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With the Leran threat laid to rest, Alec and Seregil are now able to turn their attention to the ancient evil which threatens their land. The Plenimarans, at war with Skalans, have decided to defeat their ancient enemy by raising up the Dead God, Seriamaius. The early attempts at this reincarnation--masterminded by the sinister Duke Mardus and his sorcerous minion Vargul AWith the Leran threat laid to rest, Alec and Seregil are now able to turn their attention to the ancient evil which threatens their land. The Plenimarans, at war with Skalans, have decided to defeat their ancient enemy by raising up the Dead God, Seriamaius. The early attempts at this reincarnation--masterminded by the sinister Duke Mardus and his sorcerous minion Vargul Ashnazai--once left Seregil in a sorcerous coma. Now, an ancient prophecy points to his continuing role in the quest to stop Mardus in his dread purpose. Seregil's friend and Mentor, the wizard Nysander, has long been the guardian of a deadly secret. In a secret, silver-lined room hidden well beneath the Oreska, he has served for most of his 300 years as the keeper of a nondescript clay cup. But this cup, combined with a crystal crown and some wooden disks, forms the Helm of Seriamaius, and any mortal donning the reconstructed Helm will become the incarnation of the god on earth.Nysander holds the cup and Mardus the wooden disks--one of which was responsible for Seregil's coma--but the crown must still be located. Threatened under pain of death by Nysander to keep his quest a secret even from his loyal companion, Alec, Seregil is dispatched to find the last missing piece of the Helm so that he and Nysander can destroy it. But this is only the beginning of one of his deadliest journeys ever, for the prophecy also holds that four will come together in a time of darkness, and gradually all that Seregil values is placed at risk as he, Alec, Nysander and Micum are drawn into a deadly web of terror and intrigue."From the Paperback edition."...

Title : Stalking Darkness: The Nightrunner Series, Book 2
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Stalking Darkness: The Nightrunner Series, Book 2 Reviews

  • April
    2019-04-04 14:38

    Deserves lots of GIFS! Better than the first, in my opinion. Maybe it's just because the story is more engaging for me this time round...and I've grown more attached to the characters, which, I know, is Though the writing isn't necessarily what I would usually read (I find it kind of heavy sometimes), it's well suited for this type of book. It's just colossal amounts of fun. The world Flewelling has spun is wondrous and enchanting; a pleasure to dive into. This series is seriously underrated. But specifically about this book; I experienced a wide variety of feelings. (Slight spoilers follow) ALEC BEING TORTURED NYSANDER THEROSEREGILAND FINALLYSEREGIL AND ALEC Fantastic...And now I wait for Traitor's Moon to arrive.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-04-16 16:04

    This is definitely the most underrated series I've come across so far. The first book is great. This one? I can't even begin explaining why I loved it so much. I spent the last sixty or so pages (maybe more) crying. From the start till the very end of this book I've gone through so many feelings: from annoyance through astonishment and speechlessness, deep hatred, despair and gloating to bitter-sweet happiness. Add any other you can think of in between and you can find it in this story. What started in the first book ends here. While the Leran threat was removed in Luck in the Shadows, Alec and Seregil made enemies stealing from Vargul Ashnazai and Duke Mardus. Mardus is trying to make Helm of Seriamaius whole and make himself a god. Nysander sends Seregil to get part of the Helm to him and forbids him to tell Alec anything about it. I was afraid that would ruin the story and it would if it lasted longer. Fortunately, the retrieval of the crown lasts only a few pages. As in the previous book, they are facing a very dangerous opponent (more dangerous than the Lerans) and it is up to these two and their friends (both old and new, and some unexpected) to deal with it. It is impossible to say more without spoilers. I would suggest to be careful when reading reviews since some things will ruin your reading experience. I didn't know anything about the plot except the basics from the blurb, so certain events left me stunned.

  • Troy G
    2019-03-26 15:07

    I'm of two minds about this book. It is good fantasy adventure. There is a good pace to the adventure, and while some of the world may have been a bit foggier than other books in this genre, I did enjoy the quests, magic, and intrigue.HOWEVER, I was really, really bothered by the romantic relationship between the two main characters. It isn't about the homosexual part of it (though that did suprise me when I was 16). The problem I had with this was the age and social maturity difference between the coupling. When I was 16 first reading this I denouced Seregil as a pedophile, guilty of emotional incest, and felt personally betrayed when the hero who I'd been cheering on for 2 books turned out to be a sex offender. To explain the insest thing, I always felt that Seregil had defacto adopted Alec as a surrogate brother.I'm nearing 30 now, and I reread the books recently. I'm less quick to denouce Seregil, and am able to feel a little more, to-each-his-own about it. But, there remains something wrong about the relationship. If I were friend to the people involved I would council them to give it more time for their maturity levels to normalize before jumping into a relationship with such a dramatic imbalance in the power dynamic. I know that the current hot trend is age-old vampires sexing up teenage girls, and that is somehow considered acceptable, but I will continue to question any relationship based on such unstable initial footing. Would I recommend this book? Yes, but only to mature readers. Those who have a firm grip on the difference between right and wrong.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-04-19 10:05

