- Publisher: Spectra
- Format: Paperback | 385 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 172mm x 28mm | 200g
- Publication date: 25 May 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 055359009X
- ISBN 13: 9780553590098
- Sales rank: 10,432
Dissolute nobles, master spies, and the unlikeliest of heroes, Alec and Seregil have survived exile, treachery, and black magic. But the road that lies ahead is the most hazardous they've ever traveled. For with enemies on all sides, they must walk a narrow path between good and evil where one misstep might be their last. Having escaped death and slavery in Plenimar, Alec and Seregil want nothing more than to go back to their nightrunning life in RhIminee. Instead they find themselves saddled with Sebrahn, a strange, alchemically created creature--the prophesied "child of no woman." Its moon-white skin and frightening powers make Sebrahn a danger to all whom Alec and Seregil come into contact with, leaving them no choice but to learn more about Sebrahn's true nature. With the help of trusted friends and Seregil's clan, the duo set out to discover the truth about this living homunculus--a journey that can lead only to danger or death. For Seregil's old nemesis Ulan I Sathil of VirEsse and Alec's own long-lost kin are after them, intent on possessing both Alec and Sebrahn. On the run and hunted, Alec and his comrades must fight against time to accomplish their most personal mission ever.
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Lynn Flewelling is best known for her Nightrunner series, as well as the Tamir Triad, and her work appears in a dozen languages. She also maintains a lively online presence with her website and her Live Journal, "Talk in the Shadows." Born in northern Maine, Flewelling is happily transplanted in Redlands, California, with her husband and too many animals.
By April Steenburgh 02 Jun 2010
The White Road returns to the feel of Luck in the Shadows, the first book in the Nightrunner series. It still has the dark tinge and bitter aftertaste that colored Shadows Return (the previous installment and book four in the series), but with more of the skulduggery and and outright shenanigans that made the first book so memorable. This is the perfect blend of the both, a series that is maturing as it goes, growing and adding something new to both characters and setting with each page turned.
Ms Flewelling's prose is beautiful, as always. She has a way with words that pulls you through every scintillating description and quirky exchange. There is a real life to her books that makes you care about the characters, no matter how minor. The world is rich and believable, and the cultures that people it are unique. Her two protagonists are endearing and infuriating, all at once, and it is wonderful.
Action, angst, adventure, and betrayal. This series has it all. If you have not, pick up a copy of Luck in the Shadows (and you might as well snag book two and three while you are at it. Trust me.) If you are already familiar with the Nightrunner books, do yourself a favor and pick up The White Road.