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Casket of Souls (Nightrunner #6)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,269 ratings  ·  194 reviews
The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling's trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters.
More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunner
Paperback, 476 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2012)
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This is book 6 in the Nightrunner series so there are only two conceivable reasons for you to be reading this review. The first is that you LOVE everything EVER written by Lynn Flewelling and you want to know how AWESOME this book is. Or, you really liked the first two or three books in this series, but were kind of disappointed with the last two, and you don't know if that is because you are decade older now yourself or if it's the books. And you are hoping to find out whether you should even b ...more
It was better than "Shadows Return" and "The White Road", but that isn't necessarily saying much. If "Luck in the Shadows", "Stalking Darkness" and "Traitor's Moon" were filet mignon, then in comparison "Casket of Souls" is a marshmallow.

"Casket" has a better plot than the two books that preceded it. I was relieved to discover that the majority of the action takes place in Rhíminee and centers around the court and all of its intrigue. That said, the cabal plot was incredibly confusing, and for m
Lazy Seagull
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It was sooo nice to return to some of my favorite characters of the entire genre. Ach. I just really love S
In a (welcome, to me) return to the scope and texture of the earlier adventures of Alec and Seregil, Casket of Souls keeps the boys at home, Nightrunning and intriguing and reestablishing their place in Rhiminee society. Part of that entails a visit with their old friend Lady Kylith to a run-down theatre in a terrible part of town, which turns into something more when the acting troupe turns out to be truly remarkable. Shortly Seregil finds himself inveigled into sponsoring the charming lead act ...more
Igor Ljubuncic
Very nice. Lynn does know how to capture the reader with a light dose of fright and a big dose of cozy. While there's danger, you always know it will end all right, and you're never really soul-wrenched. Works fine when the grimdark gets too much.

The book started too slowly, and there were just too many parties, night-time burglaries and boxes with traps that fire needles out of wax-plugged holes. Every single time. I still think the first two or three books were the best, in particular the one
Victoria Harris
Okay, I'm going to get one thing clear. I am 100% biased about The Nightrunners series and it gets 5 stars before I've even read it. I think this may be my second favourite from the series so far! I'm amazed at how the different books can have such different feels to them, but maintain characters that are completely realistic and true to themselves. We're back to Rhiminee in this one, with noble plots, a dashing actor, and a lot of death! To me, this one had a similar feel to the first two books ...more
Shay Williams

I must admit to being a fan of the Nightrunner series ever since I stumbled across the first book. I fell madly in love with Alec and Seregil even though I did have trouble with book four, Shadows Return. To me it really seemed to drag. However they are back in fine form in CASKET OF SOULS.

With the exception of the very first book, Luck in the Shadows, CASKET OF SOULS has to be my favorite. It is set in Rhíminee and we get to watch two masters of the shadows ply their craft as they work to disco
Jun 02, 2012 Drianne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf, m-m
I liked this much better than the last couple books about Alec's creepy child. I am not a fan of the creepy elements in Flewelling's works (I hated the Tamir books, for instance), so I was quite pleased that this book was primarily about Nightrunning. The politics were really hard to follow at first, and I'm still not sure I sorted out all the characters, and I found the POV shifts ridiculously annoying (I also don't care about any of the characters who aren't Alec or Seregil -- especially Beka) ...more
April Steenburgh
Alec and Seregil are back, and waist-deep in the intrigue that they seem so adept at untangling. But this will be no easy knot to work with. In the middle of the usual unrest caused by a war that keeps dragging on,the higher classes have become restless as well. Cabals scrabble through treason and treachery in support of their chosen royal's claim to a throne that still has someone sitting in it. And Alec and Seregil find themselves scrambling to sort it all out before they become the victims of ...more
You know how it can be? You finish a book, closing the cover reluctantly (or in the case of a NookBook, closing the electronic cover) and you want to just go right back to the beginning and start reading it again? That's how the entire Nightrunner series has hit me. That's why I hated/loved finishing this book. I am grateful that I am listening to all of the six books on audio now, so at least I am still getting my Lynn Flewellen fix, but ... I just got this on the 29th and I already want more, ...more
My favorite Nightrunner book in years. For the first time in awhile, the villain is interesting and three dimensional. The human conspiracy plot and the magic plot were both really fascinating. And while there's some quite sad twists, there are also a lot of squee worthy moments, including a spoilery thing that I won't mention here but that I've been waiting for for three books. It's good to see the guys back to down and dirty spying. Loved this book.
More like a 3.5, but I'm annoyed at how much it's fallen since books 1-3. We knew the motivations and the antagonists wayyyyy too soon. There were no questions, no machinations, no surprises. Nothing like the antagonist of book 3. Too straightforward, which made it predictable and annoying.

Also, "hard member". Stop saying that. Everyone. Please stop.
Ranting Dragon

Lynn Flewelling debuted with Luck in the Shadows, the first book in the Nightrunner series, back in 1996. Originally a trilogy, she returned to the series in 2008 for what so far has been an additional three books. The series follows Alec and Seregil, spies, assassins, and all ’round adventurers, as they work for the crown of their adopted home, Skala.

