Rams, and the Nameless well but not much about the Kodiaks or the Ravens. I am hoping for some of that in the next one. Fans of the Throne of Glass series will really enjoy this book. If you are looking for an interesting read with an interesting plot you should pick this one up. It will keep your interest from beginning to end! * I was provided with a copy of this book from YA Insider in return for an honest review*
UncreativelyZoey More than 1 year ago
I will start off saying that I zipped through Nameless, considering my reading speed since classes started. I won't lie, though. It was definitely disappointing, but from what I've seen I seem to be the minority there. I was expecting a dangerous, heart-pounding spy mission. I was expecting this rich history between the clans and their feuding. And I didn't really get any of it. That's not to say there wasn't any history or background given. But these "brutal war tactics" that keep them on top? I dunno, I didn't really see any of it outside of their own walls. I couldn't really see why they were on top. It's hard to explain, because they definitely are brutal - you see that in the games they play, the way they force Nameless to fight young Rams who take pride in their kill. Beatings are not uncommon, and the Nameless are slaves. There's nothing astoundingly original about it to me, and I never really felt immersed in the world, but I will say their brutality felt authentic. Which is kind of contradictory to what I just said, but I think the point I'm trying to make is that I didn't see any true reason for all this tension and fighting between clans. There appears to be food shortages and such, but I guess I didn't really see or feel the kind of despair of a shortage that would cause this magnitude of tension. DOES ANY OF THAT MAKE SENSE? As I was saying, I wish the world-building had just been . . . more. We hardly see or even really hear about the other clans besides the Ram. How do their societies differ from the Ram? What are their people really like? What is their territory, their climate? I WANT TO KNOW. When it comes to the characters, I mentioned earlier that I expected a lot more from the spy aspect. Still, it's interesting to see Zo hide among the Nameless, to see how she's treated differently than the others because she's a Healer. It's something that she really struggles with - using the abilities her mother taught her to heal members of the Ram, the clan she absolutely wants to defeat. And she's certainly got a lot to lose here - namely, her younger sister. I just wish there had been some more, you know, actual spying. Gryphon, too, struggles with his loyalties. He fell a bit flat for me, but I did like how conflicted he was. He was firm but willing to bend the rules of everything he'd ever known to do what he thought was right. (Though how ANYONE ever believes that stuff is right is beyond me, but I was raised in a different world, I guess.) As for the connection between him and Zo? It definitely didn't go too fast, and I didn't feel as if it was agonizingly slow and drawn out, either. There certainly was a connection present, and I could appreciate it, but I didn't . . . intensely ship it? I think Blue and Gansey have just ruined other YA ships for me for life. But I think it's something a lot of people would like. Somehow, despite their different beliefs, their different clans, the danger, it's a simple, barely-there romance. Overall: The writing isn't bogged down; instead, it's light and easy and quick. I wish there had been more background on the clans and the entire world, really, and although I wasn't totally invested in the characters, I did read Nameless rather quickly and think it's a fun story. 3 stars.
