Day Watch (Watch, #2)
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Day Watch (Дозоры #2)

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The second book in the internationally bestselling fantasy series, Day Watch begins where Night Watch left off, set in a modern-day Moscow where the 1,000-year-old treaty between Light and Dark maintains its uneasy balance through careful vigilance from the Others.
Paperback, First English, 464 pages
Published March 21st 2007 by Miramax (first published 1998)
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Nataliya
2014: *** The reasons why I will never read another one of Lukyanenko's books are at the bottom of this review ***
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2013: Unless you happen to be a chessmaster in the neverending chess game of life, you are nothing but a pawn to be sacrificed when the strategy demands it.

"The game is eternal; only the time the figures spend on the checkered board is finite."
It really doesn't matter which side in the war you belong to because each will sacrifice its expendable pawns in the pursuit of...more
Holli
Nightwatch was told in the voice of just one of the Light ones, Anton. This book continues the story, weaving in threads from the previous book while creating a whole 'nother cluster fuck for the characters involved. It is brilliant. It is also in three parts, but this time each part is told by a different Dark One. The first part is told by a love struck witch called Alisa. Honestly, the author did an amazing job, but I wasn't sure I could stand a whole book about her. Luckily it is the perfect...more
Kat Kennedy
I found this book of the Watch series really hard to get into.

I suppose because Lukyanenko's morose and realistic writing was great for Night Watch but was totally depressing and frustrating in Day Watch. There's only so much human weakness, moral reasoning and realistically bad endings I can take, okay! I'm a natural optimist! It gets to me!

better!

Ah! Much better!

It was still well written. The characters were still great. Lukyanenko is still absolutely brilliant. Sometimes though, I want to live in dr...more
Robert
Another three stories, following on from the events of The Night Watch, which had resolved matters quite nicely, thank you. (There was a time when this series would have been published as a nanology not a trilogy.) The Nightwatch had a somewhat unsettling habit of switching from the first person perspective of Anton, Nightwatch Agent, to a third person perspective whenever the author felt the need to describe events Anton was not witness to. The first story in the volume switches to a first pers...more
Katy
Please Note: Read and reviewed in 2007.

My Synopsis; In this, the 2nd book of the Others' series, we are again treated to three separate, yet intertwining stories: first, the young Dark witch Alisa loses her powers in a struggle over an illegally practicing Dark witch and is sent to Artek (the most elite of the camps for the Young Pioneers during the Soviet era) to regain her strength. There she falls in love with another of the camp leaders ... In the second story, a Finnish group of the Dark On...more
Julie Davis
Continuing my rereading of the series and it is proving a satisfying experience, which is always the test of a good book for me. The first time through one is taken up in the excitement of the storyline unfolding. The second time around when one is more relaxed and looking around the neighborhood (so to speak) is when a story shows staying power or the lack thereof.

My original review is below.

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Loneliness, dejection, the contempt or pity of people around you--these are unpleasant f
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Lee Ellen
This was a fun 300 page book. Unfortunately, it continued for an additional 200 pages. Like "Night Watch," "Day Watch" introduces us to magicians, shape-shifters, and vampires that must mind the crossing of t's and dotting of i's in magical law in order to keep a treaty between the powers of light and dark so that a conflagration at best or apocalypse at worst can be avoided. There is always a way around pro forma, however, and the plot derives from the loopholes found, alternately, by the light...more
Jennifer
Jun 15, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a Russian take on the epic battle between good and evil
Recommended to Jennifer by: the movie, Nightwatch
In this interesting sequel to the book, Nightwatch, the epic battle between light and dark has a curious sort of beaurocracy to it. Sergei Lukyanenko creates a world where the forces of Light and Darkness have spent the last millenium in an uneasy stalemate--the balance of power maintained by a treaty and a group called the Inquisition.

Yet, the forces of Light and Dark are not so different--both are composed of "Others," supernatural beings who begin as human but must choose which side to belong...more
Stu - (Sequere me in tenebras)
Brilliant, had me awake past 12am on a school night! I know, craziness. Review to follow soon[ish].
Cecilia
¿Cómo comenzar siquiera a reseñar este libro? Si bien "Guardianes de la noche" me dejó totalmente impresionada (y convencida de que las películas siempre insistirán en cambiar las historias, aunque en eso se lleven gran parte del espíritu del libro), "Guardianes del día", me dejó convencida de que esta saga, es una de las mejores que he leído en años. Lukyanenko se las arregla muy bien para crear un mundo que parece real, de hecho, luego de leer sus libros uno pensaría que las calles están inund...more
Phleghm
Here it goes. In a form of random thoughts, if I can be forgiven. :)

Much shorter than the previous one! Hooray!

