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The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy) (edition 2008)

by Brent Weeks

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Title:The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy)
Authors:Brent Weeks
Info:Orbit (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
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The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

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It took me a while to get into this and while I enjoyed it there were points that make me give it 3 stars instead of 4. The different lands and people felt like just names on a page rather than life life, and the names got thrown around so much that it just got confusing. Also some of the plot twists were just TOO twisty, to the point that they were cliche.

The mythology and world building was interesting and the characters compelling so I will be checking out the sequel at some point. ( )
  jadedlioness | Dec 29, 2015 |
Sorry, I have a migraine and therefore I will not be writing a review at this time. Not because of the book mind you, THAT I finished in the wee hours of the morning and it is now evening. :) ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
What a thrilling adventure! I love the complex story. The characters had great depth and beautiful arcs. ( )
  LaPhenix | Nov 22, 2015 |
The ratings are justified. This story kicks some major ass.

We follow a young buy named Azoth, an orphan living on the streets in a setting that reminds you of old Victorian England. Gangs have absolute control, under the rule of Sa'kage, the nine lords that run the underworld.

Azoth is merely a child with a big heart and a sad understanding that he will most likely not live to see his adult life, because of his gang's second in command, Rat.

Weeks didn't pull any punches in setting his scenes, and they are not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of violence and sexual abuse of children, but i have to say that it hasn't been presented in a too graphic way that some authors seem to prefer.

Azoth seems to get into more and more trouble with his gang, and just as he believes he will most certainly die, he comes face to face with the most notorious wetboy of his time Durzo Blint. Azoth sees his chance to live and save his friends, Durzo sees an annoying kid that lives on borrowed time. Azoth needs Durzo to take him on as an apprentice, knowing that being connected to the most dangerous man alive would be enough to secure him a chance at a future away from the slums.

Durzo gives him a chance, just one chance....and Azoth takes it, becoming Kylar, a liar, a killer, a shadow. He gets everything he wanted, but as he grows he starts to see just how steep is the price he had to pay. How different is being a ghost that cannot know any true happiness to being dead?

Weeks did a damned good job. ( )
  IvieHill | Aug 6, 2015 |
This book was INSANE. I have no idea to review this without spoiling all the things. ( )
  dkgarner95 | Jul 29, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316033677, Mass Market Paperback)

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.

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Determined to escape the Warrens, Azoth seeks out Durzo Blint, the city's most ruthless assassin, to persuade him to take him on as an apprentice and to teach him the deadly Way of Shadows.

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