The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling’s trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters. More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before.
Even at the best of times, the royal court at Rhminee is a serpents’ nest of intrigue, but with the war against Plenimar going badly, treason simmers just below the surface. And that’s not all that poses a threat: A mysterious plague is spreading through the crowded streets of the city, striking young and old alike. Now, as panic mounts and the body count rises, hidden secrets emerge. And as Seregil and Alec are about to learn, conspiracies and plagues have one thing in common: The cure can be as deadly as the disease.
A Note From Author Lynn Flewelling
It's been brought to my attention that there is some confusion over the noticeable difference in some of the pronunciations between the first three books of this series, and the last three. The reason for this is quite simple. Starting with Shadows Return, I've had the pleasure of talking in considerable detail with narrator Adam Danoff. So the differences from the first three books may be a bit jarring at first, but what you will hear in the later books are the proper pronunciations of names and things, as the author intended. I'm delighted with these new interpretations, and I hope you will be, too. Happy listening!
"Flewelling is the best thing that could have happened to the fantasy genre." (BookWeb)
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Narrator didn't do his homework
From Lynn Flewelling, yes. Not so much the narrator.
The interplay between Seregil and Alec and their friends. Some of it was very funny - subtle, but funny.
If the narrator had listened to how the narrator of the first 3 books pronounced the names of the major players...Kl-eye-ya is quite a change from the first 3 where it was Klee-ya. Took me a few hearings to understand which character was being referred to. Next time, do your homework.
Overall yes - some parts dragged out, but for the most part I have enjoyed it.
- Amazon Customer
Return to Decent Intrigue
The narrator. His characterizations have very little distinction between them-- for an eldery male character the narrator sounds like he's trying to sound old, whereas a previous reader (Raymond Todd) had an uncanny ability to change his voice to the point that I thought it was a cast ensemble at first listen. This narrator doesn't give adequate depth through the emotional or action scenes, and frankly all adult characters come off as "wry," as if every sentence they say in the book is accompanied with a smirk or knowing eyebrow lift, and it's annoying. Being annoyed through 14 hours 7 minutes is not a comfortable experience.
The story itself is a refreshing return to what made the first 3 books of the Nightrunner series a pleasure. The 4th and 5th books felt like the author had written herself into a corner (it's difficult to be spy and rogue intriguer when you are a parent!) and the soft porn that carried the novels were tasteless and boring. This book has multiple plots that touch onto each other, plots that are political, military, magic, social, and medical. Some character introductions feel contrived, just hurried explanations to get to the next scene, but on the whole the story was entertaining.
Change the narrator completely. Or coach him to improve his characterizations, and for pete's sake, quit reading every character as if they were going, "wink wink, nudge nudge"!
Maybe one more. While the relationship between the 2 main characters is established, it's clear the lives of the ordinary humans around them are dynamic and progressing, and I want to hear what happens to Thero and Princess Klia and Beka and the rest of the Cavish clan. I'd also like to see more of the Auren faie.