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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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    jared Covington, LA, United States 01-31-11
    jared Covington, LA, United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not put it down!"

    Never has a world so greatly sucked me in. Never has a book kept me up so late. Heck, I normally never listen to books outside of the car or when I walk my dog.

    Magic, violence, love, hate, tragedy, dark comedy, suspense, ect, ect. The book has it all. Mr. Weeks has brought the characters off the pages, and made them real inside my head. And he does this without hours upon hours of needless flashbacks, and pointless dialogue(I'm looking at u Brandon Sanderson). These characters are defined by their actions, and though their past plays part in their decision making, we are not forced to listen to the peoples life story to understand it. The action literally plays out like a movie in your head it is written so well, and there is a lot of it. Which is great, because more times than not, a book of this length is very much bloated with needless dialogue and world building. Mr. Weeks has managed to give me an incredible vision of his world while still keeping the pace up. A rare treat in the world of epic fantasy.
    Do yourself a favor and get this book now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 01-27-11
    Karen 01-27-11

    O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!

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    "Great story"

    This was an enjoyable read. I think Brent Weeks did a great job bringing out the characters in this book

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    David 01-23-11
    David 01-23-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Lots of magical ninja action, not much depth"

    Following a familiar pattern in epic fantasy, this book (the first in a trilogy) introduces us to the main character, Azoth, who starts the book as a young street rat with nothing but his wits, and ends it as one of the deadliest warriors in the kingdom, with super-ninja powers, a magical talent, and possibly immortality. Along the way, he acquires a Wise Old Master, assembles a varied collection of allies, faces down old enemies, uncovers secrets, and gets the girl. So, it's pretty much a standard heroic fantasy, except the "hero" is an assassin who's done a lot of bad things to atone for. And right on schedule, the real adversary appears at the very end of the book, setting us up for the sequel.

    This was a great story -- fast-paced, well-plotted, full of twists and turns and an interesting cast, and lots of action. The writing was a cut above average, but only a cut. Also, it was like a lot of Hollywood blockbusters -- a fun thrill ride while it lasts, but there's nothing deep or novel in it. Brent Weeks isn't carving out his own niche in the genre, he's just settling comfortably into the space occupied by others. Will I listen to the rest of the trilogy? Sure, I'd like to hear what happens next. But this is still, ultimately, standard-issue dark fantasy; you'll enjoy it if this is your thing, but I can't see putting it on any "Best Fantasy Series Ever" list yet, though maybe the next two books will up the ante enough to impress me more.

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    Brandy Carlsbad, NM, United States 01-14-11
    Brandy Carlsbad, NM, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Thrilling as well as Amazing and Artful"

    Brent Weeks has an amazing talent for plotting amongst chaos. This powerful character driven series is suspensful and will leave a person trailing the characters to see what happens next. I enjoyed the books and look forward to rereading them to see what else I discover among the pages. I highly recommend the books to everyone. The author uses fresh names and ideas that trigger intrigue and excitement :). You can't go wrong with the Night Angel Trilogy :). P.S. ignore the bad reviews, those people are crazy!

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    Thaddeus 01-11-11
    Thaddeus 01-11-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Poorly read bad story"

    The story may have been Ok, but the reader, Paul Boehmer, was two steps past annoying. That said, it felt as if the author REALLY wanted the main character to get in touch with and STAY in touch with his effeminate side.

    The story had potential, but the characters were terrible. I listened to the whole thing because it was like a train wreck. I am very surprised to have read positive reviews on this book... this is not one of them.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Cox Pacific Grove, CA. USA 08-18-10
    David A. Cox Pacific Grove, CA. USA 08-18-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Contrived"

    I think the Author has as sick a mind as the character Rat/Roth. The narrator didn't help the story any.

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    Amazon Customer 02-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad Narrator"

    Story is ok but a little akward in sentence structure. Narrator does not help this. Character voices a almost inditingushable.

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    G. Volz 10-23-09
    G. Volz 10-23-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Not even a good time waster"

    2 out of 5 - I won't give it a one star because I actually gutted my way through listening to it.

    Note to the author - conversations between characters should be read aloud and then re-edited. You won't end up with such stilted sentences and pacing.

    The editor of this book could have cut out half of the exposition and we'd still be left with bland world development and a contradictory setting.

    Thoughts:

    A city, run by a yakuza-like mob organization that had slavery then went through with a hinted at revolution against slavery is the backdrop of our main character, Azoth, as he goes through his quest to survive childhood and reach adulthood.

    The background of the city is more interesting than the majority of the protagonists adventures.

    The book tries to be a monomyth story but can't quite decide what it wants to be. The ADD (not Advanced Dungeons & Dragons but Attention Deficit Disorder) plot distracts more than anything as our young hero's anguished and tortured childhood and young adulthood are played out like a bad Coheed & Cambria (is that an oxy-moron) album.

    The book may appeal to the angsty crowd but a short story about any Thieves World assassin has more action, a better plot and you won't waste hours of your life.

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    David Streeter 09-24-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    my first audio book. I enjoyed this book very much. Only thing that bugged me was if a chapter changes focus from one character to another character that was else where in the story, it seemed that the pause or "change" over was a little short, but over all I adapted well to this.

    The story moves very well, some spots are little slow, but its few. The plot leaves you wondering whats going to happen next. I would recommend this book and look forward to the others when released (the last audio book hasn't been released when I wrote this review)

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    Jeremy 09-13-09
    Jeremy 09-13-09
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    "Amazing story! Very well written!"

    This book is elegant in it's terseness. The story is truly unique and has many unpredictable twists and turns. I couldn't stop listening! It's like a roller coaster that had me hanging on the whole time!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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