    *Trigger: There is some female-on-male rape in this book although it's not in explicit detail* This book is the second in the series and picks up not too long after the ending of the first. We see that our characters have grown more since the end of book one and settled into routines and life in Rhimanee, but there's still many mysteries to uncover, both about each other and to do with what they found out in book #1. In this instalment I really did connect more to the character of Seregil and I think, besides Lysander and Micum, he's my favourite in the book. I do really like Alec and there are moments I really love him, but Seregil is just such an interesting character and his thoughts about life and love intrigue me. Seregil also has the added bonus of a very long life to live and so he's been through much and he's still living and experiencing new things too...What I did really like about this one is it felt a little more like a storyline rather than just happenstance. Sometimes in book #1 I felt as if the characters were just trundling along without too much *life-threatening* stuff forcing them into tricky situations. This book had a little more action and there was more to play for which meant it kept me interested and excited throughout. Overall this is a very solid continuation and it again made me want to just keep going with the series (which I have done) so I would highly recommend it. Fantasy with bisexual characters and super fun plot...why, yes please! 4.5*s overall.

  • Jennn
    2019-04-09 10:00

    I like the characters, I do. They change and develope. I also like how Flewelling will revisit things, too, like the death of Alec's father. Things aren't just swept under the rug and I appreciate that.I also appreciate how Seregil and Alec's relationship isn't the focus of the story that unfortunately happens too much in romance, especially homoerotica. The book is more dedicated to the story and in doing so, makes their relationship realistic and believable.The biggest complaint I have is making the villians, well, too villianous. There's no semblance of humanity in them. They hunt, torture, kill and do little else. I was really hoping that there would be much more depth in her villians because I appreciate The Antagonist and a strong antagonist makes a stronger protagonist. However, these were bad, bad men and their actions seemed over-the-top, like she was trying to convince her reader of how nefarious they truly were. I ached to see instances of weakness, and quiet contemplation. Maybe even a relationship (non-romantic) form between her two leading villians. But unfortunately they struck me as flat, and although terrifying, remained uninteresting.As a small note, Thero is becoming a fantastic character and I'm excited to see more of him in the next book.

  • Kirstine
    2019-04-04 16:39

    The heartbreaking and thrilling conclusion to the story started in Luck in the Shadows, and whoo boy, does it not disappoint!It has a little bit of everything: Necromancy, strange rituals to try and bring back evil gods, heartbreak, true love, heroic sacrifices and some good, good kisses. Really, it's everything I wanted and so much more. It gives us the answer to the prophecy that has haunted the story since the first book, and the answer is... not excellent. In fact it broke my heart. Very, very much. I finished this book and then I spent a day in a sort of daze, where I just felt numb. I was that ruined. It's not only that it's heartbreaking, it's that it's so well written. This series is not perfect, not at all, but Lynn Flewelling has seriously poured some heart and soul into it, into the universe, the characters and the story she hopes to tell. And it shows. It shows in the way I got attached to these characters lightning quick, and the way I breathlessly prayed they'd all make it out alive.The intense desire I felt for them to be okay, to be happy, to be together, is honestly the most compelling thing about these books. As much as I love the world and the plot, it's the characters that draw me back in. This bond they share that goes beyond mere friendship and romance. It takes different shapes between each of them, but it's unbreakable. It's what gives the series heart. I was completely and utterly blown away by this story and the conclusion to the things Flewelling started in the first book. These two can be read on their own, but I'm still extremely excited to return to the series and Alec and Seregil. (view spoiler)[ Who finally, FINALLY, kiss and it's the most beautiful, wonderful and excellent thing in the world. God bless those two idiots, I love them forever. (hide spoiler)]Anyway, all this to say: Read this series. It's great. It's excellent. It's all blades and swagger and roguish charms. With a little dash of magic, saving the world and true love. I'm still head over heels for it.

