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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
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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 |
Weer drie mooie verhalen over de Wachten van Moskou. Het boek doet een goede poging om de strijd tussen de Lichte en de Duistere wachten te beschrijven.

Zeer goed geschreven. Kan niet wachten op de volgende delen. ( )
  EdwinK | Dec 6, 2013 |
Halloween 2013#6

Night Watch series figures among the best (Urban) fantasy series I have read. I have been reading, savouring, the Night Watch series one book a year, every Halloween. The fulfilling feeling one gets from a book so well conceptualised and written can only be matched by the wait and the expectations built up over a year.

There is the supernatural, then the philosophising about good and evil, and finally some serious action and mind games to top it off. This has been a regular feature with both the books. The world is quite simple and easy to understand, a lesson there for young writers like Samantha Shannon. There are the usual vampires and werewolves, shape-shifters, doing totally unusual things and some very unlikely witches and magicians as well - all categorised under "Others". There is no triumph of good over evil, the entire series is based over the concept of balance of light and dark; note the choice of words "light and dark" in place of "good and evil", a point of differentiation which will become much clearer once one reads the book.

Having read the masters like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Gogol, I was always aware of the depth of concepts in Russian literature. This remains, however, my only modern read from a Russian author and I wasn't disappointed in the least. Everything was well thought, even the choice of Russian songs quoted in the book, at various places, under various settings.

A book out of the mould; a book to read in leisure; a book to remember. ( )
  PiyushC | Nov 26, 2013 |
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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 editionsconfirmed
Bromfield, AndrewTranslatorsecondary 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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