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Stalking Darkness (Nightrunner, Vol. 2) Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 1997

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Book 2 of 6 in the Nightrunner Series

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With the Leran threat laid to rest, Alec and Seregil are now able to turn their attention to the ancient evil which threatens their land. The Plenimarans, at war with Skalans, have decided to defeat their ancient enemy by raising up the Dead God, Seriamaius. The early attempts at this reincarnation--masterminded by the sinister Duke Mardus and his sorcerous minion Vargul Ashnazai--once left Seregil in a sorcerous coma. Now, an ancient prophecy points to his continuing role in the quest to stop Mardus in his dread purpose.


Seregil's friend and Mentor, the wizard Nysander, has long been the guardian of a deadly secret. In a secret, silver-lined room hidden well beneath the Oreska, he has served for most of his 300 years as the keeper of a nondescript clay cup. But this cup, combined with a crystal crown and some wooden disks, forms the Helm of Seriamaius, and any mortal donning the reconstructed Helm will become the incarnation of the god on earth.


Nysander holds the cup and Mardus the wooden disks--one of which was responsible for Seregil's coma--but the crown must still be located. Threatened under pain of death by Nysander to keep his quest a secret even from his loyal companion, Alec, Seregil is dispatched to find the last missing piece of the Helm so that he and Nysander can destroy it. But this is only the beginning of one of his deadliest journeys ever, for the prophecy also holds that four will come together in a time of darkness, and gradually all that Seregil values is placed at risk as he, Alec, Nysander and Micum are drawn into a deadly web of terror and intrigue.

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Lynn Flewelling est nee en 1958 a Presque Isle dans le Maine, ville qui, contrairement a ce qu'on pourrait croire, n'est pas pres de la mer mais au fond des bois. Apres des etudes de litterature, d'histoire et une ecole veterinaire, elle a travaille comme employee a la morgue, peintre en batiment et journaliste avant de trouver sa voie et d'ecrire des series de Fantasy a succes.
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Product Details

  • Series: Nightrunner (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reissue edition (February 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553575430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553575439
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Ditz on December 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My Scale:
1 star--wretched, don't bother;
2 stars-somebody will like it, flawed;
3 stars-pretty darn good with some flaws;
4 stars-great, I'll re-read it;
5 stars-flawless, a classic of the genre.
This is the second novel in the Nightrunner series, continuing the story begun in *Luck in the Shadows*.
The World:
At the edge of the Gathwayd Ocean lie four lands: Plenimar, Mycena, Skala, and Aurenen. The first three are home to humans, the last to the Aurenfaie, a long-lived, magic-using race. Since the Great War eight hundred years ago, there has been a tenuous peace between the human countries, but Aurenen (which had to intervene to end the war), is all but closed to outsiders. When Aurenfaie and humans interbreed, the offspring are also magic users. The Great War killed many of the sorcerers, so there is now a shortage of magicians. Technology in this society is magic-based, not machine-based: horses are still the primary mode of transportation; swords and archery are the primary weapons. There are two opposing types of magic: Oreska magic, which is wholesome and life-enghancing, that of the Aurenfaie and Skalan sorcerers; and the dark magic of Plenimar, the necromancy of the Sanctum. During the Great War, Plenimarian necromancers awoke the god Seriamauis, the Eater of Death. Tales of his powers to raise the dead are now regarded as fables.
From what the author reveals of Skala, we can say that it is an egalitarian society ruled by a Queen. Of some importance to the novel's development, Skalan social mores are accepting of sexual variation and sexual behavior. There seems to be no societal bias towards any given form of sexual orientation. There are public houses of prostitution for men and women both heterosexual and homosexual.
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I had to review this book because I can't get it out of my head (and I'd quite like to get on with some work). I read the entire Nightrunner series, twice. In a week. There was so much joy in reading it, that I felt the need to repeat the experience. It was just as good the second time round, if not better, because I took more time to gush over particular passages and characters. I'm hooked for good, I reckon.

It may seem strange that I chose to review the second book in the series. I do so because this installment resonated with me more deeply than the other two (I just barely restrained myself from reading it a third time). The first book is really mostly an introduction to Seregil and Alec, the world of Skala, streets of Rhiminee, characters of wizardry, thievery, royal lines, gods, etc. Though strong in its own right, it delves a little too deeply in historical and religious set-ups. The third book, on the other hand, develops the world of Aurenfaie and makes for a complex read of clans and interrelations, each with lengthy names and extensive personal networks that requires quite a bit of concentration.

In contrast, this second book focuses mainly on the relationship between Seregil and Alec, and how their friendship grows into a much deeper love in the face of tremendous odds. This book focuses on growth. Alec becomes a confident spy. Seregil a marvelous teacher. While Alec comes of age, learning the ins and outs of intrigues among high society, he gains a mature understanding of love (in the 21st century, thank you Ms. Flewelling!), Seregil also grows, by learning that everything in life has its price. Needless to say, it's the awkward growth of the keen, pristine love between Alec and Seregil that is most preciously exquisite.
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Buy this book! Ignore the bigots who are 'uncomfortable' about the guys relationship. Sheesh, what is this 1899?? In my opinion the refreshing openness of the growing love between Alec and Seregil is one of the best things about this series. The fact that they are both males doesn't change the fact that they are *soulmates*. (In fact, it enhances it for me ^.^) This story is a lot deeper and darker than 'Luck in the Shadows'. The plot races along, the characters capture you, and the end is just stunning. LF has created the finest universe in fantasy fiction, and her characters have carved a place in my heart. I recommend the third book in this universe, 'Traitor's Moon' as well, it is even better than this one, hard as it is to believe. The sad bigots out there might want to avoid it though, as the heroes relationship is woven beautifully throughout the story. Nothing explicit, but their love shines through, and is a vital part of the plot. Thanks LF!
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"Stalking Darkness" is fantasy entertainment in the tradition of some of the genre's greats. You've got your good guys. You've got your arch bad guy who's trying to get the magic doohickey so that he can perform the ritual that will give him tremendous powers. You've got your escalating series of conflicts, your mysterious characters whose true loyalties are unknown, your intriguing subplots, and so forth. Some people may object that the book is too formulaic, but I don't view it that way. Although the elements may be stereotypical, Lynn Flewelling breathes life into them by paying attention to detail and adding new twists that you don't expect. For example, consider Nysander. In the first book, "Luck in the Shadows", he appeared to be a very typical 'wise old bearded wizard mentor' figure. In this volume, however, he is revealed to be a much more complex character. He is neither all-knowing nor supremely confident. Instead, he struggles with his tasks and has doubts about himself.
Another facet of Flewelling's plot that deserves credit is that it never slows down. She never needs to pause and spend fifty pages having characters chat with each other, or waste time on anything that's not relevant to the plot. In fact, almost every chapter in the book contains some new surprise or development. I particularly enjoyed the fact that she doesn't always take the most obvious approach to writing a particular scene, but instead uses betrayals and other plot intrigues to keep the reader on their toes.
Lastly, I'll agree with other reviewers who applauded the author's handling of the relationship between Seregil and Alec in "Stalking Darkness". I'm willing to read about any couple in a fantasy novel; to me, it doesn't matter whether the characters involved are gay or straight.
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