Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner Series #1)

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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 ...
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Overview

"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553575422
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Nightrunner Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 182,413
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

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 journalist, more or less in that order. She currently lives in western New York.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Some of my my best friends are Nightrunners...

    There's a lot made about the sexual orientation of the lead characters, and it was a bit jarring at first - only because it's so unexpected within this genre. Whenever other books deal with homosexuality, it's generally only for secondary characters, the traits of deviants, or part of a strange culture the heroes are baffled by. I found it refreshing, actually, to see a relationship that was convincing, real and, in doing so, defies the convention. But to be honest, it isn't the main point of the series, only one of its layers. It's a great story that's smart, fun and kept the pages turning for me. It only gets better as the books progress.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

    Can't wait to read the next book

    At first I wasn't expecting much from this book. But as I began to read, I was not able to stop. Loved the characters and the plot enough intrigue to keep you interested. I found the idea of none judgmental love very rewarding. As must for fantasy science fiction readers with an open mind.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    I'm completely hooked by this series!!

    I love the writing style, the author's ability let you in the character's heads or completely shut you out to fend for yourself. I loved the whole world she built with the different cultures brought up here and there (I've read the first 3 books of the series). If you like science fiction and fantasy and don't mind the sexual orientation of the main characters then this is a great series to go for (I'm a major slash shipper so it's no problem to me). Pay attention to the details because the plot twists span whole books. ^_^

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    awesome book

    this book was great. Seregil is interesting, original, and unique. if you cant deal with the author occasionally mentioning his sexual orientation, thats your loss. this is a wonderful series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    This is one of the best books I've ever read!

    This book has to be one of the best I've ever read, and I love fantasy books. You really feel connected to the characters and what's happening to them. My only regret is that I bought the first one, but not the second. (I didn't know if I'd like the series or not.) So now I have to go back to the bookstore and get the second one!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Got me hooked on fantasy novels!

    This was the first book I ever read in the fantasy genre and I've been hooked ever since. Excellent series and author!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Exciting book

    Reading this book will surely intrigue you. It is filled with alot of action and mystery. If you liked the movies Pirates of the Carribean, then you might like this story because that's what this book reminds me of. Lynn Flewelling did amazingly good creating Luck in the Shadows. I love her writing style alot. I'd give this book a six star rating if that were possible.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    A must have series!

    I absolutely love these books! I could probably live without the whole male&male romantics, but I think it makes the story unique.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    AWESI Awesome!

    I really enjoyed this story. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    I loved the entire series and can't wait until the new book come

    I loved the entire series and can't wait until the new book comes out

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2003

    One of my favorites!

    I can always tell a really excellent book by the number of times I read it. I've now read the entire 'Nightrunner' series so many times I've worn them out and need to replace with new copies. The characters are beautifully developed, in a world that is as believable as it is diverse. Each book has a story that can be read independently, but the beauty of the series is how the story grows from one book to the next. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2002

    excellent excellent excellent

    this book is fantastic. Its one of those that grabs your attention right at the begining and keeps it the whole way through. Lynn Flewelling is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. i havent read the third book in this series yet but i just ordered it so hooray for me! one thig about these books is you have to have an open mind. all in all these book are wonderful and i cant wait to read more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Great Fantasy World, Great gay sublot!

    Great story, strong and deep characters, really interesting fantasy world and cultures. Very character driven, many subplots of interest. Great new writer! If you haven't read her, please give her a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    LOVE!!!

    I picked up this book on a friend's recommendation. I didn't expect anything amazing, but within the first chapter I was hooked. What a ride!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Luck in the Shadows

    Over the course of the story, the ¿master spy¿ grows overly fond of his apprentice... romantically. They are both male. This master and one of his best male friends (another burly, sword-master, main-character type), ALSO were lovers at one point in their past. I have nothing against this type of sexual orientation, and while it hadn't reached graphic proportions by the point where I had tossed the book aside, it was more than I felt comfortable reading about. Had the book kept me interested aside from this, with an intriguing plot for example, or maybe some jaunty dialogue, I may have been able to overlook this fact. But unfortunately, in my opinion, this was just not the case. Had the apprentice and the master both been WOMEN, and things progressed the way they were... well then, rest assured that, I- your typical, male, fantasy novel-reader, would have stuck it out for the long haul! :) It probably wouldn¿t be too politically correct for me to expect some kind of warning about such content in the back page summary, but it certainly would have saved me some time and a bit of money.

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Luck in the Shadows

    All the other reviews describe what the book is about, so I will just speak my mind instead... Over the course of the story, the 'master spy' grows overly fond of his apprentice... romantically. They are both male. In the past, this master, was also the lover of another main character (a burly, male, sword-master type). Now, I have nothing against this kind of sexual orientation, and it didn't reach graphic proportions by the time I tossed the book (page 308). But it was kinda like Batman having a secret crush on Robin, after having an affair with Superman a few years back. It was more than I could comfortably read. Had the book kept my interest aside from this, with an intriguing plot for example, or maybe some stimulating dialogue, I might have managed to overlook all that. But unfortunately, in my opinion, Flewelling didn't pull it off. Had the apprentice and the master both been WOMEN, and things progressed the way they were... well then, rest assured that I- your typical, male, fantasy novel-reader, would have stuck it out for the long haul! :) It probably would not be politically correct for me to hope for some kind of warning about such relationships (in the back-cover summary, perhaps?), but it certainly would have saved me plenty of time and a little bit of money.

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    awesome

    Seregil is one of the best fantasy characters ever.... he's a spy/theif who can disguise himself as just about anyone. this series also has some grear humor which is always a plus. Alec is kind of stupid but Seregil more than makes up for it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2000

    A series to follow

    I ordered this book after reading the reviews, and I was not disappointed. The author gives you a well developed world and interesting characters. And the second book gets better, and the third book is the best, so far.

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    Posted February 23, 2011

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