Luck in the Shadows

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flevelling

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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…

DEADLY MISSION

"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

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Lynn Flevelling

A book by Lynn Flevelling

Country: USA Born: 1958-10-20 Lynn Flevelling , née Beaulieu, was born on October 20, 1958 in Presque Isle, northern Maine. At the University of Maine, where Lynn studied English Literature and History, she earned her BA and Teaching Diploma. She then studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Oregon, Journalism and Classical Art at Georgetown University. Lynn is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in archeology. She lived on both coasts of the United States, traveled to Europe. She managed to work as a teacher, agricultural worker, office worker, painter, assistant veterinarian-pathologist, traded jewelry, was a freelance editor and freelance journalist. “I started my professional writing career as a lyricist in Alexandria, VA, in 1984, writing for brochures, advertisements and promotional publications. My first assignment was a brochure for the Assets Protection Team, a kind of strikebreaking job. We returned to Maine in 1987 and I started freelance work,...

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Country: USA Born: 1958-10-20 Lynn Flevelling , née Beaulieu, was born on October 20, 1958 in Presque Isle, northern Maine. At the University of Maine, where Lynn studied English Literature and History, she earned her BA and Teaching Diploma. She then studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Oregon, Journalism and Classical Art at Georgetown University. Lynn is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in archeology. She lived on both coasts of the United States, traveled to Europe. She managed to work as a teacher, agricultural worker, office worker, painter, assistant veterinarian-pathologist, traded jewelry, was a freelance editor and freelance journalist. “I started my professional writing career as a lyricist in Alexandria, VA, in 1984, writing for brochures, advertisements and promotional publications. My first assignment was a brochure for the Assets Protection Team, a kind of strikebreaking job. We returned to Maine in 1987 and I started freelance work, among other things, for Bangor Daily News (Maine`s Biggest Daily Newspaper!) And Maine In Print, which gave me the opportunity to interview some great people. " “My first published story, Letter to Alexi, was a parody of vampire erotica. He appeared in Prisoners of the Night Magazine in 1995. His text is currently available online at the Mind`s Eye Fiction website. " Among her favorite authors and influential authors, Lynn Flevelling names Tom Stoppard, Mary Reno, Umberto Eco, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Ray Bradbury and Anne Rice. From time to time she teaches writing seminars. In 1981, she married Douglas Flevelling, whom she fell in love with while still in school. They now have two adult sons. Lynn Flevelling currently lives with her family in East Aurora, in Northwest New York. In the early 80s in college, Fleveling was fond of role-playing games, played and was a master in AD&D, it was from the characters of the game that the idea of ​​the main character of the first books - Seregil was born. The books "Revenge of the Dark God" and "Crouching Darkness" constitute a dilogy, or rather, one book, split into two volumes at the request of the publishers. "Moon of the Betrayer" is a separate book, although its action takes place in the same world and the same characters act in it. "Revenge of the Dark God" in 1996 was nominated for the Compton Crook / Stephen Tall Award. At the moment, another novel from this cycle, "Shadows Return", has been released, but not published in Russian. In 2010, a new novel about the adventures of Alec and Seregil will be released - "The White Road". The book "The Ragdoll Twin", which takes place in the world of "Night Wanderers" 400 years earlier, is the first book of a new trilogy and begins the "Tamir Triad" cycle, which now also includes the novel "Hidden Warrior", which was nominated for a Spectrum Award in 2004. The third part - "The Return of the Queen" ("Oracle`s Queen"), was released in 2006. Flevelling says, "From the beginning, my intention was to take standard fantasy shapes and cut them, break and stretch, create stereotypes and overcome them." The main character of the cycle, Seregil, reflects the features of one of Flevelling`s favorite heroes, Sherlock Holmes. This is noticeable both in the situations arising in hidden quotations from the adventures of the great detective, and in the techniques borrowed from his arsenal. Flevelling`s works have been translated into more than twelve languages. Official website: sff.net/people/Lynn.Flewelling