Set in modern day Moscow, Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce. But an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance, plunging the world into a catastrophic war between the Dark and the Light.
When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, fulfilling the first half of the prophecy, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?
©2006 Sergei Lukyanenko (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park.... The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires’ seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome." (The Washington Post Book World)
"[As] potent as a shot of vodka.... [A] compelling urban fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power." (Quentin Tarantino)
It's rare to find a review that isn't governed by other thoughts of what a story should be like. So I'll try and talk just on what happened here. This isn't the first foreign book I've listened to. So the struggle of bringing myself to another country is gone. I don't think I would have ever gotten through this book had I read it. But the narrating was great and the story was interesting. And looking back at the completed story I really enjoyed it and look forward to getting into book two Daywatch.
Finally got around to reading the book (of course, saw the movie back when it came out). Really interesting setting, and the writing really conveys Anton and his emotions well (even when he is indecisive and when depressed, which is hard to convey while still keeping the writing engaging). However, does hit that pet peeve of mine of having a protagonist with very little agency who is just a pawn. It's kind of the point of the story, and I have read far worse examples of it, but that's just a subjective thing of mine. I am definitely still interested in the rest of the series sometime. Plus, the audiobook version was very well done and since starting it, I have found my internal voice occasionally slipping into a Russian accent. Fun. I have resisted the temptation to always refer to my boss by his first and last name every time I talk to him, however.
I've read this twice over the years. Decided I wanted to revisit it and listen while at work. I love the Narrator using accents only during dialogue. plan to finish the set. I remember enjoying all the books.
The world-building and imagery were solid throughout, and I found myself identifying with several of the characters. However, the stories felt disjointed, and the character development and progression of relationships felt incredibly forced and like we were missing several steps. The author used time jumps to account for that, but it took away from the story for me.
The performance, however, was fantastic. Paul Michael's character distinction, as well as his transitions from narrative to dialogue, and his use of accents, made this book a delight to listen to.
I don't know if I'll continue the series, but I don't regret listening to this book.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
First of, The Night Watch is a series of short stories all interconnected. That's can be good, bad, or indifferent. It's "modern day" Russia, but not current modern day, and it does date itself a bit with some of the devices mentioned (portable CD players etc.)
I think the weakest point of the book is how the characters interact. That is to say, I don't believe their interactions and for me it's because it's a series of short stories. I don't believe the relationship with Anton and Svetlana, or Igor.I know there's time between each of the stories, but it doesn't really make me care more about the characters. I like Anton, Boris, Olga and Igor, but I don't care about them. I feel we got to know Anton a bit, Igor quite a bit, but we only get enough to move the plot forward for Olga and Boris. I feel like I don't know Svetlana at all.
Narrator Paul Michael give a great performance. He changes characters seamlessly, his Russian accent is great, and when he's not speaking as a character uses an American dialect.
It's not a bad set of stories, but they just didn't click for me, so my wife and I will be passing on the rest of the series, but if you're interested in an urban fantasy set in Russia, this is a pretty cool setting, and there's some good stuff, but it just didn't click for me.
Very interesting story of magician of the light and the darkness. This story brings a new perspective of good and evil.
A rather original spin on the same old "good vs. evil" situation. I really enjoyed the story. But I really hated the fake russian accent of the narrator! The fact that the author is russian, the setting of the story is in Moscow, and all the characters are, of course, russian, absolutely does not mean that it needs to be narrated with russian accent. Especially when it's done only in dialogues and half the names and places were pronounced incorrectly. But it still did not spoil a great story, it was just funny and a bit irritating.
The narrator was great & the book was even better than the movie! I can definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi, fantasy & horror! Reminds me of Harry Potter, Hellblazer, Hellboy & the Dresden Files.
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