Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Review: The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

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Book info:

  • Title: The Way Of Shadows
  • Author: Brent Weeks
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Country published: United States of America
  • Release Date: October 2008
  • Price (Ringgit Malaysia): RM 33.55
  • Pages: 677
  • Format: Paperback
  • Genre: Fantasy

Book info:
  • Title: Shadow's Edge
  • Author: Brent Weeks
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Country published: United States of America
  • Release Date: November 2008
  • Price (Ringgit Malaysia): RM 33.55
  • Pages: 645
  • Format: Paperback
  • Genre: Fantasy
Book info:

Title: Beyond The Shadows
Author: Brent Weeks
Publisher: Orbit
Country published: United States of America
Release Date: December 2008
Price (Ringgit Malaysia): RM 33.55
Pages: 708
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:
THE WAY OF SHADOWS
The trilogy is a story about a boy named Azoth who is an orphan who lives in the Warrens of Cenaria City with his two friends, Jarl and Doll Girl and they are members of the Black Dragon guild. They make their living stealing money to buy food and pay their guild dues. After being physically, mentally and emotionally pushed, Azoth became the apprentice of Durzo Blint,  the best wetboy in the city. Growing up to be the one of the greatest wetboy besides his master, Kylar (Azoth's new name) has to make sacrifices after choosing the life of a Night Angel. He soon finds out the mysterious power and secrets of the Black Ka'kari that has chosen him to be it's master. Facing the brink of war and his emotions getting in the way, his secrets are now slipping from his hands.

SHADOW'S EDGE
Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. In the wake of the Godking's violent coup, both his master and his closest friend are dead. His friend was Logan Gyre, heir to Cenaria's throne, but few of the ruling class survive to mourn his loss. So Kylar is starting over: new city, new companions, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might be alive, trapped and in hiding, Kylar faces an impossible choice: he could give up the way of shadows forever, and find peace with his young family. Or he could succumb to his flair for destruction, the years of training, to save his friend and his country - and lose all he holds precious.

Godking Garoth Ursuul has assumed power in Cenaria and is manipulating the futures and destinies of all who live there. Many nobles, led by self proclaimed Queen Terah Graesin, have left the city in ruins to the Khalidorans. Attempting to leave behind the life of shadows that ruined his master, Kylar flees to Caernarvon and an idealic life with Elene. But darkness finds Kylar along the road to the light as friends return for one last job and Kylar learns more about who Durzo and ultimately Kylar are. Kylar has become a titanic force with a foot in the light and in the dark, but which will our twilight hero choose?

BEYOND THE SHADOWS
Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance - a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends-and perhaps his enemies-he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess. Kylar learns that his fights and sacrifices may cost him more than he bargained. And little does he know the new twist that will become his ending.

Characters:
Stunningly described and acted out. The characters really portrayed different lifestyles and different point of views in life; some wise and some not-so-wise. Kylar, or Azoth, went from lowlife street rat to well known assassin wetboy. Durzo, one my favorite characters, is one hell of a man. Other characters construct a strong bond with Kylar, each having their own significant red string of destiny with him sooner or later. Another thing about Brent's characters is that they're so perfect in their imperfect ways. Take Elene, or Doll Girl, for example who got her face really messed up but her character denies the imperfection of her features. Or Dorian Ursuul who, despite turning insane in the end, gave his all in trying to change the ways of his people after being Godking even after knowing it will risk himself.

Language and literacy:
Normal, proper English. A few words taken from other languages such as "Kage" which is Japanese (影) for "Shadow". 

Mature content:
Violence (are you kidding me?), sexual content (*wink wink*) and definitely a lot of cursing.

My Story and Overall rating:
Alright, I am trying so hard not to sound biased in this review because the feeling of worshiping your favorite writer is a strong, strong urge. Ehem..anyways, I found these books in my dad's old library when I was 15 perhaps. I found the second book at first if I'm not mistaken..but I clearly remember the first sentence I read. It was Durzo saying something like this to Kylar: "Go and take a piss. If you feel warm and wet after, wake up". Yes..it was a sentence about peeing. Not long after I shown my dad what I found (and listened to his reluctant answer as to where the rest of the books were), I found the first and the third. This was the first book(s) I've read that had sexy time in it and..that came as a shock to me as how someone could actually write about that. However, I was more than impressed on the fantasy part of the stories; the magic, the killings, the monsters, and the image of a guy turning into a black wisps of smoke. It was all too..wow. Just ONE disappointment for me was that Ezra or known as The Wolf played such a small part in the story. I really wanted to know how he did everything he did as well as the history of the ka'karis in details. Well..I'll keep waiting. In the meantime, I gotta finish reading The Blinding Knife in which is waiting under the coffee table..

Unbiased rating for the whole series: 5/5

Atika, signing off with my favorite quote from the series:

"Relationships are ropes, Love is a noose"

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