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 the one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhнminee 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…
“Looks like you’ll have to climb,” Seregil whispered, squinting up. “Be careful going over; most of these places have the walls topped with spikes or sharp flints.”
“Hold on!” Alec tried to make out Seregil’s expression through the darkness. “Aren’t you coming with me?”
“It’s a one-man job; the fewer the better,”
Seregil assured him. “Would I send you in alone if I didn’t think you could handle it? Best leave your sword, though.”
“What if someone sees me?”
“Honestly, Alec! You can’t just go hacking your way out of every difficult situation that arises. It’s uncivilized.”
Alec unbuckled his sword and started up the garden wall. He was halfway to the top when Micum called softly, “We’ll meet you back here when you’ve finished. Oh, and look out for the dogs.”
“Dogs?” Alec dropped down again. “What dogs? You didn’t say anything about dogs!”
Seregil tapped himself sharply between the eyes.
“Illior’s Fingers, what am I thinking of tonight? There’s a pair of Zengati hounds, snow-white and big as bears.”
“That’s a fine detail to forget,” growled Micum.
“Anything else I should know?”
“Let’s see, the spikes, the dogs, the servants—No, I think we covered it. Luck in the shadows, Alec.”
“And to you,” Alec muttered, starting up the wall again.
Praise for Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
“Part high fantasy and part political intrigue, Luck in the Shadows makes a nice change from the usual muck of contemporary sword-and-sorcery. I especially enjoyed Lynn Flewelling’s obvious affection for her characters. And at unexpected moments she reveals a well-honed gift for the macabre.”
– Stephen R. Donaldson, author of This Day All Gods Die
“Memorable characters, an enthralling plot, and truly daunting evil. The magic is refreshingly difficult, mysterious, and unpredictable. Lynn Flewelling has eschewed the easy shortcuts of cliched minor characters and cookie-cutter backdrops to present a unique world peopled by characters who are truly of that world. I commend this one to your attention.”
– Robin Hobb, author of Royal Assassin
“A splendid read, filled with magic, mystery, adventure, and taut suspense. Lynn Flewelling, b ravo!Nicely done.”
– Dennis L. McKiernan, author of The Dragonstone
“An engrossing and entertaining debut novel. It opens up a new fantasy world that is ripe for exploration-full of magic, intrigues, and fascinating characters… the kind of book you settle down with when you want a long, satisfying read.”
– Michael A. Stackpole, author of Star Wars X-Wing: Rogue Squadron