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Acclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunners series to a close—at least for now—with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.  The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within—have gone mAcclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunners series to a close—at least for now—with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.  The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within—have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts . . . and things worse than ghosts.   Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want—and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its otherworldly prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And only those like Alec—who have died and returned to life—can step between the worlds and confront the killer . . . even if it means a second and all too permanent death. Praise for Lynn Flewelling’s Casket of Souls   “Full of intrigue and plots upon plots.”—RT Book Reviews...

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Shards of Time Reviews

  • Kyle
    2019-01-22 02:38

    Nightrunners, Alec and Seregil, are sent by the Queen to the island of Korous where the governor and his mistress have been found gruesomely murdered inside of a locked and guarded room. Once there, they find an ancient evil is awakening and must be destroyed before it reaches it's full strength.The Nightrunner series is easily one of my favorite series. Lynn Flewelling does a great job not only in this the seventh and final book of the series but with all the books. In Shards of Time, Alec and Seregil along with their Nightrunner friends once again battle the forces of evil. The story grabbed me right from the start and just wouldn't let go. If my grades as school suffered this week, this book is the reason. If you haven't read this series, you really need to add it on your To-Read list. Although this is reportedly the final book in the series, I sure hope Flewelling ends up continuing it. It would be too sad to never read about the Nightrunners again!

  • Igor Ljubuncic
    2019-02-16 02:45

    Top notch. This is one of Lynn's best works, if not the best, tied with Stalking Darkness. She shines when writing about Plenimaran gods and necromancers. Lynn is not made for all that romance and such. And in the grand finale of the Nightrunner series, there's everything you want or need to enjoy a book. Suspense, drama, genuine horror, a well-laid, multi-layered mystery that is only revealed toward the end, but with enough clues to keep you engaged throughout.The only disappointment is that Mika plays the role of Wesley Crusher in Star Trek TNG. He is way too smart for his age, and slightly annoying overall. The bad wizard should also not have disclosed some of her thoughts, as they make her sound somewhat childish, but those are tiny details in an otherwise highly enjoyable book. Consistent, thrilling, extremely well written. It's a shame the series is ending. And this is one of the rare few that I'll look back with genuine nostalgia. I remember reading the second volume perhaps a dozen times. Kept me warm through the night in them old days. Now, it comes back full circle. A closure, but hopefully, our heroes will return.Seregic and Alec hand in hand,With the aid of Thero's magic wand,Dyrmagnos fought,Adventures wrought,A great story has come to an end.Cheers,Igor

  • Caravaggion
    2019-01-25 04:55

    I FINISHED THIS SERIES IM SO EMOTIONAL OH MY GOD I CANT BELIEVE ITS OVER I NEED MOREthis series was hands down one of the best fantasy series i´ve ever read and since i´m an incoherent mess right now and cant even ,,, write a proper review pls bear with me rambling abt it in the form of a list of things i liked:-even though the setting is pseudo-medieval, there is no sexism?? on the contrary? this features the most badass female warriors and queens i´ve ever read about-the plot is always so exciting and full of suspense??-aLL THE CHARACTERS?? ARE SO LOVELY??? and fun??- seregil and alec´s relationship´s gotta be one of the best and healthiest relationships i´ve ever read of, they respect each other so much ;A; there has never been any unnecessary jealousy drama? no weird unhealthy codependency? here´s a powercouple that can function perfectly even when appart for months without immediately doubting each other´s love for each other? without any weird relationship insecurities? THESE TWO ARE ULTIMATE RELATIONSHIP GOALS!!!!-all these secret agent shenanigans were so fun to read -every issue discussed in this book is discussed so respectfully??ITS JUST SO WHOLESOMESO ! WHOLESOME!!! i am so overwhelmed aaa my chest is aching knowing that this has just been the last book of this wonderfull series i´ll ever get to read, but i cant wait to reread this series hopefully very often in the immediate future and rediscover my favourite adventures of these characters i gave this 5 stars but it´s honestly?? more like, a million stars

  • Bcvs
    2019-02-08 00:35

    What a great end to the series!Some minor plot holes but overall an excellent read.It's amazing how LF manages to write gripping, dark and powerful scenes, yet keep the whole story light, optimistic and well... snuggly.Good job and looking forward to the next novel!

