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Shadow's Edge (Night Angel #2)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  53,604 ratings  ·  1,254 reviews
Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over—new city, new friends, and new profession.

But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace
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Published August 27th 2009 by Tantor Media (first published November 1st 2008)
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Jul 19, 2012 Nataliya rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend it.
Shelves: 2012-reads

My ocular muscles are sore from all the eyerolling I did when I read Shadow's Edge. It is even more obsessed with virginity/chastity than an average American Sex Ed class. Because all women are either virgins or whores, right? *sigh*

The terrible, atrocious portrayal of female characters annoyed me even more than in the first book. I cringed very time a female character took stage. They all lack any depth whatsoever, becoming little more than caricatures. The virgin/whore dichotomy rules this b
Mar 27, 2015 Carol. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Glen Cook
Quite honestly, this falls at two stars on my enjoyment scale. While Weeks is talented at developing the video game fantasy, a genre I am now officially defining for public benefit, it lacks most of what I love in a good read. Shadow's Edge is an improvement over The Way of Shadows, but ultimately the shortcomings of the storytelling cripple the book.

A hallmark of the video game fantasy is a telegraphed narrative with cursory character development. Weeks jumps from person to person, almost neve
I think a lot of people who are complaining about the role of women in this book completely missed something important; it adds to the development of the world. It is a medieval fantasy and the women in this time period are relegated to nothingness however they play a huge role in this book itself. Elene and Vi are FOILS; they are meant to be eachother's anti-thesis in every way. Vi was abused sexually, physically, and mentally in every way conceivable while Elene grew up in a relatively happy a ...more
David Sven
“Tell them the Night Angel walks. Tell them Justice is come.”

Kylar Stern is the Night Angel. Immortal but not invincible. The black kakari that has bonded to him grants Kyler god-like powers. Powers to be used in the cause of Justice, Vengeance and Mercy.

But Kylar's done with that life. He wants to live his life in peace with Elene and Durzo's daughter Uly. But some destinies are too large to be contained by a domestic life. And Kylar's former life is not content to let him be. The God King Ursu
4.5 stars. This is certainly on my top ten list of Fantasy books/series to come out of the last ten years. Great characters, excellent world-building and the magical/fantasy elements (e.g., powers, creatures, artifacts and magic systems) are as good as it gets.
This book was just as wonderful as I had hoped it would be and even though this took me a lot longer to get through (due to life taking over and getting crazy) I always found it really easy to slip back into the world and see the characters again.

This book is book 2 of the Night Angel Trilogy and we pick the story up not too long after the ending of book 1 and we're continuing to follow Kyler. I have various reasons why I really enjoy this series and one of those is because the characters of the
Andrew Obrigewitsch
What can I say about this book? How about a list of reason why you might love it.

If you think the power of love overcomes all and that belongs in a story about an Assassin, you know a guy that kills people for money. Then this book is for you.

If you think all women fall into one of two categories. Those being virgins or whores. Then you found your book right here.

If you like reading books that feel like the story to an 80's video game, you know a plot just thrown in there so you can watch some
Wow! Just wow! I LOVED every minute of this book, it was amazing!

Ok, now that we cleared that, lets try to say something more objective.
At first kyler tries to quit his murdering ways and be something he's not. In the process he brings him self a lot of frustration and pain.
I was peeved because it was taking so long and because i hated elaine.
She has some unbelievably unrealistic, narrow-minded views and expectations. like doing only 'good' and no violence even when its clearly the only way of
Jun 02, 2014 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark epic fantasy, antiheroes
Book Info: Genre: Dark epic fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of dark epic fantasy
Trigger Warnings: murder, killing, assassination, violence, rape, torture, mutilation, stealing, slavery, cannibalism, danger to child/kidnapping, sexual assault

My Thoughts: This second book in the Night Angel trilogy is much better edited than the first book, which is very strange; I guess maybe there was a different editor? Why they wouldn't have had an editor go through the omnibus edition to chec
Shadow's Edge (2008) [US:] [UK:] by Brent Weeks is the second installment in The Night Angel trilogy and Weeks continues to impress with his debut series. Although the beginning slowed down the pace a bit, Weeks was able to keep the tempo going from The Way of Shadows (review) and finish with quite the finale.

