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El camino de las sombras (Night Angel #1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  81,554 ratings  ·  3,071 reviews
A sus 11 años, Azoth ha aprendido a juzgar a la gente a primera vista; en realidad, le va la vida en ello, pues forma parte de una de las bandas de huérfanos que roban y malviven en las peligrosas calles de la metrópoli de Cenaria. Bandas en las que los pequeños son tiranizados por los mayores, en las que únicamente sobreviven los más fuertes, los más rápidos, los menos in ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published 2010 by Plaza & Janés (first published October 1st 2008)
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Mark Lawrence
I'd read a couple of sniffy reviews about this book and a friend was very meh about it ... even Weeks himself seemed a touch apologetic about his debut when he saw my tweet about starting it ... though I could be over-reading 140 characters there. In any event, my expectations were not sky high.

It turns out that I tend to like what people tend to like ... who knew? I don't enjoy every popular book but I do generally find out that there's a good reason why they're popular.

Brent Weeks is a great
Dec 04, 2013 Nataliya rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of videogame-style fantasy
Recommended to Nataliya by: GR positive reviews
A plucky street urchin Azoth wants to be a wetboy (*). Which is basically an assassin on steroids . Minus the unfortunate side effects of acne, neck hump, obesity, testicular atrophy, and man-boobs.

* (These are just some of the images that come up in the internet search for "wetboy".)
Also, call me immature, but when you call your magical artifact ka'kari, despite the mandatory fantasy apostrophe, the "kaka" part inevitably elicits immature giggles from me. Dear writers, please be careful in yo
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There are a few authors, Joe Abercrombie included, whose books I've read in large part because everything they've said outside of their novels (on blogs, etc.) has been hilarious and witty and they don't take themselves too seriously. Brent Weeks (or Sussex Months...yes I still think it's funny) is one of those authors.

One of the reasons it's taken me this long to get to this book is because I think the cover is awful. I know cover art doesn't really effect anything and probably shouldn't anyway
I liked this book, although it didn't tread the newest ground ever, the characters were interesting and the plot held my attention. I think the only thing lacking was the world building, it was confusing and I found it hard to really get a grasp on everything that was happening politically. BUT I recommend it highly, especially to people who like Robert Jordan, Joe Abercrombie, Stephen Erikson Robin Hobb or Terry Brooks. Very accessable, but with the new era "grit" we've come to know and love in ...more
So this book was a pleasant surprise! I left for New York and had only packed one book, thinking I wouldn't be able to read the entire book on my trip...oops. So I had to run to the bookstore to pick out another book to read. The bookstore closed in five minuets and I quickly grabbed the book because of it's interesting looking cover. Read the back, didn't sound too interesting, but noticed a quote from Terry Brooks which made me consider it. I picked it up and put it back down a couple of times ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Jon added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Fantasy Book Club December 2009 Selection
Andrew Obrigewitsch
I found this series to have the kind of "well" written and "witty" dialogue that every 12 year old pervert will love, due to its "well" thought out and "intellectual" nature. However, I beseech one to read this series as one will not be surprised in the least by the plot twists. In fact from page one, a discernible reader will know the basic ending of the story, and thus can praise it for being a well written work of fantasy.

The author's characterization of women as being either virgins or whor
Kevin Xu
This book is really slow in the beginning until about 200 pages into the book. Then the speed of the book really picked up with full of action that included killing in painful ways. This book would do really well if it is made into a movie or especially if it is made into a video game. Overall, this is what an assassin should be.
Likeable, really, but something made this a hard book to delve into and get lost in the story. Could be the gritty scrabble of life in the mud of the Warrens. Could be that while character building was excellent, the world outside the Warrens lacks details, even as we meet the characters living there. Could be I've read too many stories lately with heroes of questionable ethics, and I need to cleanse my palate with light and fluffy (taking applications for light and fluffy~).