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-01-28 08:35

    3.5 stars, rounded up for the pleasure of the series as a whole. This was my least favorite of the series, but it was still good to see Seregil and Alec, and to watch them work together again. I loved having Micum with them once more, although his strengths were underused. This whole series is well worth the read for fantasy fans.Seregil, Alec, Klia, Theo and company are sent forth to deal with the mysterious and probably supernatural murder of the governor of a recently-annexed island territory. The story begins with a little more exposition than might be ideal, as the history of the situation is laid out. But there is the promise of real adventure. Over the series, we've been introduced to a host of secondary characters, and the writing follows the adventures of at least six main characters, with an omniscient fourth voice. The result is an intriguing, complicated and magical plot with many twists and turns. The flip side is less emotional investment in the point of view of any one character or pair of characters. I found myself racing through this, following the course of events to see how the guys could manage to get out of this mess. But the various moments of injury and peril sat more lightly on the story than in some past books. The biggest addition to the familiar crew here is the character of Mika, Theo's young wizardly apprentice. I enjoyed some of his contributions. I liked that he sometimes messed up, got lost, and couldn't keep a secret to save his life. But his presence sometimes irked me, suggesting a trope of powerful-young-magic-user who may potentially save the day for his elders. He felt very young in many ways for how the adults treated him, especially in his constant lack of supervision, and the resulting tangling of the plot.This was very much a tale of discovering, comprehending and dealing with a perplexing and arbitrary-seeming magical threat. The author brought the threads together quite skillfully at the end, but I missed a bit more of the human conflict from earlier tales. (view spoiler)[There was a thread of the islanders worrying that Seregil, in giving refuge to any 'faie who chose to live there, was amassing a mob or a threat to local order. (hide spoiler)] I'd have liked to see more of the human side of the story like that play out, with more non-magical opponents to be dealt with. But that's just me, and my love of watching Seregil play politics. Or leapfrog over politics.This series is wonderful high-adventure fantasy, with two excellent main characters and good secondaries. I enjoy the battles against concentrated evil, and even more the times they are dealing with corrupted humans, mysteries and magic in a more corporeal realm. Seregil's style in mixed company is always a pleasure. This is the last novel, and I will miss Alec and Seregil.

  • Victoria Harris
    2019-01-30 00:48

    Now I've finished this series the only thing I can think to do is read it again.

  • Helle
    2019-02-04 08:40

    How many times have Alec and Seregil been in danger now? They seem as nightrunners to follow danger or taking dangerous cases. This is about evil in a form that they have meet before, but also a new evil that only their friend the strong wizard Thero by instinct survived.It is a evil over a 1000 years old and someone that want revenge and to take over the world, to destroy every kind and lovely people there is.This is about good ghost and evil ghost, someone will help and warn you and others want to take over you body and mind, to forced you to be crazy and harm yourself.Sometime you should listen to the warnings the myths and legends are telling, because there are most of the times some truth in it and do never take anything from a old place, even if it looks harmless, it can and will hurt and kill you.Alec and Seregil have seen more horror than most people and saved earth more times than the nobles and kings/queens, they want to protect there loved ones and will risk there lives to do that, they are loyal to friends they care about and will help anyway they can, they have a kind heart and hate slavery and torture. They have fight necromancer before and know that every necromancer have a weakness, if they can find that weakness they have a chance to survive the fight and save their loved ones. They do not care about titels and just want to help the kingdom and their people, even if no ones knows who the people that saved them, have sacrificed for them.This is about magic, murder, mystery and evil that seem know about you more than you know about yourself. The evil use any metode to force you to obey or kill you at will. I have read the series Nightrunner and love Alec and Seregil, they are doing so much good and never get a "Thank you" from most, only the ones that have been slaves and the queen who want them to find out about the murder, say "Thank you" and of cause their friends. You should not read this book when it is night and you are alone, this only will make you more aware that you see ghost, demons, dra´gorgos and dyrmagnos/necromancer everywhere in the shadows. I recommend this book to the ones who like to read about horrors and want some romance too, about love, friendship, freedom and fight for the light, to never give up hope even if the evil seem to have the most power. I hope that there will be another book about Alec and Seregil in the future, to hear about their work as a Nightrunner and about fighting evil in every form they can take. will Seregil ever control the magic he have? or will it always either make harm or help him when he need it?

  • Jason Kivela
    2019-02-18 01:00

    I have been a huge fan of the Nigthrunner series since I found it many years ago. This is the last (seventh) book in the series according to the author. I’m really sad to see it end, but can understand that if she is out of stories for these characters, best to end on a good note. She has said short stories are probable, which is good. And it was nice to see nothing “final” happened to them, there is always the possibility for more.The story was good. Solid magical mystery, good world building, really great secondary character development. After seven books, Alec and Seregil are well developed. It was awesome seeing them together, just like a normal couple, dealing with the situation. No time spent on second guessing their relationship. And neither one was captured or lost, causing the other to search for him for most of the book. Which is a good plot, but we’ve seen it a lot in this series.Instead the secondary characters got good development. Good pacing, good use of multiple POVs to tell the tale. Good use of aspects of previous tales to build the story. Just wish I had another novel to preorder.

