Shards of Time (Nightrunner, #7)
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Shards of Time (Nightrunner #7)

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Acclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunners series to a close—at least for now—with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.

The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within—have gone ma...more
Paperback, 409 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Del Rey
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Bcvs
What a great end to the series!
Some minor plot holes but overall an excellent read.
It's amazing how LF manages to write gripping, dark and powerful scenes, yet keep the whole story light, optimistic and well... snuggly.
Good job and looking forward to the next novel!
Helle
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Kaje Harper
3.5 stars, rounded up for the pleasure of the series as a whole.

This was my least favorite of the series, but it was still good to see Seregil and Alec, and to watch them work together again. I loved having Micum with them once more, although his strengths were underused. This whole series is well worth the read for fantasy fans.

Seregil, Alec, Klia, Theo and company are sent forth to deal with the mysterious and probably supernatural murder of the governor of a recently-annexed island territory...more
Jason Kivela
I have been a huge fan of the Nigthrunner series since I found it many years ago. This is the last (seventh) book in the series according to the author. I’m really sad to see it end, but can understand that if she is out of stories for these characters, best to end on a good note. She has said short stories are probable, which is good. And it was nice to see nothing “final” happened to them, there is always the possibility for more.

The story was good. Solid magical mystery, good world building,...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Shards of Time is the seventh novel in the Nightrunner series. The Nightrunner series is a long-running fantasy series that has captivated readers for many years. It's a bit sad that this fantastic series comes to an end (at least for now) with this novel, but all good things eventually come to an end. According to the afterword Lynn Flewelling may write more stories later, but at this moment there will be no stories or sequels, so it looks like Shards of Tim...more
Kristin
Writing: 4
Story: 3
Satisfaction: 3

I really enjoyed the first three books in the Nightrunner series but books four and especially five, Shadows Return and The White Road, were a little disappointing. I didn't even bother to read Casket of Souls. But in Shards of Time, Flewelling has returned to a better form. The plot isn't as strong as in the original three but it's much stronger than the others.

Despite not reading book six, I didn't think it limited my enjoyment of this book. There are a couple...more
Lazy Seagull
3.5 stars, rounding down to 3.

I thought CoS and SoT were both...unnecessary, if that's the right word. The series could've been wrapped up neatly after The White Road. None of the books have really been as good as the first three, though, which is sad but common for a lot of fantasy series. However, I still love the characters as before. I just wish there was more character and less plot, more of Alec & Seregil than Theo & Klia & Mika. Not that I don't like Thero, I just don't find h...more
Rachel Hawes
I read the first 3 Nightrunner books back to back in 2006 & fell immediately inlove with Alec & Seregil. I've savoured each of the subsequent books saving them mostly for holidays (I read Shadows Return on a beach in Turkey & Casket of Souls in Sydney Botanical Gardens). I was trying to save this for Spain next month but couldn't wait any longer!
It was a bittersweet experience. I adored the story as always - that perfect mix of fantastic characters & gripping plot - but each time...more
Jessica Petree
I would not recommend this book. I bought it for John because it intrigued me - someone being murdered by unseen forces out of a rift. I did not realize until I started reading it that it's likely the second book in a series. For all that, it's still quite understandable. However, it had a little too much evil, ghosts and necromancy for my taste. It ranks as the first book I've read with the two main characters being gay.

The plot is rather intriguing - ghost stories always are - as one wonders w...more
JJ DeBenedictis
Can I be a troglodyte and chuckle over the fact that the two men on the cover of this book are not only way hotter than these characters have been portrayed on previous novels, but also apparently twins? i.e. I'm pretty sure the cover artist used the same model for both Alec and Seregil, and s/he DEFINITELY used the same outfit.

Ahem. The book. Lynn Flewelling has this knack of slurping me into a story I end up really enjoying despite the fact her writing style can be a bit self-indulgent. I've m...more
Jenny (Reading the End)
This review first appeared on http://readingtheend.com.

Note: I received this ebook from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

These days, I don’t read much high fantasy. It’s not that I’m ashamed of the many hours I spent reading Mercedes Lackey books in middle and high school; it’s just that I rarely, rarely feel like returning to that type of fantasy. But I’ve never been able to quit Lynn Flewelling. I looooved The Bone Doll’s Twin (you can always get me with gender st...more
Shell Bailey
As I picked up Shards of Time, I realised that it has been at least fifteen years since started reading the Nightrunner series. The characters are old friends by now, and I've looked forward the the arrival of each new book. They've held the same magnetic charm and easy reading every time.

In Shards of Time, the final book of the Nightrunner series, Seregil, Alec, Micum, Klia, Thero, and Thero's young assistant Mika travel to the island of Korous to investigate the governor's murder. It has a qu...more
Lexi
** Originally written for Book Bliss book blog. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.**

Review: 3.5 stars

General: I was at a disadvantage with this book, I had no idea it wasn't a standalone. For me, it made it a little harder to read because I think there was a lot of backstory and character development I was missing. I tried to not let it color the review however and focused just on the elements present in the story. I highly recommend not simply starting...more
Midnight
I just finished reading this book and simply put - I rather liked it, but...

