- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 July 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099489929
- ISBN-13: 978-0099489924
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night Watch: (Night Watch 1) Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
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"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 ... continues to work because 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)
"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power" (Quentin Tarantino)
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
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The novel consists of three interlinked short stories all with Anton as the main character and revolving around the machinations of both sides in their attempt to get ahead and to tip the balance without breaking the treaty. This often involves influencing innocents or people who are just coming into their powers. The structure works fine and the setting is interesting too. I haven’t read too many books set in modern Russia and the descriptions of ordinary life and references to the Soviet era definitely enhanced the reading experience for me.
I did, however, find the book a bit long on philosophy and a bit short on action. Anton’s slowly awakening understanding that the clear difference between good and evil that he thought he understood was mistaken and that each side may act in ways that are unexpected to reach their goals was a bit too laboured to me. I would have liked to see more magic. I’m not sure that I will bother seeking out the rest in the series.
I don't know if that it was that the style passed me by or that something was lost in translation but I found this book sent me to sleep most nights within 20 pages. I found the actual confrontation scenes anticlimatic, and in general there was too much hanging around in the shadows philosophising with not an awful lot going on. The bad guys seemed to be easily bested at every turn and just not that 'bad' and the good guys though a likeable bunch with some interesting individuals with potential failed to really grab me. Then the story itself sort of lurched along like a tiring zombie till it just shambled to a stop.
In summary it just lacked oomph!
This book has nothing whatsoever in common with either the Harry Potter books, or the Twilight series, to which it is often lazily compared. Set in present day Moscow, the narrative follows the life and fortunes of Anton Gorodetsky, who quickly learns of the existence of "Others" and the mysterious "Twilight/Gloom". Plunged into a whole new world both parallel and around our own world, Anton learns how to control his new powers, enlists in the Night Watch, and begins to learn of the eternal struggle between the Light and the Dark.
The more he learns, the less certain he is about everything, what the real difference between Light and Dark is, and whether he has picked the correct side.
Read this, read all of the follow ups, and love them all - a superb work of art.
It suffers from some character inconsistency too - there's several classification of people who are supposed to be great ones, whose machinations control events, whose will can not be defied, yet are 9 times out 10 reduced to just other characters.
Overall it's worth a read but don't be expecting brilliant stuff.
So glad I read the books before I saw the film as I would never have read them - the film is so different.
The Nightwatch is now one of those books that I love to give to friends.
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