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Shards of Time: The Nightrunner Series, Book 7 Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Lynn Flewelling is best known for her Nightrunner series, as well as The Tamír Triad, and her work appears in a dozen languages. She also maintains a lively online presence with her website and her LiveJournal, Talk in the Shadows, and her Facebook page. Born in northern Maine, Flewelling is happily transplanted in Redlands, California, with her husband and some very spoiled dogs.

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  • File Size: 4499 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO5YFUM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lynn Flewelling is the author of two internationally acclaimed series: The Nightrunner Series and the Tamír Triad. Her books have been published in a dozen countries, including Japan and Russia. A Maine native, she currently resides in sunny southern California with her husband Douglas and two naughty dogs.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kivela on April 8, 2014
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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, really great secondary character development. After seven books, Alec and Seregil are well developed. It was awesome seeing them together, just like a normal couple, dealing with the situation. No time spent on second guessing their relationship. And neither one was captured or lost, causing the other to search for him for most of the book. Which is a good plot, but we’ve seen it a lot in this series.

Instead the secondary characters got good development. Good pacing, good use of multiple POVs to tell the tale. Good use of aspects of previous tales to build the story. Just wish I had another novel to preorder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By khall on April 2, 2014
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Though the Nightrunner Series have always kept me on the edge of my seat, I have NEVER been so scared before for our Handsome heroes...and while reading my eyes misted over to think this may be goodbye to Thero and Micum and Klea and all the other friends of our Nightrunner domain. Rhiminee will live on in our dreams of course...great fantasy lands never really die.
MiddleEarth lives on in the mind as will this Flewelling Universe. And Lynn has gone beyond all her previous books to produce a superb adieu of terror and excitement and raw fear. Buy it. You will LOVE it. And if you are sentimental at the end of an era you might even have your hanky ready.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blaltimore Phil on April 6, 2014
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It seems this last installment(maybe) doesn't have the intensity of the author's previous works.
Generally, the interaction between Alex and Seregil lacked a humorous warmth. But, than
again, the relationship has been ongoing for awhile. The first half of the book had a slower pace.
I wasn't as absorbed in the subject.

Don't get me wrong. Flewelling still has the flair of story telling with the intrigue , impossible odds,
mysteries and endearing characters. Admittedly, I have read all the other books in this series. I don't
regret reading this work. It's just that the charm wasn't there for me . Perhaps, it was it a bit too dry in
certain parts. Nevertheless, the author sill comes across with a vivid imagination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Holmes on April 8, 2014
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There are some books that you look forward to, and they come, and all you want to do is read and read and read. This is one of those books. Shards of Time was fast paced, enjoyable, keeps you guessing, and is over too soon.

I'm a fan of Lynn Flewelling's work, and I can't wait to either (a) reread the previous books again, or (b) have her publish another one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hinckley on April 14, 2014
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I only discovered the Nightrunner series three years ago. I immediately read (and loved) every book Ms Flewelling has published, but confess the Nightrunner books have been my favorites. This story offers a new locale, and introduces a lot of interactions with ghosts, demons and other supernatural beings, as well as some magical creatures with which readers of the series will be familiar. It of course focuses on our "old favorites" from the earlier books - Seregil, Alec, Mikum and Thero, but also brings Thero's new apprentice, Mika, to vivid and engaging life, and shows us Thero and Klia's relationship, which began in previous stories, but was never particularly pertinent to the plot. The ending was also very satisfying - enough threads left open for potential future tales, should Ms. Flewelling decide to write them, but enough closed to satisfy even this die-hard Seregil and Alec fan.

I also loved how the mystery at the beginning of the tale is so strange that no one can explain what's happening. Various supernatural (vs magical) possibilities loom and create a nice air of creepy mystery. As the plot progresses and the mystery begins to unravel, perfectly valid reasons for much of the mystery are found, but never spoil the plot. Nicely handled.

Definitely a recommended read. Though you can read it as a stand-alone, you'll enjoy it much more if you've read at least a couple of the earlier Nightrunner books because of the added character development and depth that "history" will give you.

Long live the queen's Nightrunners!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan S. on April 15, 2014
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Not least because the novel was lacking that one crucial element of a final book in a series - closure. Many beloved characters from the previous books were only name-checked and never appeared on the page. The adventure at the core of the novel was sound (even though I was beginning to feel like this was Ravenloft) but it ran on far too long, leaving the actual closure at the end hurried and incomplete. It is impossible not to love Seregil, Alec, Micum, Thero and Klia as characters. It just felt like Flewelling was not really ready to say goodbye to these characters and consciously avoided doing so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hamby on November 16, 2014
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I'm a bit fan of Flewelling. I have enjoyed all her books to some degree. But quality varies. I think her strengths as a writer lie in a firm grand arc that series afford. Instead the last couple of books, while maintaining certain ongoing elements, have fallen into a sort of standalone adventure that usually relies on the two leads uncovering some plot.

A huge part of the problem is Flewelling tends to reveal both sides of the conflict. You see the villains at work to some degree as she tries to build tension for the climatic ending. And for me it just does not work. Instead I not only fail to enjoy or get involved to the degree I wish, but I find myself disappointed even more because I know what Flewelling can do when she focuses more on true political conflict and machinations. When she delves into the wonder of her world and the cultures she has created with such wonderful detail.

Instead the series ends with a book that is very readable but still rather lackluster. And very lackluster in compare to her prior works. For me this reads as more of a shared worlds type of book.

The advantage is that for the Flewelling novice, I can see this type of book being very accessible. Even though it ends a long series, it has a standalone element that could work well to that type of reader.
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