Luck in the Shadows: The Nightrunner Series, Book I by Lynn FlewellingLuck in the Shadows: The Nightrunner Series, Book I by Lynn Flewelling

Luck in the Shadows: The Nightrunner Series, Book I

byLynn Flewelling

Mass Market Paperback | August 1, 1996

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"A new star is rising in the fantasy firmament...teems with magic and spine-chilling amounts of skullduggery."–Dave Duncan, author of The Great Game

When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be…Luck in the Shadows.
Lynn Flewelling grew up in Presque Isle, Maine. Since receiving a degree in English from the University of Maine in 1981, she has studied veternary medicine at Oregon State, classical Greek at Georgetown University, and worked as a personnel generalist, landlord, teacher, necropsy technician, advertising copywriter, and freelance jour...
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Title:Luck in the Shadows: The Nightrunner Series, Book IFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.01 inPublished:August 1, 1996Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 13:9780553575422

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awesome fantasy! I loved reading this book and didn't get bored of it for a second. The actions is fast paced and if you love books like John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series then I guarantee you will love this book. I admit I picked it up for the romance, but it's non-existent in this book. However, the story and character dynamics and setting were all so good that I didn't even notice it was missing what I'd picked it up for. In retrospect the characters are a tad mary-sue but this is an opinion you'll only have if you're used to reading things like Frankenstein, etc. where everyone is tortured and morally corrupt. This book was a breath of fresh air from that and if you have the time I'd also recommend checking out the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book, Great Start One of the best fantasy series that I've read in a long time, this book was an excellent start to an even better series. At times it did get a bit slow, but for the first novel I think it's alright to be given a lot of background information in relation to plot. The characters were amazing and were given a depth and complexity that really drew me in in addition to excellent humour and subplots that all tie into making one great work. I was so entranced that I almost immediately moved onto the second book once I had finished this one and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book, great series All the night runner books are great honestly, this is definitely one of my favorite series. Lots of fun and drama and a very interesting cast (is that the right word to use for books?) filled with dynamic and diverse characters. If you're like i was and you're overwhelmed by starting a 7 book series then I'll let you know you could probably stop at the third book if you wanted to, as I believe the series was originally only supposed to be a trilogy. Thats not to say the rest of the books are completely separate, they simply follow a different story arc but have the same characters, think kinda like if it had taken Harry Potter 3 books to find the philosopher stone and then went on to the rest of his adventures. Honestly though I don't think you'll want to quit after the 3rd book! The characters are just too charming and even after 7 books I still want more!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome One part adventure, one part fantasy, one part incredible magic and part political intrigue. Add to that affection slowly growing into love with everyone but the involved characters noticing and it makes for a great story. The best and worst feature is that 3 story arcs make of this novel something of a never-ending story. A very good one. I can't wait to read part two.
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I really enjoyed this book. I hope that there is a little more intimacy between the two major characters in future books. I also would like to know more of the history of all of the characters. All in all though a fun romp and the kind of world where you look up and realize that you have been completely immersed for awhile. What more could you ask for.
Date published: 2012-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book Oh lord, I could not summon enough praise for The Nightrunner. I honestly have never been more obsessed with a series before. It consistently had me at the edge of my seat and biting my nails with such vivid suspense. The characters are so honest and believable that you quickly grow attached to them and it makes you concerned for their safety. Even if you are not an emotional masochist, it has enough passionate content to make anyone giggle and blush. The relationship between the main characters, Seregil and Alec, is just so touching and at times silly, cute, or even dramatic. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but members of the GLBTTQ community in particular. And if that is not enough to keep you hooked, then the plot will have you up beyond sleeping hours. The main character, Seregil í Korit Solun Meringil Bôkthersa, better known as Lord Seregil of Rhiminee, is a character who is as interesting and complex as his name sounds. Flewelling evidently put a keen amount of care and attention into the development of her protagonist. Although Seregil plays the hero in The Nightrunner series, he does not always act as such. His questionable morals have led him down the path of spying and thievery, though his heart is still true. He has a dark past but a charming personality that lures the readers to follow his every step. He is charismatic, quirky, and sharp. The depth behind him creates a well-rounded identity that is thoroughly composed. He so perfect and flawed all at once and I crave to know what he is going to do next. There is a certain unpredictability that keeps his actions fresh. It is a pleasure to join him on his journey for he makes for wonderful company and entertainment. Rambling about my affections for this book is only the tip of the iceberg; to fully comprehend the perfection of this series, you must read it. The only thing I could think to complain about is how thirsty I am for more! So if you are not familiar with this book, do yourself the favor and pick it up. Flewelling provided us readers with the wonderful gift of sharing her imagination. It is quite inspiring! I can safely state this is, without a doubt, my favorite book.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I've read many fantasy series and this one I had to put down after page 250 because it just couldn't hold my interest. The action is slow and the descriptive prose does not capture one's imagination. There was no sense of anticipation like one would find in a Jordan, Goodkind, Farland, or Bakker book. I was excited at the prospect of a gay protagonist as well but this was certainly not of import in the first 250 pages. I really wanted to like this series but, alas, I have to give it a 1 star rating. Sorry Flewelling...
