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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500713
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brent Weeks studied at Hillsdale College, before brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung-Fu, also tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on napkins and, eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.

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The first instalment in an astonishing and epic tale of magic, violence and revenge.

About the Author

Brent Weeks studied at Hillsdale College, before brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung-Fu, also tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on napkins and, eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nuno Veloso on 27 Oct. 2009
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I bought the 3 books of Night Angel Triology altogether, and I just finished reading "The Way of Shadows" a couple of hours ago.

Characters: Very strong and well built ones, others not so really (because they didn't need too), and a couple of them that could have been more developed. The main character is really good, as well as some of the more important ones (be them friend of foe).

The world/enviroment: The world is simple and with no big crazy innovations in the style, but it suited the story well. As for the enviroment and scene description, I really loved some parts. The beginning of the book made me dive head first in the story, and kept me turning pages.

The plot: Really good! My only negative comment on this is the last third or quarter of the book, where I got a bit lost in events (probably helped the fact that I read this part very late in the night, and my attention might not be the same, but damn! I wanted to know was happened next!!!)

Overall: Great book! I'll give it a 4/5 because I'm not one of giving 5/5 easily, I keep that note for the astonishing ones. This ones is great as I said, kept me turning pages, even when work was just some hours away and I should sleep. I recommend it with my eyes closed and without any doubt! Looking forward for the next one, who is already out of the shelf and ready to start my page turning addiction...tonight :)
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126 of 141 people found the following review helpful By James Long on 7 Jun. 2009
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After releasing both books of Karen Miller's Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology within the space of a few months (and, it must be said, achieving considerable success with such a method), Orbit decided to do the same with Brent Weeks' The Night Angel Trilogy: all three books were released within a month of each other.

This is a particularly clever marketing ploy, as it means that fans don't have to wait long for each instalment, while the author's reputation and presence is built all the more quickly (or destroyed, depending on the books!).

Quite a bit of buzz has been steadily growing online around The Way of Shadows, so it moved rapidly up my reading list. I must confess I had my doubts about this debut, one being that it might veer too far towards bubblegum fantasy territory. Having finished the novel, I've found that some of my concerns were justified while others were not.

In short, The Way of Shadows is something of a mixed bag.

The weakest aspect for me was the worldbuilding, or to be blunt, total lack of it. What we have is a standard medieval-esque world of kings, princes, assassins and soldiers. There's even a magic sword and a prophecy. In short, there is absolutely no innovation whatsoever. For some readers this is not a problem; the issue of worldbuilding vs characterisation is an old one, and many fans of the genre are quite happy as long as the story and characters are good. That's fair enough, but personally I like fantasies where the author attempts to push the boundaries a bit, do something a little different. Failing that, the world needs to at least come through well in the writing; I need to be able to become absorbed in it. Weeks' world fails on both accounts for me - it's neither particularly interesting and it just never reeled me in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Griss on 6 Nov. 2009
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Normally if I'm not enjoying a fantasy book by the 5th chapter, it usually means it's not going to get any better.

The first half of this book is rubbish. It's very hard going and very depressing (child abuse etc). It was as if the author is trying to get an important message across about child abuse rather than concentrating on writing a good book and developing the characters. I kept reading though and I have to say about half way, maybe 3 quarters of the way through the first book it gets really good.

I really enjoyed the 2nd and third book, although I did feel like it ended a bit quickly.

I absolutely love fantasy (George R Martin, Robert Jordan, David Gemmell etc etc) and although this isn't up there with the best by any mean, I think this author could write some really good fantasy in the future - so he's one to watch out for.

I know it's hard to continue with a book that doesn't get good until half way through the first novel - but give it a go and I think you'll be surprised.

There's not that many decent fantasy writing out there, they're all dropping like flies, so I'm ona mission to discover some new/decent authors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By _astra_ on 27 April 2010
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It was an entertaining read, almost a page turner.
However, I could not escape a feeling that although, all the right ingredients were present, such as mages, swords, bows, kings, etc., it didn't feel like a fantasy, more like an adventure story.
Too much of freely disposed magic. When you have so much of it, the magic looses its "magic" element. A very confusing history of the world. If not confusing then very little of it, so it is difficult to understand some things that happen because we don't understand the background of characters or history of places.
When Joe Abercrombie's the First Law trilogy was published, people were raving about how gritty and bloody it was. I agree, but The Way of Shadows is a lot worse or should I say "better"? A significant amount of flying intestines and spilled blood. There are a few heart wrenching moments intermeshed with love.
Not bad, all in all. A good read but as a fantasy it lacks some depth. Hopefully, it will improve in the next two books. I am willing to give the trilogy a chance.

On to the book two of the Night Angel trilogy, Shadow's Edge
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