Halfway through. Fou
A somewhat awful page-turner:

A page-turner I'm embarrassed to have finished. The plot in this exciting thriller rolls along, almost too swiftly, but ultimately left me unfulfilled. The author never fleshes out his world or the characters inhabiting it. They often lack motivation for their actions and are little more than mere vehicles for the plot, whose elements fit *too well* together. The central love story is so trite its laugh-out-loud funny, and while I realize Mr. Weeks met his wife at a
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Azoth is a "guild rat", a street urchin and orphan, and a member of a group of guild rats tyrannised over by Rat, a cruel older boy. Azoth and his best friend Jarl look after a mute little girl, Doll Girl, but Azoth dreams of being something more, doing something else, and above all, getting away from Rat.

A chance meeting with the famous Wetboy, Durzo Blint, is an opportunity he won't relinquish: he begs to be Durzo's apprentice, to become a feared Wetboy, Cenaria City's famous professional assa
David Sven
In the city of Cenaria, the Sa’kage rule the streets. A shadowy and incestuous underworld that exerts and enforces its influence through fear using assassination and intimidation. The most feared of the Sa’kage assassins are the Wetboys. What’s the difference between an Assassin and a Wetboy? Durzo Blink explains
”Assassins have targets. Wetboys have deaders. Why do we call them deaders? Because when we take a contract, the rest of their short lives is a formality.”

Through the eyes of our main ch
Jako jako dobar roman.
Jos jedan primjer , gdje zbog covera ocekujem neku potpuno drugu pricu. Ja sam ovdje ocekivao neku skolu u kojoj se assassinsi treniraju i salju na zadatke ubijanja. Slicno , ali opet potpuno potpuno drugacije.
Ko je ljubitelj fantasya , jako kompleksnih prica , odlicno razradjenih likova kao i zanimljivih svijetova , volit ce ovu knjigu. Jedna vrsta knjiga u kojima ne znate u kom pravcu prica moze krenuti.

Od samog pocetka , prica je nabijena neprihvatljivim ubojstvima , vel
Executive Summary: I seem to read nothing but grimdark fantasy these days, but compared to say Malazan or Song of Ice and Fire this isn't nearly as bleak. I enjoyed this one start to finish.

Audio book: This is the first book I've listen to narrated by Paul Boehmer. He's a pretty good narrator. He speaks clearly. I never had trouble understanding him.

He does a few accents for the various nations, but not really distinct voices. Sometimes I had a little trouble knowing who was talking, but not of
Raeleen Lemay
THIS WAS A GOOD TIME. I went into this expecting a fast-paced story about assassins and magic, and that's what I got! It was slightly different from what I had hoped, but that's for reasons that will be rectified in the sequels.

I'd highly recommend this for fans of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn!
I actually read this book long but never added it to my shelf or wrote a review, I'll have to rectify that in the near future.
Now this was an awesome first book for Brent Weeks. I wasn't sure if I'd call it 5 stars or 4, but I remembered just how engaged I felt through most of the story so I gave the higher ranking.

I cared about the characters. Kylar, Durzo, Elene, Momma K, Uly, Count Drake, Logan, Solon, Dorian, Feir, and Jarl were a great cast of protagonists. I couldn't stand Rat, Roth, King Aleine, or the Godking.

Durzo Blint was my favorite character. I won't go into that too much as it could spoil; much of his c
Not impressed. Very much not.

It wasn't awful, mind; it was full of things happening, and the world would have been more interesting if more thoroughly drawn; as it was, it sacrificed plausibility for "grit," to my mind- not to mention taking for granted some fairly appalling assumptions about humans and societies. (More on this would lead to spoilers.)

The main problem I had was this: the "shocking revelations" scattered throughout, on which the plot turned, were not foreshadowed at all (except b
What a great debut from a new author. It well exceeded my expectations as I have never really been into the whole assassin type of fantasy. But after hearing so many good things about this series, I decided to pick it up and give it a try. And boy am I glad I did!

Before reading it, I had actually read several reviews that stated that this book dragged at times. At no point in this book did I feel like it was slow and boring. It read like a fun action movie to me.

I would highly recommend this boo
4.5 stars. Outstanding debut novel in what I would describe as the fantasy "noir" setting (i.e., darker in tone, more adult in theme and characters more "grey" than black and white). This novel is very well written with a detailed, intricate plot, excellent main characters and outstanding world-building.

