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The Twilight Watch (Дозоры #3)

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The third in the internationally bestselling series from Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko

Three years have passed since the events of The Day Watch. His wife and daughter spending the summer on a dacha not far from Moscow where Anton is working when his boss Gesser reveals he has received an anonymous note. An Other has exposed the truth about their kind to a human, and now...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 6th 2007 by Anchor Canada (first published January 1st 1998)
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Chris

I really wanted to finish this before 2008 ended, but travel, a hectic schedule and a new mini-PC conspired against me. Ah well, such is life.

This world is one that is riddled with possibilities. Even though Lukyanenko has been pretty single-minded in his themes throughout the trilogy, there's a lot to work with here. We have two distinct groups of Others, the Light and the Dark, with different character classes, powers, abilities, levels and ambitions. If anyone wanted to write fan fiction or e...more
Katy
Please note: Read and reviewed in 2007.

My Synopsis: This follow-up to the (also amazing) Russian magical reality books Night Watch and Day Watch returns us to Anton's mind and to Anton's relationships with those around him. Focusing on interactions with the mysterious Inquisitors, this book takes Anton further along in his path to understanding that there really is very little difference between Light and Dark and that the shades of Grey they all walk in are probably more suited to all Others th...more
Wushi
These stories are all told from Anton's perspective. A good decision to return to a voice the author clearly sympathizes with.

This book picks up a few years after the events of Day Watch, with Anton having married and had a child in the intervening time. His child is fated to become the greatest magic user in centuries, something this story only addresses on the side.

Act one follows Anton as he tries to track down someone who was promised to be made an Other. It is presumed to be impossible, and...more
Steve
Called Dusk Watch in Russian, Luyanenko firmly establishes himself as leading Russian voice in the fantasy genre.

In this novel, he ties narratives through his unfolding universe of the Light and Dark in a brilliant interplay of motives and game-ending moves that quicken the pace and leave you thrilled

The nice thing is that each of the books so far could have closed out the series. This one goes deeper by exploring existentialism and meaning among the Day Watch and Night Watch.

Nobody's Time
A my...more
Nousha
Не мога да не дам 5 звезди на книга, в която го има толкова търсеното от мен - очарованието на фантастиката от времето, когато откривах този жанр - хората, фантастиката на хората, моралът на хората, дилемите на хората, естетиката и етиката, чувствата и разума на настоящето и бъдещето, пътищата пред човека - далеч не на ниво технология, а на ниво именно човек. И това наистина вълнува, а книга, която те замисля и развълнува, е истински добра книга.
Ryan Mishap
I love these books!
In modern Moscow, age old beings called Others still exist. The Light and the Dark Ones called a truce hundreds of years ago and are governed by that treaty. The Nightwatch is the Light Ones’ police force to keep the Dark in Line. The Daywatch is their counterpart. There may be a truce, but the schemes, manipulations, and plans are always in motion.
Anton, a third level magician on his first field operation when Nightwatch begins, is one of my favorite characters in fiction....more
Phleghm
Sometimes it takes a book of fiction to teach us about real life.

IF there was a way to give it 4 and a 1/2 stars I would.

To me, definitely the best book of the series! Majestic! haha. But, it has a few story loopholes or well, at least shortcomings, which started annoying me after I finished the book and thought about it.

I won`t go into those details, because really, they don`t matter all that much.

There is a very good social model and theory behind it all. I felt like I learned a lot from the b...more
Amy
Upping the ante yet again, Lukyanenko meditates on the meaning of communism (equality for all) and of freedom. The title of the book refers to the Inquisition, which is a governing body over both the Night and Day Watches. The philosophizing in these books, which concern the dependent aspects of "good" and "evil," is always thought-provoking. And the character of Anton feels like an old friend. The Twilight is always an interesting universe to visit!
Stephanie Swint
This series has been enjoyable since the beginning but Twilight Watch delves deeper into what real differences there are between the Day Watch and the Night Watch. It explores the true reasons as to why they exist, and with this knowledge how it effects Anton and Svetlana's family. A little bit of knowledge can turn a persons world upside down. This was written very well and my favorite of the series.

