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CASKET OF SOULS
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
The sixth book in Flewelling’s Night- runner series is full of intrigue and plots upon plots, and contains a few excellent developments in character relationships, too. Seregil and Alec are complicated and fully-drawn characters but unfortunately, this book feels a bit disjointed and the two main plotlines never quite jell, leaving this reviewer feeling slightly (only slightly!) dissatisfied.
While posing as dissolute nobles in the Skalan capital of Rhiminee, Seregil and Alec uncover a treasonous plot to depose Queen Phoria in favor of her younger and more popular sister, Klia. Court politics are treacherous at the best of times in Rhiminee, but since the war with Plenimar isn’t going as well as expected, Alec and Seregil must step more carefully than usual.
At the same time, a plague has broken out in the poorer sections of the city: people are succumbing to what appears to be a kind of sleeping sickness and dying a few days later. As the plague spreads to wealthier neighborhoods, there seems to be a strange connection between the plot and the sickness — and Alec and Seregil are at the center of it all. (SPECTRA, Jun., 476 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: June 2012