Nominee: David Gemmell Legend Award (2009)
Nominee: Compton Crook Award (2009)
Camly Nguyen
Brief summary: Azoth is an orphan and he hates his life. When he crosses paths with Durzo Blint, the most renown Wetboy/assassin, he begs Blint to train him. Blint accepts on two conditions: Azoth has to kill him "master" Rat to prove himself worthy and he has to abandon his street friends. It was successful. Durzo then proceeds to changing Azoth by teaching him in the art of murder and giving him a new name-- Kylar. Kylar get "adopted" by the Drakes, a not very powerful family, and befriends th ...more
You know what, I have NO IDEA why I waited so long to read a Brent Weeks book. i have been told by various people that he's like marmite and you either love or hate his writing and for me that was a little intimidating I suppose and I wasn't sure which way it was going to go. However, after James convinced me to start with the first book in this series I am thoroughly happy and elated that I did follow his advice, and I can say with certainty that Weeks is a new favourite author for me.

This book
Oct 14, 2008 Nate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who appreciate fiction
Recommended to Nate by: the author
Shelves: just-read
I'm biased. Let's get that out of the way up front. In fact, Brent and I were in each other's weddings. I read (and enjoyed) an early draft of the book before he'd gotten an agent or publisher. So of course I was elated to be able to go down to Borders and support my friend by buying his book.

But once I opened that portly paperback, none of that mattered: I wasn't reading it for him--I was reading it for me.

When I'm really absorbed in a book, the need to read supersedes all others--whether food,

if i weren't so bedridden with a really bad cold, i would have finished this in one sitting.

In the meantime, let me just say, with assassins and mages, i thought i read it all. Brent Weeks proved me wrong. This was dark, gritty, unforgiving, and just over all phenomenal i can't possibly put it down but to rest because of my damn cold.
And i just can't wait for anything else, i'm breaking my TBR list to jump right into the second book. Because i had to.

Two things the book made me:

1. Cry The relat
Mrs. Badass
It took me a good bit to get fully into the book. There were a lot of storylines at first. It wasn't as overwhelming as some varying POV (points of view) books can be, but there was just so much information and I didn't understand the names of some of the factions of people, I hate when I don't know how to pronounce something and I found that a lot in this book. I don't know how to say a lot of the Ka'Kari, and La'Sheahdhhdhhehe bla bla bla's.

Politics play a heavy role, it's intriguing when you
This book doesn't start very strong. I had a hard time following the book just for the glossed over plot and the mismanaged use of words of which the author doesn't explain the meaning to until about halfway through the book. That is when the book started to pick up and be good, the middle.

However, saying that, he switches to side characters story lines quite suddenly and some of time time I don't even remember who these characters were because they were mentioned briefly so long ago that it tak
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Dec 4, 2011

On this second re-read I think I'd give it a 3. There were just too many parts where I wasn't really into it, and I even started thinking it was more a 2 1/2 - but it picked up a lot at the end, so 3 it is.

Not a lot has changed from my original review, I suppose, except that, perhaps, the slow bits seemed even slower. I will say that I think the parts concerning Durzo and Azoth are definitely the best and most engaging bits.

For a time I was beginning to think that maybe I really just
I guess there are truths we must all face sooner or later.

One of them is that reading about assassins is not quite as cool as being one. Not that I have ever been one, but I've pretended to be a few on my xbox and that was simply a more satisfying experience than reading this.

With that sad realization out of the way, let me acknowledge that this book is actually very good. The plot is at times a little difficult to follow, but I don't think that's any fault of Brent Weeks, rather myself, as I
I knew I was not going to like this book, but had to at least try it, since my son passed it along and he was feeding me Thanksgiving dinner. After all, I'm a peace activist; how I possibly like a book in which the protagonist is an assassin, a professional, at that. Of course we meet him as a boy growing up in the slums, who does what he has to do to survive & protect smaller, weaker children. The whole assassin thing begins as a dream of a way out. The book has everything you'd 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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