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Traitor's Moon

(Nightrunner #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,960 ratings  ·  387 reviews
Master spies Seregil and Alec are no strangers to peril. Their assignments, nightrunning for wizards and nobles, have led them into many deadly situations. But sometimes the greatest danger can lurk beneath a Traitor's Moon. . . .

Wounded heroes of a cataclysmic battle, Seregil and Alec have spent the past two years in self-imposed exile, far from their adopted homeland, Sk
Mass Market Paperback, 540 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Spectra Books
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Ruben The romance is there, and it is one of the reasons this is such an amazing series.

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The romance is there, and it is one of the reasons this is such an amazing series.

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May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
(note: I audiobooked this so some spellings may be incorrect)

This was a book I really ended up enjoying, and it made me realise I need to get back to finishing up this series soon because I find it so fun. In this story we're once more following Seregil and Alec, two young Aufrenfae and Tirfae who are lovers. They met a few books back, and have been doing jobs and working together ever since. However, in the last book they suffered a terrible loss and since then they have exiled themselves from
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Like the first two volumes of the series, this book constantly frustrated me because it could have been so much better if the plot had simply been handed over to a better prose stylist. There's really not much wrong with the plot itself -- not in the classics category, for sure, but there are enough complications and twists and turns and opportunities for emotional drama to keep most everyone happy. Unfortunately, Flewelling just doesn't have the talent to make the most of that plot. There's no ...more
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I have died A THOUSAND DEATHS, this book was the best thing that has ever happened to me!!!!!
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
This installment felt somewhat transitional to me, coming after the interconnected, myth-arcs-to-the-brim feeling of the first two books. This feeling makes even more sense now that LF has said the fourth and fifth Nightrunner books will be a two-parter of the same story, as well. This book is absolutely necessary for Seregil, who was in some ways ruined by the events of SD. Seregil needs this book to be able to deal with his issues - including those pesky ones from his childhood - so that he an ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Traitor's Moon" has quite a different pace from the necromancer mystery "Stalking Darkness" and with its Aurenfaie (sorry, can't find the double dots on my keyboard) culture and Skalan politics another plot emphasis. It is much slower than the second novel and much less happens in matters of action.
Nonetheless I enjoyed the slow, subtle Aurenfaie scheming and the clashing of the two quite different mindsets of the Aurenfaie and the Skalans.

While the greater political schemes play out in the bac
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
MAN do I love the Nightrunner series.

After the emotionally-charged events of Stalking Darkness, Seregil and Alec are asked to go with Princess Klia to Aurënen to begin talks to repeal the Edict. The Skalan war with Plenimar isn't going so great, and Queen Idrilain desperately needs the aid of the Aurënfaie, whose borders have long been closed to Skala.

There are so many things I love about these books, and one of many is the adventure and exploration of it all. I really enjoy stories where the ch
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Having essentially wrapped up her major storyline in Stalking Darkness, Flewelling explores Seregil's complicated past and homeland in this third installment of her excellent Nightrunner fantasy series. Traitor's Moon is the least satisfying of the three, however, for several reasons. First, Flewelling inexplicably eshews the swift action-adventure storylines that propelled this series to greatness by instead narrowly focusing on the rather mundane and static political machinations of Seregil's ...more
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im honestly still shook that this was published in russia back in 2000s
Megan Daws
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
This is the 3rd book in the nightrunner series, which follows sweet young Alec of Kerry and the loveable rogue that is Seregil of Rhiminee as they go on their sword-fighting, horse-riding adventures. It’s basically your standard epic fantasy except, like, homosexuality is a thing and not all the women are prostitutes. Admittedly my knowledge of epic fantasy is exclusively game of thrones so I’m really just speculating.
I read the first two books in this series last year and, although I e
A rather slow Nightrunner installment that focuses on political intrigue in an elf-like land. I probably will be taking a break from this series for a long time as I don't own any more of this series. ...more
Yuli Atta
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I enjoyed the culture of the Aurenfae and their politics, it was very interesting to me to see how their culture was different from the Skalan's and it was executed very well.

Something that I've noticed is that these books have a slower pace than normal but I usually don't mind bc I love the world and characters.

Seregil and Alec were so precious in this one 😭😭 and the mystery element was probably one of my favourite 😁 I can't wait to read the next one.
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Seregil and Alec have left Rhiminee, and are living in the wilds of Skala, as far from civilization as they can get. Seregil is still recovering from the emotional trauma he suffered at the end of Darkness, and the only person he wants anything to do with is Alec. Alec has finally more-or-less completed his training, and the two are now equals, and lovers. Their idyllic existence is interrupted when Seregil recieves a summons from the Queen of Skala, who asks him to accompany her daughter on a d ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can and have read this series over and over. One of my all-time favorites! Magical, heartbreaking, sexy. Witty, hopeful. I encourage any reader of fantasy to pick up this series. It’s a classic and the world is so richly created yet familiar. Just brilliant!
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
I love this series. If you love epic fantasy these are old but great.
This one was kind of a mixed bag for me. I love that Alec and Seregil are finally together [and am laughing at the two year time skip into their relationship and wondering if she did that solely to make Alec older lol] and I love that Beka is getting a larger part in the story [as well as expanding a few other characters we've only met briefly before] but the whole thing takes place in ...Aurenen? Whatever the place is called. But anyway the whole thing takes place there which means 1. it's basi ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the first two books! and I had high hopes for this one - finally we see Sergil and Alec together .... but unfortunately that part of the story was not as good as I hoped it would be.
there were situations when I thought that they don't really care for each other - I would have thought or hoped that Sergil leans more on Alec in some situations.
I hated that we don't really get to see their relationship .... and I hated that they always named each other Friend.