The book is divided into three stories as is the case with both Day Watch and Night Watch. The s...more
Lori (Hellian)
A continuation of this great series. In the first few pages I wasn't sure if Anton would continue to repeat his moral dilemma (what is dark? what is light?) from book 2, but things progess. An interesting perk for American readers is an inside perspective of the post Soviet Russia.
Simon
This is the third part of Lukyanenko's Night Watch Trilogy set in the supernatural underworld of post Soviet Russia and I was quite pleased to be back with the first person narrative of Anton Gorodetsky after the brief excussion into the world of the Day watch in Book two.

I will keep this brief as I don't want to spoil the fun of any potential readers. Once again the book is made up of three parts. In part one Anton investigates the occupants of a half abandoned luxury apartment block looking fo...more
Stan Heller
I did read the two previous books- Nightwatch and Daywatch. Both were quite enjoyable. The Russian sensibility gives the books a rich flavor that takes familiar characters and themes in unexpected directions.

The flavor of all three books is that of chess games played by old masters. Like Russian nesting dolls, one story fits inside another. Dark and Light magicians vie for a change in the balance of power- each seeking to provoke the other into breaking an age old truce.

All three books follow...more
Eric
Jun 25, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
This book was fan-freakin-tastic!!! While I consider the second book to be filler for this one, it was much needed to bring out such awesome character development and huge twists this book had. It's interesting seeing how world politics played a part in Lukyanenko's writing of this book, and easy to see what side of the planet he's on. He doesn't drive his opinions too much either, mercifully. I just love how he calls Coca-Cola "foreign poison." Haha!
This book had an agenda though. Lukyanenko wr...more
Seth
Whereas the earlier books dwelled on the ethics of the Others' use of their power, the final book in the trilogy focuses more on the larger ethical issues of the mere existence of Others and the power they have. The lower Dark Ones--vampires and werewolves--draw their power directly from victims; where do higher Others get their power? What separates Others from humans and can one be converted into another?

The protagonist--actually, the hero--Anton ponders these questions in the context of his g...more
Φλεγύας
Dec 10, 2011 Φλεγύας rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is into urban fantasy
This is my favourite book out of the four that make up the series. New characters are introduced into the story, older characters are brought back from the first book, the events of the second book have set interesting predicaments and conditions and Lukyanenko's writing takes all these to the next level, in a book that remains true to his previous style, yet, it explores new foundations as characters develop beyond the levels/stages we got to know them in the previous books.
Without giving out a...more
Shawne
Dec 30, 2008 Shawne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, fans of Lukyanenko's Night Watch universe
Shelves: fiction
I would imagine that, at some point, Lukyanenko's brilliant fantasy series would hit a road bump or two; how many home runs can he hit before the series fizzles out? Surely at some point one of the books is going to be a disappointment?

Fortunately, Twilight Watch isn't that book. In fact, it's the best so far - again expanding the scope of Lukyanenko's ridiculously textured, intelligent universe, so that it encompasses historical narrative and social discourse in a far more direct fashion than...more
Dale
Dusk Watch (or Twilight Watch, as my copy was titled ... dang translations ...) was every bit as good the other Watch books. By this third volume the series has definitely settled into a very clear pattern. Each book is divided into three sections, each of which is a complete story in and of itself but which also sets up elements which pay off subsequently. Still, even knowing that, and reading the first section carefully to try to pick up clues as to how the last section would unfold, I was sti...more
William Clemens
I liked the first two books, I loved this one.

Anton Gorodetsky really comes into his own as a character here. A supernatural Columbo, bumbling through the mysteries and intrigues, trying to puzzle things out, going down the wrong paths, but always finding his way to the solution in the nick of time and making everything right.

The plot, divided into stories as always, focuses on the possibility of human beings turning into Others and the impact this would have on the battle between the watches. W...more
Conor Olmstead
Once again Sergei Lukyanenko did a great job with his Night Watch Series. I haven't touched his series since back in September, because I knew I would blow through this book and sure enough I did. I wanted to hold off till I knew his final book would be released soon so I could read it and then go right to the last one.

I don't why I like his writing style so much but I really do. He does a great job of painting good visuals so I can easily see whats happening.

Storywise I liked it. The direction...more
Dark Matter
Nalini Haynes reviewed this book; for more reviews by Nalini, see Nalini Haynes on Dark Matter Zine.