  • Seregil of Rhiminee
    2019-01-23 04:44

    Originally published at Risingshadow.Shards of Time is the seventh novel in the Nightrunner series. The Nightrunner series is a long-running fantasy series that has captivated readers for many years. It's a bit sad that this fantastic series comes to an end (at least for now) with this novel, but all good things eventually come to an end. According to the afterword Lynn Flewelling may write more stories later, but at this moment there will be no stories or sequels, so it looks like Shards of Time will be the final novel about the adventures of Seregil, Alec and their friends.Before I write more about Shards of Time, I'll mention that this review is in equal parts a review about Shards of Time as it is a review about the whole series (because this novel is the final novel of the Nightrunner series, it's approriate to reflect on a few things about the whole series).I admire Lynn Flewelling's storytelling abilities and her willingness to write about difficult things that other authors would shy away from. I've noticed that she never disappoints her readers and always manages to add intriguing surprises to her fantasy novels (in my opinion she's in the same league as Carol Berg, Martha Wells, Kate Elliott, Gail Z. Martin and Karen Azinger). In this novel she does her best to give her readers a memorable reading experience and she succeeds perfectly in creating an atmospheric fantasy adventure that's both absorbing and entertaining.Although Shards of Time is the seventh part of the Nightrunner series, it can be read as a standalone novel. Knowledge of the previous happenings will help to understand certain things better, but it's possible to enjoy this novel without knowing what has happened before.Here's a bit of information about the story:Seregil and Alec are a bit bored, because their work currently consists of delivering love letters etc. Their everyday life changes when Thero tells that something weird has happened on the island of Kouros. The governor of Kouros and his mistress have been brutally murdered in a locked and well guarded room and ghosts are blamed for their death. Nobody knows what has happened to them. The Queen Elani makes Seregil and Alec barons of the Mirror Moon, which is an estate on the island of Kouros. Seregil, Alec, Micum, Thero, Klia and Thero's apprentice, Mika, travel to Kouros to investigate what has happened to the governor and his mistress. Soon they find out that an ancient evil has been awakened on the island...The events take place on the sacred island of Kouros. Kouros is the historical and spiritual heart of the Three Lands. It's home to the oldest oracular site in the Three Lands, and it has been said for centuries that the whole island is haunted. Many strange things have happened to its inhabitants. The author writes absorbingly about the historical details concerning Kouros and reveals bits and pieces of history to her readers as the story begins to open up.The characters and protagonists are still as fascinating and realistic as they have always been. I have to mention that I like Lynn Flewelling's characters very much, because they're memorable characters that are easy to like. All the characters have their own personalities and traits that make them three-dimensional.It was delightful to read again about Seregil and Alec, because they're charming characters. It was a pleasure to read about their relationship and work, because I've missed reading about them. They're well created characters who love each other and enjoy doing secret work for the Queen.Reading about Thero and Klia was also nice, because they both have grown as characters. Thero has matured quite a lot during the last couple of novels. It was nice to see that the author has developed him a bit more and now has an apprentice. He's a bit different kind of a wizard than his late master, Nysander, but he's powerful and knows a lot about different things.The relationship between Thero and his young apprentice, Mika, is handled well. Mika is an enthusiastic student and wants to learn new things. He has a talent for magic and Thero teaches him to use magic. Mika means a lot to Thero - it's easy to see that Thero is fond of Mika and loves him like he were his own son.The author also writes fluently about the relationship between Thero and Klia. They've become lovers and care about each other. Love between a royal woman and a wizard is a bit difficult, but they haven't let others bother them and Thero has been recognized as Klia's lover.I also enjoyed reading about Dorin and Doctor Kordira. Dorin is the steward of Mirror Moon and Doctor Kordira is a Plenimaran doctor who lives and works on Kouros. The author writes fluently about trust issues concerning Doctor Kordira, because not everybody trusts a Plenimaran doctor.The evil characters in the Nightrunner novels have always been truly evil and ruthless characters who will stop at nothing to get what they want. In this novel, Rhazat is one of these evil characters. I'm not going to reveal what kind of a character Rhazat is, but I can mention that when the author introduces Rhazat to her readers, it will be impossible to put this novel down.Shards of Time is - just like its predecessors - a novel in which the author takes her time to develop the story. This is very nice, because it's enjoyable to read a story that gradually develops to an unputdownable and highly addictive level of fantasy escapism. When the story begins to move forward it's almost impossible stop reading this novel, because you want to find out what happens at the end and how things will be solved.Lynn Flewelling handles all the political aspects of the story exceptionally well. She writes realistically about how the Skalans, the Plenimarans and the Aurënfaie feel about each other and what kind of tensions exist between them. Writing about the sacred island of Kouros gives the author a chance to explore what has happened on the island when it was occupied by the Plenimarans and how years of living under the Plenimaran rule have changed its inhabitants and their lives.In one of the scenes the author explores how the Plenimarans made sure that the Aurënfaie didn't have magical abilities. I won't go into details, but I'll mention that the Plenimarans treated the servants (slaves) with magical abilities in a brutal and horrible way.I think that everybody who has ever read detective stories or mystery stories will enjoy this novel very much. Locked room mysteries have been an important part of detective and