Three years have passed since the events of The Day Watch. His wife and daughter spending the summer on a dacha not far from Moscow where Anton is working when his boss Gesser reveals he has received an anonymous note. An Other has exposed the truth about their kind to a human, and now intends to convert that human into an Other. The note has been sent to Zebulon and to the Inquisitions offices in Berne a place whose address only the highest level of mages and sorcerers know. Now cooperating, the Night Watch and the Day Watch, along with an Investigator from the Inquisition, seek to unmask the culprit. Anton will represent the Night Watch, while the Day Watch is sending High Vampire Kostya Saushkin, once Antons teenage neighbour. Installed in the apartment complex to which the letter writer has been traced, Anton begins to investigate the residents one by one. Reviewing the dossiers of the buildings inhabitants, Anton comes across a familiar albeit much younger face. Could Gesser be trying initiate his son as an Other?
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I was so taken in by the second book of the series that I simply couldn't wait to start the third book--and it didn't disappoint! While I believe that the second book (Day Watch) was a little less interesting than the first book (Night Watch), this third book surpassed them both! As with the previous two books, this book is divided into three stories, but they are closely connected. Each story builds on the previous story (and on the series as a whole). While the science-fiction/fantasy of the stories is remarkable, I want to mention how deftly the author adds elements of humor (both Russian and universal) to the story. I literally laughed out loud in unexpected places of the story. I was also overwhelmingly thrilled with the subtle (and not-so-subtle) nod at Russian folktales. In particular, the witch Arina is likened to Baba Yaga on multiple occasions, and there are references to a hut on chicken legs. I would still give this book 5 stars without these references, yet they add an incredible amount of humor and charm to an already amazing story.
This series has been enjoyable since the beginning but Twilight Watch delves deeper into what real differences there are between the Day Watch and the Night Watch. It explores the true reasons as to why they exist, and with this knowledge how it effects Anton and Svetlana's family. A little bit of knowledge can turn a persons world upside down. This was written very well and my favorite of the series.
The book is divided into three stories as is the case with both Day Watch and Night Watch. The stories are interconnected and tie in information from the previous books that previously may have seemed to be tangents.
If you read the other two and were thinking of giving up - don't. This book pays off. I personally enjoyed the first two but wouldn't categorize them in my favorites. This book I do. Read this series. The books are very philosophical...with vampires, werewolves, and magicians. All our favorite others from past books are present. This is the mature version of urban fantasy. There is minimal profanity and little to no sexual material.
Paul Michael narrates and does a wonderful job. He narrates the entire series. He has the right inflection and dry humor needed to deliver the material.
Not as exciting as previous entries, and there is still a lot of talking, but the quality is still there and I could not stop listening.
Paul Michael continues to do a great job too. His Zabulon reminds me of the movies.
In the previous books it had kind of three separate tails with some overlap and this was really just one full story. It also did not have the same plotting and scheming that the other two had. It is still very good and I enjoyed it very much.
The story of this third book of the "watch" I probably enjoyed the most so far. There are two reasons why it does not get 5 stars.
1. There are parts of the audio when the narrator sounds completely different for a few seconds (definitely from another take), which makes the whole magic of the story dissappear (at least for me)
2. There are just a tad too many political references for my taste.
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