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| Genre: Sword and Sorcery
| Content: Wizards, Heroes
| ISBN-10: 0553575430
| ISBN-13: 9780553575439
| Publisher: Spectra; Reissue edition (February 3, 1997)
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Cover Artist: Gary Ruddell
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
Nysander the wizard is slowly coming to grips with the fact that an ancient prophecy appears to be coming to fruition during his lifetime. After many generations of Guardians, Vanguards, Shafts and Guides, the current holders of those titles will be called upon to fight a powerful evil. If they fail, the necromancers of Plenimar will resurrect the Eater of Dead, a purely evil god who won't be satisfied until the entire world is awash in blood. But the Gods of Light have a bit more tempering (or is it tampering?) to do with their chosen representatives, so our heroes must face more trials and tribulations before they are ready to face the final show down of good verses evil.
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
This book caught me a bit by surprise because the final showdown takes place here and not in book 3. Not complaining, it made for a great sense of satisfaction once I finished the last page, just caught me off guard. Anyway, I loved this book as much, if not a bit more, then the first one. I'm always glad to see the character setup and worldbuilding done so the REAL story can take shape. There was still abit of character setup going on here in the case of Beka, Micum's daughter, but the main focus, atleast in the first 1/2 of the book, is on the relationship between Alec and Seregil. The second 1/2 is all action though and it rushes right to the final battle and then winds down nicely just after, tying up most but not quite all of the plotlines. (Had to leave something for book 3!)
I love the relationship between Alec and Seregil. The fact that both of them obviously love each other, but for very different reasons choose not to pursue that love, just makes you want to shake them both and tell them to get on with it! Still, Seregil's reasons for holding back are honorable, and Alec's confusion and innocence came across as very believable, so I enjoyed every minute of watching them torture themselves while I called them both idiots! I also liked the development of Beka as a main character. I caught on pretty early to what her main role was going to be, and actually I wish I hadn't, but alot of the end elements were pretty much given away in my opinion, way too early. That, by the way, is my only complaint about this book. I like more surprises then I got here but the characters were so likable/hateable that I can overlook that one flaw.
Not that there aren't plenty of surprises to savor or gasp at. Some are pretty horrific and will definitely shock you. Thero surprised me at the end, just when I had pretty much given up on him and Lynn Flewelling actually impressed me by tying up one loose end that I honestly figured would be ignored. (No no hints, I'll let you try to figure it out yourself, it was a minor detail but that's all I'm telling!)
Plenty of both sword and sorcery going on here for those fans, a bit of romance for you romance lovers (as long as you don't object to same sex relationships), a heavy dose of angst, hard decisions, and divided loyalties for those of you who love internal conflicts, tons of murder, betrayal, torture and mayhem for the action lovers and powerful amounts of love, friendship, loyalty and sacrifice for the rest. In other words this is a well balanced fantasy with something that is bound to please almost any reader. Plus its just plain fun at times! I do suggest that the reader have some degree of maturity, I'm comfortable with 16+. There is plenty of violence, lots of romance (very little if any actual sex) and some colorful language but nothing an older teen can't handle. Granted that is my opinion and we all know what they say about opinions.....
Time to go read book 3, I'm curious to see what subjects it will finish tying up, I'll let you know!
Librarything Rating 4.18/5
Amazon Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sword and Sorcery Book Review of Stalking Darkness (Nightrunners Series: Book 2) by Lynn Flewelling - Reviewed by Mulluane - on September 12 2008 - Rating: of 5 Stars