- Mass Market Paperback: 636 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; 1st edition (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316033650
- ISBN-13: 978-0316033657
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 364 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shadow's Edge: The Night Angel Trilogy, 2 Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2008
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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 daughters. Find out more about the author at www.brentweeks.com or on twitter @brentweeks.
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That ending though. That's an epilogue of epic freaking proportions. Absolutely excellent ending. Horrid beginning. I was soooo bored for the first 250 pages or so. The nonsense with Elene felt like it would never end. All I wanted was to see Kylar fight. That's it. I didn't think I was asking for much. Thankfully badass Kylar shows up towards the end.
And Vi. Who would have ever thought I'd like that girl? She's crazy, but powerful. And those end scenes with her, Kylar, and Garoth? Perfect. I can't wait to see where that particular storyline goes in the next book.
Yes, I will be reading the next book. Who's with me?
Most authors jam the intro book with their best stuff to get you. The middle book always feels too laid back or too much drama is entered to keep the reader going. You know nothing will be accomplished, as the 3rd book is the finale/climax. So most authors try to fill the 2nd book with something interesting to keep the reader going... but few accomplish it well.
Same happened here. 2nd book was ok, but i felt nothing was really accomplished & I know the 3rd book will end everything... so getting vested in what happens in the 2nd book isn't needed.
I will probably get back to the next novel: there are too many hanging tales to totally walk away, but that's not the best reason I can imagine for reading the next book in a series.
"Shadow's Edge" begins one week after the end of "The Way of Shadows." This time I was immediately pulled into the story without having to wade through chapters of painful description that really didn't tell me anything. The story moved along at a good pace and kept me wanting more. Each time I put the book down, I looked forward to picking it up again. Once again, a big change over the first one. The main characters (Kylar, Elene, Logan, and Vi) are well-developed and we learn more about each one of them; we also see them grow and change as a result of the events that they face throughout the book. Unlike many female reviewers before me, I have no problems with the portrayals of Elene and Vi - they are each a product of their environment. Even though I really wanted to dislike Vi, I found myself liking her a great deal by the end of the book and even feeling sorry for her.
That said, I can't help but wonder what role the editor(s) played in this book before it was published. Why didn't someone suggest that Brent do some much needed refining of the text? There are way too many characters in play - it's hard to keep up with all of the secondary characters that come and go, not to mention the minor characters that show up out of the blue for no apparent reason other than to give us yet another unnecessary point of view. There are so many different races, complete with varying physical characteristics, involved that I can't keep them straight. True, an author needs to know all of these things about the world that he has created, but that doesn't mean that he actually has to cram them all into the book.
Being a gamer, I can't help but feel that Brent Weeks is also a fan of the "Dragon Age" video games and it shows in his story. Two items that appear to have come directly from the games are the "Chantry" and the "Burning Man" guild. C'mon Brent - at least change the names!