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The White Road: The Nightrunner Series, Book 5 (Nightrunner #5)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,633 Ratings  ·  212 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.
Having escaped death and slavery in Plenimar, Alec
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Spectra (first published October 27th 2009)
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Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 as mu
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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 themselves sa
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, fantasy
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Nancy O'Toole
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 with who and w
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alice Mint
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Es increíble lo que hace esta autora, de verdad. Aunque un poco lento al principio, no deja de ser un libro emocionante y divertido, con su dosis de drama y encadenando una aventura tras otra. No sé qué será de mi vida cuando me acabe la saga.
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, seeing new
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Alyssa Lentz
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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, they have esca
Anna Tan
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otro libro genial!!!!
Me dio mucha pena por Alec, pero era obvio que Sebranh no podía quedarse con él. No, si él quería seguir teniendo la vida que tenía. Pero fue desgarrador ver cuanto amor le tenía, especialmente teniendo en cuenta que el no tendra hijos.
Me parece que se hizo gran enfasis en el libro respecto al hecho de que Alec estaba vivo cuando debería estar muerto. Que había hecho algo que no debería haber hecho nadie: Volver a traves de las puertas de la muerte.
Si era correcto o
Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
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
Angel Martinez
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Seregil. Because, well... Sebr
Jackie Deleon
Like Shadows Return, a bit of a disappointment. Alec and Seregil are back to what they do best, but unfortunately their nightrunning adventures never felt dangerous this time around. Perhaps this is merely a side effect of having too many close calls in the past; nothing less than complete catastrophe can really surprise me now. However, even with a smattering of close saves and exciting fights, this latest adventure felt too straightforward, too neat. I miss the complex intrigues that made the ...more
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
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
And so our strange White Road arc comes to an end, after all of this I'm still not entirely sure what really happened over these two books. Despite the publishing timeline of the books, the series itself is more of a collection of duologies in which our Heroes are trapped within a particular area and storyline for at least 2 novels, in this case the slavery and events within Plenimar are haunting our heroes and they return to ensure that the knowledge of how to create rhekaros is destroyed forev ...more
Christine (AR)
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks this book might be for them; trust me, it IS.
Shelves: sff
Alec and Seregil travel back to the place they were imprisoned, trying to find out who (or what) Sebrahn is.

Oh, I loved it. After the fact, I realized that not a lot happens in this book, by which I mean the plot is pretty straight-forward and not very surprising, but honestly, who cares? I love these characters so much; I love their relationship and the world they live in and I also love the way Flewelling follows up on all the breadcrumbs she scattered in the first four books. Great secondary
Jun 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, glbt, 2013
Only valued at three stars as I really didn't enjoy The White Road as much as books 1-3. The two books involving Sebrahn have been nowhere near as gripping as the original three. The whole premised has been less rip-roaring fantasy and more handwringing and soul searching. Seregil and Alec are out of character in this (and the last) books, and they just don't have the power of the first three.

Also, as someone else has said, Sebrahn massively creeps me out. I have absolutely no empathy for the be
After the last book's excessive torture scenes, this book reads like a breath of fresh air. Serigil and Alec are together, they're still discovering secrets about each other, and there's plenty of archery, sword fighting, feasting, and all the other stuff that is supposed to be in this genre. When Flewelling gets back to the heart of this series, she really gets it right. My only complaint is that the supporting character's names are becomeing more difficult to tell apart. I hope there's a compa ...more
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