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The New Watch [Hardcover]

Sergei Lukyanenko
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2 May 2013

Walking the streets of our cities are the Others. These men and women are guardians of the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world that exists alongside our own. Each has sworn allegiance to one side, fighting for the Light, or the Darkness. But now, beyond the continuing struggle comes a peril that threatens their very world .

At Moscow airport, Higher Light Magician Anton Gorodetsky overhears a child screaming that a plane is about to crash. He discovers that the child is a prophet: an Other with the gift of foretelling the future. When the catastrophe is averted, Gorodetsky senses a disruption in the natural order, one that is confirmed by the arrival of a dark and terrifying predator.

From the Night Watch headquarters Gorodetsky travels to London, to Taiwan and across Russia in search of clues, unearthing as he goes a series of increasingly cataclysmic prophecies. He soon realises that what is at stake is the existence of the Twilight itself - and that only he will be able to save it.


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434022314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434022311
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you've been following Russkie Lukyanenko's excellent parallel universe series you'll have rushed out and bought this book already. the Watch books are deeper and meatier than most of their kind." (4 star review, Weekend Sport)

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The fifth instalment of the phenomenal Night Watch series; vampire novels set in a richly realised post-Soviet Moscow. Reminiscent of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials in its ambitions and achievement, the series has sold for huge advances all over Europe.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel, but probably not a finale. 2 May 2013
Format:Hardcover
The Night Watch series has been described as Russia's answer to Harry Potter. Personally, I've never thought this was a particularly flattering comparison - it's much bigger and better.
After the original trilogy of books, (Night Watch, Day Watch, Twilight Watch) Sergei Lukyanenko declared the series complete. He had told the story he wanted to tell, and he was happy with it. A few years later, he realised just how many loose ends were left, and expanded into a quadrilogy with The Last Watch. And later still, he figured there might just be another story to tell, and we ended up with The New Watch, released in the UK today (02/05/13) after six months of translation.
Fans will be happy to hear that Sergei hasn't strayed from his "three story" method of writing. Each book contains three stories, the first two loosely connected, and the third being a climax of the two, where plot strands are connected. Its one of the strongest writing styles I've ever seen, because it always leaves you wanting more, tantalisingly close to working things out, but never certain of your theory.
Set some five years after The Last Watch, The New Watch continues the story of Anton Gorodetsky the accidental higher magician, his daughter Nadya the new Messiah, and Gaeser, the scheming puppeteer, and expands on the world of The Others. After discovering a Prophet (a rare type of other), Anton is flung into peril when he discovers that Prophets are hunted and killed by a physical manifestation of The Twilight before their major prophecy is revealed. Rivalries must be put aside, and new alliances formed, in order to protect the young Other from an unstoppable force.
I'm not going to lie - I didn't think a fifth book was necessary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The fifth novel in this series was a delight to read. All the favourite characters are there - Gorodetsky, Gesar, Olga etc. It was also fun to meet Arina again. The plot was quite intricate and interesting. Once again the twilight is threatened, and this time by Gorodetsky's own daughter. On the minus side, Lukyanenko is in this novel often prone to some rather longwinded philosophical discussions about the nature of the twilight and other topics along the same vein.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and imaginative urban fantasy 9 May 2013
By I Readalot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Fans of Lukyanenko's `Watch' series will need little encouragement to read `The New Watch', it was on my reading list as soon as I heard it was being published. Once again Lukyanenko takes us into his version of our world but this time takes the reader deeper into an understanding of the Twilight.

The story starts with Anton noticing a young boy at the airport, he screams, terrified about getting on the plane with his mother. From there we learn about prophets and the mysterious entity known as `the tiger'. I like the fact that in this series it is all about the Light and the Dark Others keeping a balance in the world, the distinction between good and evil is blurred.

There is plenty of humour and popular references include Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and House. Anton has forgone his mini-disc player for an MP3 although the mini-disc is not forgotten entirely and has its part to play. The story involves a hunt to learn prophecies and we travel to London and Tawain.

I believe this is the last of the `Watch' novels and the ending does have a note of finality. Overall it is a compelling and imaginative urban fantasy well written and translated. Perfect for fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great 1 Jan 2014
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I bought this like so many other books, on the strength of the earlier volumes in the series. For some reason, this one fell flat and well short of what I was expecting. DId I have expectations that were too high? Possibly, but then the characters of the Night Watch series have been engaging and engrossing in the same way as the classic Saturday matinee adventures. If you have not read the earlier volumes, it might both be satisfactory and confusing as it draws on the back story and history of the characters built up to this volume, much like the Game of Thrones series of novels (and most other series for that matter). If you're a fan of Lukanenko's work, then it is worth adding to the collection since there is one more supposedly in the works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series. 25 Jun 2013
By Alfie
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I'm addicted to the night watch series so not reading this wasn't really an option. Had to get it and am loving it so far. I would advise reading the other books first if you haven't already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Watch 10 April 2014
By Ak
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All of the books in this series are simply fantastic. I was having withdrawal symptoms from reading Game of Thrones and Stephen Kings Dark Tower Series. I wasn't sure I would enjoy what I thought was a horror genre. How wrong was I? Firstly, the books are not a horror genre. They are beautifully translated and keep you captured throughout. I love the way Sergei Lukyanenko tells three little stories to solve a bigger mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worthy addition to the series 12 Mar 2014
By kman
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It took me a while before buying this book as I had convinced myself the story had nowhere else to go. I was very happy I did as this genuinely feels like the author felt there was more to say and not just a little money spinner. It is a worthy addition to the series. Fans of the previous books will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fine addition to the series, I was surprised that the author thought of more ideas to write about, very good.
Published 2 days ago by sharon moussaieff
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to the Night Watch series!
Brilliant original story, mixing classic fantasy with modern times and Russian culture.
Another great addition to the Night Watch series! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mr. James C. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good value
Published 7 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
All his books are firm favourites of mine, just hoping he writes another. Sometimes sequels can be poor in relation to the first book however I feel that he has grown as a writer... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kristina
4.0 out of 5 stars The New Watch is a good book to read
I have read all of the watches, this book is good could of done with more action but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Miss N.L. Raymond
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.
The story is only so so, I kept on reading waiting for something exciting or original to happen but no luck. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rigman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequal, but not the best in the series.
A good book. All the familiar characters are present.
But for me, it built up a really serious sounding event all through the story which turned out at the end to be a big... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nige
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done!
Have read all five of the series in order and they definitely need to be read that way.
Great story, nicely tied up and obviously written by an author who enjoyed telling... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A slight change to the level of action.
As always an interesting story with morality questioning subtexts. Nice to see the characters relationships have changed and evolved. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I think he should stop writing these books
I've loved the books in this series but this was a terrible let down. Filled with Anton's usual ramblings but without the excitement to move the story along.
Published 3 months ago by Rycharde Everley
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