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  1. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Azoth is a guild rat, struggling to survive in the slums of the city. Azoth dreams of becoming something more, of escaping life as a guild rat, of never having to scared again, of being strong. He apprentices himself to the best wetboy - an assassin gifted with Talent - in the city. Under the guidance of Durzo Blint he sheds his identity of Azoth and becomes Kyler Stern so as to navigate a world of politics, magic, and death.

    The Way of Shadows is the first book in The Night Angels Trilogy by Brent Weeks. I really enjoyed this book but there were a few issues that hindered my ability to absolutely love it. I get the impression that in the author's mind there is a fully detailed and complex world but Weeks does not clearly communicate this onto the page. Things are often not clearly defined, leaving the reader attempting to piece together this world and what role is played by who in an already complex narrative. At times it threatened to become just too confusing. There was also a certain significant plot twist that, when looking back, I didn't feel that there was enough, if any, foreshadowing for. Maybe I would find it on a reread but with trying to keep track of everything else I could not recall it.

    There was something that I found distinctly Shakespearean about how the story unfolded, which I rather liked. Indeed, in the extras at the back of the book, Weeks himself names Shakespeare as an influence. I quite enjoyed reading the extras, in fact. Weeks says that Durzo Blint is his favourite of his character and I think that he is mine too followed by Logan Gyre. Brent Weeks has written some fantastic characters, although sometimes conforming to certain archetypes, with some great conflict and contrast between them.

    The Way of Shadows is well paced and there were some great moments of suspense and tension, moments where I just couldn't put this book down until I knew what happened next. Just clean up that world building a bit and The Way of Shadows would be a really fantastic book.

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  2. 5 comments:

    1. Lea said...

      Ha! Love the cover. But a confusing book to read? Sounds a bit trying...

      Thanks for the review! :)

    2. Nina said...

      Sounds like an okay book. Why are there so many books that are part of a series? Really? LOL. I think the cover is great!

      Great review.

    3. I have this on my shelf to read. I am hoping to get to it this year. Thanks for the review. I will keep these things in mind when reading it. I like the thought of the Shakespeare feeling. I have always liked Shakespeare reads.

      Thanks for the review!

    4. Melissa said...

      I have been considering this book for a while now. Great review! Thanks. :)

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