JenLapa More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! When I first started reading it, I was not at all sure that I was going to like it. I found the first section to be a bit rough for some reason, and hard to get into. I guess because it was mostly world-building for the actual story, so there was just a lot of boring background to wade through. There was a lot of information provided in a small amount of space, and not all of it made sense, at least at the time. But once Zo entered the world of the Ram - I was completely sucked into her story! Shortly thereafter the character who was perhaps my very favorite was introduced: Joshua. He is such a valiant young man, trying so hard to be the person that he is expected to be, even though he is really someone entirely different. But even the brutality of Ram life doesn’t seem to shake his positive outlook. He sees the best in people and tries to make the best of everything. I love the friendship that develops between him and Zo, as well as his interactions with Gryphon. Watching Gryphon’s growth and transformation through the course of the book is truly amazing. He begins as a product and perfect example of his society, doing and believing what he has always been taught. But once he starts to be exposed to other ideas, and allows his outlook to be opened up, he definitely changes for the better. The budding romance between Zo an Gryphon is something truly wonderful to watch, even though it takes them forever to realize what it means. In fact, watching many of the characters grow and develop was quite enjoyable. Even just to discover that things were not always as they seemed, and that there were many different points of view felt and sometimes expressed, besides just the official Ram official line, was quite fascinating. The author’s writing style, once she gets into the story, is smooth and easy to follow, as it just pulls you along through the action. I read a quote recently about how when you are really into a novel, you see the world differently, not just while you are immersed in its pages reading, but in the rest of your life as well. This is what this book did to me! I must say, I was so happy to hear that there is a sequel already in the works. Because I simply must know what happens to these characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! There is so much to love about this book! It’s heart wrenching, heart racing, page turning, and just so epically awesome. It’s a hard book to put down. Zo is an incredible protagonist that decides from the beginning of the book to risk her life in order to save the clans outside of the wall. Little does she realize her sister follows her to Ram’s Gate and is taken inside the wall along with her. Both her and her sister are immediately enslaved into the services of the Rams and are forevermore called Nameless, a slave with no name. The Rams find out that Zo is a healer and puts her skill to work, telling her that if one soldier should die then her sister will die. The problem with this is that Zo’s abilities to heal come with a price, she can only heal someone she cares about. And how do you care for someone you hate? The story also follows Gryphon, a Ram soldier with a conscience. Gryphon fights for the cause, sure, but he also is honorable and doesn’t kill unnecessary. Gryphon’s friend Joshua is the first wounded soldier Zo has to heal. Joshua befriends Zo, and Zo has a hard time pushing him away even though she tries. Zo is never a nameless to Joshua. Gryphon at first forces himself to see Zo as a nameless, but as time goes on he begins to see much, much more. I really enjoyed Joshua. He’s such a sweet boy, and despite him being a Ram, anyone would have their heart warmed from that kid. The other character I found myself surprised to like was Gabe. At first I was thinking there would be some sort of love triangle going on, but honestly it wasn’t like that at all (I’m not a fan of love triangles). So at first when I thought this was going to be just another one of those love triangles, I didn’t really like him. But over time as I got to know Gabe, and realized he was part of Zo’s past, a past she never thought she would see again, it all came together really well. And despite how he might feel for her, and how she might not feel for him, Gabe says and does some pretty note worthy things that definitely wins him a few points. He’s incredibly observant. And he risks his life for her by staying close to the wall and waiting for her. And despite how horrible that situation ends up for him, he’s still just a great person that is definitely willing to do anything for her. There’s even a part in the book, which I won’t give away, that had to do with him and Gryphon fighting and oh my goodness, I thought my heart would pop out of my chest. The author really knows how to put these characters in impossible situations where you really think something absolutely horrible is going to happen to everyone involved, and then you have to keep reading because you need to find out what happened to them. Because the characters are just that lovable despite them being enemies. Honestly the true enemies in this story are the Gate Master and the Chief. They are truly villainous. They are the kind of villains that make your skin crawl. Both of the main characters have their own inner journey as they realize more and more about the Rams, the Nameless, and the other clans. Zo’s inner journey deals with her hatred for what the Rams have done to her family and learning that not all Rams are evil, some just haven’t been taught any better. Some just have never befriended a Nameless. Gryphon’s inner journey is in discovery that there’s more than a brutal world and in realizing there’s a line one simply cannot cross when it comes to the innoce
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book decent and a fairly easy read. I liked Zo and how she was willing to sacrifice herself for her family but of course nothing goes according to plan with her sister joining her. Zo's clever and determined which makes her an interesting character because you can see her struggle against her nature to fight. I enjoyed Gryphon's point of view. He's flawed and living under his father's failure and struggling to follow the Ram's customs even though he doesn't quite agree with all of them. The pacing is decent, I would have liked it to pick up just a bit. I didn't have a problem imagining where I was in the story but I would have liked a little more world development. I would also have liked more of a history about the different clans. Seemed that while the book is considered dystopian/fantasy, it seemed more old world fantasy with arrows, swords, and spears. I did struggle with the time period of this book because of that. I would have liked it more clear in the beginning where and when this took place. I feel the conclusion could have been better or more satisfying. It prepares the reader for a second book and readers can infer what happens next so there's not really a cliff hanger more as a "to-be-continued" sort of ending. 3 out of 5 rating for me! (A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)