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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd (May 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434022314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434022311
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sergei Lukyanenko was born in Kazakhstan and educated as a psychiatrist. He began publishing science fiction in the 1980s and has published more than twenty-five books. He lives in Moscow with his wife and son.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By shawneofthedead on June 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The arrival of a fifth book in Sergei Lukyanenko's Russian fantasy series about magic was a surprise to most, not least because the fourth novel is so conclusively titled The Last Watch. It's a mark of the quality of the series to date that it's a good surprise rather than a bad one. Fortunately, too, The New Watch is really quite excellent - perhaps not quite as tightly plotted and mindblowing as the first three novels, but an interesting, smart twist on Lukyanenko's own story nonetheless.

Our intrepid hero, Higher Other Anton Gorodetsky, is now father to the ten-year-old Absolute Enchantress Nadya. Life seems to be going swimmingly, until he happens to hear a little boy predict the imminent crash of the airplane he's about to board. Turns out this boy is a full-fledged Prophet, a specific breed of clairvoyant whose prophecies have a most alarming way of coming true. Anton saves the boy and his mother, only to unleash upon the world a determined, seemingly omnipotent hunter who doesn't like Prophets much at all...

The best elements of Lukyanenko's series are present and accounted for in this fifth (and purportedly final?) installment in what has become a pentology. His brand of fantasy has a distinctly philosophical bent, one which merrily encompasses ideas so huge and themes so sweeping that it's a wonder the novel is as accessible as it is. Again, Anton finds himself grappling with questions of choice, identity, self-determination and the nature of magic - dilemmas that are at once intimate (coming down to a father's desperate need to protect his daughter) and global (the end of the world as everyone knows it).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harkius VINE VOICE on March 18, 2014
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I would give this 3.5 stars, but I can't. I always round toward 3 (since it's Gaussian).

With New Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko returns to The Watch series. Although the last two novels in the series (Twilight Watch and Last Watch), were rather disappointing and utterly failed to hold the promise of the first two books (Night Watch and Day Watch), I decided to go ahead and read this anyway, since it's actually kind of difficult to get translated Russian sci-fi or fantasy in the US.

Unlike the first four books in the series, New Watch more approximates a novel-length story (the other four books are each comprised of three novellas that are linked; the events of the four previous books are also related to the events in this book). The story focuses on a ten-year old Higher Prophet that Anton Gorodetsky, the protagonist of 80% of the Watch Books, happens to run into at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. The existence of the prophet triggers the creation of the Tiger, whose function is to kill the Prophet.

Since Anton wants to protect the Prophet, the Tiger also comes after him, and the forces of the Night Watch. Naturally, they attempt to discover some secret way to defeat the Tiger and to save the boy. Their efforts involve old friends (including the witch Arina) and new (including Erasmus Darwin), and may eventually result in the destruction of the Twilight.

The story is competently told, and it features several nice vignettes about Russia and the mindset of Russians. Sadly, those parts are rather fleeting, even if they are competently integrated into the storyline. Like most of Lukyanenko's work, the story moves along quickly, but at the end you feel almost as though there was something missing, like eating a bag of potato chips for supper.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Garvinstomp VINE VOICE on March 1, 2014
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The NIGHT WATCH series is tough beast to wrangle. It's a big story with lots of jumps, lots of characters, and lots of detailed fantasy elements that can be tough to keep track of. The series is also originally written in Russian, so while the translations are smooth, there are some cultural gaps that can cause a hangup here or there. But once worked through, the series is one of the best modern fantasy series going.

The story breaks down like this: Centuries ago the forces of light and dark battled to a stalemate. Unable to claim victory, the two sides forged a truce in order to keep the balance between light and dark. The forces of light would form the Night Watch, groups of individuals that would watch over the forces of dark to make sure they didn't break the truce. The dark formed the Day Watch to do the same in regards to the forces of light. They cannot interfere with one another except in circumstances where balance will shift and the treaty will be broken. The Night Watch must sit idly by when they seem members of the dark committing any of their normal, every day mischiefs and murders. Each side is made up of various types of beings, called Others, with all manner of powers: vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, witches and so many more.

The series was adapted into two movies from WANTED director Timur Bekmambetov. Despite the movies being named after the first and second books in the series, the movies were actually comprised of two parts of the very first book. The movies are fantastic, absurdly stylistic, and close enough to the books for fans of the series to enjoy. If only they'd make more.

This book follows the same format of the previous four and is divided into three separate stories, each with eight chapters.
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