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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241956633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241956632
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Roaring roller-coaster coaster of a read... Sharp and sardonic, mischievous and mysterious... [It'll] take your breath away."

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Rob Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows. Lots and lots of cows. Visit the author at robthurman.net or on twitter @Rob_Thurman

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I quite liked this story about two brothers being pursued by evil elves, because one of them is part evil elf.

I found the book really slow starting, in fact, it took me three attempts to get into it. But once I was over that hump, I found it reasonably entertaining and a good read.

The dynamic between the brothers was nice, and I liked how the central theme was about brotherly love. I found the Robin character quite engaging, and really wanted to know more about George.

When the thing happens to Cal with the Darkling, I felt that we lost so much of the story. There was so much else no doubt going on with Nico and Robin at that point, and we never got to share that part of the journey, which I found frustrating. I understand that the book wanted to maintain the first person POV but I felt that it missed quite a lot by doing that.

All said and done, worth a read.
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I came across this series whilst browsing Amazon, and after reading the synopsis of the first novel, nightlife, decided that the series sounded a lot like the TV series supernatural. Being a big fan of the TV series I decided to purchase the first book, and see how I got on. Very quickly I realised that while there were similarities, in that it dealt with two brothers, who despite occasional tension between them would do anything for each other. And of course it deals with the supernatural. However that is where the similarites end. This isn't your typical series where evil is hunted down simply because it's bad. The brothers are on the run, and have no such illusions about taking out the bad guys. Quite often the protagonists find themselves turning a blind eye to the deeds of some of the creatures they find themselves working alongside, indeed on occasion allied with, and this is definitely not a bad thing.

The novel revolves around two brothers, Cal and Niko. Cal, or Caliban to give him his full name (some readers will instantly spot the reference, for any who don't it is quickly explained) has a human mother, and an Auphe father. It is him that narrates the novel to us, and shares plenty of his bitter and pessimistic attitude with the reader. His one liners quite often put a smile of my face, and it's his narration that is one of the highlights of the series. I won't say any more for fear of giving some of the story away, but they are on the run from the Auphe. Cal himself has plenty of luggage when it comes to being half monster.

Another resounding success for the series were the descriptions of the various creatures they come across, Boggle (the less I say the better, for want of spoiling the surprise) and Abbagor, a troll who they go to for information, in particular.
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What a great set up. Half 'something else' Cal is a narrator who just drags you from one scene you the next and you really don't want to complain. Part jive-assed teenager from hell, where the hell part really isn't metaphorical, and partly just from hell or it's nearby counterpart.

Whatever. Its a fantastic blend of folklore and modernity and I loved it.

There's such a wealth of background to the whole story - not simply Nikos and Cal, but the bizarre world in which they live. So much myth and strange tales. Darkness beyond the normal world.

It's just magical.
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More of a 3.5 star rating.

The characters are likeable, and the story is unique.

I want to read the next book in the series. The emotion porteyed by the characters is heartfelt and heart-breaking, with humour throughout.

I bought this book because I was looking for something similar to the series of Supernatural on tv. The relationship between the brothers seems so real that the author could be writing about actual people and situations that she has witnessed with her own eyes, although a lot of the brothers' situations are very much in the realms of urban fantasy, and even dark fantasy towards the end of the book.

I can't quite bring myself to give this book 4 stars, but it's very close to it. Considering it's the author's debut novel, this is some amazing stuff. It's just not lyrical or flowing in the way I love.

However, the storyline and the characters are a work of brilliance.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series. From the star ratings and reviews on 'Goodreads', it seems that the books just keep getting better. I can't wait to get immersed in Cal and Niko's world again!
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By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2011
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Cal and his half brother Niko have been on the run for four years. Cal's father is a Grendel (well that's the name the brothers have given the monsters but I think you'll be surprised when you find out what they really are!) and the Grendels have taken a keen interest in him but the brothers don't know why. Niko is determined to protect his younger brother but it appears that the Gendels have finally caught up with them - can they survive the upcoming battle?

Nightlife has been on my radar for sometime now after hearing about the series from several US bloggers but I'd never quite got around to ordering a US copy. When I found out the series is finally being released in the UK I jumped at the chance to read it. I'm glad that I did and I'm pleased that we don't have too long to wait until the rest of the series will be published over here too (the next 3 books will all be available from Berkley UK in 2012).

I haven't read much urban fantasy told from a male perspective before so that made a nice change for me. Cal is a great narrator and I loved his sarcastic sense of humor and the relationship between him and Niko. I have to admit the narration change towards the end of the book threw me for a few pages but it worked well and was a clever way for the author to tell us more about Cal's background and the grendels. I preferred the parts from Cal's point of view though so am glad that it switches back to him at the end.

At 19 years old Cal is a pretty typical teenager in most ways, he does act a little younger than his age at times but that is understandable considering his missing two years (I'm not going to explain that further for fear of spoilers but you'll know what I mean if you read the book).
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