Title – Luck in the Shadows
Author – Lynn Flewelling
Publication date – September 1996 (7 months before I was born!)
Genre – Epic Fantasy
Rating – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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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 one thing he never expected 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, and this time there just might be…Luck in the Shadows.
– Goodreads Description
This book was so much fun! It’s the perfect mix of cheesiness and seriousness that you’d want in an epic fantasy. Though in third person the books switches between three or four POV’s, mainly Alec’s and Seregil’s. This gives the reader the chance to not only get to know each character personally but also see them from an outside POV. Alec and Seregil (though sometimes also Micum who is a lovely character) are an amazing duo who go on loads of different adventures together whilst also dealing with the underlying conspiracy that’s gripping the kingdom. Different plot points intertwine and it makes for a complex but gripping read.
Flewelling writes interesting and well developed characters that you really grow attached to and start rooting for, I just loved both Alec and Seregil. I can’t wait to see where there relationship goes and how it develops alongside the ups and downs of the drama in Skala. There are a variety of different side characters that grabbed my interest as well such as Beka (Micum’s daughter) and Princess Klia. The variety of characters has me excited to see how they’re developed in future books. I’ve actually picked up Stalking Darkness (the sequel) which I hope to finish soon. I definitely recommend picking up Luck in the Shadows, it seems like it’s going to be a fantastic series. 🙂
Have you read this series? Let me know in the comments!