Series: Nightrunner, book 2
Year of publication: 1997
Summary: Picking up where the last book left off, Alec and Seregil must unravel the mysterious plot they find themselves caught up in. It seems that necromancers from an enemy country want to resurrect an ancient war god, who will give them the power to conquer the neighboring lands of Skala and Mycena — and perhaps even Seregil’s homeland, Aurënen. As Seregil and Alec try to discover the enemy’s plan, they also discover more about themselves. Alec learns he is indeed half Aurenfaie, meaning he will live as long as Seregil — somewhere around 400-500 years. Seregil learns that he has fallen in love with Alec; and eventually, after some education at the hands of a beautiful female courtesan, a few moments of confusion, and a long separation, Alec realizes that he loves Seregil as well.
I was sad to see one of my favorite characters depart at the end of this book, although it seems another may be fit to take his place. The loss has a deep effect on Seregil, and for a while it seems that his grief might be stronger than his love. In the end though, Alec and Seregil finally confess their love for each other, and set off for parts unknown.
Thoughts: Flewelling is a good writer. The plot is strong, and the characters are solid, well-developed, and engaging. It’s easy to love the good guys, and hate the bad guys. Reading these reminds me of what reading used to feel like as a kid, when I would devour series like Brian Jacques’ Redwall books, or Tamora Pierce’s earlier stuff. It’s pure entertainment, and it’s great.