mystery fiction for ages and many authors have written their own visions of this kind of mysteries. Lynn Flewelling's vision of this kind of a mystery is charmingly different and fascinating, because it involves dark magic and macabre happenings. She has created a fresh and spellbinding mystery for her readers.There are many excellent scenes in this novel. It was nice to read about how Seregil felt about the slaves and their situation. I enjoyed reading about how he treated the Aurënfaie servants at the estate, because he offered them a safe place to live and work at the Mirror Moon estate. The Mirror Moon estate is a well created place and reading about its history and strange hauntings is intriguing.The scenes in which the characters explore the old temple, the oracle's caves and tunnels are also excellent and wonderfully atmospheric. The author's descriptions of these places are so good and vivid that they transport the reader temporarily to another place and offer excellent escapism from reality. It's very relaxing to read about these exotic and beautiful places, because they have a magical yet realistic feel to them.Magic has always been an important part of the Nightrunner series and there's plenty of magic in this novel too. It was great to read about the supernatural things (ghosts, possessions, dreams, nightmares, necromancy, dra'gorgos etc). The author writes captivatingly about the weird happenings and ghosts on Kouros. Kouros is a bit different kind of place, because there's magic on Kouros and ghosts can be seen around the island. What makes matters even more interesting is that some of the inhabitants have vanished mysteriously without explanation.One of the most intriguing scenes in this novel tells of a magical ritual performed by Thero. It was great to read about what Thero did during the ritual and how he reacted to what he noticed and how he reacted to it.One of the best things about the Nightrunner series has always been the loving and passionate relationship between the two protagonists, Seregil and Alec. Lynn Flewelling describes their love for each other in a realistic, lush and romantic way. I think it's fantastic that she has courage to write boldly and lovingly about them and their relationship.What makes this novel and the whole series especially interesting is that every once in a while the author explores how other persons feel about the homosexual relationship between Seregil and Alec (for example, in this novel Micum speaks briefly with Azrin about this relationship). This brings depth to the storyline, because the characters have their own thoughts and feelings about these things - some characters approve of their relationship while others don't understand it.Nightrunning has been an essential part of this series since the beginning. As everybody who has read all the novels knows nightrunning is a term used for what Seregil and Alec do secretly for the Queen (for example, they spy and do other similar things). The author writes fascinatingly about how Seregil and Alec do the things they do. They're almost like detectives, but not quite, because they do much more than just investigate things and suspicious happenings. They've always been enthusiastic to investigate what's going on and who's behind weird happenings.In this novel, Seregil and Alec are eager to solve the mystery of the murders in the locked room, although it may be dangerous and deadly to them. They find out that what the governor Toneus did has set something loose on the island and that something is extremely dangerous and deadly to all living things and wants to escape from its prison. The author writes well about Seregil and Alec's fight against the ancient evil and their willingness to do their duty despite the possibility of something bad happening to them.Another well known trademark of the Nightrunner series is the use of macabre dark fantasy elements (although the Nightrunner novels are epic fantasy novels, they contain plenty of elements that are normally found in dark fantasy novels). Lynn Flewelling is one of those rare authors who aren't afraid of adding dark and brutal elements to their stories when needed. She writes boldly about necromancy and all things related to it.In this novel, the darker fantasy elements are present in an intriguing and a bit different kind of way. I like how the author writes about what the characters find inside the locked room and how the guards have been affected by the happenings inside the room, because the descriptions are shockingly vivid and effective (fans of the darker side of fantasy will be thrilled to read about Captain Sedge's condition).There's always been humour in the Nightrunner novels and this novel also has humorous scenes. There are a few scenes which will put a smile on everybody's face (these scenes may even make readers laugh out loud). One such scene contains interesting discussion about beans.One of the reasons why I like the Nightrunner series is that the author understands that certain actions have consequences and you have to be prepared to pay a price when you do your duty. She writes well about these realistic and bittersweet moments. There's one such scene in this novel, but there's also joy to balance the bittersweetness.The cover art by Michael Komarck deserves a special mention, because the cover image looks beautiful. It's a good and atmospheric cover image.There are many things that I'd like to write about this novel (and also about the whole series), but I think that now is the time to write the final words of this review. If I were to write more about this novel, which I nearly did, I might spoil everybody's reading pleasure by too many spoilers and that wouldn't be fair to anybody.Shards of Time is a highly entertaining fantasy adventure novel in the vein of the previous Nightrunner novels. It's an excellent read for old fans and newcomers alike, and it's a great ending to one of the best and most entertaining fantasy series ever, because it contains good prose, dark happenings and intriguing mystery elements. It's amazing that this series hasn't lost its splendour over the years, but has stayed fresh and exciting.Shards of Time is the best kind of escapism available for fantasy readers, because the story is good and the author has plenty of surprises in store for her readers. I can highly recommend this thrilling novel to everybody who loves to read entertaining fantasy. In my honest opinion Shards of Time is an entertaining fantasy adventure novel of the highest order.Highly recommended!

