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  • Paperback: 455 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax Books; Tra edition (26 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401359795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401359799
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,285,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power." --Quentin Tarantino ""Star Wars" meets the Vampires in Moscow . . . it bursts with a sick, carnivorous glee in its fiendish games." --"The New York Times ""The Night Watch" "is inventive, sardonic and imbued with a surprising sense that, for this author and his audience, much of this stuff is new-minted." --"The Independent" (UK) A "sceptical, intelligent thriller."-"Telegraph" (UK) "Fascinating. . . . [The] excellent translation by Andrew Bromfield keeps the pace moving. . . . One of the most original and readable supernatural fictions in some time."-"Scotland on Sunday ""Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park. . . . The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires' seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome."- Ron Charles, "The Washington Post Book World ""Lukyanenko is great at rolling out new concepts for the reader to savour."-"The Sydney Morning Herald "(Australia) "[As] potent as a shot of vodka. . . . [A] compelling urban fantasy."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "This modern day mythical fantasy is Anne Rice on an epic scale, a hugely imagined world. A chiller thriller from cold of Russia, this one's been selling like hot cakes around the world." --"Sunday Sport" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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All that stands between darkness and light is The Night Watch...

The phenomenal Russian bestseller (over a million copies sold in hardcover). First of the Night Watch Trilogy, gloriously readable vampire novels set in a richly realised post-Soviet Moscow that have sold for huge advances accross Europe

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Angus Bell on 18 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a gothic romantic thriller set in present day Moscow. The author uses the vehicle of a "Cold War" standoff between two opposing forces of supernaturally endowed beings (The Daywatch and The Nightwatch) to explore themes of the nature of good and evil. As the novel develops he introduces the idea of personal destiny and the conflict between predestination and choice. This is all played out on a dramatic foreground of vampire hunts, shapeshifters, and magical battles. It has great power because the supernatural stuff is contrasted with gritty descriptions of urban decay in Russia. The characters are very well described using economic prose which suits the overall feel. It really comes alive in the imagination and is far far far better realised as a romantic concept than the film which is much darker and less humane by comparison. There are some very nice ideas in this book which is divided into three separate parts with related storylines and in my view a great ending.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew Cooper on 19 Oct. 2007
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Maybe I'm easier to please than the other people that have reviewed the book on this site; but I really couldn't put it down. Translation issues have been raised, but in all honesty I think it's a very minor issue, it doesn't spoil the enjoyment of the book at all.

The stories are clever and the setting is intriguing. It's a very original take on an old subject matter and it leaves you wanting more. I read all three books in a couple of weeks and I recommend the whole trilogy to anyone that likes fantasy.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By GRBD on 11 July 2006
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On the streets of post-Soviet Moscow, an uneasy truce presides. The forces of Light and Dark, locked for centuries in eternal combat, watch over each other as they maintain the precarious status quo. During the day, the Light Ones are kept in check by the Day Watch, but at night, the Night Watch reigns. Part one of a trilogy, `The Night Watch' explores the complex dynamic of a Cold-War style standoff between Good and its ubiquitous opposite, Evil, through the actions and adventures of debutant field operative Anton. As he is directed, marionette-like, around the streets and undergrounds of Moscow, he debates the merits of goodness when preserving the peace means licensing the killing of innocent people, and the sacrificing of pawns to gain only a fleeting advantage in a power struggle that neither side can afford to lose.

Up front, this is a stylish fantasy / horror novel, written with wit and graceful economy. With a strong cast of "Others", Light or Dark beings with magical energies, it should appeal to fans of the Buffy series and the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter books. However, it has all the twists of a Robert Ludlum thriller, with typical Cold-War subterfuge and misdirection and battling intelligence agencies, and all the philosophy (and more) of the Matrix movies without the wilfully patronizing tone in which they indulge. With a million copies sold in its original Russian, and not one but two movie adaptations already produced, its appeal straddles genre divides with impunity.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cannonade on 24 Aug. 2006
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If your into reading books on the train, bus and other forms of public transport as well as in your own company, then this one is no exception to that! Though it may make you miss your stop because you can't pull yourself away from it, there is no reason why you couldn't read this book anywhere!

It's really well written, the level of detail is supremely good and the character/plot development is so detailed. You can really get into the characters and the plot is believable, and it will make you wish this reality existed!

It is devided into three sections with individual story lines. The first one covers Svetlana, a Russian woman with a curse vortex that is about to destroy the world. It ends in a lovely little fight between the Dark and the Light on the roof of a flat. The second is about a mysterious Light Magician killing Dark Ones illegally and how Anton needs to find out the killer. This results into the mention of Inqisition. The third part is about the job the Svetlana has to do and with re-writing destiny. Only fmale Light Magicians can do this.

Sergei Lukyanenko has visualised this reality very well and nothing seems to have been lost in translation. Reading about the Russian life style is also pretty interesting, and I love the mentions to the fact that the Others 'experimented' with Communism and World War II. It's a very good read and I can't wait to get the Day Watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred on 1 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a trilogy based selection of books followed by a sequel.
Its about the 2 forces good and evil and a selection of people who enter the twilight to protect the general public from vampires.
You really get to know the ins and outs of the main character "Anton" and his side kick "Olga".
The book is split into 3 sub books where again it gives you a different perpective.
Brilliant fiction which makes you almost believe that this really did happen in the medieval times and today too.
Cant wait to read the others in the trilogy plus the sequel " The Last Watch"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy67 on 26 Aug. 2010
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A great read. Love all things vampire and gothic but this book adds another dimension with a great story, interesting characters and combining vampires, witches and demons. The book is divided into three parts interlinked by the main character of Anton and told through his eyes.
Bought the book to read before watching the movies based on recommendations I read and they were both worth it. Although the main idea behind the book is in the movies, the films take a different, more dark and violent approach to the book and Night Watch the movie tells only part one of the books three parts. So even if you have seen the movie first the book gives more dimension, depth and understanding to the different worlds and especially the Twilight.
Highly recommend it and a different aspect to vampires and some interesting underlying themes. You dont have to be a fan of gothic or vampires as this book is a good fast pace suspence thriller at the core. Good ensemble of characters, good versus evil but in a supernatural way and set in the mysterious city of Moscow.
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