  • Fatima
    2019-04-16 10:50

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  • Shortlatte
    2019-04-18 15:55

    This review covers the first three books in the Nightrunner series. For those who haven’t yet read these books, be warned that there are spoilers ahead.Every year I seem to stumble upon a series that seemed innocuous enough on the shelf, and I take that series home, unwittingly committing myself to a week in which all my waking thoughts will be consumed by this new world and its characters. Last year, I was lucky enough to happen upon this phenomenon twice, first with Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, then with Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy. I flew through these books at a feverish pace, desperate to find out what would happen to the characters that I’d grown to love yet unwilling to let them go when I’d finally turned the last page. They haunted me for months afterward, and every few months I still flip through to revisit favorite chapters. They are the books that I compare all others against, not in terms of quality per se, but in terms of emotional investment they set the bar.It took approximately a page and a half for me to realize that the Nightrunner series would be my new series obsession.Lynn Flewelling achieves that rare feat of balancing complexity of worldbuilding with character development, yet she accomplishes the latter in a most intriguing way. Alec and Seregil have skyrocketed to the top of my list of all-time favorite characters, yet even after three books there is still so much we don’t know about these two, and it’s not for lack of description or purposeful concealment. Well, the latter does contribute, particularly in the first two books, for Seregil portrays one of my favorite character conventions: the spy, the thief, the rogue, perpetually situated on the outskirts while secretly immersed within the intrigue, he gives away little about himself out of necessity and reluctance. Alec, though he suffers from ignorance of his own ancestry, is likewise hesitant to share more of himself early on, though that hesitance is borne largely of confusion and self-denial. We learn more of both characters as the series progresses, yet it is a slow chipping away rather than a large revelation, as each character has good reason to be cautious of giving away too much of himself. Perhaps it is the scarcity of true insight into either character that makes their connection in the first book, Luck in the Shadows, so compelling, for despite how little either knows the other, their friendship forged on a spur-of-the-moment impulse never feels artificial or unfounded. It’s obvious that Alec and Seregil should be as close as they are, though neither character nor the reader discover the why of it until much later on.The Nightrunner books are a sort of epic/high fantasy hybrid, yet what struck me most about the worldbuilding was the fact that, particularly early on in the series, the fantasy elements take a backseat to the Nightrunner hijinks. Make no mistake, magic is an integral and essential element of the story, and it provides an ever-present backdrop for the events that unfold, yet I never felt overwhelmed by a landscape that seemed otherworldly as with so many books of this genre. Flewelling has stated that she doesn’t want her characters to have an easy-out just because of the presence of magic, and this philosophy really shines in her worldbuilding. The focus of the first few books is really on Alec and Seregil’s escapades, honing the skills of an occupation that takes much practice and a little luck, yet is no more improbable in a world devoid of magic than in one inhabited by wizards, necromancers, and dragons. True to her word, Flewelling never lets her characters become complacent with the ease of magical ability, and in fact our two leads possess very little in the way of magical skill. Their trials, successes, and failures are a testament to the abilities they have earned rather than the serendipity of the world in which they live. Likewise, even wizards as powerful as Nysander and Thero are far from invincible; their talents are similarly won of hard work and practice, and they don’t possess endless reservoirs of power. They must choose when and how to use what they have, with real consequences for overworking themselves and, more personally, for merely possessing their magical blood.Though not all the characters in this series are strictly human, Flewellyn again chose the road less traveled in creating the different races and cultures. While there definitely exist cultural differences, which become painfully apparent in the third book, Traitor’s Moon, the biological consequences of being born with magical or ‘faie blood bear only one great distinction in that their members are long-lived. Yet, they possess no cliched physical features or healing powers to set them apart from humans (and land them squarely in the camp of overused fantasy tropes). While they have physiological distinctions as would any member of a distinct race, they look, act, and are as fragile as any other. Our main characters come near to death more times than faithful readers would like, and they have only their own wits and talents to aid them most times (along with a little well-placed magic, but then without it it wouldn’t be a fantasy at all).As wonderfully intricate and adventurous as the plot arcs are, what really makes the story for me are the characters, and what wonderfully drawn, complex characters they are. The progression from unlikely allies to friends to partners to lovers occurs so naturally, and greater still, it occurs between two equals, no matter their respective ages or experience. They might make the occasional misstep, but they never fail to respect each other, and they both learn to consult with each other before acting unilaterally (though perhaps Alec is a bit more astute in that regard than Seregil). While each character grows, neither outgrows his own humanity. There are no perfect characters here, and growth occurs in the true sense of the word, not continually striving toward something better, but rather learning from mistakes and adapting. Alec’s confidence and assertiveness come into fruition, yet he still relies on Seregil for guidance, rues his own careless errors, and struggles to shed the Northern reserve bred into him even after accepting his ultimate deviance from his cultural norm. Seregil, for all his flourish and bravado, isn’t above making serious miscalculations and dwelling self-consciously on past blunders. I found the gradual shift in his personality entirely consistent and appropriate with the events that he endures, and though he is more reserved and solemn in Traitor’s Moon, I never lost sense of his humor and lust for life.Flewelling’s secondary characters are equally complex and have the potential for much growth in future books. I’m particularly interested to see how Thero, Beka, and Klia fare in upcoming installments, as I felt that Flewelling has thus far laid the groundwork yet none has quite reached their full potential.Overall, I can’t recommend the Nightrunner series enough and am eagerly awaiting my receipt of the next few books. I’ve found a lifetime keeper, and I couldn’t be happier.http://abookandashortlatte.wordpress....

