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The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
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Nov 03, 2008

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Another three stories, following on from the events of The Night Watch, which had resolved matters quite nicely, thank you. (There was a time when this series would have been published as a nanology not a trilogy.) The Nightwatch had a somewhat unsettling habit of switching from the first person perspective of Anton, Nightwatch Agent, to a third person perspective whenever the author felt the need to describe events Anton was not witness to. The first story in the volume switches to a first person perspective of a character encountered briefly a number of times in the previous volume - and she is from the Day Watch. Other first person perspectives are used in the subsequent stories and again third person is used whenever the author feels like it. All this switching around is a little distracting and detracting....
The witch Alisa, protagonist of the first story in the present volume is not a likable character (downright unpleasant, in my view) and I'm confident she is not meant to be. Yet at the denouement I found myself sympathising with her more than a little - that is quite some achievement on the part of Lukyenenko, who is, at his best, a very capable writer.
The middle story I found to be relatively weak, because the central character literally is not a character - Lukyenenko thereby defeating his own great strength of making his protagonists beleivable. The reasons behind this weird situation are explained, but still, the story is not what it perhaps could have been.
The final story sits perhaps between the other two in quality, this time because I felt that dragging Germanic and Christian mythology to the forefront of matters was a mistake. It somehow distracted from Lukyenenko's own imaginative creations.
Over-all this volume is weaker than the first and it is because it is more disjointed. The changes of perspective between characters leave you without the unifying influence that the use of Anton's first person view in all three parts of The Night Watch provided.
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message 1: by Brad (last edited Dec 02, 2010 07:13AM) (new)

Brad I thought I would find myself reading this very quickly after my foray into The Night Watch, but it didn't happen. I don't know now that it will.

Robert I liked the whole series but the first is distinctly better than the others, the fourth the weakest.

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