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The White Road

(Nightrunner #5)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,305 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Dissolute nobles, master spies, and the unlikeliest of heroes, Alec and Seregil have survived exile, treachery, and black magic. But the road that lies ahead is the most hazardous they’ve ever traveled. For with enemies on all sides, they must walk a narrow path between good and evil where one misstep might be their last.
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Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Spectra (first published October 27th 2009)
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☙ percy ❧
can't believe people are saying alec is acting "womanish" because of sebrahn, like OH I'M SORRY I FORGOT MEN DON'T HAVE ANY FEELINGS AND FATHERS ARE 101% INDIFFERENT TO THEIR CHILDREN. fuck off.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this one, and it was a super quick read :)

This is once again the story of Alec and Seregil as they escape their bonds from the previous stories and they do their best to figure out just what magic they have stumbled upon. We follow the duo as they delve into the origins of Alec's family, trying to uncover how his blood and heritage may be of great magical importance. We also see them try their best to understand the new companion they have gained, Sebrahn.
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Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018, lgbt
not to be dramatic but I would DIE for Seregil and Alec. thank u for ur time
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
After reading Shadows Return, in which there is slavery and torture, I was a bit hesitant about The White Road. I remember struggling to get through the chapters describing the enslavement of two characters I've come to care about; I remembered being intensely frustrated with Alec and Seregil once they won free because they seemed to be constantly bickering and misunderstanding until I wanted to shake them both like maracas. However, having received Casket of Souls through Netgalley, I needed to catch up, so I s ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up because of Seregil and Alec!

This one was better than the lets-let-them-suffer-tropey predecessor, even though it still feels quite unbalanced and 'fanfiction-y' in parts. The plot lagged suspense and put forward some head-scratching moments. On the other hand there were some touching passages where Alec tried to come to terms with the feelings and responsibilites of his fatherhood. In these scenes the book had its best character moments and depth.

Please don't ever ask me to form a coherent thought about these books because it's always just crying or screaming or both just know that I love these boys and would die for them.
actual rating: 2.5

I struggled with deciding whether to round this one up or down but ultimately it is MILES above the last book so I don't feel bad giving it a technical 3 stars. It continues directly off the last book, but Seregil and Alec are back together and also generally up to their old tricks so I was able to enjoy it for the most part even though I don't know what she was trying to achieve with the whole Sebrahn plot line in the first place. At first I thought (view spoiler) ...more
Nancy Meservier
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, library
In Shadow's Return, a cruel alchemist worked magic to create a creature called Sebrahn from Alec's Aurenfaie blood. Although he resembles a human child, Sebrahn is a dangerous being with the ability to kill with a song, and bring someone back from death with his blood. Alec and Seregil, now free from their enslavement, must determine what they will do with this creature that Alec has grown to see as his son. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones who know of Sebrahn's existence, and there are ...more
Oct 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Well, it certainly isn't Lynn Flewelling's best work, by a long shot. Throughout the book, there were a variety of inconsistencies and some distracting violations of believability. I'm sure some of the offending moments are listed in other reviews, so I'm not going to rehash them. I also never really had any moments of palpable danger and suspense... those things that make you not want to put a book down. I put this one down frequently until the last 100 pages. The plot could have been stronger. ...more
Ok, yesterday I finished it...and now I have my heart broken because I can give this book only 4 stars :(((
This series was my first m-m fantasy series, I was literally in love with some characters, devoured all the previous books in one setting and couldn't wait when the last one in the series (at that time I thought that The white Road would be the last one) would be released...Then, when it finally was out, I couldn't bring myself to read it - I was afraid. Afraid that I wouldn't like it
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The fifth book in Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunners series was as engaging as the previous four. With so much fantasy being written these days, some of it regrettably hackneyed, it is great to find an author whose world-building is fresh and whose characters are so engaging, warts and all, they become real to the reader. Each book in the series deepens your understanding of the principal characters and introduces interesting new characters. I especially appreciate the way the author weaves plot poi ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was one of the best in the series. I love the relationship between Seregil and Alec. This relationship has just been getting stronger and stronger as the series has gone on. I think the author has done a wonderful job of world building. I also really like the way the author has developed the secondary characters. Who wouldn't want a friend like Micum? I also like the way the author has redeemed the character of Thero from a pretty unlikeable person to a really wonderful chara ...more
Not a full five stars this time. Something was a bit off with the writing in the beginning. I remember thinking I had confused the writing in the first ones, but after a few chapters, the stilted dialog and the short sentences became more fluid and descriptive, just like I remembered.
I also remember loving Seregil's humor and one-liners in the previous books, but none of that occured here. Yes, the topic is pretty nasty, and the tone of the book is very sad and desperate, so perhaps it was
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Dissolute nobles, master spies, and the unlikeliest of heroes, Alec and Seregil have survived exile, treachery, and black magic. But the road that lies ahead is the most hazardous they’ve ever traveled. For with enemies on all sides, they must walk a narrow path between good and evil where one misstep might be their last.

Having escaped death and slavery in Plenimar, Alec and Seregil want nothing more than to go back to their nightrunning life in Rhíminee. Instead they find t
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
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This book was refreshing after the last book in this series. So much dark leading into this book, but while we still had our adventure to go on of course, there was a lot more light in this book. I enjoyed watching Seregil and Alec back with Micum harrying off to save the world again, or at least their own little part of it. Luck in the shadows!

Seregil and Alec may have escaped slavery and the tortures that they suffered in Plenimar intact, but they've still got potential problems wi
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Perhaps after reading the much darker fourth volume of the series, "White Road" was less interesting.