Date published: 2011-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Fantasy Tale, With A Romantic Twist There seem to be a whole lot of preconceptions/misconceptions about this book, and about the Nightrunner series in general. So, rather than focus on what this series is, I'm going to try to write about what this series ISN'T. Hopefully this will help clear a few things up. May contain some spoilers. This book is NOT: -A gay fantasy novel. -A fantasy novel about gay people. This book IS: -A book that likes to take traditional gender roles and throw them to the wind. -A classic-style fantasy novel, that includes several romantic relationships, just one of which happens to be between two men. That relationship is not, at any time, a focal point of the novel or the series; it is simply an inclusion. Yaoi fangirls/boys expecting some hot and heavy boyXboy sexcapade will be quite disappointed. This book is NOT: -Written as, or part of , a trilogy, with all the pros and cons a trilogy entails. Nor is it a pentology. This book IS: -In the author's own words, "an open-ended series of interrelated books". Currently, there are 4 books in the series, with a 5th book planned for an early 2010 release. This book is NOT: -A quick-fix action-adventure that throws the reader into a series of battles and other dire situations right off the bat -A book that sacrifices plot for character development, as some other people seem to think This book IS: -A great classic-style fantasy adventure, reminiscint of such masters of the field as David Eddings or Robin Hobb. War, murder, magic, intrigue, betrayal, love, self-discovery, redemption. These are all subjects the author uses, like a painter with a large palette. -A book with very strong character development and interesting, 3D characters, both the likeable and the vile ones. Some of the criticisms about this book are that the plot is slow, character development is over-heavy, the "enemy" is rather nebulous, and that the "romance" between two of the main characters is only hinted at as a future possibility. While everyone is of course entitled to their own opinion, I would like to counter these arguements by saying that the plot is by no means slow. A lot of things happen in just this first book of the series, and they happen quickly. While it is indeed true that character development and background detail play a larger role in this first book, and there aren't many plot resolutions or tie-ups, this is intended as a build-up so that later, more dramatic events can take place, and be more potent. Remember, this is a series. Not a stand-alone novel. Not a trilogy. Regarding the hinted-at romance between Seregil and Alec, this is once again a deliberate slow-build, meant to familiarize the reader with both characters as they are, before events and circumstances begin to change both them and their relationship with one another. Anyone who still has any lingering doubts as to the general pace of the story, I will say that by the second book, events begin to move very quickly indeed, and the formerly mysterious "enemy" comes full-throttle into the story. Hopefully this has dispelled some of the misconceptions about this book and the series. I hope people will read (and hopefully enjoy) these books for what they are, not what they aren't or what you WANT them to be.
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Big Disappointment - thebookblog.ca Luck in the Shadows turned out to be a stunning disappointment. After reading 300 pages into the novel, I just can’t read anymore. The tale lures you in with a quick beginning only to lead you on from there at a just-too-slow-for-comfort pace. 300 pages into an almost 500-page novel, the romance has only been thought about briefly, and the enemy has only been alluded to and never seen. Flewelling throws plot into the wind to prioritize character development which also goes nowhere fast. The story is an airid wasteland which leaves one choking for some sort of interesting character. Seregil, our main character’s mentor, is sometimes that character, but is usually just as boring as everyone else. I feel terrible being so negative about this novel when it is very popular with other gay/lesbian fiction fans. Yet the truth is, I have no idea what anyone saw in it to begin with. Maybe it would have been decent if it was 2 or 300 pages shorter, because the turtle pacing is simply unbearable.
Date published: 2008-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book with a dash of gay romance Fantasy at its strongest, Flewelling has crafted a world where prophecies hold sway, and society has formed to adapt to this. In a realm where it is foretold that so long as a woman sits the throne, the kingdom will prosper, Flewelling thereafter shows us a society where gender roles are eroding quickly, and that a bit of gay romance doesn't cause much of a stir. I'm all packed - when can I go there? Seriously, though, the plot itself is captivating, and there's a nice slice of humour in the characters, as well as a darker subplot that will keep you wondering who will survive to make it out of the shadows that so threaten the lives of the characters.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book had me captivated as soon as I began it. I've read it three times since and still look forward to reading it again. I loved how Lynn uses her characters and really has fun with them. There were many scenes that had me laughing out loud while others, had me nervously biting my nails. A great read!
Date published: 2001-01-11

From Our Editors

A showman, spy, thief--Seregil gathers intelligence information for the Queen about the threat of war by Plenimar. During one of his missions, he discovers an orphan lad and takes him on as an apprentice. When a mission goes awry, leaving Seregil in a coma, it falls to Alec to get his mentor to safety in order to avert a sinister plot of epic proportios. Original