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-14 13:55

    I can sum this up in essentially the same way I did with Luck: They have lots of adventures and kick lots of butt. And they also fall in love with each other, but Seregil has a crisis of conscience because Alec is still pretty young, and Alec is just plain confused by what he feels for Seregil, so neither of them say anything. Saying anymore than that would spoil it if you haven't read it, really. There's no real social commentary going on with the two main characters falling for each other, unlike with Mercedes Lackey's Last Herald Mage trilogy. The society of Rhiminee is very liberal and accepting of just about everything. For example, not only are same-sex relationships considered perfectly normal, but there are male prostitutes who service both male and female clients (and female prostitutes for female clients). So, in matters of sex, at least, the people of Skala are very open minded. The reason Alec is confused by his feelings for Seregil is because he still doesn't hold himself on equal standing with Seregil; they still have a very much master/apprentice relationship (which again, is why Seregil is determined that nothing should happen between them; he doesn't think it would be honorable. And frankly, I agree, Alec is still in some ways a not quite grown up yet, despite what he's been through.) Again, it's the characters who make this story compelling, although the action picks up quite a bit in this one.

  • Ayanna
    2019-04-13 09:42

    I'm guilty of breaking off in the middle of reading and coming back to this one a lot later.It made reading awkward. I was no longer into the whole intrigue thing and just waiting for Alec and Seregil to become lovers.Still, I kind of got back into the whole web of intrigue that was happening. It's exceedingly well-crafted. I like that it's not so explicit I can't walk around with this and not be afraid some kid might accidentally read over my shoulder or pick this up.Welp. Onto bk 3...

  • Nancy
    2019-04-24 10:43

    This is the second installment in the Nightrunner series, and I enjoyed it even more than the first. Lord Seregil of Rhiminee and his apprentice, Alec of Kerry continue their undercover work, meet a new circle of friends, and get embroiled in a new set of adventures and intrigue. The characterization is excellent and the story continues to be riveting. A series well worth reading!

  • Fey
    2019-04-23 12:41

    I enjoyed this second part, much better than the first book in the nightrunner series.I believe I was let down by the first book because I wasn't at all drawn in by Seregil's character, he appeared too perfect to me; he had fame, money, knowledge, skills, charisma, good looks, loyal friends etc. It seemed nothing could go wrong for this character, he was too well set up. And poor Alec was continually left behind by Seregil, I always feel resentful when a main character in a book is blinded to the happenings of the wider world, I feel like it's putting blinkers on your eyes while you're reading his point of view..Having said that about the last book.. this second one was much better for me. Seregil was still almost too perfect, but he had his flaws and his problems, nothing to make him unlikeable at all, but still problems nonetheless! And Alec was brought into the know a little more, becoming a bigger part of the espionage. Although there was still a fair amount of secrecy between all the characters, it wasn't unexplainable, there is a reason why some spys cannot be told the whole secret! Also this book was a lot darker in places than the first, a lot more gritty and grisly, there were several scenes that were just downright horrific, and I wasn't expecting this level of darkness, but when theres warfare, evil and torture, I suppose it must be depicted!

  • Igor Ljubuncic
    2019-04-09 15:57

    I just realized I forgot to add a whole bunch of Lynn's books to my shelf. WTF!This is my favorite Alec & Seregil book; also the first one I read; also the one I read the most. Probably a good solid dozen times, if not more. It has all the right ingredients. A noble rogue, an innocent coming-of-age youth with a hidden streak of a rake, all sorts of sex, an ancient evil with some rather disgusting elements, magic, both good and dark and twisted, proper chase and adventure, warfare that is realistic and cruel, a colorful balance of main characters, wizards, geography, history, culture, hidden identities, court flair, and then some.I think it's also better than Luck in the Shadows, because our two heroes are well established, and they are comfortable in their guise, wealth and modus operandi. The never-ending war between Skala and Plenimar serves an excellent backdrop to the story. As it turns out, Lynn writes in a style that could be defined as borderline-YA, however, she excels when she goes dark magic as she did in this book and the last installment (see my review).In a way, it's the 90s Locke Lamore with a twist. Lynn definitely has a unique style and she did an all-male cast (in the true sense) way before it was popular in the fantasy genre, and not because it was needed, but because it gave her story a special depth and scale. You might find it naive at times, but then, it surprises you with sudden, unexpected, morbid delight.Extremely recommended.Nightrunners are back in town,A hidden letter, a silken gown,Blood in a bowl,A piercing howl,Seriamaius must not wear his crown.Igor