the story was good.

all in all I
It took me FOREVER to get through this book. It wasn't for a lack of interest though, I can assure you. Life just gets in the way of things and I didn't have the energy to commit to it. But, here I am, already dying to read the next one. My wallet is suffering because of this series. I have bills to pay, dammit!
Kahvi Procsal
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These books continue to get better as I read through and I'm just so happy with that ending! Seregil's character arc absolutely destroys me and am I going to immediately start book 4? Absolutely.
Cody VC
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Cody by: Maria
My first impression was, fortunately, mistaken--Thero figures prominently enough in this, and we're shown a little growth (most of which has happened off-screen). However, that's not enough to help this book. The long passages of blatant exposition/info-dump are back, and the plot could be that of any political-intrigue book--there was nothing that made it actually fantasy other than the names. The dashes of magic were just to do what ordinary smoke and mirrors would have done in a magic-less wo ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all, Lynn Flewelling cheats you out of the big SCENE ... if you know what I mean. In fact, she pretty much fast forwards this book so far from the last one that if you are like me and got into this book immediately after the previous book looking for some big THINGS you will also be disappointed. That being said, apparently you can read some of that in a collection of short stories published separately but I have yet to read it. Maybe it would have been better to read that first going i ...more
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
I only have one thing to say.

This is not a good book.

In my opinion, of course.

The plot is non-existent, suspense zero, point: none. It all adds up to... nothing. Nada. This is a book about nothing.

It only got two stars because it's featuring Seregil and Alec, whom I'd come to like quite much over the course of the first two books in the series.

I do not recommend reading this. Alec and Seregil mill about in an almost-empty city, moping. Nobody likes Seregil. He's been exiled, you know. Angst foll
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book have place out of Skala and it’s a little slow. At first is difficult to follow due to all the new names of people and places. You discover here a new world of magic and tradition, where the flow of time follows its own pace and trust and life are the most precious treasures you can find. This is another piece of the puzzle and hints some of the big facts in the next ones.
Reading this one made me really mad at times, I hate the inmobility of some Aurënen traditions and the double
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review covers the first three books in the Nightrunner series. For those who haven’t yet read these books, be warned that there are spoilers ahead.

Every year I seem to stumble upon a series that seemed innocuous enough on the shelf, and I take that series home, unwittingly committing myself to a week in which all my waking thoughts will be consumed by this new world and its characters. Last year, I was lucky enough to happen upon this phenomenon twice, first with Karen Marie Moning’s Fever
Soukyan Blackwood
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
[NightModeReading]: Well, I’m happy the illusion of some magical Lord of the Rings elven forest was broken. There’s great things in this book, but really, I came to dislike the fae a great deal. I can’t seem to get into Seregil and Alec being a pair either, their relationship is so odd, and in a sense it’s amazing how much they seem to simply just be friends, but then… I don’t know. But don’t let me digress, 4 out of 5 for this baby, and I will, absolutely, continue with the series. ...more
James Chatham
this series has my entire heart in its clutches
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This review is for the first three volumes of the Nightrunner Series, it does however exclude the following volumes, which in my opinion differ strongly from the first 3.

I realise I find it hard to start writing a review for these books. The first three volumes of the Nightrunner Series are definately part of my favorite books ever. Within the genre of fantasy, they set such high standarts that many other books appear shallow beside them. The books are full of great and often innovative plot ide
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. However, one thing I found askew from the general feel of the series was the apparent lack of thrilling action. Having followed the characters through shady streets and war ravaged country, Aurenen land seemed too bland. I read the book with a constant dread, always expecting a criminal to pop up at the next page turn. And they never did. And for a land supposedly magical, it wasn't all that exciting.

As other readers have pointed, Seregil seemed much too subdued an
Anna Nesterovich
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, must-have
I feel a little conflicted about this third book in the series. On the one hand, it's still much better than most of what I read. On the other hand, it's sort of transitional. Te books in the series are very different in style. The first one is a detective, the second - an epic, this one has elements of a detective again, but demons that must be hunted are mostly inner. It's all about Seregil, he learns himself in this book and sorts out his past and present.

The writing changes greatly from book
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The third book in the series and I have read it just after the two previous ones.

This one wasn't as full of action as the previous books, instead it was more into intrigue. And it was managed really well. The plot was even a bit more complicated that in the previous books and it was definitely as grabbing and entertaining. Seregil finally comes back to his homeland and, of course, Alec is with him.

They are already lovers for two years in the beginning of the story. And here is the only thing I t
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