Author: Brent Weeks
Page Count: 645
Published: January 1st 2008
Before We Begin
The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) by Brent Weeks
This book, these books, hold a very special place in my life.
They revitalized my will to read. Seriously. I’ll write reviews for each of the three books, but for now i’ll tell you that I, at the time, had spent my last bit of money to buy the third book. I don’t just mean my last bit of money when I needed my next pay check. I was out of work for months, had literally gone hungry. I don’t know how to express hunger. There is no proper way I can express that. But at the time I knew that if I spent my money on books, it would give me that needed bit of meditative escape that would allow me rebuild and fix my life.
Back Of The Book …
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art — and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.
Opinions are Great
This book has everything I love in modern fantasy. Unpredictable plot (you know, besides the apprentice master relationship, but fuck it, thats an awesome plot choice), well done world building, and very well written.
The Best Part of these Books …
Is the chapter size. I swear I’ve never read a book where the chapters consisted of miniaturized event sequences.
In most books the chapters consist of, say, a battle scene. Its 15 or so pages long. People die. Shizznit happens, and the character grows as a person for surviving.
Brent Weeks takes this and cuts it down. So those 15 pages are now cut into three segments. The characters journey to the battlefield. His thrust through the battlement, and then finally his slaying of the Devil-King Pickles.
I love this take on writing. I would like to emulate this aspect of Brent Weeks if I can. Its a valuable achievement in writing.
For myself I’d read a quick chapter, and get back to life for a few hours, then read another chapter. It gave me completion yet enough thrust to read on.
If Ya Liked This …
There are tons of books I could put here, but there is no time. I see most people that recommend books put things like LoTR or similar very famous high fantasy novels. BUT hey screw-diddles that, I’m gonna put some modern fantasy books and only stuff I’ve read.
1) Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1) by Joe Abercrombie
I just read this book a few weeks ago, and fell in love with after the first few pages. Its a classic fantasy novel, with a great plot.
Guy is to be king, betrayal, more betrayal, grows up, and fights to get his shiz back.
2) The Warded Man (Demon Cycle #1) by Peter V. Brett
This book grabs you by the balls … then kinda grinds them around, you get them back, but at that point you just wanna see what happens.
Corelings come out at night, and all the people have is some protective magic, but no way to fight it. Its dark, I mean really dark. So you really root for the protagonist, cause the world seriously needs a hero.
3) The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
A big ass book that you never want to end. I’ve actually met Rothfuss, well I saw him and had some books signed. He’s such a cool author.
Books follow a dude who has had many stories told of him. Such as the “Kingkiller”, and the book tells the truth from the protagonists point of view of what really happened. Trust me, you’ll never want the book to end.
4) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks
Of course you should read this! If ya like/liked the Night Angel Trilogy then you’ll love his new books. You can tell by the third book that Brent Weeks had greatly improved on his already magnificent writing.
This series has far more mysticism going on in it. All the main characters have the ability to craft matter from colors from the light spectrum. Different colors different innate properties. Pretty bad ass.