It so happens, that in most case, I do not respond well to authors juggling main characters. I breathe with the lungs of whoever seems pre-destined to be worthy of me. It is not so easy to switch lungs haha.. But again, story has nevertheless pulled me in. Even if it seemed to lack elegance.

I noticed, that it is sometimes written clumsily. There are unnecessary parts, or at least, prese...more
Chris
These Russian translated books are a bit hard to get into at first because the culture and some of the language is so different, but once you get into the first 20 pgs or so, it's pretty addictive. This was the second book in the Nightwatch series and picks up a bit after the first one lets off. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars because I'm torn between liking it and REALLY liking it. The writing is excellent, the main characters are well developed and the plot twists are expert. The reader and O...more
David
Day Watch, like it's prequel, is divided into three parts. The first part was magnificent! Told from the perspective of Alisa, a Dark One, readers delve further into the grey ambiguities of good and evil. I was reduced to tears by the complexities of Alisa's nature. She was so self-serving, ruthless, and stubborn...yet there were moments of such tenderness, clearly illustrating her compassionate, humane side. It was breathtaking.

Part II was not as enjoyable for me. One of my main problems with t...more
Stephanie Swint
This sequel to The Night Watch is structured into three stories just like Day Watch. Sergei Lukyanenko explores characters we have already met but the perspective changes from the introspection of Anton and the Night Watch characters to delving into those of the Night Watch. The whole concept of the Light and the Dark not being bad but different life choices is explored futher and Lukyanenko writing the Day Watch shows no partiality. In fact a large point is made about both being necessary. This...more
Jane Kelsey
Loved it, yes, I did. At first I was taken aback by Alissa's presence in the book, I wasn't a great fan of her in the first one, but the thing is that in the end, I almost cried for her.
This book is different, more mature, it can be sensed in the writing, in the forming of the sentence, and, of course, the fact that it wasn't pure Lukynenko writing(something that I don't think that I'm happy with...).

In any case, after taking me a month to get over the first story of the book, I couldn't put i...more
Mirvan  Ereon
I love this series so much and the movie was so damn fun! The movies gave justice to the book and I can even say they made it so much better. I hope all the movies and books by this writer will progress forever. Can't wait for a new one! I so love this series. I saved all my money just to buy this series and it was so worth it. In fact I do not even like buying books in a series but this made me so happy that i just wanted more. I hope though that the series will end with Last Watch because I ra...more
Daniel
As with the previous installation from this series, I enjoyed the complexity of the novels. They are chess games within chess games mixing history, politics, social engineering, mythology, and all sorts of other good things.

The second story of the three was a little long and drawn out, but everything comes together. I did have some fun trying to figure out who Vitaly was.

Lukyanenko continues his meditation on the nature of "good" and "evil" through the détante of the Watches as overseen by the I...more
Andrew
This is the series of novels that the Night Watch and Day Watch movies are based on. If you haven’t seen them you should, Russian or not they are pretty cool. The books follow the Moscow branches of the Night Watch and Day Watch made up of ‘others’. The Others are people with special abilities, sorcerers, witches vampires etc. They have been involved in a battle of good and evil for centuries, although a truce currently exists at the moment. This is simply to stop outright war between them destr...more
Dale
This is the twenty-first book I read on my commute, and back to the genre well I go. A strange and wondrous sub-area of genre which I like to call "modern foreign urban magical horror."

Day Watch is actually the second book in a trilogy (I read the first book, Night Watch, some time ago in the Pre-Commute days) about the agencies of the supernatural in Russia in the present day. (The author is Russian and the novels are translated into English.) Basic Premise of the Trilogy #1: powerful supernatu...more
Nikki
The translator of The Day Watch is the same as the one for The Night Watch, and I believe the same applies. The language barrier isn't as bad as it could be. I do wonder if I'd find the twists and turns of the book more... predictable in its original language -- I keep wondering if I'm missing hints, or something. You can predict right off the bat that Sergei Lukyanenko won't do what you expect him to, but how exactly he's going to twist it, I'm still not up to following.

