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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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    stefon jacksonville, FL, United States 01-30-13
    stefon jacksonville, FL, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audio book is definitely worth the price. The story and characters are unforgettable. Give this one a shot.


    What other book might you compare The Way of Shadows to and why?

    This book reminds me of the Shadow Dance series from David Daglish. The plots are very different but the characters leave a lasting impression. The characters are very memorable and the author doesn't spend most of every scene describing the environment. I appreciate setting in a book but describing the rocks and trees in every scene can get a bit redundant and annoying. Especially when the characters are extremely interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in the series so it warrants your attention if you are interested in the assassin style fantasy novels. The story is good enough that if you have an issue with the narrator you can at least buy the written novels.

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    S Albrightsville, PA, United States 11-25-12
    S Albrightsville, PA, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoying This!"

    This is definitely an adult series. It does revisit some typical fantasy themes - I even see a bit of Vader and Luke between Durzo and Kylar - but it is very well written and the story is constructed in a very original way.

    I also like his magical system. I've not encountered the like. I'm not sure I understand the details, but it isn't really about magic anyway. It's about the characters and the story within which they unfold.

    I only gave performance 4 stars, but it wasn't because of the reader. He took some getting used to for me, but I did come to realize he's very talented. The performance has more to do with certain dramatic choices, which I attribute to direction. The accents of the characters are all over the map. It got confusing sometimes until I realized I can't attribute a particular accent to a particular kingdom or people. It's really trivial, but it did distract me sometimes.

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    Katelan United States 08-18-12
    Katelan United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2010

    I have loved books and reading since I was old enough to be able to read! My job (being a Professional Driver) now prevents me from being able to do so nearly as much as I would like, but audiobooks fill some of that void. They are a great way to pass the time, especially for someone like me who is travelling daily for 10 to 12 hours.

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    "Fascinating Characters and Exciting Storyline!"
    Would you listen to The Way of Shadows again? Why?

    Yes, I actually have listened to this book twice and will again, I'm sure of it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love most of the characters in this story. The author does a wonderful job of portraying deep characters who you can really come to love (or hate), empathize with, and even feel you have known forever.

    My favorite has got to be Logan. I love his characters conviction in doing the right thing and being an honorable person. He will make a great King!


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. He gives each character enough of their own voice that you come to recognize them without putting so much emphasis on the voices that it takes away from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely worth a credit! I highly recommend it and can't wait to start the next part myself!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Audy Pflugerville, TX, United States 04-09-12
    Audy Pflugerville, TX, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best series I have ever Read or Listened to!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Way of Shadows again? Why?

    YES!! I have listen to this series 4 times and will listen to it again i'm sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kylar. The authar does a fantastic job creating the depth of his character and how he deals with what he does and the choices he makes.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Yes his narration was good. You soon forget that its one guy reading this and just visualize characters


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Way of Shadows.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is engrossing trust me if you start this series you won't regret it. It's fantastic. the best I have ever listened to.

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    Nick 02-29-12
    Nick 02-29-12
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    "Fantastic epic fantasy"
    What did you love best about The Way of Shadows?

    it had a compelling story and didnt feel like the normal story of boy meets girl and boy grows up and learns magic. The story felt fresh and had me engaged all the way through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between the two main characters was great.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    solid reading, a few questionable voices but over all it made it easy to follow and enhanced the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way the end of the book worked out was fantastic, I cant wait to start the next.


    Any additional comments?

    A little more sappy love story than i would have expected but it worked well for the overall story arc.

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    James Smith MIDLAND CITY, ALABAMA, US 08-10-11
    James Smith MIDLAND CITY, ALABAMA, US 08-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Kafulnut"

    Excellent story line Durzo is what a person would belive as an assassin but I see more in him was hoping to see him and Kylar longer in the series the book is a little dark but great.

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    C. Childs Mill Creek, WA 07-21-11
    C. Childs Mill Creek, WA 07-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Another gay book?"

    The book was moving slowly, it was hard to keep up when it jumped without warning to a different scene, and then they throw in a gay lover plot. Why must the liberal agenda always be shoved down our throats? It seems a lot of the new authors have a guideline that states they have to include at least one homosexual in every story.

    Another wasted credit.

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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 07-04-11
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 07-04-11 Member Since 2010

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "What a pleasant surprise"

    This is a new author that really surprised me I debated for several months over whether or not to buy this series and finally did. I must say if you are debating BUY it. I started out listening and thinking I made a mistake. The story hops into this kids head with no introduction and never stops you are born into a world of danger fear and poverty. you follow this child through horror and death to adulthood and you learn of the world he lies in with him. You love and hate his master as he does. This is as much due to Paul Boehmers abilities as much as Brent Weeks they make a great team. I recommend this series to fans of fantasy and action. There is very little romance and what is there is in the back seat. This is not a story of good and evil so much as a story of a corrupt civilization facing an even bigger evil. The characters are not black and white. There is some good in every evil and some evil in every good seems to be the message Brent Weeks is trying to relate. His use of cuase and effect keeps you reading.
    Don't miss out on this series it will be memorable.

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    Lori Pleasant Grove, UT, United States 06-23-11
    Lori Pleasant Grove, UT, United States 06-23-11
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    "Interesting storyline"

    The long story kept my interest the entire time & the narrator did an amazing job but I don't think it's one I'd listen to again.

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    Ken OLYMPIA, WA, United States 07-23-10
    Ken OLYMPIA, WA, United States 07-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story"

    I was getting pretty tired of the same old "brought up from the gutters to become all powerful but conflicted inside" story, but this one is special.

    The hero isn't a carebear, although still conflicted.
    I just wish someone could write a story where the hero could kill people without feeling guilty and botching it, or seeing someones eyes in their head and hesitating, or contemplating their victims hopes and dreams. Not to sound like I want a ruthless cold blooded killer, but if you've been training to kill for years you're gonna do it and move on. Still this is a great story and I can't really knock it. I guess I'd need to stick to Conan for that. :)

    One of the best I've read in quite awhile.

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