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The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
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Nov 26, 09

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Read in November, 2009

Week's first book. Assasins, kingdoms, magic, swords. Decent characters. Good creativity in the plot at times. It held me enough to finish it, but I must admit it's a mess. The writing is often clumsy. There is a huge list of jargon that Weeks is in no hurry to explain, and some he never does. The setting is fictional and seemingly timeless, but some an occasional word is terribly out of place. A martial artist was described as lean, powerful, and athletic. Athletic?

The narrator seems to be schizophrenic, changing roles at times...almost like he's talking to the characters in the book. I suspect that Week's himself is simply too present in the book. It forces the characters to do and say things that just don't fit.

I guess its almost fun to read because it is so bad, and because its his first book. I'm even going to check out the second in the series.
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