The characters embark on a new adventure, filled with mysteries and action, as usual. The plot was entertaining even if at times it gave off deja-vu echoes of past books in the series. More towards the end, the pace of the book sped up considerably which made it more interesting as events unfolded but also left me with a tinge of disappointment. Too fast. I would've liked it more if the loose ends weren't tied up at brea...more
Aelfwina
Filler book with a writing style that proves some times authors get worse with practice - not better. Didn't make me in the least curious about what I missed since book 4.
Charty
If Flewelling is to be believed, this is the final installment of the Nightrunner series, and seems to be a fitting closure to the story.

The Watchers reunite to investigate a locked room murder of a government official on the mysterious island of Kouros, former site of an Oracle. What they find there is suitably creepy - weeping ghosts, shadows, a population that disappears into thin air, as well as a violent, bloody murder. All the players and their talents are stretched to the max in order to...more
Liz
It's hard to rate the last book in an ongoing series, especially one like this where each book or pair of books is episodic rather than a giant arc (like some fantasy novels I could mention), especially because this is the last book that Lynn Flewelling plans to do with these characters for now.

I will miss them. This entire series has been fun and clever and the best kind of sword and sorcery novels and, in particular, the past two books have been really enjoyable. (I have...mixed feelings about...more
Caitlin (Ayashi)
Love love love this series :) The only sad thing is that it's over!
IndigoBlue
Provided by Netgalley as an ARC.

I love Lynn Flewelling’s books and have read her entire oeuvre. I am a great fan of the Nightrunner series and always look forward to reading the next instalment detailing the lives of Seregil, Alec and the rest of the crew.

This book does not disappoint; it continues the adventures (and lives) of our intrepid gang and links with events and people (including some very sweet and cute ones) featured in the preceding bookings.

As with the recent books in this series, i...more
Marie
Nightrunner no 7 is the last installment (until further notice) of one of my absolute favourite series. I couldn't get that thought out of my head while reading so maybe that's the reason why it took me so long to finish this one. I didn't want to let them go. I really, really can't accept that this is the last one and that I won't know what'll happen to the boys next. But that's just the way of life, the way of writing, sometimes you reach a point where there's nothing left to say and Lynn said...more
Peggy
This was, in a word, delightful. A great story to see our heroes out, with lots of lovely moments between Alec and Seregil, as well as great stuff for secondary characters, Klia especially. None of the later books have come close to the original trilogy in terms of emotional impact for me, and there really hasn't been much development in Seregil and Alec's relationship since the third book - they've certainly had some bumps but been pretty steady as a couple. So, I do think it was time for them...more
Merrik
Hey, but... that's it? This is how we say good-bye to our beloved friends?


If it really is the final book in Nightrunner series, I'will be satisfied. Really. I've enjoyed this book and only deep rooted need of sleep stopped me from finishing it at once.

Yet, I'd like to meet them all, lovely as they are, one more time.
amelia cavendish
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W.S. Long
I downloaded the e-book just a few days ago and like many of the books I've read involving Alec and Seregil, I had a hard time putting it down and going about my normal day's activities. I finished it in about four days' time.

The book started teasingly slow but the tension and mystery soon increased like crescendo on a piano. I couldn't wait to untangle the puzzles involving Rhazat, and how the lives of Alec, Seregil, Thero, Klia, Micum, and Mika (a new character) unraveled, spun together, and...more
Not
This book was... ok. The scope was small, the stakes somewhat low, and the character growth was minimal. That has been my problem with this series for a while. We are given a huge, complicated world full of magic and intrigue, but only get to see a fraction of it. The lives of these characters just seem to stagnate. Since this is possibly the last in the series, I expected a lot more.

I also have to say, reading about the various tortures and degradation the aurenfai slaves suffer is getting old....more
Sineala
This is the final book of the Nightrunner series, and I have to say it's pretty much what I was expecting when I picked it up -- Alec, Seregil, and all their friends are off on an adventure leading them to an island of mysterious magic and of course mysterious murder; Flewelling's usual love of horror tropes comes out to play in the plot, as you might expect.

It's not great like the first two books (which are still pretty high up there on my list of Favorite Queer-Themed Fantasy), but it's bette...more
Véro
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The Speculative Post
Before I get far into this review, a few disclaimers. 1) I read this book immediately after setting down a book that I gave a 5 star review to. Now, some of you may not have been following my reviews very long, but let me say this: I’ve been reviewing books for about three years now in some form or another. I don’t give out 5 stars. Ever. Any book that is read after that kind of reading experience is going to suffer in comparison. 2) Shards of Time also suffers in that it’s the seventh book in a...more
Ralph
I received this ARC from NetGalley for review.

This is the seventh book in the Nightrunner series, and unfortunately seems to be the last. That being said, it was still great to read. Alec and Seregil continue on with yet another adventure that includes danger, as well as the "special skills" that they both have. I don't want to say too much so I don't spoil the plot.

I have enjoyed each of the books in this series, and am sad to know that this may be the final book in the series. The afterword Fl...more
Jennifer
There's only one reason you're reading this review: you want to know if the last (for now) book in the series is worth it. If you liked the series previously, you'll like the last installment. Seregil and Alec are up to their old schemes--they may not be in Skala the entire book, but they have to deal with some pretty nasty magic, and there are some heartbreaking moments interspersed with witty banter along the way. As opposed to quite a lot of fantasy novels out there, the title makes sense pre...more
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