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Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling
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Aug 08, 11

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Read in February, 2011

Luck in the Shadows was a good book that showed a lot of potential for a fantasy series. This sequel delivered on that potential in spades! The first book literally concluded with "to be continued," and this follows immediately on. Seregil, Nysander and even Alec are now suffering frightening dreams, somehow connected to a dark god. Nysander sends Seregil on a dangerous mission to collect another evil artifact, but he's not the only one trying to find it. The plot does indeed thicken, and the looming war finally comes to Skala. The action and intrigue is nearly constant, and the pacing of the novel is accelerated. But in addition to all the excitement, the author gives readers a lot of character development. This is especially true for Alec, who grows throughout the book until finally leaving behind the innocent farm boy.

One of the things I appreciated most is that Alec doesn't suddenly morph into a spy. The passage of time is well conveyed and Seregil actually teaches and tests Alec on their craft, and their relationship grows naturally through this "apprenticeship." In the first book, it was hinted that Alec was somehow special, and astute readers will easily guess how. What matters is how it impacts Seregil and Alec, and that it lays a foundation for future stories. The interplay and dialog among the characters is some of the strongest material in the book. I found myself caught up in their lives; I cared about them.

Overall, this is an excellent novel that provides definitive closure on the plot introduced in book one, but leaves room for more adventures. The characters are well drawn, the plot is multi-layered with some surprises, and the writing is top notch. Yes, many elements of the story can be found in other successful fantasy series; and, Nightrunner manages to also be a success. Highly recommended.
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