[spoiler ahead]The only mystery and suspense was determining where the attack would come from and when, as the main enemies were pointed out in short order from the start of the book, not to mention that the flow of the plot was easily guessed. Taken as a whole, the volume seems rather shallow: moving from place to place with Sebrahn in tow, trying to avoid being kidnapped again, going to one en
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't care if other "true fans" were bitching about Sebrahn and how he squicked them out and how annoying these past couple of books have been because the characters are too reactive. This is that amazing part where character development happens. It is fantasy, you know, and not thriller, so it's okay for it to not be (and I paraphrase) "action-y enough and political-machination-y enough" and all that shit. It's a bit heavy-handed, but it's clearly developing Alec's character beyond that poor ...more
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was full of the things I really like about the Nightrunner series: good characterization, rich detail and background, fun action-adventure. Alas, I couldn't get into it whole-heartedly because so much of it dealt with Sebrahn (who, frankly, gives me the creeps.) So I didn't have the emotional attachment necessary to fully engage the plot ("OHNO SEBRAHN IS IN DANGER WE MUST PROTECT HIM!/ OHNO WE ARE IN DANGER MAYBE SEBRAHN CAN SAVE US!"). Is it a spoiler to say I was satisfied with the ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
FUCK YEAH!!! I'm the ONLY person I know who read book 5!


anyone else feel like Alec is slowly turning into a woman? He's not acting guyish...he's acting girlish. With all this mother instinct and attachment to the baby and stuff... -.- and the crying.....Hopefully may 2012 book 6, Alec can go back to being a man again.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After surviving slavery, and worse, in Plenimar, Seregil and Alec head back to Aurënen and to their kin in Bôkthersa, with Sebrahn in tow. It's been a wild ride so far, and so it continues in The White Road, in true Nightrunner fashion.

Lynn Flewelling's writing just totally draws me in. Within the first sentence, I'm hooked, and everything else ceases to exist as I become more and more engrossed in the story. It's like being there with Alec and Seregil on every step of the adventure,
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first three books in this series are still my favs, but I did enjoy this installment, and more than book 4. I really loved getting more of Mikum--the most since book 2!--and learning more about Alec's mom's people and Sebrahn. As predicted, we got more of Ilar as well, which honestly, just makes me feel sad and uncomfortable. I sort of wish the author would just kill him off and put us all out of our misery...
Yaiza Canopoli
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-recs
A very cosy read!! A bit sad at the end but not too angsty at all, and I'm excited for the characters to stay in their home town instead of traveling again in the next book. Wasn't quite mind-blown so it's not 5 stars, but definitely enjoyed it a lot!
Alyssa Lentz
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Not my favorite of the series thus far, but a fun, pleasant adventure. I think if you're especially interested in the rhekaro you might enjoy it more. And the pacing was good, a quicker read than some of the others in the series.
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Alec and Seregil are back for another adventure, and this one will include resolving a lot of the questions and issues that begin in the previous volume of the Nightrunner series. Alec is still recovering from being used in a series of experiments to produce the rhekaro Sebrahn. While the creature appears to be a small child, Sebrahn is actually a being of amazing powers, allowing him to kill with the sound of his voice or heal or even resurrect the dead with his blood.

Thankfully, th
Anna Tan
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Saddled with Sebrahn, a magical creature who can heal, kill and raise the dead, Seregil and Alec set off on a journey back to Plenimar, where an alchemist had created Sebrahn out of Alec’s blood, to find a way to prevent it from ever happening again. For exactly the same reason, they are hunted by Alec’s long-lost kin, intent on capturing him and Sebrahn before anymore tayan’gils are created out of Alec’s blood. Also hot on their tail is Seregil’s old nemesis who desires Sebrahn for his healing ...more
Angel Martinez
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fantasy
Closer to a 3.5 - I need to start by saying I adore Lynn's books. Her writing is lush, her world-building meaty enough for the most jaded fantasy reader to sink fangs into, and her characters are marvelous. I've followed Alec and Seregil from the beginning, and will continue to do so.

The writing remains wonderful - the scenery, the details, the dialogue - but I was left a little flat this time. The story as a whole wasn't quite as satisfying as the previous ones and I had the odd feeling I was
Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Started this immediately after book 4, and will likely barge on ahead to book 6 after I finish typing. I think I'm just going to from now on ignore the lackluster reviews from old disappointed fans of the Nightrunners series. I just don't feel the same way. Yes, these new books have a different feel from the first three, with a lot more emphasis on the magic. However, I found it all really fascinating, this new change in their adventuring, and couldn't stop reading. We finally find out about the ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I know I've been kind of lax in my reviews for this series, but I'm still very much enjoying it! The characters are fantastic - Thero in particular has rapidly grown to become one of my favorites - and there's tons of suspense and conspiracies and action, and I love the portrayal of Seregil and Alec's relationship...


I gave this book three stars as opposed to my usual happy four because I spent a good amount of it cursing Alec's stupidity and feeling bad for Seregi
Over the course of the Nightrunner books Alec and Seregil have robbed, spied, fought and fallen in love. In the last book they escaped from slavery and betrayal, with an alchemical creature created from Alec's blood in tow. Sebrahn seems like a child with healing powers, but to those with the Sight he appears as a dark and fearsome dragon. Is he destined for great evil, great good, or something in between? Alec is conflicted about his feelings for Sebrahn, who is both his best chance at having a ...more
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