Overland Park, KS USA | Member Since 2006
I really wasn't too impressed with this book for the first third. The story is told in three parts, with each beginning with a Prologue. This approach felt a little disjointed, but in that second third, I was getting comfortable with the characters and warming up to the story. By the last third, I was on the library's web site and on Audible.com looking for the next book in the series.
The comparison of Lukyanenko's world building to that of Tolkien, that I read in other reviews, was ludicrous. The world we see in the Watch series is modern day Moscow, with the hidden forces of good and evil unbeknownst to average citizens. There are magicians, vampires, demons and shape shifters all aligned with either good or evil (Night Watch and Day Watch). Our main character, Anton, works for the Night Watch, which represents the good forces. He is a magician, though only an average one who works at the Night Watch as their IT/clerical support person. In these stories, he has been pulled out of his comfortable clerical/analyst job to assist on this mission. It becomes evident that not all is as it seems and there are larger forces at work.
This book is much more intellectual than, say Harry Potter or Discovery of Witches, because the thorough exploration of good versus evil. There are more than a few parallels between East versus West and Socialism versus Democracy.
This is one that I really enjoyed the audio because of the fabulous job the narrator does with the accents and pronunciation of the Russian names.
This story is the second in a 4 book series. Like Night Watch, this book is about a governing organization responsible for keeping order among the Dark Ones, creatures of the Dark. However, darkness versus light is not exactly the same as evil versus good.
The Night Watch was a story about the group of magicians who maintain the balance of good and evil by guarding the Light from the Dark. The Day Watch is told in part from the perspective of members of the Dark Ones. When a light one and a dark one end up in a confrontation with unfortunate results, it's up to the Night and Day Watches to attend a tribunal where their actions will be judged. Honestly, some of the storyline is silly and to some may be heretical. But it allows him to explore some interesting topics even if he is a little preachy at times.
If you ask one of the Light, overseen by the Night Watch, they would say that the Dark Ones are evil. But we learn in the Day Watch that it's not so simple as that. The Dark Ones believe that an individual has the right to take what they want. If they take it from someone, that person can take it back. Free will is the mantra of the Dark ones.
It's impossible to miss the parallels to Communism and Democracy. I really enjoyed this story as much as I ended up loving The Night Watch, but Lukyanenko is not interested in telling this story in a traditional way. These are a compendium of short stories allowing the exploration of light versus dark and he isn't afraid to kill off key characters. He doesn't play fair when telling a story because real life doesn't have a predictable arc or wrap up nicely at the end.
It's not deep...but I do enjoy a little teen angst over a weekend... Not sure if I'll keep going with the series...
I'm a fan of fae lore and really like stories based in the Otherworld. This one isn't deep and terribly well-written, but I'm liking the main characters. It's a light read...
I have really enjoyed all the Molly Harper books I've listened to and read so far, but I'm beginning to tire of the same cookie cutter jokes and characters. I was surprised to find myself getting bored mid-way through this one.
This is one of those listens that is a great story, but not always an enjoyable read. There are many course and caustic characters and events that make it a rough story to enjoy at times. Overall, though, I enjoyed learning and experiencing this story and would love to read more on both the topic and by this author.
I really didn't give this one much of a try, so maybe this rating isn't fair. The audio is read by the author and I had a really hard time relating to him and his voice. I'll probably give this another shot at some point, but for now...it's not a favorite.
How's that for a genre-buster? Awesome balance of YA fiction with a historical fiction twist. I loved the way Donnelly introduces Now and Then-Paris in a very individual way. So many historical fiction novels struggle to show the reader the bird's eye view of the time, trying to paint the whole picture of the historical timeframe. In Revolution, the reader only sees just a small view of what it would have been like to really be there. More like being at street level and seeing only what a person really would have seen. It felt very authentic.
Wow! I've had this book in my Audible library for ages and can't believe I only listened to it now! The world building is a-MAZ-ing!!! The characters are engaging and the love story is filled of adolescent angst. Such a fresh and unique story. Off to listen to the second book...
Cassandra Clare has created an interesting fantasy world that crosses Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the teen romance/angst of Twilight. I enjoyed her first trilogy (which is about to become a series with the upcoming 4th book) about the Shadowhunters in the modern world. Clockwork Angel jumps back in time 200 years giving some history of the Shadowhunter. I'll probably read the next novels, but the characters weren't nearly as real or compelling as the Mortal Instruments series.
I have really come to love this series! Cassandra Clare has developed a fantastic world of magical creatures with just enough of teen angst to make it engaging. Twilight and Harry Potter fans...YA and fantasy readers...give this series a try. This is the 4th in the Mortal Instruments series, but I read Clockwork Angel before reading City of Fallen Angels. There are references to Jace's ancestors who we meet Clockwork Angel, so it was nice to have met them already. Can't wait for the next book! Keep 'em coming Cassandra Clare!
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