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Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Day Watch (original 2000; edition 2007)

by Sergei Lukyanenko

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Title:Day Watch
Authors:Sergei Lukyanenko
Info:Miramax (2007), Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Your library, 2010 Challenge, 2008 Challenge
Tags:fiction, fantasy, paranormal, spy, action, thriller, occult

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Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko (2000)



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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 |
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 |
I love these books. They are not easy to read, they have complicated plots - but it is well worth the time it takes to understand what is happening.

This book starts with a Light Magician and a Dark Witch being sent to recover at a children's camp to recover (Each magician type uses light or dark energy). When these two enemies discover each other - a duel happens, killing the Dark Witch. This sets off a devious plot of warring factions that starts a complicated convoluted plot in motion, with checks and counter-checks where all pieces on the table are being used for the benefit of the Watches.

This world is hauntingly beautiful. The people in this world are strange, troubled, not Human (or becoming Not human). The city of Moscow is a full character in these books - a cold place of tall buildings, uncaring residents, beautiful. Its a talented author that can hit the sweet spot of explanation to showing. Also, I want to mention that the translator did an excellent job in this book. Without reading Russian, the book still resonated with me.

I highly recommend this series if you want to read something that is well written, requires thinking, and is not quite like anything else available in print. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jan 4, 2015 |
This book was not anywhere near the same level as Night Watch. The same characters were present and I definitely enjoyed Lukyanenko's ability to switch to the "other" side. It felt like the Day Watch other's should have been presented as considerably darker. Other than that mild criticism Lukyanenko keeps up a high level of writing and I overall enjoyed the book. ( )
  fickledragon | May 24, 2014 |
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Andrew Bromfield's translation of... Day Watch... showcases Lukyanenko's sardonic sense of humor.

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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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