• Luck in the Shadows

  • Nightrunner, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Flewelling
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (1,038 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn't commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But the thing he hadn't counted on was his cellmate.

Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

Don't miss the other volumes in Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series.
©1996 Lynn Flewelling (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Fantastic Series! Homophobes, shut up!

I am completely enthralled by the series and its characters. Lynn Flewelling does a expert job of weaving together a world for her creative energies to take form in. This--the first book--is largely exposition woven into an array of adventures that build the relationship between our main characters and introduce the most influential ones to grace us throughout the rest of the series. However, I highly encourage the effort to gain the knowledge of this exposition to more fruitfully enjoy the rest of the books. Though this is not a kind of literature that begs the reader to develop grand theories of metaphor and symbolism, I would urge anyone looking for a good adventure with engaging characters to purchase this text and the ones that follow. Raymond Todd, while occasionally missing an inflection or overusing certain voices, does an excellent as far as most audiobooks go. Mainstream youth fantasy novels such as Harry Potter or the Inheritance Cycle receive more funding and are able--I imagine--to buy more studio time to master all the different characters voices.

However, I must say that I am disgusted by the heteronormative and homophobic interjections of fellow reviewers on this site. The mere idea that queer characters being present could be "unsafe for children" is appalling and deserves a good scolding. Furthermore, that this should make anyone avoid the series is outlandish. Though I suppose--to be fair--I find myself rather appalled by the blatant heterosexuality that dominates the majority of books on this site. However, until this moment, I have felt no need to scream from the rooftops that I don't wish to read/listen to such "lifestyles" being exhibited in literature. Therefore, I kindly ask all homophobic and heteronormative listeners to shove it and let listen to my queer audiobook in peace.

I will not be warned against what I look for in the first place. Heteros don't own the world, they just seem to think they do

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A really good story. (What homosexuality?)

This is a really interesting adventure. There are wizards and magic. Evil bad guys. A valiant hero and his apprentice. Adventure. Breath taking escapes. A whole world has been created for our enjoyment.

How can anyone complain of spoon fed homosexuality in this story? One of the characters entertains a few thoughts. That's about it. You will get stronger sexual references in the average TV commercial. I'm started on the second volume and so far in the two stories the only overt sexuality is heterosexual.

There are some really, really intolerant folks writing reviews. It isn't the story that did it. Must be something inside the reviewer. Are they just too stimulated at the thought that a hero might be gay?

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Fun! Refreshing!

I don't normally write reviews but felt compelled after I almost didn't download this book due to the other reviews. In fact I went to Amazon to get additional reviews since I felt what I was seeing was blatant homophobic remarks that had nothing to do with how well this book was written or if the story was engrossing. I very much enjoyed this series, the plot, writing, characters, and dialog. It was exactly what I was looking for. In fact the only negative thing I can say about this series is that I wish they would stick to the same narrator for all the books. I almost gave up listening when the narrator was changed in book 4 and to be honest I would have if I didn't enjoy the story so much! The comments given that the amazing love shared between these two men was not necessary to the story baffle me. I felt it was an integral piece of the story line to understand why they made the choices they did and brought me to care so much more about their struggles and relationship. I guarantee that if one of the main characters was a woman there would have been no complaints with the other reviewers. The emotion between them was love not lust, tasteful, moving, and beautiful.

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Looking forward to the second book in this series

Thought this book was pretty good, 'harassing the horses' and all. :D I did not think it sounded the slightest bit amateurish. Fantasy books are for light reading, after all. The before mentioned homosexual love, is stated as an abstract concept- you don't really have to worry about your kids reading this one. Ive had an excellent couple of days with this book. Looking forward to reading more of this author in the future!

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Explicit Homosexuality

Buyer Beware. This could have been a fun read and good story… but I wish that I had been aware of the blatant homosexuality going on throughout the series prior to purchasing. The unfortunate thing is that the sex thing going on between the two main male characters has very little to do with the plot and/or story development and could have (should have, in my opinion) been left out. Book 1 merely hints at this, Books 2 and 3 are explicit.

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Let down by narration

Enjoyable story with memorable characters in an interesting setting - I didn't find the 'world-building' a problem at all. I have to echo other comments about the poor narration, however. Mispronunciations, awkward phrasing and unrecognisable accents detracted from the pleasure of this audiobook. I'll listen to the sequel for the strength of the story, but would avoid anything else with this narrator.

