Stalking Darkness : Nightrunner

  • by Lynn Flewelling
  • Narrated by Raymond Todd
  • Series: Nightrunner
  • 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A master of subterfuge, a rogue thief with a noble air, Seregil of Rhiminee has taught his young protege, Alec of Kerry, his greatest secrets of the trade. Together they've made their way with thieving jobs large and small, winning friends and enemies, their lives in constant danger and yet charmed by an aura of magic, friendship, and trust. But now, as their adopted country prepares for war, Seregil is called away by the ancient wizard Nysander to face the ultimate challenge of loyalties and entrusted with a deadly knowledge that, if breached, could cost both Seregil and the unwitting Alec their lives. And as Alec learns the shocking truth of his own shadowed heritage, he, Seregil, and a handful of loyal companions are catapulted into a tumultuous conflict with the ultimate evil, in which magic alone may no longer shield them from harm.

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Tasteful, Entertaining, Engaging

I was wary of this series because of some comments by other reviews specifically regarding the "gay" theme of the novels, however, it was very tastefully done, and you actually find yourself wanting the relationship to succeed. The story itself is engaging and truly entertaining, you find yourself liking the characters and there are more than a few laugh out loud moments. I myself appreciate long stories because I get attached to the characters and the story and I don't mind the stretch over several books. While not as good as George RR Martin's series, it is an enjoyable, uncomplicated read. I also liked the reader, despite his limited voices. I think him perfect for the story. To me, the simplicity of the story verses Martin's does not warrant a complex variety of voices. Hope this helps!!
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- Daniaell

Pretty darned good

Darker than the first book, "Luck in the Shadows" - which you should definitely read before starting this one! - this was quite an immersing read.

With Skala preparing for war with Plenimar - a war that continues into the next book in this series - "Stalking Darkness" illustrates just how evil the enemy truly is. While it's not especially graphic, I found a couple of parts a bit too much for my imagination and had to (briefly) skip forward.

I started the series with some hesitation after some reviewers of the first book complained about the "sex scenes"; assuming you've read the first book, you'll know what an exaggeration THAT was! There's a bit more "nookie" going on in this book, but I don't think it amounts to more than what one would see in a PG movie. Or prime time TV, for that matter.

I've had a growing pet peeve with the last several books I've read, so I also need to add that this book does not suffer that same annoying fate; thank you, Ms. Flewelling, for writing a decent ending! If you've ever invested 25+ hours to read through a series only to have the ending last a disapointing 30 minutes or less, fear not! Although I definitely plan to get the next book (Traitor's Moon), Stalking Darkness wraps up the first two books with an ending that makes you think "Oh, well that's alright then."

Audible.com doesn't have "Traitor's Moon" yet, but with both the first two books just coming out this year, I'm hoping the third book is not far behind!!!
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- Amy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.