  • Em
    2019-02-14 08:40

    It took me a while but I finally got there. (9 months!) I didn't think this story was really up to much and there was a lot of running around all over the place but as a whole I thoroughly enjoyed the Nightrunner series. It'll definitely remain one of my favourites and it was great to follow Seregil and Alec on another one of their adventurers.

  • Li Seagull
    2019-02-22 06:53

    3.5 stars, rounding down to 3.I thought CoS and SoT were both...unnecessary, if that's the right word. The series could've been wrapped up neatly after The White Road. None of the books have really been as good as the first three, though, which is sad but common for a lot of fantasy series. However, I still love the characters as before. I just wish there was more character and less plot, more of Alec & Seregil than Theo & Klia & Mika. Not that I don't like Thero, I just don't find his story as interesting as Alec and Seregil's.What I would love to see is Flewelling wrap up this series for good and then write some more stuff in the same universe/realm/whatever, but with new characters. She's such a talented writer, and she's really created an amazing world here. The Tamir Triad was also really, really good.

  • Kristin
    2019-02-15 05:41

    Writing: 4Story: 3Satisfaction: 3I really enjoyed the first three books in the Nightrunner series but books four and especially five, Shadows Return and The White Road, were a little disappointing. I didn't even bother to read Casket of Souls. But in Shards of Time, Flewelling has returned to a better form. The plot isn't as strong as in the original three but it's much stronger than the others. Despite not reading book six, I didn't think it limited my enjoyment of this book. There are a couple new characters but their origins are briefly explained. I do regret not knowing (view spoiler)[ how Kila and Thero ended up together (hide spoiler)] and that's interesting enough to me that I may go back and pick up Casket of Souls just to read about it. Also, Mika is a really cute character and I'd love to see how Thero reacted to his initial presence. The characters were entertaining as usual but the plot felt a little like a rehash of previous storylines in the series. The characters even note it. Now it's not especially bad to have repeated types of bad guys (view spoiler)[ (another necromancer,(hide spoiler)] but it was pretty literally the exact same fight. The last battle scene was also pretty anti-climactic compared to all of the build-up. Definitely a book to read for the characters and not really for the plot. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley

  • Lindsay Scott
    2019-02-14 03:39

    AND NOW I CRY BECAUSE IT'S OVER.This was great as a last book. It's actually probably my favorite, though it might be a tie between the first two. It had everything I love - mystery, adventure, horror, and of course all the characters I have come to love. The only one missing was Beka...it's too bad she couldn't have at least made an appearance, but her presence didn't really have a place in this book.Our last leg of the Nightrunner journey takes Seregil and Alec to the sacred island of Kouros, where the governor and his wife have been mysteriously murdered. Everyone says it was ghosts, but Seregil and Alec, along with Klia, Thero and Micum, are there to learn the truth. From the very beginning, this book just takes off and doesn't let you go. It's fast paced, fun, and actually a bit scary. I think it probably had less funny moments than the previous books, but the tone of this one was a bit darker, too. I personally loved the supernatural element to it; ghost stories have always been a favorite.The ending was amazing, but now it's OVER! What am I going to do with no more Nightrunner books to read?? I guess I'll just have to write the author and beg her to write more. Yeah, I'm sure that'll work...

  • Absinthe
    2019-01-28 04:01

    Another marvelous installment by Lynn Flewelling, I mean what can I say? I greatly enjoyed this story, just as I enjoyed the others, though I will agree (though it pains me to say) that this should rightly be the last in the series (though I wouldn't object to it being picked up with a different protagonist). Living with Alec and Seregil and watching their evolution as people and as a couple has been one of the most amazing experiences a reader can have (especially when it is as profound as it is in this book). Flewelling is one of the best authors I have ever read, and surely I will get around to reading the bone doll trilogy if only because I cannot bare to be without her work for so long. I greatly appreciated the message that she left at the end of the book for those of us who feel a little lost without our beloved friends in Rhiminee.

