I was at Half Price Books the other day, scanning the sci fi and teen sections for my favorite authors when to my utter shock and awe I saw a book by Lynn Flewelling I’d never seen before. NEVER SEEN BEFORE. How is this possible I asked? Is this a new series? Is this A NEW NIGHTRUNNER BOOK? I squeed a little (inside, not out, but mostly only because there was no one around who understood my unbridled passion for this series) when I realized it was indeed a new adventure in the lives of Alec and Seregil. Would there be mystery and intrigue and fun new characters and maybe some steamy gay sex?
It was a lovely read, yes. Not my favourite part of the series (would be probably “The white Road”), but good nonetheless.
Actuallly, I liked having them resuming their old lives. I missed the nightrunning of the first books and it felt good to see how they actually came to closure about the events of the first two books. The scars are still there, but the wounds have healed. For me that’s quite a bit of development, not in the book in itself but over the course of several and in-between them.
It was a breather and yet thrilling and suspenseful. (one conflict I wish for resulting from this book is Kari demanding to be let in more on what’s going on with her husband. She has every right to it.)
To be honest, if I knew for sure there would come more than one more book of the series I’d take it as serenity before the storm breaks loose… and I would shiver in anticipation, because such a fine breather is the perfect set-up for a several-books-long drama in G.R.R. Martin style.
Knowing Lynn I’m a bit more relaxed about the next and for a while probably last book. She promised not to kill them off, that makes me happy, she will take a break from them, which makes me said, she didn’t say she’d never return to them, which maks me content.
She had remarked she needs to say good bye to them for a while before the series only drags on and on and on… probably your points are symptoms of this. So let’s be happy she knows when to stop and that “Casket of souls” is still pretty good and let’s look forward to the last novel and what send-off she will give to Seregil and Alec.
Either it runs in the same vein as “Casket”… or it will be completely mind-blowingly awesome.
And then let’s see what else she has to offer. :D