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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (3 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099489937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099489931
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Praise for The Night Watch:
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... 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)

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

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This novel, "Day Watch", follows "Night Watch" and anticipates "Twilight Watch" and "Eternal Watch" (the last title is available already in Russian and German).

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 (the third instalment in this series of four will deal more thoroughly with the 'Twilight'). I'm under the impression that this 'Twilight' is the source of power for the two forces, similar to Terry Pratchett's 'light fantastic'.
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The switch of view is exciting, but i fail to see the difference between the sides that would lead to an eternal conflict with world shattering consequences - both sides, "light" and "dark" seems to behave in much the same way and even hold much the same ideology.
If you liked the first then this is just as good.
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Like the first book, this one is also separated into 3 different books, each one written from the perspective of a different character. The first, tells the story of a witch, Alisa, who was introduced in the Night Watch. She seemed like a bitch in that book, but here she has character and you feel sorry for her. The author uses the same easy flow of words, so if you enjoyed the Night Watch, you won't be disappointed with the Day Watch. The second story introduces a strange character and the story has an interesting twist at the end. The whole books gives an interesting view of Moscow and Russian insight. I fully recommend this for any Night Watch fans.
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I was uncertain how i would take to the second book, i enjoyed the first immensley. But because i had already associated with the characters in the night watch i thought it might be difficult to change allegencs so to speak as the presumably the Day Watch was going to be written from the side of the Day Watch. But surely enough the author soon had me disliking the night watch and favouring the dark ones. it had a brilliant plot just like the first one and once again i thoroughly enjoyed it.
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The Day Watch is Book 2 of Lukyanenko's series surrounding the supernatural world of "The Others" in Moscow. The series as a whole focuses on the struggle between Good and Evil. The Night Watch (The first book of the series) focuses on those we as the reader would consider to be "The Good Guys." This novel looks at the second of the two watches- to put it in simple terms those on the side of evil.

When I first heard that the author had decided to write about the daywatch, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd really enjoyed the Night watch due to its exciting plot and characters, so I wasn't sure how I would enjoy a book that forces the reader to examine characters that they know to be bad. However I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author has written in an exciting an engaging way. He presents the characters in an interesting way, rather than writing them to be "Evil" in the truest sense of the world, he focuses on the fact that its their perception of the world and people in it that distinguishes them from the light ones. For example whilst the light ones go out of their way to help and aid others. The Dark Ones believe that every man should be out for themselves and that people get what they deserve and should expect nothing more.

I found myself as a reader understanding their point of view. Lukyanenko seems to bring the aspect of selfishness that everyone possesses and bring it to the forefront of the Daywatch. It makes the characters much more relatable as everyone has a tendancy to be selfish at one point or another.

The structure of the book follows that of The Night Watch. The novel is split into 3 parts. The first is narrated by Alissa, a witch readers are introduced to in The Night Watch.
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I read this from seeing the films of the series, and I can only say that I am absolutely in love with it. I cannot reccommend these books enough. It is an interesting spin on the magic/werewolf/vampire story.
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