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“Luck in the Shadows, the first book of Flewelling’s Nightrunner Series, is, quite simply, a masterpiece of modern fantasy. It rocketed to the top of my list of all-time favorite books and cemented Flewelling as one of my favorite authors. Subsequent reading of her others books has only confirmed...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I fail to understand why this book has been rated as "m/m romance", because really, there is nothing explicit in this book and there is not much that can lead to a direct shameless hot and passionate m/m relationship.
My thoughts about this book... well, first of all, I feel like I should be complimenting the universe that the author has created. I always get the impression that it is very difficult to create a consistent, coherent universe for a book, complete with its own history, conflicts and several different races. I think Flewelling did a pretty good job here, creating a world that was rich enough to have an atmosphere of somewhere magic, yet not getting lost in an excessive amount of descriptions. I do have to say that occasionally the way the worlds' story is told is slightly tiring, but even so, if you remove them from the book, very little will actually make any sense.
The characters are... okay. I feel like they could have been more deeply developed. Most of them have a lot of potential, and even though there are lots of them (and by the middle of the book I forgot more than half of them), you know that they do have their importance throughout the story. Still, they are those kind of characters whom I just imagine the way I want rather than in the way they are described in the book.
What I didn't like in the book (and I can't even say I hated it) is that it felt that the adventures and hardships through which Alec and Seregil go could have a better development. I thought that the author was very good at creating scenarios of tension, when you know s*** is about to get real, but when it happens, it wasn't a big deal and the characters were able to go through it very easily. It seemed as if Lynn was afraid to make her characters suffer, but again, maybe that's just me and my sadistic spirit speaking louder.
I also didn't like the way the book ended. It didn't even feel like it was over. It was more like "I wanted to put a bigger thing here in the story, but the page limit didn't allow me to do that". It's not even a cliffhanger, it just feels like the story is incomplete.
Other than that, I really liked the book and the story. I'm looking forward to read the rest of the saga!”
“This is a story about a wrongly imprisoned boy, Alec of Kerry, who is rescued by Seregil of Rhiminee. Alec is young and is unsure of his future since his father died and now has an opportunity. He realises that there are secrets Seregil holds and this attracts him. The plots going on around Seregil are also interesting and gives Alec a sense of purpose.
I had read The Bone Doll's Twin before this and now that I realise that this was published before that I understand some of the problems I had with this one, it reads a bit like a first publication. Not a bad first book but there are some issues and some slight clumsiness that I didn't expect from the writer who wrote Bone Doll's Twin and sequels.
I liked the characters and how they develop and how you learn more about the background as I read. I really look forward to reading the sequels. ”
“this probably my favorite series ever!! it'll keep you on the egde of your seat and toy with ur emotions. its very funny at time too :)”Melissa wrote this review Thursday, July 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yet another book series that I am infinitely glad I started. This book has everything - a the fantastical elements that I was expecting (wizards, spells, curses, necromancers, magic in abundance) are present in a way that makes them seem natural, rather than overbearing and cheesy as in some novels, and it's all superimposed upon a story of political plots and plenty of secrets.
I'm extremely impressed with the character relationships in the book; if the characters knew each other previously, even if you didn't know their full back-story, the book did a great job of making it clear how much they meant to each other, like in the cases of Seregil and Micum, and Seregil and Nysander. New relationships that are formed are formed in a realistic manner, and there are plenty of hints as to what relationships may become later and I like that. I could tell that Seregil and Alec are going to have a romantic relationship later in the story and I like how smoothly that was handled, especially considering that they're both men. It's refreshing to see a medieval-type fantasy written where homosexuality isn't treated with disdain. The characters themselves are well-developed and different, Alec with his high moral code (that slowly deteriorates, but never completely) and naivete, Seregil is open with his vast amounts of knowledge and experience in seemingly everything and his snarky wit but oddly quiet about other things; his past is a mystery and I like that. I loved Nysander, though his 'I promise I cannot tell you what this is' constantly annoyed me just about as much as I think it annoyed Sergel. I also love Micum and Kari, what amazing people.
I can't wait for the next one.”
“This was a pretty good book, but so far I like Flewelling's Tamir Triad better. The characters in this one are interesting, but not really anything special. It wasn't nearly as blatently homosexual as I had heard it might be, so if that's what you're looking for, sorry. I felt like the pace was a little slow, and at times it was a little hard to see where exactly it was going, but I think the series has potential and will definitely read the next one to see if she can develop the character's relationships a little bit more.”quadragon27 wrote this review Tuesday, September 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fantastic first novel in a series of fantasy novels that I find inspiring and fulfilling in every way.”Wynona Writer wrote this review Monday, July 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this series -- especially that it is a primarily adventure/fantasy novel and doesn't read like a bad m/m romance novel! ”Malory S wrote this review Thursday, July 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Alec wished that they'd just be done with it! No more tortures! Just kill him already! He's told them the truth and he doesn't know what else they wanted from him...
A stranger was thrown into the cell with him but not just any peasant to suffer torture and death. Serengil is very resourceful and in no time, has freed himself and Alec along with him.
After a few days together, Alec was apprenticed to Serengil and therefore, traveled to far away places, saw amazing spectacles and embroiled in royal troubles.”
“excerpt from detailed review here:
A great GLBT fantasy that doesn't rush into a storm of UST and smut. Seregil and Alec share a slow-building relationship, from strangers to master-apprentice, to close friends and equals. The relationship plot does not push aside the fleshed-out minor characters and their web of complex motives, while the adventure plot is well thought out, and not overshadowed by relationship angst. A great first novel to a series that promises well-paced action, strong personalities, and a budding romance built on friendship and trust rather than lust.”