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Day Watch

(Дозоры #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  19,528 ratings  ·  667 reviews
The second in a blockbuster series of novels from Russia's most popular science fiction author, Day Watch brings us back into the hyperimaginative world of Sergei Lukyanenko and continues the dramatic battle between good and evil, light and dark, day and night.

Set in a modern-day Moscow, the epic saga chronicles the eternal war of the "Others," an ancient race
Paperback, First English, 453 pages
Published March 21st 2007 by Miramax Books (first published 2000)
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2014: *** The reasons why I will never read another one of Lukyanenko's books are at the bottom of this review ***
2013: Unless you happen to be a chessmaster in the neverending chess game of life, you are nothing but a pawn to be sacrificed when the strategy demands it.

"The game is eternal; only the time the figures spend on the checkered board is finite."
It really doesn't matter which side in the war you belong to because each will sacrifice its expendable pawns in the pursuit of victory. And no pawn is ever
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Nightwatch was told in the voice of just one of the Light ones, Anton. This book continues the story, weaving in threads from the previous book while creating a whole 'nother cluster fuck for the characters involved. It is brilliant. It is also in three parts, but this time each part is told by a different Dark One. The first part is told by a love struck witch called Alisa. Honestly, the author did an amazing job, but I wasn't sure I could stand a whole book about her. Luckily it is the perfect ...more
Day Watch is the second book in the Russian Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko. Like the first book, it’s split up into three stories that build on each other to tell a larger story. Unlike the first book, each story focuses on different characters.

I had a lot of mixed feelings while reading this. First of all, one of my biggest complaints about the first book had been all of the repetitive musings on morality. In this book, I’m happy to say there wasn’t very much of it. There was a little in t
Kat Kennedy
I found this book of the Watch series really hard to get into.

I suppose because Lukyanenko's morose and realistic writing was great for Night Watch but was totally depressing and frustrating in Day Watch. There's only so much human weakness, moral reasoning and realistically bad endings I can take, okay! I'm a natural optimist! It gets to me!


Ah! Much better!

It was still well written. The character
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, fantasy
Second book in the series, featuring the ongoing struggle between "the dark" and "the light." Like the first book, it is told in a series of three interwoven stories, but the changing narrative styles are somewhat hard to follow. Much of the book describes the battle between these forces, and the two organizations established to monitor their actions: The Night Watch, which is staffed by Light Magicians (virtuous), and the Day Watch, which is staffed by Dark Magicians (freedom-loving libertarian ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, russian
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 pers ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-cleanup
The first two parts of this were exciting and full of mysteries and 5 star stories. The last part was a mostly dry, russian, introspective, courtroom slog that seriously dinged my enjoyment. I loved the two characters in the first two parts, I was constantly engaged in where they were going and how it related to the overall story. They both had depth and although Lukyanenko clearly loves characters living inside their own heads, the first two were minimized enough to add to the story instead of ...more
Julie Davis
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing my rereading of the series and it is proving a satisfying experience, which is always the test of a good book for me. The first time through one is taken up in the excitement of the storyline unfolding. The second time around when one is more relaxed and looking around the neighborhood (so to speak) is when a story shows staying power or the lack thereof.

My original review is below.

Loneliness, dejection, the contempt or pity of people around you--these are unpleasant feelings. But they ar/>================
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Please Note: Read and reviewed in 2007.

My Synopsis; In this, the 2nd book of the Others' series, we are again treated to three separate, yet intertwining stories: first, the young Dark witch Alisa loses her powers in a struggle over an illegally practicing Dark witch and is sent to Artek (the most elite of the camps for the Young Pioneers during the Soviet era) to regain her strength. There she falls in love with another of the camp leaders ... In the second story, a Finnish group of the Dark Ones cal/>My
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Experience is primarily the ability to restrain our fleeting impulses.”

A solid sequel to a extraordinary start of series which is based on ambiguity and similarities between Light and Dark. It wasn't disappointing in any way, but I found myself longing for something more. More Anton, I guess. He is the true protagonist of the story and I don't see a reason for this experiment with changing POVs.

In the first part, a witch Alisa who temporarily loses her powers. The head of the Dark Ones, Za
Where is this going... I feel like something big is being set up
Also when did they get married?
4.5 stars
This is the sequel to "Night Watch" and was wonderful! All the best characters are back, including some new ones that totally blow you away. This is basically a continuation of the first book. I was a little disappointed it did not continue with the main character from book one...but after I got past that I LOVED IT! It was refreshing to see how the dark ones went about their business. Not as interesting a conclusion as in the first one but I think that was mainly because of the s
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Uros Rakic
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Alisa :'(
This book is like 10 times more sad then the 1st.
But i loved it!
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summoning my inner Jenny Trout, I'm going to summarize the essentials of the three parts of this book. Spoilers, obviously, ahead:
(view spoiler) ...more
Stephanie Swint
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This sequel to The Night Watch is structured into three stories just like Day Watch. Sergei Lukyanenko explores characters we have already met but the perspective changes from the introspection of Anton and the Night Watch characters to delving into those of the Night Watch. The whole concept of the Light and the Dark not being bad but different life choices is explored futher and Lukyanenko writing the Day Watch shows no partiality. In fact a large point is made about both being necessary. This ...more
Tracy Reilly
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This probably explains it..I'm unhappy because I thought there were twenty more pages, but it's an excerpt from another in the series. Luckily I have the next book. I want to know why the movies don't really follow this plot very closely. Maybe the answer is in book three. I am resisting the urge to watch the movies. Again.

