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on 7 June 2013
These are a great trilogy of books according to my daughter, who read all three in under two weeks!
Purchased these as liked the idea of a complete boxed set of novels. Unfortunately the set arrived in a damaged condition, and are much smaller then the standard size novels you would expect?

Despite this, I contacted the seller and they were brilliant! - First class customer service. As they were out of stock of the item, they refunded the full cost including outward and return postage costs. Good email contact, and kept me informed at all times.

Would definately purchase from again!
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on 21 October 2009
This trilogy is a very ambitious project for a first time writer, and, naturally, has a number of hits and misses.

The first book takes us from Kylar's humble beginnings as a guild rat to his turning into a professional killer, or "Wetboy" as they are termed here, under the watchful eye of the masterful Durzo Blint.
Now, this plot is not particularly original, and neither is the setting. A corrupt city run by corrupt monarchs with little regard for the poor classes and a criminal organization working in the shadows. When I was reading, I couldn't stop thinking that this was some kind of The Godfather meets The Lord of the Rings.
In the world created by Weeks, each person has magical powers or "talent". Surprise surprise, Kylar's talent is severed and can only be channelled through a powerful artifact known as the "kakari", created once by a powerful wizard. Different kakari were created, with the black kakari being the most powerful of them all. Guess which one Kylar finds. Frodo, Sauron and the One Ring Anybody?

Book two takes us through the different political intrigues leading to a clash of kingdoms, good vs evil, in what should have been an epic ending of book three, but somehow, it wasn't. I had about 50 pages to go in book three and the final battle hadn't started, I actually thought it never would.

Another point was that not only being contempt with creating a whole new world, Weeks went onto giving it its own myths and legends. The author uses names of locations and cultures with ease in the first book, which is probably fine for him, but meaningless to the reader. It takes quite a while to get familiar with the different cultures, and by then, the trilogy is over.

Character development is probably more succesful with the secondary characters than the main ones, which is rare. The plot has holes which I am surprised made through the editing process. For example, in book two, Elene runs out chasing Vi Sovari because Vi has stolen some earrings with magical properties. Problem is, Elene never knew that Kylar bought said earrings or saw them in the house, how she makes that inference is beyond comprehension.

On the plus side, the author achieves a fine balance between the duality of the characters as heroes and their main preoccupations as mere humans. Kylar's sexual desire for Elene and his duties as the Night Angel. Vi's growing love for Kylar and her image as a cold seductress.

So all in all, an entertaining read, but the plot is somewhat flimsy and held by safetypins, the secondary characters work better than the main ones and too much information to take in.
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