- Series: The Night Angel Trilogy (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 645 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; 1st edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316033677
- ISBN-13: 978-0316033671
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (905 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way of Shadows: The Night Angel Trilogy: Book 1 Mass Market Paperback – October 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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Most of the characters are fantastically vivid. Some others are flat, but I think there may be more to them that Weeks will explore in the later books. The perspective shifting comes with good timing, when we're ready to take a break from the main character, and is always of importance to the story (never any filler). I thought this would be a problem for me, based off other reviews, but it's not at all like what I've seen from other, clumsier writers, who use it as a tool to falsely build suspense. The female cast was pretty weak, so if that's a deal-breaker for you, you may not want to pick up this book.
Weeks only ever uses just as many words as he needs to plant the idea in the reader's mind, and allows our imagination to fill in the rest. This is such a relief to people like me who can't stand long-winded descriptions of every little detail.
For those reviews saying ninja this and ninja that... it's hardly about ninjas. Cenaria (where this book takes place) is a melting pot of pretty much every culture, so there are western as well as oriental influences. The "Wetboys" in this book (yeah, I don't care for the name either) use any weapon that could give them an advantage. Azoth prefers the hand and a half sword (read: longsword). I pictured Durzo as more like Artemis Entreri than some kind of ninja. The fighting is certainly exciting; sometimes very vivid, other times vague and hard to picture.
As for the setting, it is a little underdeveloped. The city itself is fine, but all the different cultures are only barely outlined and hard to remember. I don't see any need to rush it, though, and I like to learn it more organically through the character, rather than having it just told to me outright.
There's a good deal of intrigue, but you may see a lot of it coming. I was surprised by a few of the twists, at least, especially toward the end of the book. It depends on what you're looking for. If you want the good guys to kick butt, the bad guys to be pure evil, and root for the good guy to get the girl, then you'll have a lot of fun with this book. I say good guys, but... hardly any of the good guys are really what you could call "good".
Everyone has clear motivation. For the most part, it's power, but by the end of the book, you start to really know what drives all the characters, and some of their actions make a bit more sense.
I was looking for something that reminded me of the kind of fun fantasy jaunts I used to read as a kid, and I wasn't disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.
The characters are engaging, diverse (in terms of both personality, as well as gender, age, etc.), and deliciously flawed. The relationships woven between the characters are a huge boon to the series, both in terms of the numerous sub-plots and reader relatability.
The pacing of the plotline and of character development is excellent, with the possible exception of one character towards the third book. No character "learns his lesson" overnight, nor do they devolve into sadistic, ruthless beings without justifiable outside influence. This last part is something I really look for in books, because it always bothers me when an antagonist is evil or bloodthirsty "just because".
The world that Brent Weeks has cultivated is one of magic, though with rules that aren't always spoken or understood. Despite this, it isn't used as a catch-all plot device. The world is also devoid of elves, dwarves, or other races typically found in a fantasy world, however there are creatures in the books that are not human.
If you love good writing and fantasy sans-elves, this is the book for you.
Full of magic, heartbreak, death, love, twists, shocking and sometimes horrifying- but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel to keep you going, turning those pages faster and faster! I would recommend this series to anyone- it's wonderful. Well written, fast paced, excellent character development. My only cons to this book is I wish they wouldn't kill off so many characters- you get attached, and poof! Gone. Though their actions, their words are never gone. The effects of every character are so real, and felt for a very long time, as they should be.
I loved it so much I bought the hard copies of the trilogy.