Night Watch and Day Watch are books one and two respectively, Twilight Watch is number three. All books use the same format: three episodic stories, each with a teaser-style prologue and all the stories form a series story arc.

Anton was a normal human until he discovered he had magical powers. Becoming an Other opened up a whole new world to him, one with vampires living upstairs, witches working...more
Allison Wonderland
A thrilling addition to the Night Watch series. I will admit that it took me a little while to get fully engrossed in this book, but when I did I absolutely could not put it down. The switch back to Anton Gorodetsky as the narrator was a big help in holding my interest - the Day Watch members were interesting to read about, but the character of Anton is one of the most engaging in the series. The continuation of his story was very satisfying.
Jeff Miller
The 3rd book in the series is just as excellent as the first book. Instead of the shifting character views of the 2nd novel, this time Anton Gorodetsky is back as the main character with the story unfolding around him and his wife. A nicely complex plot with plenty of surprises which agains consists of three main stories that build upon each other.

Have been really enjoying this series and moving onto the fourth and last book.
Matteo Pellegrini
Sinossi

Dopo millenni di lotta le forze delle Tenebre e quelle della Luce hanno stretto un patto di pace. Le due fazioni sono formate dagli Altri, esseri in grado di entrare nel Crepuscolo, un limbo da cui traggono poteri soprannaturali. Ma la pace è un filo sottile: una lettera anonima informa che un umano sta cercando di diventare un Altro. Ma Altri non si diventa, a meno che uno di questi non sia disposto a rivelare il segreto della loro esistenza, mettendoli tutti in pericolo. Il Mago della

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Neil Campbell
Another fun read in the Watch series. I enjoy the comments on Russian culture and society although they seem spread thinly. I understand that this is not a historical fiction book, but I would have enjoyed more social commentary. But that is what made Las such a fun addition to this book.. He is not afraid to say the wildest stuff. And his comment about the elite driving 600s while whining that they have to drive a 500 while the 600 is in the shop, and when they got Bentleys to be proper snobs,...more
Rasmus Skovdal
As was the case with the previous two books, the writing is probably quite decent, but I feel that there are translation issues.

The basic, overarching plot hasn't really changed, and the use of song lyrics is still cringe worthy, but it's different enough from a lot of (western) fantasy that it works quite well.

Heavily focused on Anton, which is mostly a good thing. Characters in this series tend to change, rather than grow, which is fine. Even suitable, for many of them.

The political allegory i...more
Forrest
Sergei Lukyanenko’s Watches books have utterly captivated me. The moody atmosphere and strong characterization drive an uncompromising examination of good and evil. Oh, and the story isn’t bad either. Where Day Watch acted as the natural extension of Night Watch, exploring some of the same material from the perspective of Darkness, Twilight Watch almost starts from scratch with a new, overriding storyline that runs through all three sections of the book. While the vignettes that compose all of t...more
Katiuscia
La mia recensione completa la trovate qua
http://katiusciarigogliosi.blogspot.i...

Ammetto che il primo libro mi aveva lasciato un po' perplessa, così come il secondo.
In pratica lì vengono presentati, tramite 4 storie che si intrinsecano tra loro, gli Altri della Luce come i buoni, e gli Altri della Notte come i cattivi. La differenza fondamentale sta nel loro modo di pensare: i buoni mettono davanti a tutto gli altri, e quindi le loro azioni sono guidate dall'altruismo. I cattivi mettono davanti...more
Бранимир Събев
След леката крачка назад, която Лукяненко направи в Дневен Патрул (лично мнение), сега отново скача рязко напред, довеждайки третата книга от поредицата поне на нивото на Нощен Патрул, ако не и на по-високо. Останах изключително доволен от книжката. Както и предните две книги, тук вместо роман имаме три повести, къде свързани една с друга, къде не чак толкова, но без съмнение до една интересни. Антон Городецки продължа стремително да вдига нивото си на магьосник, ставайки все по-силен и по-силен...more
Kana
So far this is my favorite of the series. It was easier to read and follow. I could tell the author was much more comfortable with the universe he had created, and he takes liberties in testing all the possible traits, one can have in the universe.
I liked how Anton was able to accept Sveta for being more powerful, and knew when she needed back up and when he needed to back away. And he accepted her either way. He was very loyal to his wife and their daughter, and it was sweet.
I've actually alw...more
Leonardo
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