  • Erin
    2019-01-28 03:38

    The GoodAs many gripes as I had with the final book in the Nightrunners series (see below), I have liked and continued to like the wide variety of interesting female characters this series brings to the table. Female warriors, female rulers, female workers, female villains... I especially ended up liking new character Kordira, and wish that she'd had a larger part in the story.Speaking of Kordira: the in-universe acknowledgement that all Plenimarans are not Pure Evil. It makes sense, in light of the war with Skala and in light of the fact that much of Plenimar was shown to us directly through the eyes of slaves, that we've been seeing the ugliest face of the country, but it was also good to know that among them are ordinary men and women, a doctor who wants to help people - and that not even the Plenimarans are all of one mind with regards to slavery.Please please please please noRemember what I said in my review of the last book about how refreshing it was to see female characters who actually mean it when they say they don't want children? Well, apparently I spoke too soon. When Klia first got violently sick in the caves for no apparent reason (at the mention of children being used as oracles... hm...) (and with married father-of-I-don't-even-remember-how-many Micum giving her a speculative look... hm...) I immediately began to get a sinking suspicion that I desperately hoped was wrong - but which was unfortunately confirmed only a couple of chapters later. The whole mess of things that are wrong with this:-Okay, so it doesn't technically count as You'll Change Your Mind, since technically Klia never outright said that she didn't want children: she said she didn't care whether or not she had children. Even so, though, it skirts so perilously close that at this point it might as well be this. Female and want children? You will be inducted into motherhood. Female and don't want children? You will be inducted into motherhood. Female and have no opinion on children? You will be inducted into motherhood. Because you see, it never actually matters what you want: you're going to be brainwashed into The Baby Cult regardless.-Speaking of which, Alec made clear in the third and fourth books that he wanted children someday (and was getting so distressed over the thought that he'd never be a father that Seregil even asked him at one point "Well, how did you think this was going to work?"). Klia made it clear in the sixth book that children were not a priority for her (and Thero's inability to impregnate her was even cited as a plus, given that that was one less potential complication for the succession). Yet now, in the final book of the series, Alec has given his child away because it was cramping his lifestyle and Klia is happily pregnant? What is wrong with this picture?-Klia's lover is an Orëska wizard. Orëska wizards are barren. This was an established part of the worldbuilding straight from the first book: no Orëska wizard can ever have children. So, explanations? One possibility is that Klia is cheating on Thero - which would be a beyond-gross breach of character, given how much time and effort the books have dedicated to building up Klia as a caring, responsible, and in particular loyal person. Another possibility is that Thero somehow miraculously managed to produce a child when no other Orëska wizard before him had - which would be a beyond-gross breach of the previously established Rules of the world, given that the problem of magic running thin in Skala because wizards can't have children was actually a major plot point in one of the previous books. Yet a third possibility is that this is some completely out-of-nowhere immaculate conception - which would be a beyond-gross lazy Ass Pull on the part of the author.(It turns out that it actually is Thero's child, Because Magical Dragon Bite. Rule-breaking and Ass Pull it is!)The real Ass Pull aspect of this, though, isn't just because it's breaking the rules of the universe - it comes from the way that magic was presented to us in the first place, and the explanation as to why those rules exist. When Nysander was explaining matters to Alec in the first book, he didn't say that Orëska wizards were barren because they were broken and needed to be made whole again - he said that Orëska wizards were barren because every form of magic exacts some sort of price from its practitioners. There's no such thing as a free lunch - and, considering what happens to anyone who practices necromancy for too long (your body will slowly wither away to a burned-out husk that can never die; sweet dreams, kids), infertility in return for an extended lifespan and the ability to work wonders really doesn't seem like an unfair price. So why does Thero suddenly get to be the one and only Orëska wizard who deserves a free lunch, when he has an apprentice he cares for as a son and his partner had already accepted in no uncertain terms that he could never give her children?...and to think, I was so worried the series was going to do this to Beka, who if nothing else at least has a fertile husband with whom she can have children without imposing any choices of which suspension of disbelief is going to get broken!The Verdict Lynne Flewelling really needs to just phone it in on this series. It seems to be suffering from a classic case of Long Series Syndrome, where the author wrapped up whatever original plans she might have had for it ages ago and now in between rehashing old plot points just keeps throwing random ideas at it that come out of nowhere and make no sense in the hopes that somewhere, one of them will stick. She's not a bad writer, she's had a fair number of really good ideas, and most of her characters are genuinely complex and interesting, but sometimes, it's just time to write something new. This series passed that point a long time ago.Reading her Afterword, it seems that she does indeed have no further plans to continue this series, and frankly I think that's a good thing. It's well past time to wrap things up, and this one simply needed to be let go.

  • Beth
    2019-02-11 04:51

    I loved this series, and I'm so sad it's over! Having the last book be a creepy ghost story fit so well! I will always cherish reading about Alec and Seregil. I wish there were more series like this one.

  • Sassy
    2019-02-13 01:34

    IT CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am gonna miss these guys and Alec's neverending quest to get kidnapped on every landmass. FAREWELL MY SWEET BOYS. I WILL MISS YOU

  • Nexus Redsnow
    2019-02-21 02:42

    And now I cry because it's over. -eyes all the books neatly lined up on a shelf- -whispers No, you gotta study, no, you're not reading this entire thing all over again jesus- Oh, my most beloved series. Characters I have come to love more than I love Lestat, because damn it, Rice's more recent works with him (...everything after Body Thief) suck sweaty camel balls. Seregil. Alec. MY SONS. I recommend these books to everyone I know, whether I think they can stomach them or not. I literally love every single one of them. I don't care if some parts feel lightly cliché to people or what not, I am literally incapable of disliking a single chapter of this. I know I am tremendously emotionally biased and I honestly do not care.People take pride in being critical even regarding things they love and enjoy, but fuck that shit, no, regarding Seregil and Alec I'm keeping my pink glasses of adoration on until mrs Flewelling commits some capital offense comparable to mrs Rice making Lestat the king of a nation of redeemed not-evul-anymohr vampires. I wish there could be more. Honestly, many people shot Traitor's Moon down for too much politics, and then there's me with that being on one of the top positions among my favorite books. The slavery arc too cliché and boring to some people, gimme dat. Okay, magical son DID kinda feel a little eh for a moment, but screw that, was ready to love it, loved the fuck out of it in the end, yiss. I think I came to this series when book 5 was yet to come out. I read first three in Czech, then had 4 in English. I read it, but stopped halfway through for some reason, not knowing why. (though I was already perfectly capable of reading in fluent English. Probably it was the change in language mid-series, that put me off. That tends to happen. )I re-read the first three during the years to come a couple times. Then, a few years later, when 4, 5 and 6 came out in Czech, I devoured the series again, in one go. All six books in a row. I had done that one more time before 7 came out in Czech. I gave it to myself for Christmas 2015 and finished it now. And now I'm thinking about going through the whole series again, perhaps in English now, so that I may have foundation for fanfics. Who knows. This is a brilliant series, so progressive for when it first came out. It pains me to know that they would probably receive much, MUCH more recognition if the main couple weren't bisexual men, though on the other hand, I would never ever want it any other way. Endless gratitude for creating something that I have come to love this much. And thanks to lovely Sevia who introduced me to the books back in 2010.I probably won't stop rereading this stuff annually until I know it by heart or they bury me, so it seems. P.S.: ...this isn't a really a review, you see. Just me gushing.

