The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2008
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"What a terrific story! I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer's work." --- Terry Brooks
"Kylar is a wonderful character - sympathetic and despicable, cowardly and courageous, honorable and unscrupulous...a breathtaking debut!" --- Dave Duncan
The first instalment in an astonishing and epic tale of magic, violence and revenge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is a particularly clever marketing ploy, as it means that fans don't have to wait long for each instalment, while the author's reputation and presence is built all the more quickly (or destroyed, depending on the books!).
Quite a bit of buzz has been steadily growing online around The Way of Shadows, so it moved rapidly up my reading list. I must confess I had my doubts about this debut, one being that it might veer too far towards bubblegum fantasy territory. Having finished the novel, I've found that some of my concerns were justified while others were not.
In short, The Way of Shadows is something of a mixed bag.
The weakest aspect for me was the worldbuilding, or to be blunt, total lack of it. What we have is a standard medieval-esque world of kings, princes, assassins and soldiers. There's even a magic sword and a prophecy. In short, there is absolutely no innovation whatsoever. For some readers this is not a problem; the issue of worldbuilding vs characterisation is an old one, and many fans of the genre are quite happy as long as the story and characters are good. That's fair enough, but personally I like fantasies where the author attempts to push the boundaries a bit, do something a little different. Failing that, the world needs to at least come through well in the writing; I need to be able to become absorbed in it. Weeks' world fails on both accounts for me - it's neither particularly interesting and it just never reeled me in.Read more ›
Characters: Very strong and well built ones, others not so really (because they didn't need too), and a couple of them that could have been more developed. The main character is really good, as well as some of the more important ones (be them friend of foe).
The world/enviroment: The world is simple and with no big crazy innovations in the style, but it suited the story well. As for the enviroment and scene description, I really loved some parts. The beginning of the book made me dive head first in the story, and kept me turning pages.
The plot: Really good! My only negative comment on this is the last third or quarter of the book, where I got a bit lost in events (probably helped the fact that I read this part very late in the night, and my attention might not be the same, but damn! I wanted to know was happened next!!!)
Overall: Great book! I'll give it a 4/5 because I'm not one of giving 5/5 easily, I keep that note for the astonishing ones. This ones is great as I said, kept me turning pages, even when work was just some hours away and I should sleep. I recommend it with my eyes closed and without any doubt! Looking forward for the next one, who is already out of the shelf and ready to start my page turning addiction...tonight :)
After a couple of hundred pages things began to gel. The story came together, I finally cared about what happened to Azoth / Kylar, and the political intrigue sucked me in.
The book isn't without faults, the author tends to introduce things late into the story which have never been mentioned before as a means of escaping particular situations, and there's a particularly leery description of a 15-year-old girl that did't sit well with me, but the story hooked me and I raced to finish the book in just a few days.
However, I could not escape a feeling that although, all the right ingredients were present, such as mages, swords, bows, kings, etc., it didn't feel like a fantasy, more like an adventure story.
Too much of freely disposed magic. When you have so much of it, the magic looses its "magic" element. A very confusing history of the world. If not confusing then very little of it, so it is difficult to understand some things that happen because we don't understand the background of characters or history of places.
When Joe Abercrombie's the First Law trilogy was published, people were raving about how gritty and bloody it was. I agree, but The Way of Shadows is a lot worse or should I say "better"? A significant amount of flying intestines and spilled blood. There are a few heart wrenching moments intermeshed with love.
Not bad, all in all. A good read but as a fantasy it lacks some depth. Hopefully, it will improve in the next two books. I am willing to give the trilogy a chance.
On to the book two of the Night Angel trilogy, Shadow's Edge
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The fantasy genre is one rife with cliches and cookie cutter writing, but even with this in mind 'The Way of Shadows' by Brent Weeks is probably the most run of the mill fantasy I... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Sam Tyler
Been looking for a good book for a while now. This hasn't disappointed so far.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
When I do read fantasy fiction, my preference is for kind of dark and grimy and small scale, with a touch of humor and weirdness -- Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar stories are probably my... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Ross
Brilliant. Friend lent me the 2nd an 3rd of the trilogy so I bought the first one. Loved it from start to finish.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It took me a while to get into this and while I enjoyed it there were points that make me give it 3 stars instead of 4. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Heather
Looking for some heroic fantasy but think you've read all the best ones? You won't be disappointed with this. It's awesome. Ignore any poor reviews from wanabee book critics. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dan
I came back to this after reading the lightbringer series - it's not as good, but it's not bad eitherPublished 8 months ago by Paul McLean
I was recommend this by my brother. I'm enjoy fantasy books.
I read a few chapters of this book, I could not read anymore. Read more