The fourth novel in the blockbuster series from one of Russia's most popular authors, Last Watch returns us to the hyperimaginative world of Sergei Lukyanenko, where the endless battle between good and evil is about to reach its climax.
Anton Gorodetsky is just getting a feel for his new powers, when his boss, Gesar, sends him to assist the Scottish Night Watch in Edinburgh in a murder investigation. A young Russian man has been murdered - apparently by a vampire. But the mystery is more than it seems, and soon Anton is himself in danger. The murderer appears to be someone with intimate knowledge of the Night Watch. Before long, Anton realizes that a plot is being hatched by the forces of both darkness and light that - unless he can intervene - may mean nothing less than Armageddon.
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The last watch is a bit different from the other books in the series. It still has the same 3 part format, but each part feels much more like a continuation than in the previous books, and the book also reads almost like a detective story. But none the less, it is still a great addition to the series because the characters are what really drive this series for me. I also felt that this one had a bit more action in it, which is a plus for me, as the second book in particular was a little slow for me. All in, a good end, which was left open for further adventures with the great night watch agent, a magician now beyond classification, Anton Gorodetskyi! Also, the narration was fantastic. Really helps to bring the characters to life.
The "Watch" verse, where those who champion the forces of light "The Night Watch" and the darkness "The Day Watch" and the balance "The Inquisition" are as always, drawn into conflict in an eternal struggle for power that results, as always in balance of a kind. And perhaps in this case forgiveness?
And Merlin. Who is very cool.
A beautiful tight series of the three interconnected stories where the Dark Ones and the Light Ones once again prove that most the differences between them are semantics. The real barriers are the ones between the Others and the rest of us.
I highly recommend the whole series, but this book in particular is top notch.
The forces of Light(The Night Watch) and the forces of Darkness(the Day Watch) have a truce, held to equilibrium by the Inquisition, despite a lot of sneaky underhanded plots to try and gain an upper hand. Now a shadowy group calling themselves 'The Last Watch' are breaking all the rules, seeking a hidden relic that might give them the power to end the world, or raise the dead.
There are three earlier books in this series, and I recommend reading them in order. Even so, there are parts where I find it very difficult to make sense of what is happening. The overall story is comprehensible, and I find the slippery parts a fair trade for the overall 'exotic' feel of something by an author whose background and culture is different than my own.
What I like best about this series is that the forces of Light are not really the good guys, though they think they are, and the while the Dark Others might just happen to be werewolves or vampires, it doesn't automatically make them evil. And the enemy you know is better by far than the one you don't.
The story never gets dry, the twists are wonderful, and the narrator remains consistent with all the different voices of the characters. Can't wait to finish the series, but I'm sad to at the same time.
Continued from the first three novels, Last Watch brings together our light side, dark side and inquisition. Ramification from twilight watch come around full force in 3 stories that appear separate instances that merge together in one commonality.
As the others well written, well narrated, this Russian novel, draws you into a world where good and evil fight each other, keep each other in check and try to maintain the balance, where the rest of the world moves about its daily life no wiser to the constant battle being fought among them.
I keep hoping one day there will be a fifth book. Mean while if you have read these, the audio book is an amazing addition to your collection and will only bring the books more alive to you, if you haven't read them I will venture to say when you listen to them you will probably also want a hard copy to go back too.
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It should come as no surprise that I loved this book. My reviews of the previous three books in the series were glowing, and I found this book to be quite outstanding in the series. Since the end of the Harry Potter series of books, I have been looking for the next series that I would obsess about. While there have been a few others (like the Hunger Games series), not one of them captured my imagination like the Night Watch series. The entire series has been compelling! (I supposed there is no spoiler in mentioning that Harry Potter is actually referenced in this book in more than one location--which was simply a bonus for me!) Although the general flow and structure of this book is similar to the previous books (three novellas that are loosely connected), this book's stories are very closely connected, and they take the reader from Edinburgh in Scotland to Samarkand in Uzbekistan to Moscow in Russia and back to Edinburgh. The stories are made even more interesting by the return of some characters from the previous books. I was pleased with how the book ended--and I thought it was a good ending to the series. Then, of course, I learned that there is a new book in the series, called (conveniently enough) New Watch, which was published in Russian in 2012. While I have already purchased the Russian version, I am hopeful that Audible will jump to get it in audio format when it's released in English--and ensure that Paul Michael gets to narrate again. He was fantastic in this book, pulling of the flawless transition in Russian, Scottish, and Uzbek accents!
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