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Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  61,691 Ratings  ·  1,540 Reviews

A new queen has usurped the throne and is leading Cenaria into disaster. The country has become a broken realm with a threadbare army, little food, and no hope. Kylar Stern plans to reinstate his closest friend Logan as King, but can he really get away with murder?

In the north, the Godking's death has thrown Khalidor into civil war. To gain the upper hand, one faction att

Kindle Edition, 737 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Hachette Digital (first published December 2008)
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Mar 27, 2015 Carol. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, really
Some times, I just get profoundly disappointed. When that happens, it becomes quite a challenge to keep on with second, third and fourth chances, which is what I've been doing with Week's Shadow series. I've realized, it is time for Brent and I to break up when I was pondering my review, and thought, "why bother?" You know that feeling you get at the end of the relationship when you know it's not even worth trying anymore? Or--and this might have happened to me today--those times when you might ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god this book was terrible.
The first book in the trilogy, I liked. Started off a bit dark, cracked along at a pace, lots of twists and turns and all in all a good read if slightly melodramatic with some truly terrible prose. Also I liked the idea of this "Night Angel" superhero and I loved Durzo's character.
Second book: began a bit like a teenage boys wet dream. Quite annoying really and quite strange to read as an adult. I found all the descriptions about how Elene wouldn't sleep with him
Nov 03, 2015 Markus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
Weeks, we have a problem.

I didn't like these books anywhere near as much as I hoped I would. In fact, I was disappointed more often than not.

The writing was not to my taste at all. I hated most of the people in the story by the end of the first book. I spent much of my reading time being annoyed by everything.

And yet... you had your moments. You had your great characters (is one and a half enough to use the plural form?). And most importantly of all, you had a few fantastic ideas about the world
Shari  Mulluane
Jan 15, 2009 Shari Mulluane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every hint, every misdirection, every barely noticed event comes together in ways that make perfect sense, but surprise you nonetheless. Brent Weeks forces his characters to make impossible, painful decisions at every turn. The type of multilayered decisions where no matter what, somebody will suffer the consequences and often that somebody is the person they love most. The type of decisions where the right one is rarely the obvious choice and even self-sacrifice is not always the right path to ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Derek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thus ends another trilogy. Overall, I was disappointed with Beyond the Shadows. In Way of the Shadows Weeks spun a marvelous tale for us. He hooked me deep. In Shadow's Edge Weeks continued a great story. I felt that Beyond the Shadows was a poor ending to a great beginning.

What I felt was the biggest upset in this book was that Weeks stopped showing us the story. Instead, he told us what happened. As any good author knows, show, don't tell. We would flip between characters, sometimes months go
May 18, 2012 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
While some people have been waiting over 20 years to finish The Wheel of Time, over 13 (and counting) for A Song of Ice and Fire, and over 10 for Malazan Book of the Fallen, it's a great feeling to finish a series and probably better for all the waiting I've been doing.

Concluding the Night Angel Trilogy, Beyond the Shadows is a great ending to a great series. While not without its faults, as I'll discuss in a bit, the characters are moving and the world fully realized, so much that I was a bit s
Pearlyn Ng
Mar 06, 2014 Pearlyn Ng rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't write reviews.
I can't be bothered, half the time. Even if I love the book to pieces. I'll name my firstborn child after the protagonist and fan-stalk the author, but really, writing reviews isn't my cup of tea.

Brent Weeks deserves some solid applause. He's the first author that's made me a hate a book so much as to actually galvanize me into writing a review, can you imagine that?
The Way of Shadows was okay. I kinda liked it. Enough to try Shadow's Edge, which pretty much left me with a
Men! Wtf was that?? i feel like i've been slapped! i really loved first two book and now i get this??
Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of good in this book, but most of it is way bellow from what i've come to expect from this series! And most of it is some of the worst moralistic crap i've heard in a long time!

