The Last Watch (Дозоры #4)
This review is acceptable to the forces of Darkness. - The Day Watch
When I finished The Twilight Watch a couple of years ago, I thought that was it. Night, Day, Twilight, done. But when I announced that I would be doing the Night Watch trilogy as my end-of-month podcast, I got several emails from listeners who were quick to correct me. The series is not a trilogy, they said, but rather a tetralogy (okay, no one actually used this ...more
After a bit bleak third book from the series, Watch is back on top. It may not be better than Night Watch, but it's definitely my favorite in the series. The saga is still one big festival of misogyny, but at least it's extraordinary written.
The novel opens with a murder in Edinburgh where the victim’s blood was drained. Anton once again investigates the crime scene. What he finds is evidence that the mythical Merlin had left so ...more
Though not as good as the first three, this remains one of my favorite fantasy series. At times the writing seemed lazy, the humor was a little more base than what I had come to expect, and certain parts were more self-aware (of the popularity of the books/movies, at times a not-so-subtle *nudgewink* to the reader without any ...more
I sadly, saw the movies before reading the books, but I still feel that both (the movies and the books) are very well written in their own right, and even though they v ...more
Simply put, if you liked the other Night Watch novels, you’ll probably dig this one ...more
The Last Watch picks up on Moscow's Nightwatch several years after the closing events of The Twilight Watch. It's a new millenium, Anton Gorodetsky, principle protagonist of the trilogy, is using an mp3 player on his mobile phone instead of a mini-disc player, his stupendously magically talented daughter is ...more
Some of the other reviewers said that the book feels less polished than the previous ones. I don't know if I agree with that. I still feel the good vs evil war, excessively so as a ...more
The 4th of 4 books in a series exploring a war between - not good and evil. The dark and the light, or the yin and the yang. In the beginning of the series, it was clear one side was good and the other was evil. In the middle, it became a question of priorities - one side thought society was more important than ...more
In Act one Anton is on loan to the Edinburgh Nightwatch to pursue the murderer of a young man whose father is well connected. The story becomes complicated when mortals armed with magical weaponry attack Anton and his allies, and it becomes apparent that the site of the m ...more
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The plot is less like three divided stories and more like a flow ...more
The stories all comprise the missing, hidden artifact of the great and famous Merlin, known as the Crown of All Things. Someone is searching for this artifact and will do almost anything to find it including murder. It is up to Anton, using his magical skills as well as his detective reasoning to discover what the artifact is, who is looking for it and why they want it. We also learn more about the world that Anton lives in, including all the levels of the Twilight and ...more
that's an issue. You can't have these all-powerful magicians and then have them be so fuc ...more
A stranger dies in a horror dungeon experience, attracting the attention of the Night Watch. Gesar sends Anton to Scotland to investigate. Inevitably the threat is far more dire than it, at first, appears. The Last Watch is an Other extremist group, just what every newly-minted higher magician needs for professional development.
Night Watch, Day Watch and Twilight Watch are the first three books i ...more
They have found that the seventh level is actually real, but they don't know how to get there except for that the great wizard Merlin left a riddle "the crown of all things here concealed. Only one step is left. But this is a legacy for the strong or the wise
You shall receive all and nothing, when you are able to take it.
Proceed if you are strong as I
Or go back if you are as wise as I
Beginning and end, head and tail, all is fused in one
In the crown of all things
This book still has the same theme of the question of are the dark ones really more evil than the light ones and are the light ones really good. This is a theme throughout the series, however since it's a question that can't really ever be answered...
I'm not going to lie - I love this series. This, being the 4th book in the series, might, on its own, actually deserve a rating of three stars, but since it carries the story forward and has the characters I love, I had to give it four stars.
Like the books before it, this story is divided into three "episodes", but unlike the books before, there was no actual point in doing this. It merely served as a change of location, rather than a new narrative that ends up relating to ...more
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