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Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
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Mar 30, 09

Read in September, 2007

These stories are all told from Anton's perspective. A good decision to return to a voice the author clearly sympathizes with.

This book picks up a few years after the events of Day Watch, with Anton having married and had a child in the intervening time. His child is fated to become the greatest magic user in centuries, something this story only addresses on the side.

Act one follows Anton as he tries to track down someone who was promised to be made an Other. It is presumed to be impossible, and we are led to believe that whoever made the promise might be forced to withdraw into the Twilight if they do not follow through. An interesting act with an exploration of the oddities of the nouveau riche in Moscow. I enjoyed the descriptions of the contradictions of wealth in Moscow more than I did Anton's investigaion. The story has an apparently straightforward ending.

Act two picks up with Anton taking a vacation in the countryside. He looks into some odd events, and stumbles across an ancient Dark Witch named Arina. It is supposed that she may posses a book that can turn anyone into an Other. Through learning more about Arina, we also learn more about Boris (Anton's boss).

Act three follows on the heels of act two with an opportunistic plot by one of Anton's former friends, a young vampire named Konstantin, who now possesses the Fuaran. An action driven story that follows Konstantin's attempts to equalize the world by making everyone an Other, so no one will have power over another.

The plotting in this book is a bit tighter, with the seemingly unrelated story at the beginning, becoming the basis for a much larger world spanning plot. Anton is again thrust into the center of the story, and does not manage to escape untouched by the events unfolding around him.
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