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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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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

It was good. Not great, but good. A bit slow.

The first book was constant stream of stuff that kept you in the edge of your seat with everything that happens to Kylar over a decade of his life. And that really drew me into the world, and made me really give a damn about this kid, and his life. And I was eagar to dig into book two expecting more of the same. That wasn't the case. This book was very slowly paced, a lot more of 'day in the life of ___' chapters where not much actually ...happens? But despite the slow pace it still held my attention. I enjoyed the story, and I would recommend it to everyone who wanted more of the world that was shown to us in book one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

I won't go for book 3

this could have been a great story. there were too many "main" characters. the dialogue between characters came off juvenile. another book that used "f" word for no reason than to use it. I've gotten spoiled with other books that had distinct voices for each character.
it was tough for me to complete.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Really surprised

I thought it would be a lot better I will be honest I did nit give it a chance past half way but the love crap between him and Eileen was way way to much, didn't care about jarl, just was really lame honestly and I had high hopes from the first. It got cheesier like when he saves the girl from the three thugs by just making parts of himself appear- that was so dumb. And then how he says it's going to draw attention from all over the world it just feels like the rumors from that would not at all do that, like just forced. I don't know I just really couldn't like this one no matter how much I tried.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Eh

Wasn't the worst book I've read by a long shot, but also wasn't the best. The whole tedious first half of the book could have been avoided if the characters had talked to each other. Kylar is hopelessly over-dramatic, turning what kind of sandwich to eat for lunch into a painful moral struggle. There's way too much "one conversation sets into motion a complex series of manipulations incorporating information that the character couldn't possibly have known." Dorian at least has an excuse for being a walking plot device.

The second half was better. There was good action. Still waaay too much vivid description of breasts - it makes me wonder about Weeks's frame of mind when he was writing this. The battles were cool and well-described, and I appreciate that. It's hard to write a mass action sequence like that and have it make any sense. Kylar is powerful and cool, which I like in fluff fantasy books, but he invents new powers at a bit too convenient of a rate.

The magic and world continue to make zero sense, and I get the sense that there is a much more interesting and important story happening somewhere else that doesn't involve these characters. It's like The Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of some people in Bree who don't know anything about what is going on.

Overall, it's meh. There are parts that drag, parts that are exciting, characters that I liked, and characters that frustrated me.

Oh, and the narrator consistently mispronounces certain words, for instance "shown" as something like "shawn." That bugged me. He does it several times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

This narrator

Incredible book great twists and overall plot I didn't see the end coming which I always a good thing. The only complaint I have is the narrator, he had a tendency to make some parts of the book childish like Doria, fier, and solon; he made them kind of seem like childish buffoons, and it seemed like they should've been taken more seriously. But truth is that I'm not the author and so I'm not %100 sure what weeks wanted them to be like incredible story five stars goes to this author for not making a second book that drags.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

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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    4 out of 5 stars

Continues very good first book.

Shadow's Edge continues the Night Angel Trilogy, and if you liked the first book, you will like this one. The story of Azoth continues as he becomes a full fledged assassin, and falls in love. Shadow's Edge doesn't fall into the boring middle book trap that happens to some trilogys. The story is good, and so is the narration. There are some surprising plot twists at the end as well.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful