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The White Road by Lynn Flewelling

The White RoadThe White Road by Lynn Flewelling
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Random House LLC
Novel:  402 Pages
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

Dissolute nobles, master spies, and the unlikeliest of heroes, Alec and Seregil have survived exile, treachery, and black magic. But the road that lies ahead is the most hazardous they’ve ever traveled. For with enemies on all sides, they must walk a narrow path between good and evil where one misstep might be their last.
 
Having escaped death and slavery in Plenimar, Alec and Seregil want nothing more than to go back to their nightrunning life in Rhíminee. Instead they find themselves saddled with Sebrahn, a strange, alchemically created creature—the prophesied “child of no woman.” Its moon-white skin and frightening powers make Sebrahn a danger to all whom Alec and Seregil come into contact with, leaving them no choice but to learn more about Sebrahn’s true nature.

With the help of trusted friends and Seregil’s clan, the duo set out to discover the truth about this living homunculus—a journey that can lead only to danger or death. For Seregil’s old nemesis Ulan í Sathil of Virèsse and Alec’s own long-lost kin are after them, intent on possessing both Alec and Sebrahn. On the run and hunted, Alec and his comrades must fight against time to accomplish their most personal mission ever.

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This is the fifth book in the Nightrunner Series.  This a series that while difficult to read at times with the different words and the totally different world it is set in, is a great read.  The world building the author has done is phenomenal.  The series is all set up around a couple, Alec and Seregil.  They are part of a spy group and do many things throughout the series.  There have been wonderful side characters like Micum and Thero.

We pick up where we left the characters in book four with the trouble of what to do with a creature like Sebrahn.  He is dangerous and a liability to the two men in their work.  Alec is still recovering from his death.  The men are trying to figure out where to go from here.  Sebrahn can’t be allowed to fall into the hands of the queen or those like her but where can the men go to keep themselves safe and regroup.

I was disappointed with the first half of the book because it dragged.  Nothing much happened and there was a lot of repeat in what did occur.  Things did eventually pick up.  Then they happened much too quickly and easily.  I had hoped for a little more depth to the overall read but it felt light.  The plot was thin and I can only hope it was one of those books that are necessary for the oveall arc of the series.

All of that being said there is still a lot that was good to the book.  There is humor and new friends are made.  I feel that Seregil is finally making peace with his past and reconnecting to his family.  Alec is finding out more about himself and who he is.  The men are growing stronger together and are showing how connected to each other they are, but still are individual.  There is no doubt they have at heart differing natures.  Sebrahn is the example to show us that.  Alec is a gentler soul than Seregil but the two each have their strengths that make for a formidable team.

I enjoyed the read but didn’t love it.  For me if you are this far into the series there is a reason and so you will read the book.  Don’t expect to love it though.  It has its moments but for me it was fair as a read.

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Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling

Shadows ReturnShadows Return by Lynn Flewelling
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Random House Publishing
Novel:  522 Pages
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 
With their most treacherous mission yet behind them, heroes Seregil and Alec resume their double life as dissolute nobles and master spies. But in a world of rivals and charmers, fate has a different plan.…After their victory in Aurënen, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Rhíminee. 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 Seregil’s 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 Alec’s 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?

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I’ve enjoyed all the previous books in the series.  This one wasn’t as good.  It had a feeling of a filler book.   Though the characters and writing was very good they didn’t grow much in the story.  The story itself was a little boring compared to the others.  The action and adventure of the previous books aren’t as overwhelming in this one.  This one seemed to be about advancing the overall series plot line and introducing another character.

 

I did enjoy the story and if you are into the series it is one not to miss but it doesn’t read as well as the previous books.  I will be reading the next!

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