I've attempted to eliminate as many spoilers as possible, but it's difficult to discuss sequels without giving away some from the first. Beware some spoilers if you've yet to read The Way o
The second volume of the Night Angel Trilogy still lacks the craftsmanship I feel Weeks demonstrated in the Black Prism, which (at the time of this review) is his latest book. I can forgive the book its momentary awkwardness for the bigger picture of utter awesomeness. This book is pretty awesome. Ezra's Wood was particularly captivating. I am enjoying getting to experience a larger part of Midcyru.

However, I hate that he introduces a brand new group/character/situation without any back story or


Since this is already book TWO, i can't really say much about the plot except that WHAT WHO are dead doesn't really stay dead.

You will have a ball reading this one.

i will, however state 5 cool things i found in this book.

1. HUMOR/SARCASM. Kylar, as an accomplished wetboy, scared a local Shinga so he and his thugs will not attack a naive girl and his family one night.

With a hiss, the ka'kari slid out into a long, smoking punch dagger. Low blue fire sprang in his ey
Executive Summary: I have mixed feelings about this book. It's very uneven. I went from 3 stars to 4 stars, back to 3.

Audio book: Paul Boehmer again does a good job reading. A few accents, but nothing special. My only real gripe is when the POV suddenly shifts. I'm not sure if it's the way Mr. Weeks wrote the book, the way Mr. Boehmer is reading the book, or the way the audio was cut, but there needs to be some kind of pause between POV shifts in the same chapter, because it is VERY jarring when
3.5 Stars

It took me a little bit to get into this one.

At the start of the book, Kylar is attempting to settle down with his lady love Elene and Uly, the daughter of Kylar's master Durzo who is 3 months dead. Elene has gotten Kylar to giving up his wetboy ways, but when Jarl comes to ask Kylar for one last job, what will he do?

Until Jarl shows up I was thoroughly annoyed with this book. I found myself disliking Elene immensely with her tears and demands. Kylar talks about how she is the one pers
Wow, does Brent Weeks pack a punch or what?

For most of this book, I thought I would be giving it four stars, simply because I had enjoyed The Way of Shadows more. I loved the early years of Kylar's life and his training to be a wetboy. My favorite character had been Durzo Blint, his mentor, master, and father figure during this training. This was more epic a story, focusing not only on Kylar as he tries to learn the simple life of an herbalist, but on the primary players in a power struggle bet
Holy mother, this book was good. I thought The Way of Shadows was good, but it was nothing compared to this one! Weeks really hit his stride in this volume of the story, and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

It's been a long time since I got really emotionally drawn into a good old fashioned fantasy trilogy. I don't know when exactly it happened, but this series definitely broke that dry spell. I don't remember feeling quite so emotionally attached to the characters while reading The Way of
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Eric Allen
Listened to the Graphic Audio production of this book at work this week. It was a lot of fun. Most of the complaints I see about this series is that it's really generic. I can see that. The story is a little on the generic side. But Weeks has a way of making a story we've already read before extremely entertaining. I really like the characters, and their interactions with one another, and the world it takes place in is pretty cool too. And the Graphic Audio dramatization, which adds in music, so ...more
I didn't like this book nearly as much as the first. Weeks tends to be a bit wordy, but he was downright repetitive in places & not just filling in back story from the previous book. He did so recapping feelings & events between chapters, too. I find that hard to take when reading, but in audio format it's worse since I'm a captive audience.

