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Shards of Time

(Nightrunner #7)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,512 ratings  ·  269 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
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
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

this series was hands down one of the best fantasy series ive ever read and since im 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 ive ever read about
-the plot is always so excitin
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!
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.
Kaje Harper
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
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
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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
Shelves: favorites
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
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 h
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.
Nicole Gozdek
Diese Reihe begleitet mich schon seit den 90ern. Leider wurden nur die ersten 3 Romane ins Deutsche übersetzt und es dauerte etwas, bis ich Band 4 und 5 auf Englisch gelesen und meine Lieblingshelden von damals wiedergefunden hatte. Band 6 und 7 lagen dann bedauerlicherweise eine ganze Weile auf meinem SUB, sodass ich diese Woche genutzt habe, um noch einmal die Vorgänger zu lesen, bevor ich mich in die letzten beiden Romane gestürzt habe.
Ich muss gestehen, mit dem letzten Band "Shards of Time"
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtq
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
luci ;
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fantasy, lgtbia, review
4.5 stars 🌟

I can't believe is over. I'm gonna miss these boys and kickass warriors and queens so much.

I'm aware it is not a perfect series and in my opinion there're some loose ends (what happened with Seregil's first lover who betrayed him, for example? I thought we would be hearing more about him) however, I'm so fond of these books, of how ignores typical fantasy tropes like "the chosen one" and they are just thieves having adventures, that it is become a comfort series for me. I'm so glad I
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.
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
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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
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".
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
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!
Anna Nesterovich
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, must-have
The first thing you see starting a book is the cover. And for this particular book it's a huge advantage. I didn't check who was the cover artist for all the books in the series, only the first two and the last two, but judging by the style they finally found a suitable artist for the last four installments. And by the last book he (Michael Komarck) reached the perfection. He actually read the book, not just skipped through as the first artist, and did the cover according to the descriptions ins ...more
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
3.5 stars.

While I always enjoy spending time with Alec, Seregil, Thero, Klia and the rest, this one left something to be desired. I can give or take a ghost story. If it's done well, I love them. If they're not, I pass them by. This book was rather slow to get going with the main plot and it was bogged down in the beginning with just too many ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. (view spoiler)
Jessica Petree
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Shell Bailey
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own
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
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