Nightrunner: Book Three
Bisexual male protagonists; strong female protagonist. GLB-positive world; egalitarian.
Queen Idrilain has reluctantly decided to seek the aid of the Aurënfaie as Skala falters in its war against Plenimar. Captain Beka Cavish and her cavalry will serve as escort to Princess Klia as she crosses the ocean to wrangle concessions from the 'Faie whose long lives—and longer memories—are sure to make trade negotiations difficult. To make matters worse, before Beka can even leave the shores of Skala, she has to track down the elusive Lord Seregil, erstwhile nightrunner and spy, and convince him to join the expedition to Aurënen—the homeland from which he was mysteriously exiled before Beka was even born.
Slower paced than the first two books, but just as deftly constructed. Watching the changes in Seregil as he comes to grips with the circumstances of both his exile and his return, we are faced with a poignant examination of the nature of grief. Through its thoughtful symbolism and strong characterizations, the story takes us on a journey to the heart of Aurënen, a land and a people endowed with an ancient heritage of magic and wisdom. Despite its sometimes exhausting political intrigue, I found both its mysteries and its revelations satisfying on many levels.
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