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The Night Angel Trilogy (Night Angel #1-3)

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3 volumes in one giant omnibus edition.
"Way of Shadows", "Shadow's Edge", "Beyond the Shadows" all in one beautiful hardcover edition
Hardcover, 1392 pages
Published January 2009 by SFBC
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Marc Aplin
Jan 03, 2011 Marc Aplin rated it it was amazing
It takes a special kind of author to write three books and have them sold consecutively on a monthly basis… Typically a fantasy trilogy will take between three and four years from the first through until the last book is released. This allows time for readers to finish a book, have a bit of a change and then re-visit a world about a year later…

When Brent Weeks wrote the Night Angel Trilogy his publishers weren’t prepared to make us wait a year for each book. This ‘one month’ wait between each bo
Paulo Roberto
Sep 25, 2012 Paulo Roberto rated it liked it
Oddly homophobic and misogynistic. Compelling story but a SEVERE lack of well rounded female characters who aren't in power due to marriage or sex.
Also: Every gay character was molested, abused, raped, or inherently cruel.

When I think of heteronormative and paternalistic behavior or setting, I like to think of George R. R. Martin or Patrick Rothfuss, who create a mediaeval world that is similar to ours, in that it portrays a strong male dominated world, but has the sensibility to include chara
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 06, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Surprisingly good book. I picked it up on the strength of it's cover blurb and a couple of reader reviews. You won't find any deep truths of life, there aren't any insights into life (well maybe a few) but you will get a good novel. (Actually a set of novels as this is the trilogy in one volume.)

I bought this through the Science Fiction Book Club and read it during an extremely stressful time (I read it in a hospital, in the waiting room or the room of my wife). It helped me out of this world an
Mar 04, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing
Forget all the reviews that are anything less than 5 stars. This series is amazing. I am an avid reader of fantasy and romance, specifically historical romance, but these 3 books are nothing like anythng I have ever read. The characters are solid from the get-go, and develop into real people you can root for and rail against throughout the series. The inner turmoil of Kylar/Azoth, the mysterious past of Durzo, even the ever-present nobility and righteousness of Logan Gyre-I loved each of these c ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Mad-God rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I skimmed over some of the reviews before I decided to write my own. And one in particular was brought up some negative viewpoints of the plot that, frankly have nothing really to do with the entirety of the story and a social bias; based on ones on perspective on life. (I'm looking at you Paulo). Those so called flaws in fact give the world of MIDCRYU depth.
The Night Angel Trilogy is a compelling and engrossing read. It's very much about courage, redemption and about how Love conquers
David Dalglish
Jun 17, 2010 David Dalglish rated it really liked it
There is something about Durzo Blint that is immensely appealing. Other characters came and went. The main character, Kylar Stern, alternated between cold-blooded killer, immature teen, and weepy pacifist. Yet Durzo was always Durzo, a cold-blood assassin (excuse me, *wetboy*) that was better than anyone in the art of killing. That he has a secret past is no surprise, but when the surprise is revealed in book two, it feels both immense and incredibly amusing.

The first book in the series starts o
Summer Milfond
Sep 21, 2012 Summer Milfond rated it it was amazing
i can't believe that people can actually rate these books less than 5 stars and anything less than that is just unbelievable. (those are the people that don't enjoy good books).

i honestly think that there need to be more books like this out there, cuz it seems like now a days every single book and their grandPA's story is nothing but a lust filled romance that include the obvious followings:
~some really attractive guy (which in real life wo
There is a lot to love and hate about these books. They are the perfect example the what I like and dislike about modern fantasy. The writing I really enjoyed. Weeks has a very good grasp of character and I was sucked in very quickly as I started to care about the protagonist. The world building and setting was top notch. I also loved that the author was unafraid to move time along. The author was willing to tell the important parts of the story and skip years of back story. What I hate about th ...more
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Aug 06, 2013 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~ rated it really liked it
Okay this book is crazy intense! Nothing You think will happen does. I mean Nothing. I have had to put this book down so many times cos it's so gruesome in areas that I either had gotten light headed and broken out into a cold sweat or I had almost thrown up! This book evokes every emotion a person could possibly have and then some. It's like non stop suspense, then action, then warm fuzzy heartfelt feelings, then anger, then sadness etc.. Then the cycle starts all over again. And like I said, e ...more
Bram Vandenbussche
Aug 11, 2013 Bram Vandenbussche rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of typical fantasy who can stand some gore
Recommended to Bram by: Goodreads
I decided to pick up the "Night Angel-Trilogy" because it was the highest rated book in my to-read list. Unfortunately I don't think it merits that reputation. Here's why:

