1/07/2011. Contributed by Sarah Bruch
The White Road (The Night Runner series book 5) by Lynn Flewelling. pub: Bantam Spectra. 385 page paperback. Price: $ 7.99 (US), $ 9.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-553-59009-8.
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This is the fifth instalment of the ‘Night Runner’ series, following ‘Luck In The Shadows’,‘Stalking Darkness’, ‘Traitor’s Moon’ and ‘Shadows Return’. I’m glad to report that after the previous book’s slightly odd story line, Lynn Flewelling is back to her usual political intrigue and night running best. As previously stated, I would only consider reading these books in the order in which they are written. Another point to take on board is that Alec and Seregil, the two male characters, are a couple, there are no gratuitous sex scenes but they do kiss etc. If this isn’t for you then consider this a heads-up.
This book carries on immediately after the end of the previous book, there is only the matter of a few days between the two. Alec and Seregil set out to find out as much as they can about their strange new ‘child’, Sebrahn. This turns out to bring them into contact with Alec’s long-lost clan, Seregil’s clan and some old and new enemies. During the course of the book. Alec and Seregil learn some very interesting background to the entire Aurenfaie race, along with the Retha’noi. As usual Alec, Seregil, Micum and just about everyone else who comes into contact with this group face death at least once making this a fast-paced little book.
I really enjoyed watching how Sebrahn, Alec and Seregil interacted now that they’re all safe(ish) and out in the real world. The most interesting was the relationship between Alec and Seregil now that they have a ‘child’ to take care of. Usually these two are inseparable, so having a whole new person in the relationship does push them to the limit, at times it’s almost like watching ‘Eastenders’ as they become so much more like people in the real world. I really enjoyed reading this incongruous mix of SF/fantasy and reality.
Learning about Alec’s long-lost clan, the Hazadrielfaie, proved very informative, especially their links with the Retha’noi who we’ve only really ever seen in Flewelling’s previous series of books, ‘The Tamir Trilogy’. I have to admit that having read about the Retha’noi in the previous series, I completely forgot that Alec and Seregil had never met them and became a bit confused when they didn’t seem to recognise them. Once I realised that just because I knew who they were didn’t mean the other characters would it all started to make sense. This is one of the things I love about Flewelling’s novels, they all fit together and are about the same world, but they are about different people with different world views.
This is the first foray for Flewelling into a story about dragons of any size. She has mentioned ‘fingerlings’ previously but the dragons in this story are much larger. Her descriptions of the dragons both large and small is very intricate, Flewelling goes into a lot of detail about their physical description and the information about how they live their lives. I especially enjoyed their relationship with Sebrahn. I do hope that after this introduction there will be more about them in later books.
I'm looking forward to the promised next book 'Casket Of Souls' due to be published in 2012. I’m hoping there are going to be some more books in the ‘Tamir’ set as well.
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