- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; 2nd Impression edition (6 July 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0434016098
- ISBN-13: 978-0434016099
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,217,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night Watch Hardcover – 6 Jul 2006
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"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power." --Quentin Tarantino ""Star Wars" meets the Vampires in Moscow . . . it bursts with a sick, carnivorous glee in its fiendish games." --"The New York Times ""The Night Watch" "is inventive, sardonic and imbued with a surprising sense that, for this author and his audience, much of this stuff is new-minted." --"The Independent" (UK) A "sceptical, intelligent thriller."-"Telegraph" (UK) "Fascinating. . . . [The] excellent translation by Andrew Bromfield keeps the pace moving. . . . One of the most original and readable supernatural fictions in some time."-"Scotland on Sunday ""Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park. . . . The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires' seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome."- Ron Charles, "The Washington Post Book World ""Lukyanenko is great at rolling out new concepts for the reader to savour."-"The Sydney Morning Herald "(Australia) "[As] potent as a shot of vodka. . . . [A] compelling urban fantasy."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred 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" "From the Trade Paperback edition."
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Up front, this is a stylish fantasy / horror novel, written with wit and graceful economy. With a strong cast of "Others", Light or Dark beings with magical energies, it should appeal to fans of the Buffy series and the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter books. However, it has all the twists of a Robert Ludlum thriller, with typical Cold-War subterfuge and misdirection and battling intelligence agencies, and all the philosophy (and more) of the Matrix movies without the wilfully patronizing tone in which they indulge. With a million copies sold in its original Russian, and not one but two movie adaptations already produced, its appeal straddles genre divides with impunity.
It's really well written, the level of detail is supremely good and the character/plot development is so detailed. You can really get into the characters and the plot is believable, and it will make you wish this reality existed!
It is devided into three sections with individual story lines. The first one covers Svetlana, a Russian woman with a curse vortex that is about to destroy the world. It ends in a lovely little fight between the Dark and the Light on the roof of a flat. The second is about a mysterious Light Magician killing Dark Ones illegally and how Anton needs to find out the killer. This results into the mention of Inqisition. The third part is about the job the Svetlana has to do and with re-writing destiny. Only fmale Light Magicians can do this.
Sergei Lukyanenko has visualised this reality very well and nothing seems to have been lost in translation. Reading about the Russian life style is also pretty interesting, and I love the mentions to the fact that the Others 'experimented' with Communism and World War II. It's a very good read and I can't wait to get the Day Watch.
Its about the 2 forces good and evil and a selection of people who enter the twilight to protect the general public from vampires.
You really get to know the ins and outs of the main character "Anton" and his side kick "Olga".
The book is split into 3 sub books where again it gives you a different perpective.
Brilliant fiction which makes you almost believe that this really did happen in the medieval times and today too.
Cant wait to read the others in the trilogy plus the sequel " The Last Watch"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it. Well worth 5 stars. A bit cryptic in parts, to much for my small brain. But still a good read. A very good read. An excellent read.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wasn't sure what to think of The Nights Watch from reading the reviews some said it was rather heavy on philosophy and I was quite interested to see what it had to say however... Read morePublished 6 months ago by O. J. Mcshane
This story is set in a slightly shifted version of our world but set in Moscow. Anton is part of the Night Watch which consists of the magicians and supernatural creatures which... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anne
A story of magic and the conflict between good and evil in Moscow. Although I enjoyed the imagery created by the author, the plot didn't make it an exciting page turner for me... Read morePublished 20 months ago by andrew kerr
I disagree that this is better than the film because I loved the film. But it is a good read.Published on 21 May 2015 by Dr.Uid