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Traitor's Moon (Nightrunner #3)

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Seregil and Alec have spent the last two years in self-imposed exile, far from their adopted homeland, Skala, and the bitter memories there. But their time of peace is shattered by a desperate summons from Queen Idrilain, asking them to aid her daughter on a mission to Aurenen, the very land from which Seregil was exiled in his youth.
Mass Market Paperback, 540 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Spectra Books
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Ruben Verweij 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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Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have died A THOUSAND DEATHS, this book was the best thing that has ever happened to me!!!!!
Contrarius
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
Peggy
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
Jesse
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
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Megan Daws
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2017-favourites
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
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Kathryn
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
Stewart
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
Paul
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.
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.
Schnaucl
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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
Charlotte
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
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Trix
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
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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
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fleurette
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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Summer
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
Dancce
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
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Kara
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
This one was just a little too angsty. Plus, I wish Seregil and Alec's relationship hadn't been glossed over, I would have loved to see it develop.
Frankie
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt-fiction
Recensione completa: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2017...
(Review in English to come)

“It is better to lack the semblance of honor but possess it than
to possess the semblance and lack the honor.”




È un vero peccato che la Nord abbia interrotto la pubblicazione di questi volumi, perché è davvero una bella saga.
Sono passati due anni dagli avvenimenti di Stalking Darkness. Seregil e Alec sono andati in esilio volontario dopo lo scoppio della guerra tra Skala e Plenimar, ma la loro pace non dura a
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Katerina
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recensioni
Non capisco perchè, nell'edizione italiana, è stato dato tanto peso a Kerry: non è un posto importante per la trama, è giusto lo sputo di terra in cui è nato Alec e non ci sono mai tornati.
Potevo capire nei primi due libri: Alec viene da Kerry, ed è un arciere, ma qui? Alec non è un (o 'il') traditore. E dirlo è uno spoiler tanto quanto dire che, nell'Odissea, Ulisse non è una donna.
Spoiler free sul libro in questione, ma spoiler sui precedenti.

Non so neanche perchè la sinopsi del terzo libro è
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Shortlatte
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
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luci
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgtbia, fantasy, adult, review
4/4.25 stars

So far, so good. This series keeps surprising me and, even though this book was a bit more political than the others, it had a good rytm with enough turns to keep me hooked.

Best of the book? Seregil A+ character development, Beka being a badasss (like always) and Seregil/Alec moments *heart eyes*

My only complain is that there were too many clans and names and Holy Cow, they were all so slow at everything: listen I know they live like hundred of years but there's a war going on pals
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Lo
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
fuck the aurenfaie, in my opinion
Shelby
I find myself struggling a little bit with this one. It’s not that I dislike the series, quite the opposite, but I still find myself just liking it. It doesn’t jump off the page for me and wrap itself around my brain until I can think of little else. This book in particular took a step back for me for most of the book. I kept waiting for the characters I’ve enjoyed to step up and be themselves. While their mental place was understandable it just wasn’t as fun as the other books.

After the horrors
...more
Alyssa Lentz
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, what lovely character development and emotional stakes in this installment. I absolutely adored seeing the relationship between Alec and Seregil develop in the context as we learned more about Seregil's background and environment. The only reason this gets four stars instead of five is that it felt less connected to the other two in the series (understandably so, if it helps us transition to the next four novels), and it felt harder for me to keep up with all the different player ...more
Charles
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stuff I Read - Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling Review

I always describe this series like pulling on a warm sweater. Because it's comforting and because I could spend all my time just enjoying the feeling of reading it. I love this series. It's not exactly the most challenging of reads, but there is something about an epic fantasy with an M/M relationship that is just so great. And here the relationship is finally off the ground. Finally! After two books of alluding to the feelings and slowly bu
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Coolcurry
Traitor’s Moon is the third book in the Nightrunner series, however it is a stand alone that the author says can be read independently. If you want to start from the first book, look at Luck in the Shadows. This installment is more diplomacy and political machinations than the prior novels. Skala has not been fairing well in the war, and Alec and Seregil are recruited on a diplomatic mission to Aurenen to request aid.

My major problem with Traitor’s Moon lay in the pacing. This is a 540 page nove
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Jennn
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2009
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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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 catalysmic battle, Seregil and Alec have spent the past wo years in self-imposed exile, far from the bitter memories there. But as the war rages on, their time of peace is shattered by a desperate summons from Queen Idrilain, asking them to
...more
Kelsey Hanson
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Ugh. I think I might be done with this series... or at least go on a hiatus for a while. This series has always been kind of in the middle of the road for me, but it did have some admirable characters including gay (bisexual?) main characters and a society where both men and women can have powerful authority. BUT.... there were always a few problems that have gotten a bit more noticeable this time around. For starters, I'm not sure if the author really knows what to do with Seregil and Alce roma ...more
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