  • Soukyan Blackwood
    2019-04-09 17:44

    It’s a long book, as I said. The start of it is so different from the middle, and the end, that I can’t describe it in earnest without spoiling the living hell out of it. What I can say is that while slow paced it was intense, and had the edge-of-the-chair moments by the handful. Descriptions are down a notch, so it’s easier to read. But be aware, it is a mistake to think this is a light goodnight read. It’s too hard to put it aside for it to be a good bed companion. I’ll give it a full 5 out of 5 this time. And on to the next one! And the rest of this is at [NightModeReading]

  • Lia
    2019-04-03 14:41

    Okay, okay, okay. Der zweite Band war definitiv anders vom Gefühl her und irgendwie weniger flauschig, dafür aber super spannend. Mehr als das letzte Drittel war so aufregend, dass ich kaum aufhören konnte zu lesen. Ich bin immer noch sehr begeistert von allen Charakteren und deren Beziehungen zueinander. Es fühlt sich einfach echt an, wie sie reagieren. Auch gefiel mir, dass es Kapitel über Beka und ihre Truppe gab. Beka ist großartig und so stark.Was mich ein wenig erschreckt hat: Ich konnte sogar eine Beziehung zu Mardus aufbauen und kann ihn nur bedingt hassen, auch wenn alle seine Taten danach schreien, ihn schrecklich zu finden.Alles in allem gefiel mir der Teil noch besser als der erste.

  • Jesse
    2019-04-15 10:03

    I thought that the story of Alec and Seregil couldn't possibly get any better than in the first installment (Luck in the Shadows) but man...Stalking Darkness was all that, and ten times stronger.I read the last two hundred pages all at once, unable to put it down, not wanting to do anything else until I finished the book, and at the same time never wanting it to end. I already have the third book right here next to me, and I'll waste no time in diving into it.(view spoiler)[A little darker than the first book...and fraught with so much emotion that I really felt like I couldn't breathe at times, especially at the end. And at the same time, the elation at seeing Alec and Seregil finally come to terms with their feelings for each other was awesome, and so well worth the wait. Lynn Flewelling knew how to draw out the tension and suspense of their feelings for each other, and it really made it all the sweeter at the end. (hide spoiler)]Reading this book, I felt as if I were right there with the characters, every step of the way, sharing in their triumphs and heartbreaks. The greatest authors can make you feel as if their story is more real than the world around you...and, with Stalking Darkness, Lynn Flewelling has done just that. This is absolutely my most favorite series, ever.

  • Ingenue
    2019-04-08 10:01

    Ok srsly guys, who took my homoerotic devil-may-care caperfic and replaced it with melodramatic fantasy yaoi? D: D: And I have nothing AGAINST fantasy yaoi melodrama, I am all FOR melodramatic fantasy yaoi; but I need mental preparation for the shift from "We are snarky lovable rogues who steal things and touch each other in good dirty ways!" to "We are in secret ethereally beautiful, angstily immortal elves with magically prophesied destinies who weep as we kiss in the moonlight, stroking each other's glossy hair!"

  • Mimei
    2019-04-13 14:49

    I AM SO INVESTED.

