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After their victory in Aurnen, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Rhminee. 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 Seregils 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 Alecs 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?
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 two. The reason for this is quite simple. For Shadows Return and The White Road, I 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 Shadows Return and The White Road 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!
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By Audrey on 03-18-10
I love the book, but...
The first time I read this book I finished in it a day. I've read it several times since then, so when Lynn announced on her LJ that there was an audiobook I was excited. Her books were so good that I caught myself trying to read them in traffic, so this was a safer way to enjoy it.
The story holds up being an audiobook. It keeps the listener's attention even while doing something else. Sometimes with audiobooks I find that I get lost in the task that I'm doing along with listening. I didn't find that with this book at all, in fact I was coming up with reasons to drive just a little bit more so I could listen a little longer. I did notice some editing problems, several times two takes of the same sentence were included in the finished product. It took me out of the moment, but Lynn's wonderful world brought me back in quickly enough.
If you haven't read any of the Nightrunner books, you should get these. They are an addicting series and listening them is much safer than trying to read in the car.
I can't wait for White Road. I'm going to be getting the paper book and the audiobook, just in case I can't put it down.
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By Nichole on 05-10-15
An unexpected development
If you began listening to the Nightrunner series with Books 1-3 as narrated by Raymond Todd, you might find the sudden switch of narrator jarring. Adam Danoff pronounces some names and places a bit differently and character voices are a bit different. This does not make Danoff's performance in any way less enjoyable than Todd's. It merely means that there will be an adjustment period. If you're nervous about switching between the two narrators, I recommend a break of a month or two between finishing Todd's narration and moving on to Danoff's. The differences will be much less obvious.
Danoff has a very pleasant voice to listen to. He clearly distinguishes between the different characters so that it is always clear which character is speaking. He keeps a good pace and captures the mood of the book well.
As for the story itself, Shadows Return is very different from the previous books. Seregil and Alec are not especially active in this book--at least not in the sense of nightrunning. I don't wish to go into too much spoilery detail, but this book is graphic on the slavery, mental manipulation, and violence. I found the story difficult to listen to, but valuable in that it delves into part of the oracle's prophecy regarding Alec and brings Seregil a little closer to resolving his unhappy past.
Shadows Return is my least favorite book in the series, but only because I found it so emotionally draining. It is still a good book.
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