Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
Publication Date: September 1996
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Series: Nightrunner #1
Blurb: 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.
Luck in the Shadows follows Alec and Seregil after a chance meeting as cellmates sees the beginning of an epic adventure. Filled with intrigue, necromancers, wizards and betrayal, this was a wonderful read. Fantasy is my favourite genre and reading Luck in the Shadows felt like coming home.
There is a wealth of wonderful characters in this book but naturally the standouts are Alec and Seregil. Alec, a young man who’s life has hardly been noteworthy is swept off his feet and plunged into a whole new world by Seregil, a mysterious man with many secrets who senses there is more to Alec than meets the eye.
But Seregil and Alec couldn’t have done it all without the help of friends. Nysander, wizard and father figure to Seregil. Micum, friend and fellow spy. Beka, Alec’s friend and sword trainer.
What I loved best about Luck in the Shadows was that it had all the best parts about fantasy without the rampant homophobia and misogyny that continues to be annoyingly present in the genre. That and Seregil turning himself into a brick. Watching Alec and Seregil’s (very) slowly burgeoning feelings was so lovely and I can’t wait to follow them on their next adventure.
“Though you thrust a knife at my eyes, I will not flinch.”