The Good

- Great, epic fantasy story
- Overall great writing style
- Very well written depictions of battles and other tense moments
- Light, pleasant sense of humor
- Nice variety of people and cities. Each with their unique and captivating culture and politics.
- I loved the variety in magic systems, no One power or anything, but d
Mar 01, 2012 Ethan rated it it was ok
The first books starts out well enough, but the plot quickly spirals out of control and the author starts stealing elements from all sorts of other fantasy. You can tell they're stolen because there's no reason for them to exist they way they do within the context of the story. There's so many moments where it just seemed like the author either wrote himself into a corner, and just made up a way for the characters to escape. And all the twists and revelations are undercut by the fact that all th ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Sibil is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Ho letto La via delle tenebre. Ero davvero curiosa di iniziare la serie di questo autore, lo punto da una vita e quasi non ci credevo quando finalmente, finalmente!, sono riuscita ad iniziarlo. L'inizio è stato abbastanza traumatico, perché è un po' troppo crudo per i miei gusti e avrei fatto volentieri a meno di diverse scene. Però è un libro che merita tantissimo, con un protagonista che mi fa ben sperare per i seguiti. La storia è avvincente e, anche se cupa, mi ha coinvolto completamente!

May 29, 2009 Otoki rated it really liked it
A fantastic read if you like violence, action, vengeance, and political intrigue. I also love the fact that almost no characters are sacred, and most people can be killed off in the course of the series. There are tons of plot twists in each book, and most of them were big surprises.

My only major criticism of the books is the romance: I don't like romance very much, but if it's described in a concise, believable way I can handle it. Hell, I can even appreciate it if it's more like Gregory Maguir
Jan 16, 2012 Brian rated it it was ok
The story was, at the core, good, yet I felt that the author was constantly writing himself into corners and then coming up with a new piece of backstory. And why does this keep happening? Because the story has to keep ratcheting up with greater and greater challenges.
Jan 19, 2016 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Very enjoyable trilogy.
Apr 06, 2015 Clarita rated it liked it
Много ми се искаше да оценя по-високо трилогията на Брент Уийкс. Тя се превърна за мен в онова нещо, известно като gealty pleasure, сривайки амбициозния ми читателски списък и дори държейки ме будна по нощите.
И си имаше защо, въпреки че накрая се разочаровах.
Първият голям плюс за тази история според мен са ярките характери,обрисувани умело, макар и често в едър щрих, до степен да им съчувствам, да се дразня, да ги обичам или мразя, или пък да недоумявам защо са точно такива реакциите им в опред
Stephanie I
Jun 16, 2009 Stephanie I rated it it was amazing
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James Boles
Dec 20, 2013 James Boles rated it did not like it
I don't know what to make of this series. It had a lot of interesting ideas. But some of the recurring, heavy-handed themes (e.g., celibacy as virtue; positive sexuality existing solely in the context of marriage between a man and a woman; sexuality between men and extra-marital sex between heterosexuals placed exclusively in the provinces of brutality and deviation; thinly-veiled musings of Christianity) were off-putting, and constantly interfered with the more interesting issues with which the ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful series that I had a lot of trouble putting down. I would recommend this series to anyone that enjoys fantasy, and especially those that are fans of Brandon Sanderson and Michael J. Sullivan.
Brooke Caine
Mar 19, 2014 Brooke Caine rated it liked it
While I do see a fair amount of promise in Weeks' world-building skills and a substantial improvement in the quality of his writing from the first volume to the next, I was ultimately unable to finish reading the series as his sense of pacing was a little too much for me at times and inhibited me from forming proper emotional attachments to the characters as there were simply too many that were introduced with little to no elucidation on their true purpose (Or their connection to other character ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Jeromy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy or Character Development lovers
Recommended to Jeromy by: Border's Bookstore guy
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
In my not-so-humble opinion, Outstanding! I loved being able to effortlessly identify with his characters regardless of my personal experience. I was able to create that mental motion picture in my head without having to change reels, adjust the frame, or change the scenery. *sigh* i guess thats just a long-winded way of saying excellent job at presenting background without distracting from the story. Characters were lovable, believable, and most of all enjoyable. The plot was, seemingly, well p ...more
Ellie N.
Mar 26, 2016 Ellie N. rated it liked it
I, like others, could not ultimately finish this book. While the author has an incredible skill at world-building and lore, it kind of felt ...borrowed. Magic was completely unexpected, and when legendary daggers or 'talents' were explained, it was rather jarring. It didn't really feel like one, cohesive idea.

