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Shards of Time

(Nightrunner #7)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,893 ratings  ·  301 reviews
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 m
Mass Market Paperback, 409 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Del Rey
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Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nightrunners, Alec and Seregil, are sent by the Queen to the island of Korous where the governor and his mistress have been found gruesomely murdered inside of a locked and guarded room. Once there, they find an ancient evil is awakening and must be destroyed before it reaches it's full strength.

The Nightrunner series is easily one of my favorite series. Lynn Flewelling does a great job not only in this the seventh and final book of the series but with all the books. In Shards of Time, Alec and
Igor Ljubuncic
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Top notch. This is one of Lynn's best works, if not the best, tied with Stalking Darkness. She shines when writing about Plenimaran gods and necromancers. Lynn is not made for all that romance and such. And in the grand finale of the Nightrunner series, there's everything you want or need to enjoy a book. Suspense, drama, genuine horror, a well-laid, multi-layered mystery that is only revealed toward the end, but with enough clues to keep you engaged throughout.

The only disappointment is that Mi
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the last book in the Nightrunner series (at least for the moment...I have hope that it could be continued if the author wanted to) and it's a good solid adventure once again, and a nice series ender. We follow Alec and Seregil, along with Klia and a couple of other old and new friends as they journey to the sacred Island of Korous to investigate some mysterious goings-on. Ghosts have been reported, and people are going crazy and missing. There's definitely more than meets the eye, and ou ...more
Victoria Harris
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Now I've finished this series the only thing I can think to do is read it again.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

this series was hands down one of the best fantasy series i´ve ever read and since i´m an incoherent mess right now and cant even ,,, write a proper review pls bear with me rambling abt it in the form of a list of things i liked:

-even though the setting is pseudo-medieval, there is no sexism?? on the contrary? this features the most badass female warriors and queens i´ve ever read about
-the plot is always so exci
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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!
Kaje Harper
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy
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
Jason Kivela
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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,
Seregil of Rhiminee
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Kahvi Procsal
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have no words for how beautiful that ending was, I cried for a solid minute reading that part. Such a lovely conclusion and I'm so proud of how far all of the characters have come.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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 his story as
It took me a while but I finally got there. (9 months!) I didn't think this story was really up to much and there was a lot of running around all over the place but as a whole I thoroughly enjoyed the Nightrunner series. It'll definitely remain one of my favourites and it was great to follow Seregil and Alec on another one of their adventurers.
The Good

As many gripes as I had with the final book in the Nightrunners series (see below), I have liked and continued to like the wide variety of interesting female characters this series brings to the table. Female warriors, female rulers, female workers, female villains... I especially ended up liking new character Kordira, and wish that she'd had a larger part in the story.

Speaking of Kordira: the in-universe acknowledgement that all Plenimarans are not Pure Evil. It makes sense, in light of
Jasmine Elise
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can't believe this series has come to an end. For almost a year now I've been avoiding ending this series but here we are.
A complete throw back to some of the best moments of earlier books in the series in some of the best ways possible. Even as this is the last book, we all know the Seregil and Alec's adventures are far from over. Luck in the Shadows, dear boys.
actual rating: 3.5

This was a pretty good end to the series. I went with a 3.5 instead of a 4 because I felt like it definitely took awhile to warm up [or possibly I was just having trouble processing audio information the first day I listened to this]. But once the plot picked up I really liked it overall. It brought together a lot of prophecy stuff about Alec and Seregil that has been building up over the series, and it was nice to see a lot of Klia as well. I wish we had some mention of Beka o
MidnightFeline Magic
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed all 7 of the Nightrunner books but this one was by far the best one.
The pace was faster, there was mystery, humor and even a few creepy moments. Flewelling gave her all on this last book and, even though I'll miss these characters, this was a proper send off.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
9/10 A strong finish to the series.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, netgalley
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
Lindsay Scott

This was great as a last book. It's actually probably my favorite, though it might be a tie between the first two. It had everything I love - mystery, adventure, horror, and of course all the characters I have come to love. The only one missing was's too bad she couldn't have at least made an appearance, but her presence didn't really have a place in this book.

Our last leg of the Nightrunner journey takes Seregil and Alec to the sacred island of Kouros,
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another marvelous installment by Lynn Flewelling, I mean what can I say? I greatly enjoyed this story, just as I enjoyed the others, though I will agree (though it pains me to say) that this should rightly be the last in the series (though I wouldn't object to it being picked up with a different protagonist). Living with Alec and Seregil and watching their evolution as people and as a couple has been one of the most amazing experiences a reader can have (especially when it is as profound as it i ...more
Brittany Hoskins
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr
This finale was the best I could have asked for. I'm sad to see these characters go but am very happy with the ending we got.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tried to get this books several times before and it just never happened for some reason, until finally it came to me without any attempt on my part to find it. I was so excited to start reading this book but also scared of having a hard time keeping up with the plot, for it has been six years since I last read anything from this series. Luckily, my fears were unfounded! Although I did stumble a bit with characters names for a couple of pages, soon I was falling into pace and enjoying every secon ...more
Yaiza Canopoli
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-recs
I was gonna write this review yesterday at 1 am when I actually finished this, but honestly was having way too much of a book hangover 😭😭 I can't believe the series is actually over 😭 And what an ending!!! This is honestly the most well-rounded book in the series. I am so impressed with how the author wrapped up everything. There are a lot of themes in this book (ghosts, parallel time dimensions, a murder mystery, epic fantasy), and it could have easily been an absolute mess trying to to do many ...more
4.5 rounded up!

Honestly, this probably would have been a round down, but given it's the last book of a series I really did enjoy immensely, it's getting the boost!

Which, OMG, I cannot believe I'm finished! That is so sad! While the first 3 books are definitely my favorites of the series, I did enjoy all of the books, and this felt like a really solid and satisfying conclusion. The new setting was appropriately creepy, we get (almost) all of our favorite characters (why no Beka??!???) and some wo
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
An enjoyable finale to an enjoyable series. Can't thank Marieke enough for presenting me with Luck in the Shadows. I love the characters and I love that Flewelling is not afraid to kill most of them, leaving me honestly worried, especially for Thero and Micum. I also love the world Flewelling created, and the suspenseful adventures Seregil and Alec took me on.

I do hope that this finale is indeed only a temporary ending. I'd prefer the finale to contain all characters; this volume missed so many
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series, and I'm so sad it's over! Having the last book be a creepy ghost story fit so well! I will always cherish reading about Alec and Seregil. I wish there were more series like this one.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
IT CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am gonna miss these guys and Alec's neverending quest to get kidnapped on every landmass. FAREWELL MY SWEET BOYS. I WILL MISS YOU
Anna Tan
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Not exactly sure why this didn't work for me, since I absolutely loved the other 2 books in this series I've read. (Yeah, I haven't exactly been avidly following it, since the books are hard to find)
Reading fatigue? Or maybe tastes have changed a little more over time.
It was enjoyable, but was not "wow".
Nexus Redsnow
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
And now I cry because it's over.
-eyes all the books neatly lined up on a shelf-
-whispers No, you gotta study, no, you're not reading this entire thing all over again jesus-

Oh, my most beloved series.
Characters I have come to love more than I love Lestat, because damn it, Rice's more recent works with him (...everything after Body Thief) suck sweaty camel balls.
Seregil. Alec.

I recommend these books to everyone I know, whether I think they can stomach them or not.
I literally love e
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm so sad that this captivating series is over!
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