For Casket of Souls, Alec and Seregil are back in Rhiminee and up to their favorite games of spying and th
Nancy O'Toole
After their harrowing adventures in Shadows Return and The White Road, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Skala. They won’t have too much time to rest, as they soon learn about a political scandal involving their dear friend Princess Kila, and her older sister, the strict Queen Phoira. As the two do their best to unearth the truth, another disaster has formed beneath Alec and Seregil’s noses in the form of an epidemic. Could this strange sickness have something to do with the group of player ...more
This book is what the Nightrunner series is about! Burgling nobles' houses, royal intrigues, new mysterious magic to deal with. Usually I don't care much for battlefield scenes and was really tempted to skip 'em in previous books. That was changed this time around. Fights were engaging, not over complicated, and I perhaps it's just my impression but they seemed shorter than in previous books, which I appreciate 'cause I was dying to get back to Alec and Seregil's adventures. The one thing I wasn ...more
Definitely better than the two books/one story that proceeded this one in every way. The plotting is tighter, the villain isn't too obvious, the magic aids the story rather than being the story, and best of all, Alec and Seregil act upon things rather than being acted upon. The side story the battle taking place in Plenimar is an interruption, necessary to introduce the Watcher's motivations for getting involved with problems at home (and probably plays into the plot of the next book) but there' ...more
Kracken Kracken
White Road is my all time favorite, because I enjoyed the more 'adult' deeper psychological aspects. I'm a sucker for angst and the hero of the story going through trails and tribulations. That being said, I think Casket of Souls goes back to the style of the first book in the Nightrunner series. Perfectly safe for teens to read and not descriptive at all when it comes to more intimate scenes. A good solid fantasy with a mystery plot that, while resolved rather abruptly, still delivered an enjoy ...more
Lindsay Scott
This book returned Alec and Seregil to Rhiminee, where they got up to more snooping and intrigues with the nobles. I enjoyed that in the first book and it was fun in this one too - just a good romp with a bit of a mystery thrown in. The additional plot of the "sleeping death" was entertaining as well.

Now that I've finished this book and am starting the last one, I have to say that although these stories are fun and I love the characters, I almost feel like they have been mostly stagnant since bo
This is the sixth book in Lynn Flewelling's acclaimed Nightrunner series, and the stories just keep getting better. Despite being the sixth in the series, Casket of Souls still manages to be fresh, original, and exciting. I love these characters more and more with every book the author puts out, and Seregil is quite possibly my favorite character in the fantasy genre. This book will definitely be going on my top shelf to be read again and again- as were its predecessors.
I didn't like Casket of Souls as much as I liked the previous two books, which seems to be the dissenting opinion on here. My personal preference is to read books that are character driven as opposed to plot driven. I just really enjoy seeing characters grow and learning more about them. However, after the last couple books there really isn't any more that we could learn about the two. We know Seregil came to be exiled from Aurënen. We know about Alec's parents. There just isn't any more mystery ...more
Though definitely better than the last few entries in this series, I still far preferred the Tamir series. However, this one held up on its own with not much of the previous series needed to know what's going on.

I'm glad that the story finally seems to be winding down though! Anyhow, I liked it. :) Sorry this review is so garbled. My brain has been mush lately.
An excellent installment to the series. It was fun to revist Rhiminee for some nightrunning adventures again. And the villain was well done, I actually liked him a lot. The wrap up to the current story arch was well done, leaving for me at least, no loose ends. It will be fun to see what further adventures await our two heroes. ;)
This is the old-school sword & sorcery kind of fantasy, with some political intrigue mixed in. It’s been a while since I read one of Lynn Flewelling’s books, and I’m reminded that she can come up with some villains who are really twisted and evil. Good story-telling and and it’s always nice to revisit the Nightrunner world.
Mary Soon Lee
Summer reading book reviews, book #16, "Casket of Souls" by Lynn Flewelling.... This is the sixth Nightrunner novel. For me, the Nightrunner series is a delight, this book included. It is not that the prose nor the world-building stand out, but rather that I love the characters. Offhand, I can think of only one fictional friendship that has brought me more pleasure than that between Seregil and Alec. The strength of their friendship anchors the series, a friendship that isn't contorted to fit th ...more
Kevin Wei
Summary: Casket of Souls is the sixth book in Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunners series. In it Alec and Seregil uncover a plot against Queen Phoria as Princess Klia returns to Skala to direct the war against Plenimar. Meanwhile, an actor named Atre and his company arrive in Rhiminee to perform, exactly around the same time a mysterious wasting plague strikes. It is later revealed that Atre is a magician who steals others souls to prolong his own life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love

Nemôžem si pomôcť, prišlo mi to ako najslabší diel. Viac-menej sa až do nejakých posledných 50 strán veľa nedialo. Bolo to fajn, postavy sú skvelé, ale nebavilo ma to AŽ TAK.
Teším sa však na posledný diel.
A je mi ľúto, že je posledný... :/
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Lynn Flewelling is the author of the NIGHTRUNNER series. The two main characters are Seregil, an aurenfaie, a race with powerful magical abilities; and Alec, an orphan from the north who, it turns out, has aurenfaie blood. Seregil and Alec live in Rhiminee, the capital city of Skala. Skala is always ruled by a queen, and for centuries they have been at war, off and on, with the Plenimarans. Casket of Souls is the sixth book in the series, which started with Luck in the Shadows. A separate trilog ...more
I had hoped to find out what eventually became of Danos. Since Phoria was killed, there's nothing stopping Elani from marrying him if she really wanted to.

Oh well, maybe in the next book!
Slow start-up, but around one third of the book, it got really interesting !!
As usual, the bit of unuasual magic was a delight !
And leave me with wanting more of Skala... ;)
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