Shards of Time: A Review

Shards of Time
Nightrunner Book 7
By Lynn Flewelling

The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room.

The sole witnesses to the crime-guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within-have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts . . . and things worse than ghosts.

Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want-and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its otherworldly prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And only those like Alec-who have died and returned to life-can step between the worlds and confront the killer . . . even if it means a second and all too permanent death.


Lynn Flewelling has been publishing novels since 1996 to great acclaim. I wish I could say I have been following her work all that time but I only had the pleasure of discovering her brilliant novels a few years ago. Luckily for me that meant I have a solid body of her work to make my way through. She is the author of the Tamir Trilogy and critically acclaimed Nightrunner series, of which The Shards of Time is book seven.

Unfortunately it is also – for now – the end of an era, as she wraps up the story of fan-favorite spies Alec and Seregil in a novel that contains all the action, intrigue, political skullduggery and magic that have made the books such an enduring part of the genre.

These are great books and I highly recommend them. Flewelling is a brilliant world builder and these books are perfect to lose yourself in.

I am very keen to see what she brings us next.

Shards of Time

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