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The Night Watch [Paperback]

Sergei Lukyanenko
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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)

"So good that the film feels like a trailer for it" (Time Out)

"JK Rowling, Russian style ... arguably Russia's richest and most famous literary talent of the moment ... [a] cracking read, owing more to Rowling or Philip Pullman than it does to the horror genre ... surprisingly readable and addictive...it relies on suspense and psychological drama and a good dose of humour - rather than blood and guts" (Daily Telegraph)

"When a particular kind of story, heavily based in one culture, gets transferred into a culture distinctly different, something magical happens ... Something modern, new and distinctly creepy ... continues to work because the magic is rooted in the realities of modern Russia ... Inventive, sardonic, and imbued with a surprising the sense that, for this author and his audience, much of this stuff is new-minted" (Independent)

"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power" (Quentin Tarantino)

Book Description

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

From the Publisher

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

The phenomenal Russian bestseller (over a million copies sold in hardcover), a gloriously readable grunge fantasy/vampire novel set in a richly realised post-Soviet Moscow. First of a trilogy, Night Watch has sold across Europe and to 20th Century Fox for huge advances. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

All that stands between the darkness and the light is The Night Watch…

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are The Other. 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. The two factions, having long before realise that an open struggle can only create chaos and disaster, coexist in an uneasy truce, each side aware of, and keeping a close eye on, the other's activities around the city. Despite their leanings towards good and evil, their aim is not mutual destruction, but rather the maintenance of the precarious balance between the two.

Anton, an young Other, who owes allegiance to the Light, is a Night Watch agent, patrolling the streets and Metro of the city, as he protects ordinary people from the vampires and magicians of the Dark. On his rounds, Anton comes across a young woman, Svetlana, who he realises is under a powerful curse that threatens the entire city, and a boy, Egor, a young Other, too young to have committed to either The Dark or The Light and as yet unaware of his own enormous power, whom Anton narrowly saves from vampires.

Anton is assigned a partner, Olga, a powerful female Other who is in the form of an owl in punishment for a past error of judgement. Together with their colleagues in the Night Watch, they struggle to remove Svetlana’s curse and to protect Egor from the vampires that pursue him.
Set in a vividly realised post-Soviet Russia, where vampires operate under license and Good and Evil exist in a Cold War-like balance of power, The Night Watch is a page-turning fantasy thriller, an international bestseller that represents the most original writing in its genre since Anne Rice’s An Interview With A Vampire… --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

'JK Rowling, Russian style...arguably Russia's richest and most famous literary talent of the moment... [a] cracking read, owing more to Rowling or Philip Pullman than it does to the horror genre...surprisingly readable and addictive...it relies on suspense and psychological drama and a good dose of humour - rather than blood and guts' Daily Telegraph

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are The Others. The Others are magicians, possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the shadowy parallel world of the Twilight. Each Other owes allegiance either to the Dark or the Light, two factions coexisting in an uneasy truce, each keeping a close eye on the other's activities around the city. Their aim is not mutual destruction, but rather the maintenance of the precarious balance between good and evil.

The Night Watch, first book in the Night Watch Trilogy, follows Anton, a young Other owing allegiance to the Light. As a Night Watch agent he must patrol the streets and metro of the city, protecting ordinary people from the vampires and magicians of the Dark. When he comes accross Svetlana, a young woman under a powerful curse, and saves an unfledged Other, Egor, from vampires, he becomes involved in events that threaten the truce and the whole city...

'When a particular kind of story, heavily based in one culture, gets transferred into a culture distinctly different, something magical happens... Something modern, new and distinctly creepy...continues to work because the magic is rooted in the realities of modern Russia... Inventive, sardonic, and imbued with a surprising the sense that, for this author and his audience, much of this stuff is new-minted.' Independent

'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.' Lads Mag

'So good that the film feels like a trailer for it' Time Out

About the Author

SERGEI LUKYANENKO is the author of over 25 books. The Night Watch series has sold over two million hardbacks. The Night Watch and The Day Watch were both made into internationally successful films. Sergei Lukyanenko lives in Moscow.
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