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Product Details

  • Series: The Night Angel Trilogy
  • Paperback: 2064 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Slp edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316085146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316085144
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What a terrific story! I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer's work." --- Terry Brooks

"A compelling epic tale of heroism, vengeance, and magic" --- The Greenman Review

"An impressive debut." --- SFFWorld.com

"Best fantasy of the year, possibly the decade." --- BooksMonthly.co.uk

"Weeks creates a rich blend of politics, culture and character in the Night Angel Trilogy... then throws in magic-using assassins. Brent Weeks is so good it's starting to tick me off."—Peter V. Brett, The New York Times Bestselling author of The Desert Spear --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He wrote on bar napkins and lesson plans before landing his dream job years and thousands of pages later. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi, and their daughter. Find out more about the author at www.brentweeks.com or on twitter @brentweeks.

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Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By David Dalglish on June 19, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There is something about Durzo Blint that is immensely appealing. Other characters came and went. The main character, Kylar Stern, alternated between cold-blooded killer, immature teen, and weepy pacifist. Yet Durzo was always Durzo, a cold-blood assassin (excuse me, *wetboy*) that was better than anyone in the art of killing. That he has a secret past is no surprise, but when the surprise is revealed in book two, it feels both insane and incredibly amusing.

The first book in the series starts off dark. There's child molestation, murder, and an overall feeling of despair and surrender to everything evil inside men's hearts. While some might not be prepared for how far the author goes, the setting is necessary for Kylar's development, as well at he redemptive themes that become far more prevalent in books two and three.

Despite Kylar's random mood swings, he was an overall enjoyable main character. Like Durzo, he is a killer at the top of his game. The special powers he inherits halfway through the first book are both over the top and yet consistently controlled. It may feel like the author is cheating, but at the same time, I know he's not. Don't read The Night Angel Trilogy expecting anything mundane. Mr. Weeks wants to kill gods, destroy cities, and have his characters play with artifacts older than entire civilizations. It gets a little overwhelming having ten different world-destroying creatures, weapons, and artifacts all being swapped, stolen, and revealed, but by the third book things calm down and start making sense.

Speaking of making sense, Mr. Weeks is not the best at introducing characters you don't know. There are plenty of times I'd be reading, start a new chapter, and then wonder if I had skipped a part somewhere along the line.
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Asmodean on December 2, 2009
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I recommend the Night Angel Trilogy to anyone who is interested. I enjoyed the Trilogy and had all three books read in less than a month. Brent Weeks knows how to keep the action moving and the pages turning. The story is fantastic and there are moments of pure awesomeness that will leave your head spinning. The characters are well written and very likable. The world is believable and the peoples who inhabit it are intriguing. In short, very well done.

Now I do have a few complaints. If you're prone to judge a book by its cover, these covers are very misleading. Kylar, the main character, is not how the covers portray him. (Assuming the guy on the covers is Kylar). See in the story there are people with magical powers and those without. Those who can use magic are called "Wetboys", and those who cannot are called "Assassins". The guy on the cover appears to be an Assassin. I can't help but wonder if they were trying to capitalize on the "Assassin's Creed" look. "Wetboys" dress in different colors.

Another minor complaint is that the final book almost feels as if it were rushed. In other words, their could have been a fourth book and all would have been fine. However there are three and the final battle and all that leads up to it is rushed. There are also a few characters that are forgotten. They are not major characters however, they are characters that I would have liked to see get their comeuppance.

Once again, minor complaints aside, if you like Fantasy than get these books. You will not regret it.

*Update 11/28/2010*
I just wanted to add that this series does have some very strong violence. I was reading through the comments and one of them brings up just how much violence is actually in the first book alone.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Xavier on April 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I picked this book up in an airport and didnt even begin to read it until 6 1/2 days later. a day after that, once I had finished the first boo, I seriously contemplated driving 8 hours to get the second and the third. If you can write a book that makes someone hand their car keys to a friend and say dont let me make an 8 hour trip to buy a BOOK then its amazing. buy it. you wont regret it.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By teener175 on January 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am an avid fantasy fan, I spend alot of time sifting through piles of the same-old-crap and only rarely come across books as good as these. I was so grateful that I got all 3 books at once, it would have been devastating if I would have had to wait to read the next after devouring each so quickly.
The story begins with a boy being apprenticed to the best wetboy there has ever been. A wetboy being a sort of assassin with magical abilities, but after reading these books you will understand why I say 'assassin' with a bit of reluctance and disdain. "Assassins have targets, wetboys have deaders."
These coming-of-age stories have always been my favorite kind and this series truly delivers in every way. Mainly, you can't wait for when Kylar comes into his own and boy, does he! I love the characters, I love how so many of them grow and change. I ache for each of them that has to learn something the hard way. There are swords and magic, tragedy and triumph, what more can you ask for?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Taylor J. Six on July 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
when i first picked up The Way of the shadows i figured it was gonna be just another every day run of the mill assassin book which Ive read i dozen times i was pleasantly surprised at the depth these books went into and the spin they took on the assassin front i would recommend this trilogy a million times over ive recently started the Light-bringer series and i cant wait for the next one to come out.
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