  • Katerina
    2019-04-10 09:42

    Quasi un anno.Quasi un anno da quando ho recensito il primo volume della serie Nightrunners, trovandolo ben scritto e ripromettendomi di continuare la serie al più presto.Al più presto - ovviamente - si è tradotto in "dopo", finchè in preda alla crisi mistica del "cosa leggo? Ho solo ottanta libri in TBR" mi sono decisa ad iniziare la seconda avventura di Seregil ed Alec.Come ho fatto ad aspettare quasi un anno? Come?Nel caso aveste dei dubbi, Alec di Kerry mi è piaciuto un bel po'.Il primo libro era introduttivo, con un minimo di trama inserita al'inizio e alla fine, e con un sacco di world building, di presentazione dei personaggi, di quadro generale.Il secondo libro è come se la Flewelling ti dicesse: hai studiato bene? Adesso ti interrogo.E ti parte una trama intricata e piena zeppa di personaggi che se fila liscia come l'olio è proprio perchè le basi le hai già: tutto ciò che si impara ne L'Arciere di Kerry qui viene ampliato. L'avventura si fa più complicata, gli eventi più collegati. Le domande lasciate in sospeso trovano risposta, gli attacchi nemici si fanno violentissimi: in gioco c'è il destino del mondo, entrambi gli schieramenti sono disposti a rischiare il tutto per tutto, le perdite saranno alte per tutti.In sostanza è come se la Rowling avesse messo l'attacco ad Hogwarts il La Camera dei Segreti.Alec e Seregil si riconfermano una gioia per il lettore: il primo riesce a diventare molto più badass pur conservando la sua natura di patatino. Così tanto che la tua prima reazione dopo averlo visto strangolare una persona con una catena è volerlo coccolare.Davvero, quel ragazzino riesce a non essere minaccioso neanche quando ammazza qualcuno e ci gode. Also, ricordiamo che Alec è pudico da morire e qui lo vediamo finire per sbaglio in un bordello... ed è stato come vedere Castiel nel bordello di nuovo.Per contro ad un certo punto finisce nelle mani dei cattivi e.. nonononono. Dovrebbe essere contro la legge fare male ad Alec.Seregil è fantastico: non riesco a capire come un personaggio che teoricamente dovrebbe starmi sulle scatole da morire qui mi piace da matti. Non so come l'autrice riesca a smorzare la sua natura da Gary Stu, forse facendogli fare grandi idiozie (fortunatamente non come il ciondolo) ed evitando che tutti gli altri lo prendano sul serio: quando cerca di essere tutto drammatico, con Alec e Micum che non se lo filano di striscio... e poi qui abbiamo anche l'amore tormentato: l'inevitabile è accaduto, e il buon Seregil si ritrova innamorato perso di Alec.Che però ha sedici anni, è il suo allievo, ha esperienza zero in ambito sentimentale, dipende da lui in tutto e per tutto e ha una sorta di venerazione totale nei suoi confronti: in sostanza Seregil non ha solo paura di un rifiuto - in fin dei conti il biondino è pudico tendente al bigotto - ma ha anche paura di approfittarsi di lui, che Alec si senta in qualche modo costretto a dirgli di sì o che il suo sì sia frutto di un'involontaria manipolazione da parte di un'uomo più grande ed esperto (per la cronaca: questi scrupoli non sono L'Ostacolo al Vero Amore, sono ciò che separa una persona per bene da uno stronzo e contribuiscono a rendere credibili e apprezzabili personaggi e love story).Alec, dal canto suo, deve conciliare la cotta per Beka (figlia maggiore di Micum) e i sentimenti sempre più forti e confusi per Seregil.Una veloce spiegazione: anche se ho shippato i due come se non ci fosse un domani la loro storia non ha mai messo in ombra la trama, e l'omosessualità non viene sottolineata o accentuata. Il tutto è gestito esattamente come se si trattasse di una coppia eterosessuale.Stavolta i personaggi secondari sono stati più incisivi: Nysander, che avevo poco apprezzato precedentemente, si riscatta del tutto e devo dire che, secondo me, lui più di Gandalf ricorda Silente: buono, saggio, figura paterna per i personaggi, sa cosa sta succedendo e quello che non sa lo deduce.Pieno di segreti, manipolatore, pronto a tutto per il bene superiore: anche ad infliggere le ferite peggiori a chi più ama.Forse con un po' più di cervello rispetto a Silente per quanto riguarda i ragazzini: in Thero vede ciò che Silente vide in Voldemort (un'enorme potere unito a curiosità ed arroganza, conditi con una certa mancanza di compassione ed empatia) ma proprio per questo se lo tiene stretto. Per paura di cosa potrebbe diventare se lasciato da solo, per cercare di salvarlo anche se non riescono a legare.Ovviamente parte del problema è data dal fatto che Thero non ha tutto questo bisogno di essere salvato, che conosce la differenza tra bene e male e non è così cretino da scegliere il male solo perchè Seregil gli sta sul culo.Ma il suo maestro/figura paterna lo tratta come una bomba ad orologeria nelle giornate peggiori, come la delusione della famiglia nelle migliori e con la spiccata preferenza per Seregil ha soffiato sul fuoco della rivalità tra i due.L'avevo detto, nell'altra recensione, che Thero mi ricordava Snape.Ah, e Micum è dio e voglio una serie dedicata a lui e alla sua famiglia, e una alle sue avventure con Seregil. O un flashback di quando Seregil si è innamorato di lui perchè mi piace il dramma.Avanti, Flewelling. Puoi farlo.(Magari anche una sulle avventure piratesche di Rhal. Per favore non uccidere Rhal.)Sul fronte malvagi: l'altra volta avevo detto che succedeva poco perchè i personaggi non erano ancora all'altezza e sarebbero morti. Stavolta i personaggi sono malapena all'altezza e succede di tutto: abbiamo nemici potentissimi, abbiamo la mega-spiegazione sulla necromanzia, la guerra tra Skala e Pleminar esplode e, visto che non c'era abbastanza roba, i cattivi decidono di incarnare il dio della morte per usarne i poteri nel conflitto.Tirando le somme: un ottimo seguito, migliore del primo e - soprattutto - autoconclusivo. Non so davvero cosa potrà succedere nel terzo volume.Ora mi tocca, però, spezzare una lancia per l'edizione italiana: mi sono lamentata in lungo e in largo di come la serie sia interrotta, ma ho scordato una cosa fondamentale... ossia la pubblicazione in originale. Il terzo volume è uscito nel 1999, il quarto nel 2008. Più che interrotta direi che in Italia è stata considerata conclusa, mai ristampata e nessuno ora vuole riportare in auge una saga di sette volumi di cui il primo uscito nel lontano 1996.Ed è un peccato: non è solo bella e scritta bene, ma non si sente neanche quanti anni abbia in realtà.Fatevi un favore: recuperatela e perlatene.