  • Micael
    2019-02-13 03:56

    I'm so sad that this captivating series is over!

  • Anna Nesterovich
    2019-02-09 00:59

    The first thing you see starting a book is the cover. And for this particular book it's a huge advantage. I didn't check who was the cover artist for all the books in the series, only the first two and the last two, but judging by the style they finally found a suitable artist for the last four installments. And by the last book he (Michael Komarck) reached the perfection. He actually read the book, not just skipped through as the first artist, and did the cover according to the descriptions inside.The second thing you see, when you open this book, is the map. Or rather maps. There is the usual one, showing us all the lands we know of from this series, but there is also a new one. The whole action in Shards of Time takes place on the Island of Kouros, so we got a map of it. The unusual bit is that this map has a scale, the first scale in the series. So it doesn't take a lot of math skills to measure the island, deduce the scale of the large map, and then remember all those travels by water and by land our heroes did in previous books. I did just that and placed a time estimation to each one according to the distance and the mode of transportation. The amazing thing is IT ALL CHECKS OUT! There are no one-day journies over one-week-worth of distance! I'm in mute admiration.The book itself is incredebly fast-paced, whirling along from the very first page. I was half-way through the day I finished the previous one, Casket of Souls. Once again, it's more of an adventure, than a political puzzle. The pace doesn't slack for a minute (though I made myself to slow down, trying to savor the book), culminating in a messy battle (only one this time, I guess lesson learnt after The White Road). The battle may be a bit too melodramatic for my taste, and there were a few things that didn't make a lot of sense, logic or event-wise, but on the whole it was an excellent reading.Now i'm in mourning, because it's the last Nightrunner book. I even returned to the first book and re-read a few chapters of Luck in the Shadows. It's mind-blowing how far the heroes came in seven books, all of them but especially Seregil and Alec. I'll miss them.

  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
    2019-01-31 07:35

    3.5 stars.While I always enjoy spending time with Alec, Seregil, Thero, Klia and the rest, this one left something to be desired. I can give or take a ghost story. If it's done well, I love them. If they're not, I pass them by. This book was rather slow to get going with the main plot and it was bogged down in the beginning with just too many ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. (view spoiler)[And when people are disappearing left and right, and you think the ghosts are behind it, there's a point at which you DON'T APPROACH STRANGERS because THEY MIGHT BE GHOSTS. If I hadn't been driving while listening to this audiobook, I'd've been headdesking. Really, y'all, if you don't know someone, maybe throw something their way to see if they can catch it. If it goes through them - RUN THE OTHER DIRECTION! (hide spoiler)]Thankfully, the main plot did finally kick in and grabbed my interest, and that part was pulled off very well, with a riveting climax. The last few chapters are strangely edited. While it can get annoying when authors constantly create cliffhanger chapters in the climax of the book to keep up the tension, it's also rather strange to have it all in one hour-long chapter that went on even after the climax was over. Then the last two chapters were quick "here's everything that happened in the following seven to eight months" and felt rushed. I don't want to just complain though, since there's lots to love here too. The bond between Alec and Seregil is stronger than ever. They've come a long way since the first book and none of that character development is forgotten here. Thero is the biggest surprise of this series, and it was fun to finally see the resolution of a plot thread that was hinted at several books earlier. I also really loved being able to get away from Reminee and seeing Koros and how things there fell out or were settle after the war. One of the things Lewellyn does best is world build, and she's meticulous about keeping all the little details straight. It's difficult to do that over seven books, but she does. I wouldn't be surprised if, on reread, I fail to find any continuity errors. Overall, a fun time with the gang. Just wish the beginning had been a little shorter and the ending a little longer.

