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Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling
Cover Artist: Michael J. Komarck
Review by Mel Jacob
Spectra Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553590081
Date: 24 June 2008 List Price $7.50 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Lynn Flewelling's latest Nightrunner novel Shadows Return throws her heroes, Seregil and Alec, into slavery. Old enemies seek revenge and an alchemist covets the blood of both. Alec, half human and half Hazeldriel faie, carries a rare trait that can cure many ills. Some time in the past the Hazeldriel fled from others and took refuge beyond Ravensfell Pass. The secret carried by their blood has been lost and is never revealed, but they will kill any half-breeds with the trait to protect the race.

From official release/information:

Book Description: With their most treacherous mission yet behind them, heroes Seregil and Alec resume their double life as dissolute nobles and master spies. But in a world of rivals and charmers, fate has a different plan.…

After their victory in Aurënen, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Rhíminee. But with most of their allies dead or exiled, it is difficult for them to settle in. Hoping for diversion, they accept an assignment that will take them back to Seregil's homeland. En route, however, they are ambushed and separated, and both are sold into slavery. Clinging to life, Seregil is sustained only by the hope that Alec is alive.

But it is not Alec's life his strange master wants—it is his blood. For his unique lineage is capable of producing a rare treasure, but only through a harrowing process that will test him body and soul and unwittingly entangle him and Seregil in the realm of alchemists and madmen—and an enigmatic creature that may hold their very destiny in its inhuman hands. But will it prove to be savior or monster?

(Source: Spectra)

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