  • Randall Krekelberg
    2019-04-14 09:57

    Torn between 4.5 and 5 stars...Need to let it sit for a bit I think lol. Either way this was an amazing installment that completely surpassed all of my high expectations (although maybe a little slow to start). I just really love that we finally have a story where the main characters are gay but are not gimmicky, stereotypical, or defined by their sexuality (which is often the case). This is a relationship that is completely interchangable with any other type out there which is exactly how it should be and is in the real world. I am so glad I decided to give this series a chance.

  • ˗ˏˋ eg ˎˊ˗
    2019-04-17 17:41

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: [SCREAMS INTO HANDS]I LOVED THIS x2!!!!!! All of the problems that I had with the first book were fixed!! I'm so happy!! the plot was tighter, the characters/ world were more established, which meant that I spent less time wondering who people were or where in the world they were, and the pacing was so much faster. Also!! the pining in this book left me for dead... I am dead right now! bless!!!

  • Kayla
    2019-04-08 17:08

    this book slaughtered me and then revived me and then almost murdered me again, thanks lynn flewelling

  • Philip
    2019-04-05 14:05

    This book continues with all the best parts of Luck in the Shadows. Alec, Seregil, Micum, Nysander and everyone continue to be amazing, for the most part.Most of the plot that was built up in the first book but not finished there is resolved in this one. As it's all starting to come together, the writing does a fantastic job of building the tension and giving feelings of impending doom without the excessive obviousness or clumsyness of some stories/movies. Then about two thirds in it takes a sharp turn towards the dark. It is fantastically done, I think. I've read this already and I'm still terrified for them.The magic continues to be vague. How does Oreska magic differ from Necromancy or drysian magic? These are things I like to know. At the very least, some more explanation regarding how taxing various spells are would be helpful. (view spoiler)[Why can Thero change Alec into his stag but not translocate them, for example? (hide spoiler)] But I know it isn't something the series explores or clarifies so this is the last review I'll mention it in (probably) and not lower the rating for it.I do like the addition of Beka to the main pov characters in this book. I don't always like how loose Alec and Seregil's morals are sometimes (Did they really need to steal the wine from the vintner? They're in Rhiminee, they have money.) But the narrative does a good job glossing over that so I don't think of it too much.But as far as I remember the series that I read so far (the first time I read was a while ago, though) I think this was my favorite one, thanks to the fantastic writing and doom and evil along with just the right amount of angst and adorableness between Alec and Seregil.Three (or so) last spoilery comments: (view spoiler)[The whole last part of the plot in Pleminar getting ready for the ceremony is great. Telling it from three points of view, the gruesomeness of the description and terrible evilness, the way Beka and Rhal and the four come together to save the day just really worked for me without being overly convenient or cheesy. Dunno, I just really liked it.Unless solar eclipses are different in this world, I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be a full moon the night before a solar eclipse happens at midday. Maybe there are two moons? (Also I think it's funny that there were so many warnings/precautions against looking at the solar eclipse because it can blind you. It's just as dangerous as looking at the sun on other days. And anyway, wouldn't you be a bit busy to be looking at it. But that one's less a issue for me.)The last bit after they get back to Watermead are really happy and nice, which is nice, but at the same time seems a bit incongruous. I mean, Alec, for one, was just tortured everyday for the past month or two, much of it maliciously with the express purpose of causing mental anguish, not just pain. Does one really rebound from that as quickly as he did? (Admittedly, it just seems out of place because of what I've seen in other stories, I don't have experience. So maybe it's unfair to find fault in that.) On the other hand, Seregil does take a while to improve, but the lack of his pov about it makes it hard to sympathize with him, which is too bad.That last bit with Alec catching up to Seregil after the latter left is really satisfying. Go Alec! He's wonderful. And the bit "Don't strain you leg on my account. Alec's already done both." is still my favorite. (hide spoiler)]

  • Holly
    2019-04-12 15:48

    WOW I LOVED THIS. I found the first half a little slow going but I think that might have been the fault of a gross heatwave I was suffering through as opposed to the book. I am so done with how happy drama queen Seregil and blushing confused Alec make me. The last chapter surely has to be up there with some of the best last chapters I've ever read - here was my initial reaction c&p'd from Twitter...Seregil's emotions, Alec's helplessness, ALEC TACKLING HIM TO THE GROUND AND SHOWING HIM HOW STUPID HE IS. Admitting they love each other. MICUM SAYING IT'S ABOUT TIME.SO RIDICULOUS. SO GREAT.