  • Jessica Petree
    2019-02-14 08:37

    I would not recommend this book. I bought it for John because it intrigued me - someone being murdered by unseen forces out of a rift. I did not realize until I started reading it that it's likely the second book in a series. For all that, it's still quite understandable. However, it had a little too much evil, ghosts and necromancy for my taste. It ranks as the first book I've read with the two main characters being gay.The plot is rather intriguing - ghost stories always are - as one wonders what ghosts and weird sights they will find next. Yet, there is an element of unbelievability that threw me out of the story as the characters did things that did not make sense. Point 1: The govenor and his mistress were murdered gruesomely, reportedly by ghosts, that no one can do anything about. Let's go sleep in his bedchamber at midnight and SEE WHAT HAPPENS!Point 2: A man disappeared mysteriously in a hallway and came back somewhere else, badly injured. Let's go SEARCH THAT HALLWAY AGAIN and see what happens!Really? What are these people thinking, I wondered. I suspect horror type books are frequently like this, but I can't say for certain, as I don't read many. It turned out they were fighting a bad necromancer. There was one magician in their party. It was an ok book. But really, not worth the time. Read something more interesting, people. Unless you really want to read a book about ghost stories and people doing dumb things. And it gave in some ways, a fairly accurate description of evil that was creepy. It creeped me out, until I got thrown out of the story by the dumb things the characters did.

  • Shell Bailey
    2019-02-05 02:48

    As I picked up Shards of Time, I realised that it has been at least fifteen years since started reading the Nightrunner series. The characters are old friends by now, and I've looked forward the the arrival of each new book. They've held the same magnetic charm and easy reading every time. In Shards of Time, the final book of the Nightrunner series, Seregil, Alec, Micum, Klia, Thero, and Thero's young assistant Mika travel to the island of Korous to investigate the governor's murder. It has a quiet start but a solid storyline, packed with ghosts and disturbing supernatural plots that echo the feeling of the Tamir trilogy. The pacing is action-driven, and not as emotional as I expected; Flewelling never falls into the last-book trope of pulling out cameos and random points for the sake of the readers. Seregil, Alec, and Micum are surprisingly static characters, but warm and comfortable and familiar. Thero, Klia, and Mika experience the most development, and by the time the storyline hurtled through its rushed conclusion, I was left wanting to read more about their lives ahead. Perhaps selfishly, the only thing that I would have asked for was a nice long denouement to better experience the emotional settling-in of the characters and to say my own bittersweet goodbyes. Despite that, the ending is satisfying, and a fitting tribute to well-loved characters. (But that won't stop me hoping for the occasional short story.)

  • Rachel Burton
    2019-01-25 04:46

    I read the first 3 Nightrunner books back to back in 2006 & fell immediately inlove with Alec & Seregil. I've savoured each of the subsequent books saving them mostly for holidays (I read Shadows Return on a beach in Turkey & Casket of Souls in Sydney Botanical Gardens). I was trying to save this for Spain next month but couldn't wait any longer!It was a bittersweet experience. I adored the story as always - that perfect mix of fantastic characters & gripping plot - but each time I turned the page I knew I wad getting one step closer to the end of the very last Nightrunner book.Farewell Alec & Seregil, maybe I'll start from the beginning again some day!

  • B. Jean
    2019-02-15 07:43

    A fantastic end to a fantastic series. For those of you that want to read genre fiction WITH queer characters, this series is wonderful. Non-festishsized, the two leads are bisexual men who are spies for the kingdom of Skala. (And first published in the 90s! Definitely some good stuff ahead of its time.)The books do not focus on the two leads' relationship, instead, you get to enjoy wonderful intrigue and adventure while the relationship NATURALLY develops. It's not forced, it makes sense, it's not creepy. It's a story that happens to have queer leads. I can't emphasize that enough. Honestly, great series.

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-21 08:37

    I think this one wasn't super suspenseful because at this point I trust the author not to kill the characters we know and love. AND THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT. MIKA IS THE BEST. AND KLIA IS BETTER. I am pleased with this book, and the way it draws the series to an emotional close. There is always room for more story—they're nightrunners, after all— but things are in a calming place. (Klia is the best hehehehehe.)

  • Minh
    2019-02-09 04:38

    Shards of Time is the last novel in the Nightrunner series, it feels like a page closed for our characters but in many ways feels like the elongated epilogue that no one was really looking for. With the War ending in Casket of Souls the driving plotlines are gone and our heroes are instead on the island of Kouros once again battling the supernatural. There's a few lovely scenes of closure, but to be honest I don't feel this last novel adds much to the overall series.

  • Merrik
    2019-02-08 03:51

    Hey, but... that's it? This is how we say good-bye to our beloved friends? If it really is the final book in Nightrunner series, I'will be satisfied. Really. I've enjoyed this book and only deep rooted need of sleep stopped me from finishing it at once.Yet, I'd like to meet them all, lovely as they are, one more time.

  • Officialwhich
    2019-02-06 04:53

    Pulpy dashing fantasy series of my teenage heart, I am sad to see you end, but at least you went out on a higher more than books 4&5 even if you could have used a slightly more emotionally hefty ending and less annoying child sidekick.

  • Anna
    2019-02-11 01:49

    A gorgeous finale that brought the series full circle I such a beautiful way.