Like the whole sex thing. Every character who had sex was portrayed as in some way a evil whore or dirty or seriously wrong. OMG! Are you for real?? I just hope some young innocent girl
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Outstanding conclusion to an outstanding series. Brent Weeks has created a superb world with original and well thought out magical systems and creatures. All of the loose ends begun in the first two novels, The Way of Shadows and Shadow's Edge are tied up tight as a drum and brought to a very satisfying conclusion. This series joins the ranks of one of the best fantasy series of recent years and I can not wait for the next book by this author. Highly recommended!!
David Sven
This book continues right on from book two. After Logan Gyres initial victory over the God King, Garoth Ursuul, and the Khalidorian Empire, he is left to deal with the surrounding nations closing in to stake their own claim on Cenaria. To make things worse the Vurdmeisters and remaining Ursuuls fight to reinstate themselves as the new god king. To this end some attempt to raise an army of creatures from the other side. Some are even desperate enough to try to raise the goddess Khali herself, wil ...more
Executive Summary: I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Most of my friends seemed to enjoy it, but I just found it a disappointment.

Audio book: Paul Boehmer again does a good, but not great job as a reader. He is clear and easy to understand. He does a few voices, but I really have trouble telling some of them apart.

Full Review
I found this book to be a letdown. I felt Shadow's Edge started going off the rails a bit and to be uneven. This book was worse.

There are things to like a
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TS Chan
Mar 24, 2016 TS Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this is 3.5 stars which I’ll magnanimously round up because I really liked a few of the characters and some pretty awesome scenes/moments. There were definitely parts which really piqued my interest and the magic was cool. If the black ka’kari can be called a character, it’ll definitely be one of my favourites.

My wish for more arcs and significance from Dorian, Solon and Feir materialised but I was not entirely thrilled with how they were dealt with. It actually made the whole plotline
Marielle Ooms-Voges
Loved it again third time around. Just loved book 1 and 2 a little bit more. :)
Aug 10, 2014 Kaora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was a great book and a satisfying end to the trilogy.

Weeks has built a complex and detailed world and a wide variety of characters, some of whom I loved, and some I hated. The battle scenes were well done and the writing flowed for the most part, with the exception of a few instances. I found the dialogue witty, reminiscent of Scott Lynch, although Weeks has a darker side to him, although it did seem to be more focused on the good in this book.

I feel that Weeks also is great at cre
Jan 16, 2012 LKM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Now that was just silly.

The book felt rushed and crammed of information that was spoon fed by plot devices (read: characters), and not shown by the tale itself.

The parts that weren't rushed were fight descriptions, which unless they're really well done can bore me, and angsty lovey-dovey crap, which bore me unless there's an actual point to them- save for one or two parts that could have been shorter, I didn't think there was much of a point in them.

As it were, I read it like:

"Important stuff h
Anastasia Antonova
Итак, общее впечатление: понравилось. Немного меньше чем вторая часть, но автор смог вполне достойно закончить трилогию. Не многим это удается.
Персонажи: автор был очень щедр на хэппи-энды. Многие персонажи действительно заслужили хороший конец, поэтому читая о них, я получала неимоверное моральное удовольствие. Пройдя через столько испытаний и тягот, они получили то, чего хотели. Хоть далеко и не все.
Кайлар, Ночной ангел, Тень, получился достойным главным героем. Все его поступки были соверше
Jul 02, 2009 Peter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
After reading all the positive reviews of Beyond the Shadows, I've started to wonder whether I read the same book. Certainly, the novel I read had the same characters, but the impression that seems to have been made on others has been almost unanimously positive.

After a positive - if far from flawless - start in The Way of Shadows, the series started to descend into farce in the second instalment for my liking, before winding up here.

I was left with a feeling not dissimilar to how I felt about t
May 28, 2010 Arthur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liked, fantasy
End of the journey.
Good and fitting final. Touching, moving with powerful emotions.
My deepest admiration is for Elena. Hat’s off.
Kylar, Durzo, Count Drake are my favourites. Even the Wolf.

