"A new star is rising in the fantasy firmament...teems with magic and spine-chilling amounts of skullduggery."–Dave Duncan, author of The Great Game
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.
Character driven story at its finest
This is not a book filled with magic Mayham and adventure although it has all of those features. it is also not a book about homosexuals although that does take a small part in the story and only the homophobes make a large deal out of it. This is a story that is driven by characters that are rich, believable and despite the races very very human. It also has a backstory in a land filled with depth, intrigue and a unique personality. This entire series isn’t an action adventure movie but a unique personal look from the eyes of someone caught up in the extraordinary.
I’m not a big fan of extensive “adult” scenes let alone main plot lines in my fantasy/sci-fi books. A sprinkle is fine, but it’s just not my cup of tea. Why the reviews don’t mention that homosexuality (surprise!) is a main plot line is beyond me.
Nothing happens very fast.
Slow. Nothing happens. Lots of Drama. Got to 85%