  • Charlotte
    2019-04-22 15:03

    This review is for the first three volumes of the Nightrunner Series, it does however exclude the following volumes, which in my opinion differ strongly from the first 3.I realise I find it hard to start writing a review for these books. The first three volumes of the Nightrunner Series are definately part of my favorite books ever. Within the genre of fantasy, they set such high standarts that many other books appear shallow beside them. The books are full of great and often innovative plot ideas - and where they aren't innovative, they still are written so well and vivid that the world unfolds in your mind as realistically as hardly an author ever manages to show you their world. As the story of Seregil, cast-out in his homeland and exile in the land of Skala who never loses his wit, humour and charme in his doublelife as both, nobleman and spy and Alec, a young man from the youth, unfold, Flewelling's talent for writing credible, awesome worlds draws the reader into the story. The novels strongest point is indeed the credibility and the fluent style of writing. Never do the political intrigues feel forced and told as in other stories, never does a villain appear cardboardy evil, never do the magical parts of the story become tireing through allmight.The Nightrunner Series is full of subtle humour, true suspense that doesn't require plump statements that now something will happen, great, credible characters who are never allmighty, but who never drift off into helpless angst either, and especially of a plot that stays logical at all times. Written at a nice pace, the story never gets boring and throws you from one bit of plot into the next great piece of story in a way that makes it near impossible to stop reading. Never once the story appears "told, not shown", not even within the political intrigues and hhistorical backgrounds, which are often a weak point in many novels. This way, the world within the Nightrunner Series might well be the most alive world of a novel I ever experienced.Unfortunately, the 4th volume, "Shadows Return" didn't keep up to it's predecessors in my opinion, but for now, read the first three volumes and enjoy.

  • Tangerine
    2019-04-16 11:53

    [questo commento vale anche per gli altri libri della serie]Ho scelto di commentare questo secondo volume e non (come faccio di solito per le serie) il primo perché, se dovessi fare una classifica dei tre libri letti, questo è quello che ho preferito di più: il pathos crescente che mi ha provocato la relazione nascente di Alec e Seregil meriterebbe già da solo un saggio lungo quanto la Divina Commedia. Mi limiterò però a dire che si tratta di una delle più belle e coerenti storie d'amore che il genere fantasy (contemporaneo e non) ha da offrire, e che i personaggi coinvolti, invece di essere ridotti a semplici macchiette (come capita in quasi tutte le storie con main che si innamorano), non perdono mai la propria identità e, anzi, si arricchiscono di sfumature caratteriali che consentono al lettore di comprenderli e amarli ancora di più.Ma Nightrunner non è solo Alec e Seregil, c'è molto più della loro storia d'amore in gioco, e la bellezza della serie è data anche dall'ottimo world building che la Flewelling è stata capace di creare. In effetti, si tratta senza dubbio di una delle migliori saghe fantasy che mi sia mai capitato di leggere: è scritta egregiamente (con grande attenzione ai dettagli, ironia e sarcasmo), la trama ha un ritmo incalzante (intrighi di palazzo, faide di sangue, duelli d’onore, tanta magia, amicizia, amore), e vanta un gran numero di personaggi meravigliosi dall'ottima caratterizzazione psicologica. Davvero stupenda.

  • Magadored wants to extrude your face normals
    2019-04-05 15:42

    Struggling to finish now that I've read past the magic rape scene. Nary a word is being said in the aftermath, except that our MC feels dirty. Okay, so what now? Is anybody else going to address it? Or is it okay because he did't say no, and he's male, and the woman was hot? Oh wait, he did say no, then yes, then "I don't know." That's when your partner should stop. Stoppity stop. And if you don't stop, someone should hit you in the face with a brick until you do. Friends don't let friends get magicked into sexual scenarios against their will. Especially when said friends are 16 year old virgins with dead parents. Hello.

  • Snowtulip
    2019-04-09 14:42

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I devoured this book! This is what storytelling is!It's been a while since I had to stay up all night to read a book, sure I might stay up late with some books, but this one I had to stay up until I was finished with this book.What an absolutely wonderful balance between world building, character development and plot. It had politics, legends, betrayals, friendship, and grief. The tale was riveting, dynamic, and came together seamlessly. Absolutely recommend and can't wait to read the next book (although I'll wait a little to ensure I get enough proper sleep).

  • Kati
    2019-04-02 12:53

    This is my most favorite fantasy series ever and also my umpteenth re-read. I adore not just the characters, mainly Seregil and Alec and their love story, but also the world building, the intrigue. It's awesome and it's lovely and it's perfect.

  • Judy
    2019-03-24 17:53

    I read this book in two days straight. I think I may have snarled at my boyfriend at one point when he tried to pat my knee. I can't really comment on this books quality because I was too immersed in the story to analyse the writing.