However, there a few glaring drawbacks that I cannot dismiss.
First of all, the whole trilogy was a bit short on history of Midcyru. Brent Weeks has probably realised it and attempted to force feed us large chunks of it in the last book but it didn’t go very smoothly.
Second, too much was squeezed into one book.
Eric Allen
The first 75% of this book is a collection of things that happen. A bunch of scenes and storylines that really don't have all that much tying them together into anything resembling a cohesive story. It's kind of hard to really care when nothing really seems to be happening, or leading toward anything, and you have a lot of different things happening to different people in different places and none of them seem like they're part of the same story.

I blasted the everliving shit out of Patrick Roth
Sotiris Karaiskos
Aug 16, 2016 Sotiris Karaiskos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Εδώ και λίγο μας τα χαλάει ο Brent Weeks. Αυτό το βιβλίο στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του μοιάζει περισσότερο με έναν μεγάλο επίλογο του δευτέρου μέρους παρά με κάτι που ολοκληρώνει την ιστορία. Παρόλα αυτά το συγκλονιστικό και γεμάτο συμβολισμούς τέλος διορθώνει σε μεγάλο βαθμό κάθε κακή εντύπωση. Όπως και να χει το τελικό συμπέρασμα που βγαίνει μετά την ανάγνωση όλης της τριλογίας είναι ότι διάβασα ακόμα ένα έργο που μπαίνει στα αγαπημένα μου στο χώρο της φαντασίας.
Jan 05, 2009 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book had a very satisfying and very clean ending. I've been disappointed in the recent past how many series just sort of END, without any real resolution to the main plot, let alone many of the sub plots. It's as if the author lost the last third of his final manuscript three days before it was due to the publisher and had to put everything together on the fly.

Not so here.

While not everything is resolved (leaving open the possibility for more in this world), everything is settled and is cl
Mar 31, 2011 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At this point, I've stopped caring about anything happening in The Night Angel trilogy. I thought the first book was good, the second bad, and am just finishing the series because it's a trilogy. Like the previous two books, Beyond the Shadows shifts in tone and story.

In some ways, Beyond the Shadows improved upon the previous book. One of the weak points of the entire trilogy was that you had these threads with characters who hardly got any story time. I neither remember nor cared about them. T
Jul 21, 2015 Nayeomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amaze-balls. Felt like i just watched a movie by Peter Jackson. That is all.

i'll prolly review this fully in the next day or so.

in the meantime, READ THIS (series), PEOPLE!
Marta Conejo
Bueno, ya está terminada la saga!

Tengo que admitir que el libro es muy dinámico, te permite profundizar en los diferentes personajes y sobre todo, destaco el hecho de haber visto cómo todos los personajes han ido tejiendo sus propias historias, a veces ignorando que sus decisiones iban a dañar a sus compañeros, y el único que sabes tooooda la información eres tú, pobre.

Qué decir... Kylar es un amor de chico, demasiado sufrido a veces, aunque Durzo, su maestro, para mí sigue siendo el mejor. En e
May 29, 2015 Binu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2015, fantasy
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Feb 18, 2010 C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-fun
This review is for the whole series.


The first book starts off really good. Really good. I read the opening pages and thought: Whoa, here's a good story, with some pretty good writing. Sadly, it quickly devolved from there to something far more common in the fantasy world: mediocre. Not terrible, just not good.

The main character is interesting only at the beginning, say, the first half or so of the book. After that, he's lost in the realm of generic...more This review is for the whole serie
Maggie K
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Sigh. The whole idea that doe-eyed innocence is sexy repulses me. This book does a little too much of that to keep me happy, even though assassin main character is also erotically connected to a different (non-innocent) lady. Whatever. The big fight scene also left me a bit cold. It was a just a bit too... too. Not quite deus ex machina and not quite ridiculous. But just not fun.

Still: a satisfying read. When time melts, I get happy.
Jooo, tohle rozhodně nebylo tak epické, jak to být mělo.
Tohle se k epickému ani nepřiblížilo.
Jsem naštvaná a zklamaná.
Meh, jdu trucovat do kouta a zabít pavouka sušenkou.
Weeks si to u mě podělal. Hodně.

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Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats ...more
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