Day Watch is the middle book of a trilogy which is now expanding into five novels of the Night Watch series. The series is superb, imaginative and original and although it is advertised as being like Harry Potter and has been compared to Tolkein, the concept is absolutely original and very subtle.
I would advise any parent to a teenage to buy Night Watch, Twilight Watch or Last Watch for their children, but not Day Watch as the story deals with the activities of the evil characters in the community, incudes an attempted gay rape at gun point and a prolonged sex scene.
The other books in the series are understated in the sex and gore field and the emphasis is more on intellectual problem solving and character depiction. The concept of the Others, a group of people who have the ability to step into the Twilight and have powers and actions that are restricted by the Inquisition, who try to keep the peace between the dark and light, is extraordinarily clever and the very Russian way in which the emotional relationships between characters influence their actions makes western novels of the same genre feel cold, detached and lacking in humanity.
I cannot recommend the series enough for an adult audience; I can honestly say that these books are the most fascinating that I have read in a long time, but this particular book is not for youngsters, unlike the rest of the series.
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