2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2012
Somehow this 6th book in the Nightrunner series felt like the first true 'Nightrunner' book to me. Maybe because the book is set (almost) fully in Riminee and focuses completely on Alec and Seragil breaking into houses, dealing with political intrigue and solving a mystery.
The two pronged mystery is well written, I particularly liked the idea of the reader knowing who was behind one part but not the other and being uncertain whether the two are linked.
Fans of the many supporting characters will be disappointed with only brief appearances of Micum and his family, although Thero features heavily and Beka and Phoria have a few short chapters.
This is my favourite of the series so far, stylistically as good as 'Shadows Return' and 'The White Road' but with the fun of the original trilogy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2012
I love the first 3 novels in The Nightrunner series - whilst books 4 & 5 were still good, I didn't particularly enjoy the core story development. I agree with other reviewers that Casket of Souls puts the emphasis back on intrigue & action, and as such was more enjoyable for me than the preceeding two.
However, I do feel that something is missing from this installment and that's the complexity & depth of the Seregil & Alec characters. I found them relatively bland this time around - especially Seregil who is usually such an angsty & secretive character. I also felt there was little evidence of the romantic chemistry between them.
on 25 August 2012
As some of the other reviews have already stated, this installment seems much truer to the original Nightrunner books - action-packed, suspenseful and with a solid, mysterious base. That is not to say that the previous two were any less enjoyable; they were just atmospherically and thematically different to the first batch, and Casket of Souls, I feel, delivers great elements of both, especially when references to Sebrahn are made with Alec's reaction children struck by the mysterious plague.
Admittedly, the story could get confusing with so many names, both old and new are presented fairly early on, and a number of different plots circling at the same time, but it begins to make more sense once you're over the halfway mark and you can thoroughly enjoy the intrigue and suspense that Flewelling is renowned for.
on 19 February 2013
Having purchased all the books in the series, I found this one to be slightly disappointing. The previous books in the series are so brilliant, exciting and so enjoyable I had expected this one to be in the same vein. Not that it wasn't enjoyable - just missing some of the wow factor - particularly as Ms. Flewelling's last book was so brilliant. Could be the lack of travel to different places or a sort "sameness" in pursuit of the "baddies".
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2012
Once I started I just could not put the book down. It had the feel of the 1st 2 books and I truly loved it. To be honest I can't say anything bad about it. Very enjoyable, fast paced lots of intrigue and back stabbing great book.