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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 of 4: Metamorphosis from Light to Dark?, 2 Jun 2007
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This review is from: Sumerechnyi Dozor (Twilight/Dusk Watch) (Hardcover)
This particular edition "Sumerechnyi Dozor" is a Russian publication, but the German version of "Twilight Watch" has been available for some time and the English version is about to be released this summer.

"Twilight Watch" follows "Night Watch" and "Day Watch" and anticipates "Eternal Watch" (available already in Russian and German).

In this third instalment of the series of four the son of the leader of Moscow's Night Watch blackmails a stranger into altering him to become an "Other", a member of the forces of Light or Dark, which has previously been believed an impossible feat. The novel follows the Night Watch's attempts at uncovering who this stranger is. This novel is a direct continuation of the previous books regarding background story and main characters, although some former secondary characters have become more important.

Described as Russia's (belated) answer to Tolkien, Lukianenko has created a lively and absorbing narrative evolving around the forces of the Light and the Dark, who, embraced in an eternal battle for the minds and spirits of the human population, share the responsibility to monitor each other's activities to uphold an equilibrium agreed upon a thousand years ago in the "Great Contract". Thus both forces have set up units tasked to control each other, making sure the respective other side observes granted quota of influencing humans: at night, the wizards and shapeshifters of the Light (the Night Watch) will police the streets, while at day it is the vampires and witches of the Dark (the Day Watch) who monitor the Light's activities.

Lukianenko does not simply take a manichaean stand point in his stories where the Light is the absolute Good and the Dark is the absolute Evil, but describes both sides as natural aspects of live and thus willing to go to considerable lenghts to assure their own status (aspiring dominance over the other). A feature Lukianenko uses to infuse the narrative with mysticism is the concept of the 'Twilight' and its several layers through which the forces of Light and Dark can move - unobserved by humans in the 'real world' - always endangered to be sucked into the void of un-being.

Each of the novels feature a pre-prolog stating this story's significance to the cause of the forces of Light and Dark, indicating both sides' actions. The narrative in "Twilight Watch" is described as being 'inconsequential' to the cause of both.
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