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Publisher's Summary

The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling’s trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters. More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before.

Even at the best of times, the royal court at Rhminee is a serpents’ nest of intrigue, but with the war against Plenimar going badly, treason simmers just below the surface. And that’s not all that poses a threat: A mysterious plague is spreading through the crowded streets of the city, striking young and old alike. Now, as panic mounts and the body count rises, hidden secrets emerge. And as Seregil and Alec are about to learn, conspiracies and plagues have one thing in common: The cure can be as deadly as the disease.

A Note From Author Lynn Flewelling

Dear Listeners,

It's been brought to my attention that there is some confusion over the noticeable difference in some of the pronunciations between the first three books of this series, and the last three. The reason for this is quite simple. Starting with Shadows Return, I've had the pleasure of talking in considerable detail with narrator Adam Danoff. So the differences from the first three books may be a bit jarring at first, but what you will hear in the later books are the proper pronunciations of names and things, as the author intended. I'm delighted with these new interpretations, and I hope you will be, too. Happy listening!

Lynn Flewelling

©2012 Lynn Flewelling (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • 2013-08-26

Seregil and Alec are back.

What did you love best about Casket of Souls?

I have to admit I was glad to see Alec and Seregil back to their old selves. While I appreciated the addition of Sebrahn 'he' was a little bit of a distraction. I fell in love with the series because I appreciate having a gay/bi character that isn't an effeminate mess.

Which character – as performed by Adam Danoff – was your favorite?

His voice was made for Alec. Some of the more mature characters tend to sound a little young.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The description of the feelings by Alec surrounding the deaths of friends was especially touching. The author didn't have to go into sappy cliches to make the point.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Pick ONE pronunciation of the names and stick with it. I've noticed in other audio books that when a new narrator takes over that the pronunciation of certain names can change but this is not Danoff's first reading of this. Whoever is the producer on these needs to figure it out.

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  • Wendy
  • 2013-03-11

Excellent addition to the series

An excellent easy listen, a good distraction that draws you in and keeps you following the action, I had trouble "putting it down". Adam Danoff performs the book and the characters very well, and does not impose an obvious personal stamp in the story as do some narrators. A good choice for Flewelling fans.

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  • Sheila
  • 2012-06-18

Return to Decent Intrigue

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator. His characterizations have very little distinction between them-- for an eldery male character the narrator sounds like he's trying to sound old, whereas a previous reader (Raymond Todd) had an uncanny ability to change his voice to the point that I thought it was a cast ensemble at first listen. This narrator doesn't give adequate depth through the emotional or action scenes, and frankly all adult characters come off as "wry," as if every sentence they say in the book is accompanied with a smirk or knowing eyebrow lift, and it's annoying. Being annoyed through 14 hours 7 minutes is not a comfortable experience.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story itself is a refreshing return to what made the first 3 books of the Nightrunner series a pleasure. The 4th and 5th books felt like the author had written herself into a corner (it's difficult to be spy and rogue intriguer when you are a parent!) and the soft porn that carried the novels were tasteless and boring. This book has multiple plots that touch onto each other, plots that are political, military, magic, social, and medical. Some character introductions feel contrived, just hurried explanations to get to the next scene, but on the whole the story was entertaining.

How could the performance have been better?

Change the narrator completely. Or coach him to improve his characterizations, and for pete's sake, quit reading every character as if they were going, "wink wink, nudge nudge"!

Do you think Casket of Souls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe one more. While the relationship between the 2 main characters is established, it's clear the lives of the ordinary humans around them are dynamic and progressing, and I want to hear what happens to Thero and Princess Klia and Beka and the rest of the Cavish clan. I'd also like to see more of the Auren faie.

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  • John D
  • 2012-06-25

She did it again!!! Awesome!

The boys are back, and in the environment they do best in, Full of twists and turns to keep the reader off the track until things pull together for the characters. Masterfully written, competently narrated. I'll be listening to this again soon.

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  • Lisa K
  • 2022-04-16

Fantastic book

Loved it struggled to put it down!! I've read 6 books now of the series. They have all been Great!

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  • R. D. A. Whatley
  • 2021-09-23

Well Done, Bravo!

As with the other books in the series, this too was entertaining, a page turner or an all nighter, and just plain fun. I recommend it be read in order of the series for full character development and story line. Once you listen to Luck In The Shadows, you’re not going to want the tale to end!

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  • Casey
  • 2021-03-31

Another great story in the series

Although this may not be my favorite of all the books I’ve read in this series so far it was definitely fun to be back with all the characters. The strange thing about this one was I found 3/4 of the book sort of a prelude or set up to the last quarter of the book. So I think it just could’ve been edited down quite a bit and still been a great story. I look forward to the next one as I love this world

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-12

beautiful end to an amazing saga

since I read the first 5 before this it was thrilling all the way through. best fantasy series ever. especially for members of the lgbtq community. thank you LF for an amazing world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-06

Excellent story

It was return to form for the series with intrigue, plots, and palace conspiracies with in the series. The story is a traditional mystery set with the mythological Setting of night Runner. I think the story is less traditional fantasy in terms of there being less travel and world building as you might have read from prior books in the series, but over all, the way the offer tells it actually makes it unique.

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  • Rebecca Camp
  • 2019-06-14

Terrible narrator choice

While the story was compelling enough to keep me going, the awful narration made it a difficult slog. The Night Runner series has been a favorite of mine for years, but this was the first time I tried it on audio, and I'm glad. The narrator's lack of character range, whining intonation and tendency to go monotone when trying to build dramatic moments would have put me off this series for sure if I hadn't read it in print first.