©2009 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor
The story is dark, beautiful, and cunning. The author does an amazing job of ending the trilogy and left me breathless. I would recommend this to any Brandon Sanderson or George Martin fan. Excellently done ❤️
The Night Angel Trilogy grows increasingly multi-threaded, leaving the reader wondering where Weeks is ultimately going. He finally ties almost all threads together in a memorable conclusion that is worth the effort. Narrator Paul Boehmer improves as the book goes on and finishes with fine drama.
I've always loved books, and the word voracious is not robust enough to describe my habit. Now I have to multi-task, so I listen. A lot!
Enough series I've listened to recently have started out well enough, but somewhere along the line left me with only a lukewarm feeling which did not demand I buy the next book. (This is NOT one of those!) So I said I would review it if I liked it enough to read the whole series...
One of the things I liked best about this series was that it didn't point you at one climactic event that you knew would happen at the end of book 3. There were a series of event, each happening because of other actions, that lead throughout the series. No fillers, no little plot devices. At no point did I put it down believing I knew what would happen next.
The narration was excellent; well suited to the story.
I truly enjoyed the whole series, and I really want more! I can't think of a better endorsement than that!
If you' are, like me, kind of through the great temporary epic fantasy writers and getting to their older works and the new potentials - you might maybe like this enough to get through this. It's the author's first epic story and it shows. The good news is- he learns from it and the result is Lightbringer saga - and that one is wonderful. If you haven't read it - well, read Lightbringer instead :-). This story has potential but some clumsiness, the convoluted plot and things that even a positively biased reader can't buy.... Kind of smother it. Too bad, but as I said - it's a beginning and he writes way better now. The narration is a disaster zone that doesn't help the story at all!!! The horrible emphasis on every sentence, wrong intonation (as if he doesn't understand the whole sentence)..... Grrrrr. If a narrator is still a bother after 3 books, it really is bad, because one can get used to A LOT after a while. i'll think twice before reading another book narrated by him.
First let me say that the ideas and world-building in the series is great and Brent Weeks has a wonderful imagination. But my god could this book have used some serious editing. By the end the plot become so convoluted and disorganized that it loses its meaningfulness. But that doesn't stop the author from trying to make you feel connected through sheer repetition of someone professing their love and or crying every page of the book. I left feeling disappointed in the unrealized potential the books clearly have.
Really liked the first book, and for the most part enjoyed this one. There is way too much pointless love story and sex that doesn't add to the story at all.
Beyond the Shadows wraps up the Night Angel Trilogy. I very much enjoyed this book, as it takes Azoth from Apprentice to hero. He must however juggle his responsibilities to his calling and his new wife. This book is the most exciting of the three, as the action is almost non stop. The conclusion wraps up most of the plot lines, but seems to leave the possibility of another book some time in the future.
Overall, I really enjoyed all three books in this trilogy. The story was very good, and Paul Boehmer is one of my favorite narrators. I would recommend this series to anyone.
Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books
If you have gotten this far into the Night Angel trilogy, this book will take you on an emotional roller coaster. I had to fight back tears several times, and I lost that fight at least twice. Paul Boehmer captures the characters agony/pain so well it's difficult not to believe it's true, what an amazing performance. If you have come this far in the trilogy, this is a must read!
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