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"Finally, a new Nightfall novel...this is a great story.  —Starlog

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After more than a decade of waiting, fans of Nightfall, the mythical assassin featured in Mickey Zucker Reichert's The Legend of Nightfall (1993), is back and badder than ever! Thief, swordsman, adventurer, and alleged demon, Nightfall faces his biggest challenge yet when his king -- and best friend -- is kidnapped and presumed dead.

King Edward of Alyndar is an idealistic ruler who believes in honor and duty. Newly crowned, the young king vows to set matters straight with a neighboring duke who had wrongly claimed that Edward had defiled his daughter. Nightfall, the king's adviser, reluctantly accompanies him on the dangerous trip. Events take a disastrous turn as a group of professional killers kidnap the king while Nightfall is away taking care of an "old commitment." Once back in Alyndar, Nightfall is attacked himself by the High Council, who claim Nightfall planned the disappearance as a ploy to usurp power. Charged with treason, Nightfall must stay alive long enough to find his friend and return him to Alyndar before traitorous councilmen steal the throne!

In the vein of R. A. Salvatore's dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden and Michael Moorcock's albino sorcerer Elric of Melniboné, Reichert's Nightfall is arguably the most complex and thoroughly entertaining antihero to come along in decades, a master of disguise who alters personas as easily as changing clothes. This adventure -- which includes evil sorcerers, rowdy pirates, scheming politicians, and enough nonstop action to satisfy the most zealous swashbuckler fanatic -- is his most exciting yet, and hopefully not his last. Paul Goat Allen

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After Nightfall's auspicious debut in Reichart's The Legend of Nightfall (1993), the former thief and master of disguise makes his long-awaited return in this absorbing, fast-paced high fantasy. Now using the name Sudian, Nightfall possesses abundant street smarts and the magical power to alter his weight (in a society where sorcerers are objects of fear and loathing). In his role as chancellor to 18-year-old King Edward Nargol of Alyndar, Nightfall soon finds himself in trouble. When the king's sense of honor obliges him to make an elaborate apology to Duke Versah of Schiz, Edward promptly disappears under circumstances that make the duke the prime suspect. Nightfall is not so sure, however, and after surviving a brush with pirates he is promptly imprisoned on charges of treason and regicide. With the aid of the head prison guard, Volkmier, his own beloved lady Kelryn and the obliging pirate Celdurant, Nightfall manages to get on the track of the real perpetrators. Along the way he learns more (though by no means everything) about which part of him is more real, Sudian the statesman or Nightfall the thief. Reichart's well-conceived and well-executed world, including its salty seafaring side, will leave fans hoping they won't have to wait so long for a third Nightfall book. Agent, Jonathan Matson of the Harold Matson Agency. (Sept. 7) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756402013
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent, animal lover, and author of twenty-some novels including Renshai, Nightfall, Barakhai, and Bifrost series, one illustrated novella, and fifty-plus short stories. She can be found at

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Really like..

    The author keeps you captivated, and the book picks up right where the first fook left off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    Nightfall returns brilliantly!

    Sequels seem like they're never as good as the originals, but this one is. I enjoyed The Return of Nightfall every bit as much as The Legend of Nightfall. If you liked the first, I highly recommend the second.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2005


    i loved the 1st nightfall. i really did. but all he (nightfall) did in this one was rant about how wonderful ned is and how he, dryfin, and kelyrn saved him from *gasp* himself. ned had absolutly no personality. there's nothing origional about him. i loved the first one because of NIGHTFALL.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantatic fantasy

    Once he was known as Nightfall, a man feared by sane people. Now he is the Lord Chancellor Advisor to the King of Alyndar. To his surprise, Sudian as he is now known, likes King Edward and even regards the monarch as a friend. The King and Nightfall journey to Schiz to meet Burke Varasch so that Edward can make restitution for breaking out of prison after vowing to his jailer that he would reside there until matters involving his daughter were resolved................................. Before they meet with the aristocrat, Nightfall assists a mage in finding out whether a child has a natal talent. When he returns to the inn where he left his monarch, Nightfall finds dead guards and the king missing. Thinking Edward is held hostage for ransom, Nightfall returns to Alyndar where the King¿s Council proclaim him a murdering traitor responsible for the death of King Edward. He is incarcerated, but escapes with the help of Captain Volkmeir, pledging his life to find and free his friend.................................. Nightfall is one of the best antiheroes in years as he is baseborn and spent much of his life as a feared master criminal until he befriended the king and fell in love with Lady Kelryn. They brought about his redemption by seeing beneath the criminal outer layer to the honorable decent soul inside. The terrific action is fast-paced hooking the audience from the start, but the heart of this novel is the characters who keep readers riveted to learn what is happening to each of the significant players as Mickey Zucker Reichert proves she is a first class world-building fantasist..................................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    Nightfall Rules!!

    Mickey Z. Reichert has done it again. I remember about 10 yrs ago how much I loved the first Nightfall book and wondered if this one would be as good (I think I read the other at least 4-5 times since) IT WAS. In fact, I think I liked it a bit better. Nightfall, or Sudian, as he is now known, is more mature and easy with displaying affection towards others. He still is a bit rough around the edges, but what can you expect from a former thief? There are familiar old characters, Kelryn, Ned, Volkmier and delightful new ones as well and the plot moves along with Mickey's typical adventurous style. This book was funny, touching, and fast paced enough to suit any fantasy lover. It took me a night to read and I haven't had a book like that in a long time. The ending was supurb abd the only complaint I have is--when is the next Nightfall book coming out? I hope soon.

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