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The Last Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
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Mar 30, 2009

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Unlike the other books in the series, the three acts of this book all focus very clearly around a singular story. This may have been a choice by the other to reflect Anton's newfound awareness after the events of Twilight Watch.

In Act one Anton is on loan to the Edinburgh Nightwatch to pursue the murderer of a young man whose father is well connected. The story becomes complicated when mortals armed with magical weaponry attack Anton and his allies, and it becomes apparent that the site of the murder is the resting place of Merlin's last greatest spell, the Crown of All things.

Act Two has Anton trying to determine the actual effects of the Crown of All things with a visit to the hinterlands of Uzbekistan. He does not find out what the Crown does, but instead discovers clues to the identities of those behind the murder in Edinburgh.

Act Three is mostly denouement, with the hidden conspirators making their grab for the Crown of All Things, and Anton dragged along for the ride. A decent ending to the story, but perhaps not as clever as previous books.

In some ways this book was the tightest of the series, as the plot clearly rotates around a singular event from the beginning. However, it is also the most seemingly simplistic plot, perhaps because it is harder to hide information from Anton (though the Nightwatch seems to be staffed by unimaginative fools). The ending is somewhat less satisfying than in other books. It feels quite rushed, and lacks the emotional power of the prior books.
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