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Traitor's Moon (Nightrunner, Vol. 3) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 1999
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The Queen is sending her youngest daughter, Princess Klia, along with one of her best military leaders, Beka Cavish, but they need an escort, someone who understands this strange land in which outsiders, or Tirfaie, have not been welcomed for centuries. That's where Seregil comes in. He is an exile of Aurenen, forced to leave as a young man for a crime of which he has never spoken. Idrilain has negotiated his return on very strict conditions, and Beka manages to convince a very reluctant Seregil to accompany them back to his homeland.
Alec, who is part Aurenfaie, is thrilled to be journeying to Aurenen, Seregil is decidedly less so. The land holds many memories for him, both happy and dark. As Alec learns more about their shared heritage, he learns much about his lover's hidden past as well. He needs to learn quickly however, because things are very different in Aurenen, and Klia will need all the help she can get on her diplomatic mission. The Aurenfaie live very long lives, so they see things quite differently. They take longer to make decisions. The problem is Skala doesn't have a lot of time. Things are getting worse on the battlefront daily, and a decision must be reached soon.Read more ›
To begin, Lynn's writing seems to have changed a bit since Stalking Darkness. Her writing style has certainly gotten more fluent, but also more vague. It's as if she decided that since she has two books under her belt, she could relax. With characters moving to entirely different areas in the span of a sentence without much due description, it's hard to imagine the characters� surroundings, leaving your mind to fill in the blanks. Exposition abounds. Lynn's notorious habit of having characters stop in the middle of nowhere to give long-winded history lessons is replaced by the narrator stopping in the middle of nowhere to give small history lessons. This doesn't at all interfere with the pace of the book, but it can get distracting.
In Traitor's Moon, Lynn takes us to Aurenen, the sacred homeland of the Aurenfaie race, the land from which Seregil was exiled in his youth. Lynn is introducing an entirely new culture here, and I must commend her for the good job she did with it, even if she did go overboard at times.Read more ›
Traitor's Moon takes Alec and Seregil (don't you just love them?!) to Aurenen, Seregil's homeland from which he was exiled as a youth. They are part of the Skalan delegation, including Klia, Thero, and Beka, that is negotiating for aid in the war.
Love, laughter, politics, frustration, fear, fighting, nightrunning, secrets, and the past weave a powerful spell that glues twelve ounces of paper and ink to your hands till the tale is done. It has the perfect mixture of action and reflection that really gives you a tangible feel of the place and the lovable characters, (some aren't so lovable, but just as real.)
If you haven't read the first two books I highly recommend them. (After all, Lynn had two kids in collage.) They are so much fun and definitely worth it!
them at the end of Traitor's Moon because I have a dreadful feeling that the 4th book may never be written. And this will be a pity because the 3rd book is a solid bridge for more plot and character development. Lot's of loose ends - What exactly is Alec's heritage ? Thero's destiny ? Development of the raging war which threatens to engulf Seregil and Alec as they returned to Skala? Right, Miss Flewelling mentioned in her 3rd book that this is not a trilogy. But she left the series and started another trilogy which is focused on the ancient Skala Queen Tamar, aeon before the world of Nightrunner series. I am disappointed she did that because it meant if she ever returned to a 4th book of Nightrunner it will be published probably in 2005 or 2006. Christ ! I thought the Wheel of Time is the worst!
Traitor's Moon is not as fast moving as the first two but the characters development is more fascinating and engrossing. The characters mature before our eyes. We see Seregil coming to terms with himself which I find touching. Alec as devoted to Seregil as ever. The bond between Seregil and Alec shines and these 2 soul mates have become my favorite characters in fantasy series after Cal and Pell in the "Wraeththu" series. The side characters are also a rewarding read, Thero's potential to be a great and wise wizard, Beka's love for an Aurenfaie. Sigh ! I just wish Miss Flewelling has just adhered to the development of this series.
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The nightrunner series is solid reading--I intend to read them all--action, sex, fantasy, a believable, complex world.Published 5 months ago by OBM
This is the third book in Flewelling's "Nightrunner" series.
The main characters were all introduced in the previous books, but none of them is static. Read more
These are a great series of books. Characters are well written, the universe Flewelling created is convincing and cohesive, and the stories are absorbing.Published 7 months ago by saintlycambs
I read the whole series 4 times...it was so good, I never wanted to put them down...
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Lorrie Lynn Willis
Hmm, already on the third in this series and beginning to have some misgivings. The writing is really fanfic style and there are some embarrassing errors. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mabinogi
I enjoyed this - her writing improves over the series. Beka is a strong character and the plot is interesting. I'd have liked to see more Alec/Seregil interaction. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ScottyK
It was a good addition to this very innovative series. I'm looking forward to the next one.Published 13 months ago by Das Englisch von Königin
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At the end of book two, Seregil and Alec became a couple. Read more