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I Feel Cheated!

I wish I had waited for more reviews before purchasing this book. I wasted my money and my time. I read the summary and I listened to the sample, and no where did I find a hint of homosexuality. It was only hinted at and left the reader uncertain as to where the author was leading until well into the book. As soon as I was certain the author was leading to a homosexual relationship between the two main characters I quit listening. I was angry that I wasted my money and my time.

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Deserved a Better Reader

The tale in entertaining and the characters engaging, but the reader is not one of the best. He mispronounced or misread many words, e.g. "kway" for quay, and "harrassing the horses" before setting off. Some references to same-gender sex and love presented in a matter-of-fact manner.

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A surprisingly good series

I was pleasantly surprised by this series of books. The characters are enjoyable from the first and as they develop across the series you find some new depths. Sometimes keeping a handle on what is happening can be a bit tricky at first but I found I soon got into the flow of it. At times it is distracting that the narrator miss pronounces some of the words and the strange accents are a bit comical, but it does not distract too much. The book does not have a complex plot and because of this it works well as an audio book. Worth a listen for some good harmless fun

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Good tale, 'comfortable friends'

I'm enjoying this series (I've reviewed the second book too if you're interested). The characters feel like 'friends' after awhile, and I like that sense of companionship. They face interesting adventures, and take their time revealing themselves to each other and to the listener, so there's always something to discover. I listened to the story steadily but not obsessively ... which to me means it's a good tale!

The universe is not difficult to imagine (even without a map), and it's culture is intriguing and presented in such a way that it makes sense to the listener. I will note that this is a culture where varying forms of sexuality are considered normal (something I seem to keep stumbling across in the books I've read lately - I find it refreshing, but I realize there are many who would find it distressing so I mention it here).

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  • CeNedra Red
  • 11-17-16

An Absolute Tragedy.

What would have made Luck in the Shadows better?

Another Narrator. Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Kevin Stillwell or Andrew Wincott perhaps.

What did you like best about this story?

I just couldn't stand to listen for long enough to get to know what the story was about, so I don't know.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was reading about someone being tortured in a sing-song voice, as though he was reading Noddy in Toy Town.I could have cried. I have looked forward to listening to these books for a long time. I managed to get hold of the Tamir Trilogy, by Lynn Flewelling, on Audio CD and it was brilliant, but then it was narrated by Victor Bevine, who is awesome.

What character would you cut from Luck in the Shadows?

Not A clue. In the short time I could stand to listen, there were only three characters, and I didn't find out enough about them to make any judgment.

Any additional comments?

I am utterly heartsick. This is yet another series of books destroyed by a terrible narrator. I will read the printed version and I'm sure I'll enjoy them, as Lynn Flewelling is one of my favorite authors.

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  • Jane
  • 08-08-08

Not a complete story

Although it had some slow patches, this was quite an enjoyable romp and Seregil is definitely a compelling character. Under normal circumstances I'd have given it four stars. However, what spoiled it a bit for me was that nothing really got resolved at the end. It's part of a series, but it doesn't stand alone as a complete story in it's own right. If you want to know the answers to the major questions you're going to have to get the rest of the series. And I didn't enjoy it *that* much that I'm dashing to read the rest. So, all in all, it was a bit let-down at the end.

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  • Alessio
  • 03-17-22

Great characters, plot and universe.

Loved it, the politics, action and characters were all really interesting.
The narrator was also really good, you could easily distinguish between the characters.

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  • Dziude
  • 10-14-18

Woo

I love these these stories and so excited to now find audiobooks of them. The reader does a pretty good job!

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  • Orillia Vail
  • 05-23-17

An enjoyable first instalment

A solid introduction to an intricate and wonderful new world, But the characters are what make this story. And you keep reading for them.

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  • SC
  • 10-26-19

An encyclopedia of irrelevant detail.

Unlike other reviewers, the narration wasn't my problem!
I have made it just over halfway through this book and will now be returning it. I don't care about the plot, I don't care about the characters. My interest in both has been diluted by exposition. The entire "story" has been a barrage of pointless details about the world, which are proving far too arduous to endure. If they were coloured in any small way by the point of view of the characters involved it might enhance the experience somewhat, but instead it's rather akin to reading an encyclopedic documentation of dry facts for posterity. I really wanted to enjoy this book - and I've heard subsequent volumes get better - but this first installment has ruined any interest in whatever comes next.

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