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

The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

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 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.
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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 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)2009 Tantor

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    Justin citrus heights, CA, United States 10-17-11
    Justin citrus heights, CA, United States 10-17-11
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    "Fantastic"

    This is by far the best series I have listened to. It is long but it does not get overly sidetracked in descriptions like I have seen many of the fantasy authors do. The narrator is also pleasant to listen to.

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    Kenya 09-11-11
    Kenya 09-11-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Good and sad story"

    Good story, sad ending, even better reader. Little upset that almost all the characters that almost get a happy ending die. Little frustrating

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    Bill Salem, OR, United States 06-05-11
    Bill Salem, OR, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Way beyond my expectations"

    I was initially hesitant to purchase this title due to the various negative comments, but I am glad I ignored them. I very much enjoyed this book! It has a unique style that really held my interest. I loved the gritty nature of the storytelling. It didn't sugarcoat the story and gave a very immersive feel to the background of its characters.
    I do agree that the author jumps quickly from character to character at times but you get used to that quickly and it was not much of a problem.
    I would recommend this to any who both like fantasy genres and who enjoy a slightly more graphic immersion into a story.

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    Amazon Customer Jacsonville, NC, United States 03-04-11
    Amazon Customer Jacsonville, NC, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Nice"

    This is an example of good cover (the Spanish one is nice) good book. Very well written & deeply interesting. Not really for little kids & that is the way that I like it. Although the begin was not good in my opinion and the base foundation for the story line was meah, I did enjoy the rest of the book & all of the plot twist. Overall this very good book.

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    Adam Wantagh, NY, United States 01-13-11
    Adam Wantagh, NY, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, one draw back"

    The book really takes you by surprise a couple of times. Great story, the only draw back is the Narrator reading it. I will read a story and then listen to it on mp3 for back ground noise while I do my work. If i'm really obsessed with the story I will both read and listen to the book so I can inhale it as quick as possible.

    Had I just been listening to the book I don't think I would of appreciated it as much. The narrator when not acting out the characters, is really mechanical. The editing was pretty much nonexistent as well. There is no break from chapter to chapter.

    The team that does the wheel of time is a great example of good narrating, Especially Kate Reading.

    After listening to it for awhile you sort of zone into it and you just hear the story. But before that its... kind of hard to get into.

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    Keith T Mclaughlin 12-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Story"

    I read the other reviews and almost didn't buy this book but I've listen to most of the trilogies available. The names are horrible especially in the start of the book and even some of the descriptions are cliche, but if you get past the first couple hours it's a pretty interesting story and a very interesting twist on "magic".

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    Steven 12-08-10
    Steven 12-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "like Rangers Apprentice? Then you'll like this!"

    This is a good book . Its not exactly Ranger's Apprentice but its has its Feel.

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    Mindy Tampa, FL, USA 01-01-10
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    "I Agree, Great Series"

    With a lot of media today, plot points and "extra details" are spoon fed to the audience to ensure they understand absolutely everything that is happening. I found this book refreshing because the author does not give you all the details of everything up front. As you listen to the book, the plot engages you while you try to also figure out the background details of the society and how they work together. I can see why this would be annoying to some, but personally, I found the story enjoyably different than many I have read (or listened to) recently. The characters of the book were also likable and were developed nicely though out the series.

    I often listen to books before I go to bed, and I found I was staying up way too late, just to get through one more chapter. I hope to see more books added to this series in the future!

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    jonathan hutson 10-16-09 Member Since 2014
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    "the way of shadows"

    all around outstanding

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    Luke matteson, IL, USA 04-22-10
    Luke matteson, IL, USA 04-22-10
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    "The Way of Shadows"

    i thought that the book was very good. the plot held my interest and was well developed it was worth the 1 credit spent

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