There's something very c...more
Simon
After the events of the first book, in which we saw the Night watch achieve a series of victories over the Day watch, the tables are turned and we see how the Dark Ones maneuver their way back onto more level terms.

Generally though, it's more of the same. Split into three interrelated stories in which Gesar and Zabulon attempt to out manipulate each other in the seemingly eternal struggle between the Light and Dark. The book is well written and entertaining enough but I find my interest in the s...more
Mike
Jan 13, 2010 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children of the night of all ages
More tales about the never-ending struggle between two contingents of supernatural bureaucrats. This one focuses more on the perspective of the "bad" vampires. As in the first book in the series, the two sides have much in common, so good and bad aren't clear-cut categories. The main point of contention seems to be how they deal with feeding off of humans, with those who would exploit them mercilessly on one side versus those who find alternate sources. This moral divide is mostly an abstraction...more
Sean
Excellent story telling, and a great translation from the Russian original. Second book in the Watch series. There are two movies that go with this series, available via Amazon Unbox Video-on-Demand and on DVD - the movies, Night Watch, and Day Watch.

The Watch series details the life of The Others, on the Asian continent and in Europe. The Others are a species of humanity having developed supernatural traits to such an extent that they can absorb themselves into "The Gloom" (as it's called, in...more
William Clemens
Admittedly, when I started this one I was just sad to have lost the voice of Anton from the first book, though even when not writing as Anton, he still comes through the author, but I quickly warmed up to this book. Like that last, it focuses on the nature of good and evil exploring things mostly from the perspective of the dark ones. Each story stands well on it's own, questioning who is right and who is wrong, and where the line blurs, and the way the author ties every action together into a m...more
Spigana
Apr 24, 2014 Spigana marked it as did-not-bother-to-finish  ·  review of another edition
Nomocīju kādas 100 lappuses un sapratu, ka vairāk sevi ar šo grāmatu nemocīšu. Biju cerējusi uz interesantu ieskatu tumšo pusē, bet atklāju tikai virspusēju iespaidu par to, ka tumšie ir kaitinoši radījumi, kuriem raksturīga bērnišķīga bezatbildība un tā viņu loģika ar neizklausījās diezko pārliecinoša, pie kam Alise ir diezgan riebīgs tēls un nekādas simpātijas manī neraisīja. Biju cerējusi, ka ar šo grāmatu tiks nokratīts melnbaltais pasaules skatījums un ka tumšie būs interesantāki par gaišaj...more
Joe Kendall
Very good book. It is the second one in the series. This one is definitely better than the first. Instead of only having a biased one side like the first book, this sequel looks at both light and dark sides of the magic. The series is a lot like Frank Herbert's, Dune, series or Issac Asimov's Foundation series, where instead of the fighting being the main action it is the politics that govern the fighting. The writing style is different from most other writings I've read, since the author is fro...more
Dark Matter
Nalini Haynes reviewed this book; for more reviews by Nalini, see Nalini Haynes on Dark Matter Zine.

The other day the minion asked me how this series – Night Watch of which Night Watch is book one and Day Watch is book two – was going.

I replied, “The series is five stars.”

The minion grunted in surprise. “That’s really unusual for you to say a series is five stars. Usually you say a series goes downhill –“

I butted in, “And sometimes they go up.”

The minion ignored my comment, “- or you say the se...more
John Carter McKnight
A solid sequel to the brilliant Night Watch, but far from its equal. Again, we're given three novellas whose relationship slowly becomes clear, this time from the perspective of the Dark Others, rather than the first book's Light.

There's a lot here that's good: agents of the Night Watch as jackass paladins whose constant expectation of evil leads them to do evil themselves, pre-emptively; a solid identity mystery in the second story; and some development of the characters from the first volume....more
Neil Campbell
Another solid book by Sergei Lukyanenko. I was worried that the whole book was going to be in the first person voice of a character with whom I found a bit annoying. I ignored that and kept reading, telling myself that the substance of a good story is not my voice in place of another's, but in my learning to tolerate another's in pursuit of a new experience. Lucky I did, because that voice was present for only one third of the book. I felt like I had turned into a Dark Other in my hopes of said...more
Richard
Almost four stars. Some nice twists, especially the one telling us that using love as a weapon and tool of power is likely to backfire.

The author also takes the welcome position that the "bad" guys aren't evil, but live an ideology that others mistrust. Since that ideology is essentially Objectivism, it understandable creates evil consequences without requiring its practitioners to be demonic.
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