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The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1 | [Brent Weeks]

The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets. For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
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The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets. For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.

©2008 Brent Weeks (P)2011 Hachette Digital

What the Critics Say

Praise for the Night Angel trilogy: ‘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)

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    Michael Frankfurt am Main, Germany 04-03-14
    Michael Frankfurt am Main, Germany 04-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Utterly Disgusting!"

    Garbage. If you like reading about mutilating young girls and killing innocent women by the main character then go ahead. Author justifies the killings of innocent people as collateral damage by a brainwashed monolog seeding thoughts of hate in the mind of the reader. I wonder how many Americans would associate themselves with such a behavior. No wonder there are some many suicide killers in American schools lately. I wouldn't be surprised if they have been inspired by authors like Brent Weeks. The author should be ashamed of himself.

    Judging the literary quality I can say it's just average, just exploiting contemporary lust for such literature. Besides that it is boring, there is no humor, no thrill, but it's rich with descriptions of mutilations and killings. The plot is flat. Also the naming system of characters and geography is so unnatural that it is confusing. You would need a glossary in order not to get lost in all those names. If you would like to read about thieves, magic and dark places read a masterpiece like Konias Trilogy by Miroslav Zamboch.

    The narrative is ok, listenable, though the narrator tends to be over expressive.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    McWolfe Sweden 01-24-14
    McWolfe Sweden 01-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent Fantasy-Intrigue"
    If you could sum up The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, Dramatic, Gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal development of the characters, and the rather complex wheel-within-wheels-plot


    Any additional comments?

    While it was a good book, at times I lost track because of all the different characters in the story. The highlights of the book is when it focuses on the main characters.

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    "Absolutely brilliant!"
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    What a brilliant book, one of the best I have listened to. Extremely well written with non-stop action. There are only a few passages which seem to drag a little, but remember this is a 20 hour book. The story and the characters are engaging. The narrator is fantastic. The only problem is this is book 1 of a trilogy and the other 2 books are not on Audible yet. Please Audible get the rest of the series real soon, I can't wait!!

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    Justin Sydney, Australia 10-07-11
    Justin Sydney, Australia 10-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The Book that has everything. AMAZING!!!!"

    I would love to get more of Brent Weeks works he is one of the best out there.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Not Grimdark, but a good start to a series"

    This is the first book I have listened to from the Author. I knew before I started the book that was could have been classified under the Grimdark genre. However, after reading the book i would say it probably just slipped into this genre.

    Yes, there is killing - a while it was graphic, it wasn't overly so
    Yes, there is sex - but nothing graphic. Rape is there, but not detailed.
    Yes, there is torture - but nothing we haven't read already
    Yes, there is a lot of swearing - but that's fairly normal.

    The story itself goes at a steady pace. There were times when I got a little confused with what was happening. Maybe this was a downside of the audio version, but there were times when I had to go back a bit to try and work out why we seemed to have skipped time a little.

    The main two characters are interesting. They are killers but you are expected to be rooting for them. Life is meaningless, they kill their targets and innocents if needed. I think the body count in this novel is one of the highest in any novels that I have read. You can not go more then a couple of chapters without someone dying.

    The beginning of the book is very much setting up the major characters in the book. There is nothing new here - slum kids, bullies, begging to be apprenticed, tragic incident, test. The middle part then explains what a Wetboy is - and the training involved and setting up some plot points for later on. The latter part of the book is the story proper and we see some of the world and politics. While the book does conclude, it is obvious that it's going to be continued within another book.

    Some of the world building is a little confusing. There are killers (thugs), assassins and Wetboys. There seem to be many types of magic users. Some magic users can be Wetboys. Some of the titles for these type of people are a little weird. To me a witch is female, but that is not the case here. The term Wetboy is a little daft - why not use assassin - its got more fear to it. Wetboy sounds infantile.

    All in all I enjoyed this book. Hopefully the following books will expand on the major characters further and flesh out the world a lot more.



    The audiobook was of high quality. While the narrator does vary his voice a little for the characters, it is a little variation. He is not a voice actor. There were some parts where I think it would have benefited from a little longer pause, especially when going from one scene to another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • colin
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    "Pathetic"

    I have been buying audiobooks for a while now and this is by far the worst I've ever listened to. From start to finish the reader just drones on and on in a slow boring montone with every character sounding the same.

    Who can blame him though when the characters are written so badly. Everyone of them are fantasy cliches. The brooding assasin, the street urchin who dreams of better, the tyranical king. This could be forgiven if they were likeable or interesting but they are quite the opposite. So much so that I couldnt care less if they succeeded in their steriotypical quest for good!

    The world in which its set and the magic that can be used is never fully explained or explored and constantly contradicts itself to the point that the reader is left confused and, in my case, bored.

    Whole sections of this book are pointless. It goes off on tangents for hours upon end with subplots that have no bearing on the main story. It just seems like the writer has tried to pad the book out in the hope it qualifies as 'an epic'. It doesn't!

    Stay clear of this book and save your time and money for authors who know how to write original fantasy.

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