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Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2 | [Brent Weeks]

Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?
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Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

©2008 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Charles Forest Hill, MD, United States 11-30-09
    Charles Forest Hill, MD, United States 11-30-09 Member Since 2014
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    "more great action"

    If you liked the first book, as I did, you'll enjoy this one more.

    I do have to agree with a reviewer of the first book who likened the story to that of a comic book. Toward the end of the book the characters took on the persona of super heroes able to leap tall buildings. I my mind's eye I could see the comic book 'smash' and 'crack!' verbiage hovering over fantastically drawn characters. Both the protagonists and antagonists say things to each other that could only be taken seriously in a high action book like this one.

    NONETHELESS, I loved this book and cannot wait for the 3rd! I like the main character immensely and am eager to see how he handles his next adventure.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 06-17-13
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Wow is Weeks 12 years old?"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this series to have the kind of "well written" and "witty" dialogue that every 12 year old pervert will love, due to it's "well" thought out and "intellectual" nature. However I beseech one to read that series as one will not be surprised in the least by the plot twists, in fact from page 1, a discernible reader will know the basic ending of the story, and thus can praise it for being a well written work of fantasy. The author's characterization of women as being either virgins or whores will astound even the most ignoble character. And one can only marvel at the rate which the lesser characters die off, while the major ones do not. Seriously though, all I can say is WOW!This was the MOST overhyped book I have ever read. So many people recommended it to me I expected something really good. What I got was a book that felt like a young adult book that was trying to be adult by swearing and talking about sex, just like a 12 year old boy would do.While the book was entertaining and had some good concepts, it was deeply flawed in many ways, and really felt like it was targeted to 12-20 year old crowd, or should have been a CW network TV show. It was full of overused tropes and the way side characters all died off was like watching horror movie where everyone gets killed really easily while the hero can miraculously survive. And lastly there where many similarities in this book to the first book of the Mistborn Series, only the Mistborn book was, way, way better. Now given that this was the authors first book I will give him some slack and say that the battle scenes where well done and the way magic was used was cool, if not fully explained with rules applied to it. I will check out the next book to see if the writing improves (which I heard it does, but from what I heard this was one of the best books ever written too, so what I heard my also be false) and the overall plot does get your interest, the machinations of foreign powers taking over. For people who have not read The Broken Sword by Paul Anderson, The Black Company, Fritz Leiber, The Chronicles of Amber or the Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, I recommend all those over this. And if you want a long read, then Game of Thrones and Wheels of Time are both better as well. Unless you are in your late teens or early 20's, then you will probably love this story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke 04-01-13
    Brooke 04-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?

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    "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed the Prism series, can't wait for the next book ... but I read them myself and didn't listen to them. I'm finding the Night Angel books to be confusing and not terribly well written. Although, the reader is abysmal - reading in an over-dramatic style that is annoying and doesn't help to clarify anything. He's tolerable once you get used to it, but it is a constant effort to ignore how annoying I find his reading style.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Though his voice is clear and he enunciates well, his style is very overblown - reading even the most simple passages with huge portent. Annoying.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-05-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-05-12 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "A satisfying story..."

    I really like the story, and the suspense, and most of the characters and their relationships... that being said... Eline bugged me with her holier-than-thou attitude and her "love" that was contingent on Kylar changing his behavior to match what she thought he should be.

    There were a lot more "character development" scenes in this book than in the first - i.e there were chapters dedicated to Eline's moralizing, Vi's life, and Dorion's insanity. Oh, and Kylar's moping about how he has to choose between "love" and everything else he knows and wants.

    Once I skimmed through these long passages at the start of the book, however, the story kept me reading. So many things that I wanted resolved: the GodKing, the Night Angel, the witches, Vi, Logan... actually, I liked every plot thread except the very long segment where Kylar passed time trying to be a house-husband. Once this section ended, however, the story carried on without further delays and ended up being very suspenseful.

    Overall, it's a satisfying story - full of angst, judgement, retribution and justice... the narration is very good and the story doesn't leave you hanging at the end, even though there's another book in the trilogy.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Don sharon, PA, USA 05-24-10
    Don sharon, PA, USA 05-24-10
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    "excellent story"

    My 18 yr old son got the entire trilogy at the local bookstore and offered it to me to read first. I read the first book and was immediately hooked! I ended up giving him back the books when I discovered them here. Being a truckdriver, it was more convenient for me to listen to them rather than reading the books. I highly recommend this trilogy. It is a wonderful example of how an author can flesh out his characters and put them in situations where they must decide between doing what it is right and doing what they think is right. I loved this trilogy to the very last word.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hudsonville, Michigan 03-22-10
    Michael Hudsonville, Michigan 03-22-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, but"

    Not quite as good as the first. Also, unfortunately, there are now some strong Robert Jordan themes appearing in the story. I'm hoping it doesn't continue to develop into a poor Jordan copy.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "can't wait for book 3"

    the story is so unpredictable it keeps me guessing. I love it worth the money

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    Jan 02-22-15
    Jan 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!!"

    Great outbranching from the first book with a larger area, and seeing it from more peoples perspective. All in all Great book! :)

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    andrew j egger 02-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Nice"

    Can't wait to see what happens next.
    Amazing voice and great writing.
    Keep up the great work.

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    WEP 02-15-15
    WEP 02-15-15

    I LOVE audio books. I drive 20 hours per week on average and use that time to listen to books. I love long books, and multi book series.

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    "Really good adult fantasy series"
    Would you try another book from Brent Weeks and/or Paul Boehmer?

    I certainly enjoyed all 3 books in the series but almost stopped listening a few times because I was frustrated with the performance. Boehmer annoyingly imposed a whiney petulant tone to many of the characters and it gets tiresome to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good twists, great character development.


    Did Shadow's Edge inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it inspired me to immediately listen to the next and final book in the trilogy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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