I changed my mind about liking the first one better. They are both together, and cannot be separated. It is still true that Anton Gorodetsky is still my favorite charac
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Day Watch, like it's prequel, is divided into three parts. The first part was magnificent! Told from the perspective of Alisa, a Dark One, readers delve further into the grey ambiguities of good and evil. I was reduced to tears by the complexities of Alisa's nature. She was so self-serving, ruthless, and stubborn...yet there were moments of such tenderness, clearly illustrating her compassionate, humane side. It was breathtaking.

Part II was not as enjoyable for me. One of my main pro
Lee Ellen
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was a fun 300 page book. Unfortunately, it continued for an additional 200 pages. Like "Night Watch," "Day Watch" introduces us to magicians, shape-shifters, and vampires that must mind the crossing of t's and dotting of i's in magical law in order to keep a treaty between the powers of light and dark so that a conflagration at best or apocalypse at worst can be avoided. There is always a way around pro forma, however, and the plot derives from the loopholes found, alternately, by the light ...more
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
As with the previous installation from this series, I enjoyed the complexity of the novels. They are chess games within chess games mixing history, politics, social engineering, mythology, and all sorts of other good things.

The second story of the three was a little long and drawn out, but everything comes together. I did have some fun trying to figure out who Vitaly was.

Lukyanenko continues his meditation on the nature of "good" and "evil" through the détante of the Watc
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a Russian take on the epic battle between good and evil
Recommended to Jennifer by: the movie, Nightwatch
In this interesting sequel to the book, Nightwatch, the epic battle between light and dark has a curious sort of beaurocracy to it. Sergei Lukyanenko creates a world where the forces of Light and Darkness have spent the last millenium in an uneasy stalemate--the balance of power maintained by a treaty and a group called the Inquisition.

Yet, the forces of Light and Dark are not so different--both are composed of "Others," supernatural beings who begin as human but must choose which si
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is the twenty-first book I read on my commute, and back to the genre well I go. A strange and wondrous sub-area of genre which I like to call "modern foreign urban magical horror."

Day Watch is actually the second book in a trilogy (I read the first book, Night Watch, some time ago in the Pre-Commute days) about the agencies of the supernatural in Russia in the present day. (The author is Russian and the novels are translated into English.) Basic Premise of the Trilogy #1: powerf
As with the first book in the series (sorry, at this point I can't think of it as a trilogy any longer, since there's now six of them), this is three interwoven novellas forming a single longer book. Also as with the first, Andrew Bromfield seems to have done an excellent job of translating, there's so much subtlety and nuance here.

So, the stories: first up is Alisa, witch of the Day Watch. She turned up as a minor character in The Night Watch. Here she loses her magical ability after a ba
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sergei Lukyanenko's "Watch" hexology is a sleek urban-fantasy that simultaneously interweaves threats of an apocalyptic caliber with complex philosophical musings on human nature, to create an artful exploration of the relationship between good and evil, as witnessed through the eyes of a protagonist with an ever-changing scale of morality. All six volumes in the series have been beautifully translated from their native Russian into English by Andrew Bromfield.

Volume 2, Day Watch: in
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: russian-stuff
These Russian translated books are a bit hard to get into at first because the culture and some of the language is so different, but once you get into the first 20 pgs or so, it's pretty addictive. This was the second book in the Nightwatch series and picks up a bit after the first one lets off. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars because I'm torn between liking it and REALLY liking it. The writing is excellent, the main characters are well developed and the plot twists are expert. The reader and O ...more
The translator of The Day Watch is the same as the one for The Night Watch, and I believe the same applies. The language barrier isn't as bad as it could be. I do wonder if I'd find the twists and turns of the book more... predictable in its original language -- I keep wondering if I'm missing hints, or something. You can predict right off the bat that Sergei Lukyanenko won't do what you expect him to, but how exactly he's going to twist it, I'm still not up to following.

There's some
Althea Ann
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
The sequel to 'Night Watch,' presented in a similar format - three separate stories that together form an arc.
While 'Night Watch' shows the perspective of the traditional 'good guys,' the stories in 'Day Watch' are from the point of view of the 'Dark Ones,' which means that they're a bit less sympathetic (lots of self-centeredness, the attitude that the end justifies the means, and oh yeah, sometimes murder and atrocities are just part of a day's work.)

Unauthorized Personnel Pe
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: clumsy
Here it goes. In a form of random thoughts, if I can be forgiven. :)

Much shorter than the previous one! Hooray!

It so happens, that in most case, I do not respond well to authors juggling main characters. I breathe with the lungs of whoever seems pre-destined to be worthy of me. It is not so easy to switch lungs haha.. But again, story has nevertheless pulled me in. Even if it seemed to lack elegance.

I noticed, that it is sometimes written clumsily. There are u
Jess Mahler
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Credit where it's due, Day Watch continues with an originality and nuance rare to urban/contemporary fantasy. It's well written, with well developed characters.

Unfortunately the storyline's themselves are... bluntly, depressing. Like Night Watch, Day Watch is divided into three sections each following a different, but related, storyline. The Day Watch are the 'bad guys' of Lukyanenko's world (as much as this grey/grey morality tale has 'bad guys'), so from the start you know that the
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Sergei Lukyanenko (as his name appears on books and films in U.S. markets) is a science-fiction and fantasy author, writing in Russian, and is arguably the most popular contemporary Russian sci-fi writer. His works often feature intense action-packed plots, interwoven with the moral dilemma of keeping one's humanity while being strong.

Lukyanenko is a prolific writer, releasing usually 1-2 books per year, as well as a number of a critical articles and short stories. Recently his works have been adapted into film productions, for which he wrote the screenplays. He lives in Moscow with his wife Sonia and two sons, Artemiy and Danil, keeps mice as pets and enjoys cooking.

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