Shadows Return (Nightrunner #4) by Lynn Flewelling (review)

June 7, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Mystery 0 ★★★★

Shadows Return (Nightrunner #4) by Lynn Flewelling (review)Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling
Series: Nightrunner #4
Published by Random House Publishing Group on June 24th 2008
Number of Pages: 522
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Gay, Mystery
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon

With their most treacherous mission yet behind them, heroes Seregil and Alec resume their double life as dissolute nobles and master spies. But in a world of rivals and charmers, fate has a different plan...


After their victory in Aurenen, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Rhiminee. But with most of their allies dead or exiled, it is difficult for them to settle in. Hoping for diversion, they accept an assignment that will take them back to Seregil's homeland. En route, however, they are ambushed and separated, and both are sold into slavery. Clinging to life, Seregil is sustained only by the hope that Alec is alive.

But it is not Alec's life his strange master wants -- it is his blood. For his unique lineage is capable of producing a rare treasure, but only through a harrowing process that will test him body and soul and unwittingly entangle him and Seregil in the realm of alchemists and madmen -- and an enigmatic creature that may hold their very destiny in its inhuman hands...But will it prove to be savior or monster?

I love this series, however this book didn’t quite live up to the previous books as much as I hoped it would. There were a few slow bits, most of the book centered on Alec and Seregil’s captivity. And while I was interested in reading about that, and how they would manage to escape, it didn’t hold my attention quite as much as the past books.

I didn’t like Khenir, and he had a fairly large part in the book. I also wasn’t fond of some of the dynamics between Alec and Seregil during the escape.

I’m super curious about Sebrahn, and what all he can do and what role he will play in the rest of the series. Those flowers of his are amazing! I also liked that Thero is loosening up and growing more as a character. He’s much less a snooty stick than he was in the first book, and was able to follow Micum’s lead on a few occasions.

The two main characters are a couple, so if you don’t like reading about men being in love with other men you may not like this book. However, that being said, there is never a huge focus on their relationship. It’s treated as something that just is, like someone having blonde hair or blue eyes. The adventure and intrigue are the main focuses.


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