The characters were shallow and uninteresting. The plot was a little silly. Characters outlived their usefulness, and no lasting impression was made on me by any of them outside of the begi
This trilogy has its weaknesses. Most of the characters are deeply unlikeable (which is a problem when that includes characters we are clearly supposed to care for - I loathe Durzo, Momma K and Vi, only like Elena because Kylar loves her, and while I think we were supposed to like Dorian so we'd feel bad for his descent into evil and/or madness, I was uniformly annoyed by him from his first appearance to the last). The criticism that Weeks has no idea how to write women in general is also not wi ...more
Shilo Fields
Jan 16, 2015 Shilo Fields rated it it was amazing
There are alot of women complaining about the roles of alot of the female characters in this book because the main (female) characters are on opposite ends of the "sex" spectrum.. One is a virgin and the other is basically a prostitute (not an insult, I mean it literally).

However I think that such an argument for this series is complete bull. I'm sorry if you don't feel like your own lifestyle has been represented in the characters (As, I'm guessing, a female who sleeps with a moderate amount o
Oct 07, 2010 Asmodean rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Trilogy. I read this series rather quickly and it's been a little while now since I've finished it so, take that into consideration as you read my review.

What I can remember of this series is that it's really good reading. The action scenes are fast and intense. The world is detailed and alive. The characters are well thought out and described. Overall, very well written series. Kylar has an unknown power within him. This power can be used for many things, one of which is
Apr 21, 2012 Giacomo rated it it was amazing
Brent Weeks created a great world and a cast of wonderful characters. Durzo Blint ranks high on my list as one of the best assassins in fantasy, and he has a lot of competition there. In Night Angel, the assassins are called "wetboys" and Durzo not only rules the ranks, his character comes with a few surprises-nice ones. All too often, an assassin or hit man border being one dimensional. Not the case with Durzo. He is complex, and at times, is both likeable and detestable. Just the way it should ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
Brent Weeks is a fantastic author. He is a breath of fresh air that the fantasy series has desperately needed for some time now. Don’t get me wrong- there didn’t cease be excellent authors in the field, but I certainly felt there was a lack of aspiring new comes for a while. Long established authors continued to pump out excellent works (Butcher, Martin, etc) but where was the new guy? I found them- they are Weeks and Brett (see Warded Man, Desert Spear).

What makes Weeks so excellent is that
Feb 26, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
These books are amazing. I bought the series because I needed something to read while waiting for Winds of Winter (A song of Ice and Fire book 6) and finished them in a week. They are well written and it is easy to find yourself reading them for hours without realizing it. The characters are often faced with tough choices and you feel for them when they have to live with the consequences of them. There are many similarities between these books and the Game of Throes books as well as many differe ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Brook rated it liked it
I decided to review this series as a whole rather than each individual book. I enjoyed the complex writing style of Brent Weeks very much. He is very subtle in his foreshadowing and there were several surprises that had me literally exclaiming aloud. I do have a complaint which kept me from giving this a higher rating and that is the very mature nature of the material itself. These books are about a culture based on war and killing and prostitutes. It is a culture who have been misled and succum ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this trilogy and the way Weeks establishes and charts the evolution of his characters. It's complex enough to keep the well-read entertained, but not so complex that weekend/vacation readers won't remember what's going on. While there are a few deus ex machina moments from time to time, I feel like those instances were at least partially tongue-in-cheek. Even if they weren't, then I don't really mind because I found those parts funny; and that sort of thing is what I expect from ...more
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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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Night Angel (3 books)
  • The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)
  • Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2)
  • Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3)

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