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!
©2012 Lynn Flewelling (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Flewelling is the best thing that could have happened to the fantasy genre." (BookWeb)
I have to admit I was glad to see Alec and Seregil back to their old selves. While I appreciated the addition of Sebrahn 'he' was a little bit of a distraction. I fell in love with the series because I appreciate having a gay/bi character that isn't an effeminate mess.
His voice was made for Alec. Some of the more mature characters tend to sound a little young.
The description of the feelings by Alec surrounding the deaths of friends was especially touching. The author didn't have to go into sappy cliches to make the point.
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Pick ONE pronunciation of the names and stick with it. I've noticed in other audio books that when a new narrator takes over that the pronunciation of certain names can change but this is not Danoff's first reading of this. Whoever is the producer on these needs to figure it out.
An excellent easy listen, a good distraction that draws you in and keeps you following the action, I had trouble "putting it down". Adam Danoff performs the book and the characters very well, and does not impose an obvious personal stamp in the story as do some narrators. A good choice for Flewelling fans.
The boys are back, and in the environment they do best in, Full of twists and turns to keep the reader off the track until things pull together for the characters. Masterfully written, competently narrated. I'll be listening to this again soon.
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.
Interesting cast of characters. Alec and Seregil's dynamic was a bit more like the earlier books compared with the last 2 books preceding this one.
- when Alec came back from his first nightrunning job and Seregil was worried about him, the scene that followed was well done I thought. "If you die tali, I won't be far behind." My heart was breaking for Seregil at that point.
I liked the way he did the accents, and it was easy to distinguish the characters from one another due to the way he did their voices.
It wasn't as emotionally evocative as Stalking Darkness, but there were some moments that made me laugh. Seregil and Alec dressing as women, Thero wanting to throw Seregil off the box railing at the opera house, Seregil being accused of cheating and then being strip searched.
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.
The reader ruined the story for me. I've read every book by the author and was thrilled to have the opportunity to listen to the latest. I'm into chapter 10 and cannot take any more. My 7 year old granddaughter could do better. All characters sound the same, have the same inflection. Horrible!!!
Could not finish!
Luke Daniels or Scott Brick though this is not Scott's usual genre
Should get a refund for this!
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