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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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The Way of Shadows is a good book. As far as dark fantasy goes, it isn't my favorite, but it is a good book. I really liked the ending, and felt it justified alot of the trials and tribulations the characters go through over the course of the novel. The plot is really intricate, and it's damn well written.

For anyone who has read Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick, or The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett, then this is definitely worth a look. I'm eager to read the next part in the series! ( )
  Illise_Montoya | Sep 28, 2014 |
I love this author! I was fortunate enough to meet him at WorldCon 2011, he signed all my books and was super cool to talk to! ( )
  kpevjen | Sep 17, 2014 |
I love this author! I was fortunate enough to meet him at WorldCon 2011, he signed all my books and was super cool to talk to! ( )
  kpevjen | Sep 17, 2014 |
With as much blood and gore as a John Webster play this book is not for the faint-hearted. Through the mire however weaves a story of sin and repentance, love and sacrifice and a complex web of life-altering decisions in which each character (even those seemingly insignificant) play their part. This is a book about choice and consequence in its rawest form. ( )
  themus | Aug 2, 2014 |
This is the debut work for this author. I’ve read and really enjoyed his later Lightbringer series, so decided to go back and start with this first set.

The plot draws you in from the beginning, and the cliché of not wanting to put the book down and just read one more chapter has never been more apt. They are on the darker side of fantasy books, with some graphic descriptions but this only makes the story that more "real".

Azoth is a street urchin, working in the gang of the evil Roth. He dreams of leaving the slums and never being afraid again. He wants to do better, and to be able to protect himself and his friends from the evil of the gangs. Azoth wants to be an apprentice to Durzo Blint, who is acknowledged to be the best 'wetboy' or assassin in the city. He finally gets his chance when Blint agrees to take him on; and he learns this trade of killing. Along the way, Blint introduces Azoth to many of his friends. Momma K is the leader of the Pleasure Guild, a tough and robust woman who teaches Azoth how to blend into polite society. Blint's long-time friend Count Drake shows Azoth that there is more to life than the fame of being the best assassin there is. Drake also helps him to understand that it is possible to love even in the hardest circumstances. After many years of training and hard work, Azoth is ready to take his first contract and his new name.

The relationship between the two central characters is as intense as it is enigmatic. Durzo Blint is, to all intents and purposes, as ruthless as they come and never stops reminding Azoth how little he values life, including Azoth's. Yet beneath this brutal exterior, there's depths there that go against the cold ruthlessness he's eager to project.

The characters are well realised, but the world building isn't quite so detailed - to me though this was not a bad thing, as it kept the book moving at a fast pace well suited to the plot, with all its twists and turns. The author is not afraid to kill off characters with which the reader has formed a bond, which is initially shocking and then refreshing in its ingenuity.

What's also refreshing about this book is that Weeks doesn't rely too heavily on standard fantasy plot devices. Magic is used but the cost of using magic is also clearly shown, a character will not simply use a magic spell when the mood takes him or her, the use of magic is extremely draining and often dangerous to the person using it, especially in the hands of the unskilled.

The criminal underworld setting for this book has echoes of Scott Lynch's The Lies of Lock Lamora, another superb fantasy book that, like this book, pushes fantasy in new directions.

Fast-moving, inventive, dark, many-stranded and above all fun. Thankfully, I bought the trilogy as a set … so I could start book 2 the minute I put this one down. ( )
  Jawin | Jul 19, 2014 |
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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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