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Review: Shards of Time

A Book with Non-Human Characters: Shards of Time by Lynn Flewelling

The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within—have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts ... and things worse than ghosts. Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want—and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its otherworldly prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And only those like Alec—who have died and returned to life—can step between the worlds and confront the killer . . . even if it means a second and all too permanent death.

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 (both from an elven like race) 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 netiher 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.

Rating: A+

2014 Reading Bingo

A book with more than 500 Pages
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
A Book with a One-Word Title
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square A Book Set on a Different Continent
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover

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Apr. 15th, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I don't think I made it past book five. There was just something bizarre that shifted after the third book - the tone totally changed. I'm not sure that makes sense, but that's the best way I can describe Flewelling's books after she paused writing the Nightrunner series to do that trilogy that I can't remember the name of atm. I think the book that just totally turned me off of the series was the one where Alec got taken and an odd child was created, etc etc. And now I'm frowning because I really did love them. I halfway want to go reread the first three books, to be honest.
Apr. 15th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I agree, did not like books 5 and 6 at all. But you could read 7 with out that, I think. The plots don't tie and anything that changed character wise I think you can pick up from the description. That fake child thing was way too weird.
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