This is a really interesting adventure. There are wizards and magic. Evil bad guys. A valiant hero and his apprentice. Adventure. Breath taking e..Show More »scapes. A whole world has been created for our enjoyment.
How can anyone complain of spoon fed homosexuality in this story? One of the characters entertains a few thoughts. That's about it. You will get stronger sexual references in the average TV commercial. I'm started on the second volume and so far in the two stories the only overt sexuality is heterosexual.
There are some really, really intolerant folks writing reviews. It isn't the story that did it. Must be something inside the reviewer. Are they just too stimulated at the thought that a hero might be gay?
Darker than the first book, "Luck in the Shadows" - which you should definitely read before starting this one! - this was quite an immersing read.
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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!!!
If you like reading fantasy like Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of the Seven Suns, or the Dune epic, or Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Series, or Orson S..Show More »cott Card's Ender Series, or Stephen King's The Dark Tower Serial you will most likely enjoy this author. Her characters are charming and personal, occasionally annoying, but mostly just very life like. Her motives for people are realistic. In this book especially (not to ruin it) her end game was very true to life. Most people are not bad, it amazes me that in fantasy books they make the dark side so twisted and evil, it usually just comes down to a lack of choices. She makes her villains likable and real, and that is good writing.
Oh, and yeah, the main characters are gay...what series were you reading that this, the third book, surprised you with that?
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 audi..Show More »obook 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.