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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising beginning, 27 April 2010
This review is from: The Way Of Shadows: Book 1 of the Night Angel (Paperback)
It was an entertaining read, almost a page turner.
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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Initial post: 19 Dec 2014, 21:16:18 GMT
Varlesh says:
Strange review that doesn't reflect the four stars you've given it. It would be interesting to have an update on your opinion of the trilogy-or if you've read it.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2014, 22:19:21 GMT
_astra_ says:
To be honest, it was so long time ago. I barely remember anything. Not books' fault. My health...
Anyway, I found my review on the 3rd and last book.
I don't know whether it clarifies any questions.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RC06ARDX2LZ1Q/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Sorry if it was not helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2014, 12:17:25 GMT
Varlesh says:
No need to apologise-you're entitled to express yourself in any way you wish.
I think I was a little brusque.
Thanks for the update I appreciate it. And I hope your healths improved.
P.S.(read the link review)
I have the three books-charity shop survivors-so I think I'll give them a go on your recommendation.
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