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Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Day Watch (2000)

by Sergei Lukyanenko

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Series: Watch (2), World of Watches Hexalogy (2)

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This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission. Title: Day Watch Series: Night Watch Author: Sergei Lukyanenko Rating: of 5 Battle Axes Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 480 Format: Kindle Synopsis: 3 interconnected stories centered around a game being played between Geser and Zabulon with some very long consequences for both the Light and the Dark. And the Inquisition is showcased a bit more. My Thoughts: Whereas the first book, Night Watch, dragged me all over the place, this one simply left me feeling deliciously melancholy for the whole book without feeling depressed. That is a rare thing and something I treasure. The Elric of Melnibone series accomplished the same feat, but at its heart it is just an action story. Here we have a story of Dualism and how it affects those who are in the fray. The stories were interesting but I gave no thought to trying to figure out what game Geser and Zabulon [the leaders of the Light and the Dark in Moscow, respectively] were playing. I simply sat back and let the words sweep me away. One of the things I didn't like was that Lukyanenko used a lot of song lyrics in this and I'm sure they either tied into the story or if one knew of Russian pop culture, would have been much more meaningful. I simply skipped them and didn't feel like I'd missed a thing. One of the things that got my back up in the previous book was how Dualistic it was. This was even more so, but it showed the inevitable consequences of believing in Dualism, in just about any form and hence defeated itself, philosophically speaking. It also made me thankful for a God who isn't just some nameless force schlepping around in the background. I had watched both movies, Night Watch & Day Watch, after reading Night Watch and was a little afraid that I might have spoiled the book for myself. Nothing doing. The movie and the book don't appear to be related at all. However, if I see certain plot points in future books, I'll know they just crammed in things from them into the movie Day Watch. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
A continuation of the battle of Light vs Dark, this time mainly seen through the eyes of Day Watch members. Still in the style of 3 stories with their share of philosophical questions. Also, just like the first book, you don't know what the main plot line or goal is till the very end. It is interesting seeing the world from a Dark perspective and puts a different twist on the world Sergei developed. The story is good, with the writing/translation being much better than the first book. ( )
  renbedell | Aug 1, 2016 |
It felt a little disjointed as I couldn't remember half the references it made to The Night Watch, but overall still enjoyable. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
A novel told through several different stories. In the first, a Dark witch is sent to summer camp to recharge her magic, and falls in love with a Light sorcerer there. In the second, a man with extraordinary abilities and amnesia arrives in Moscow, where he gets caught up in the eternal battle between Light and Dark. The third is the story of Svetlana, the witch Anton fell in love with in Night Watch. The magic is like nothing I've encountered before, but these books really bother me. First is the problem of translation--dialog translated from Russian always grates on my ear. Second is the problem of song lyrics; every chapter or even every paragraph there's another stanza of inane song lyrics that the protagonist supposedly deeply understands. And third, and worst of all, is the fact that the characters are incessantly concerned with whether there truly is a difference between good and evil. I am so, so tired of moral relativism. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
The sequel to 'Night Watch,' presented in a similar format - three separate stories that together form an arc.
While 'Night Watch' shows the perspective of the traditional 'good guys,' the stories in 'Day Watch' are from the point of view of the 'Dark Ones,' which means that they're a bit less sympathetic (lots of self-centeredness, the attitude that the end justifies the means, and oh yeah, sometimes murder and atrocities are just part of a day's work.)

Unauthorized Personnel Permitted
A witch who has overextended herself in a magical action temporarily loses her powers. When this happens to Alisa, the head of the Dark Ones, Zabulon, sends her to recuperate while posing as a camp counselor - she can suck energy from the happy (or, rather, homesick and nightmare-prone) young campers. However, without access to her magic, she finds herself unexpectedly falling for a handsome co-worker at the summer camp - hardly typical for a Dark witch.

A Stranger Among Others
A man finds himself on a train - with no memory of who he is, just a huge bag full of cash - and a weird compulsion to take certain actions. Who is he? Is someone controlling him, and if so, which side? Matters are complicated when this cipher seems to have unprecedentedly powerful magic.

Another Power
The Dark Ones jockey over control of a powerful artifact which has been stolen from its guardians, and could well throw off the balance between Dark and Light. The Inquisition will have to get involved.

As with the previous book, I found the strength of this book to be in its vivid Russian setting, and the depiction of the culture. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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Andrew Bromfield's translation of... Day Watch... showcases Lukyanenko's sardonic sense of humor.

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Sergei Lukyanenkoprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bromfield, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pöhlmann, ChristianeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Васильев, Владимир Николаевичsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are The Others. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy world that exists in parallel to our own, each owes allegiance either to The Dark or The Light. In "The Day Watch", second book of the "Night Watch" trilogy, Alice, a young but powerful Dark Other, attends a planning meeting with her comrades in the Day Watch. The team is on a mission to apprehend an uninitiated Other, a practicing Dark witch who has so far eluded the bureaux responsible for finding and initiating unlicensed practitioners of magic. It seems a routine operation. But when they arrive, the Night Watch team has already made the arrest. A fierce battle ensues, during which Alice almost dies. Drained of her powers, she is sent to recuperate at a youth camp near the Black Sea. There she meets Igor; the chemistry between them is instant and irresistible. But then comes a shattering realisation: Igor is a Light Mage. Suddenly, Alice remembers him as one of those involved in the battle that left her crippled. Now that they know, there is no alternative to a magical duel, a battle that neither of them wants to win...

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In the sequel to Night Watch, the uneasy balance between the forces of Light and Dark is threatened when a priceless and powerful artifact is stolen from the Others and when one of the Dark Ones, a young witch who enhances her evil powers by absorbing the fear from children's nightmares, falls in love with a handsome young Light One.… (more)

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