The story moved forward fairly predictably, although he's added a couple of wrinkles that bode well for the future. What these folks don't know about
Andrew Obrigewitsch
What can I say about this book and series? There are some very good parts and some really bad parts. How someone can give it 5 stars I will never know.

The good:

Great world creation
Great action scenes

The bad:
Juvenile dialog (mainly in the first half)
Silly laugh out loud plot twists
Some WTF moments

Frankly this book feels like it should have been written for a video game or comic book where dialog and lame plot choices are overshadowed by great action and beautiful artwork. And I'm not saying all
Lazy Seagull
So when I first started this book, I was a bit apprehensive because everyone else had spoken about how the two books after The Way of Shadows weren't as good as the first book.

I have really, really mixed feelings about this book. It started and ended with a bang, that's for sure.

Azo--I mean, Kylar (I guess he's officially called Kylar now) was excellently done. He's a flawed character, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. He has this tendency to moan and groan about how much he can't unde
2.5 stars.

The Way of Shadows was an enjoyable read, barring the deluge of fantasy tropes. I thought that it would be all about the assassins and didn't realise that there would be a wider story to tell. In fact, one of the reasons I loved it was that I had no idea how it would end. I loved the characters and the story seemed to get better and better.

So I had high hopes for its sequel, Shadow's Edge.

Unfortunately, the sequel turned out to be a continuous disappointment. The plot became ridiculous
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Book # 2 was a better read than book #1 in my opinion. Brent Weeks seems to have made a decision to make this series a character driven one. There are many great chapters in this novel about secondary characters like Dorian, Solo, Feir, and Vi. This novel not only centers on Kylars growth, it also does on Logans' trials and tribulations. Less action, less blood, and less death, but much more emotional investment and depth of character, make this a better and more mature story for us to love.
Philip Schläfli
After the disappointment that was the first book, I dove head first in the second. Wow. It picks of right were the first left. One might think after the battle of the first there will be some happytime etc. But no. People die, are tortured and the godking makes everyone miserable. I have to say that Weeks captures the desperation of the moment very well. So the book continues strong and there is a lot of action going on through the whole book. It is very violant and I am a bit afraid from Weeks, ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Lyssa marked it as unreadable  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
4/24/13 First Thoughts
1. Something is seriously wrong with the dialogue. I thought I accidentally stepped into a YA novel. Shudder.....
2. Brent Weeks cant write female characters.

4/28/13 I am done with this book. I had enough of the cannabalism and pissed on bread. It didn't mix well with the main characters blushes and giggles. An assassin should never giggle or blush.
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Blodeuedd Finland

This book took some time to read, not cos it was big, but cos it was so emotionally draining. I read 50 pages and had to stop. And took a break for some time. The reason, well let me put it like this. I saw a glimmer of hope, then I turned around and Weeks stabbed me in the back and left me bleeding.I should have learned not to trust it but I kept turning around and getting hit again and again.

He is an excellent writer and he has created a rich world, but there is darkness, such darkness that I
Sandy Williams
This book - this trilogy - is emotionally draining. Imagine the worst possible things that could ever, ever happen to a man or a woman. I mean, THE WORST THINGS. Got 'em in your minds, yet? Well, I guarantee you that Brent Weeks can imagine far worse. The things he puts his characters through - I think I might be emotionally scarred from them. I honestly don't know how the man sleeps at night.

There were times I wanted to chunk the book out the window, but the second half of SHADOW'S EDGE? Wow. T
Shadow’s Edge is the second book in the Night Angel trilogy and a worthy follow-up to the original. It differs in many ways. While the first book is definitely the equivalent of any superhero origin story, the second isn’t merely the “middle book” which exists to tie the beginning and end together, but holds a story that stands on its own. Shadow’s Edge is also noticeably more violent than the first. With eye gouging, limb severance, bone penetrating skin and mentions of cannibalism and rape, Sh ...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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Other Books in the Series

Night Angel (3 books)
  • The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)
  • Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3)
The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3) The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)

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