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The Last Watch

(Дозоры #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  12,706 ratings  ·  426 reviews
The fourth novel in the blockbuster series from one of Russia's most popular authors, Last Watch returns us to the hyper-imaginative world of Sergei Lukyanenko, where the endless battle between good and evil is about to reach its climax. Anton Gorodetsky is just getting a feel for his new powers when his boss, Gesar, sends him to assist the Scottish Night Watch in ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Hachette Books (first published 2006)
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Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still enjoy Lukyanenko's watch series quite a bit.
The writing style, the view on things and the description of people's life style differ from similar fantasy books from Western countries. I appreciate that a lot and find besides my joy in reading fantasy also a lot of emjoyment in reading about very different life styles/cultures.

In this book Anton is sent to Edinburgh to investigate in the case of the murder of a Russian citizen, becaus the murderer apparently was a vampire. Starting from
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are far more reasons for death than there are for life.

After a bit bleak third book, Watch is back on top. It may not be better than Night Watch, but it's definitely my favourite book in the series. The saga is still one big festival of misogyny, but at least it's extraordinary written, and I genuinely enjoy the humour. People should have an open mind, while reading this, because sometimes it aims for reaction.

The novel opens with a murder in Edinburgh where the victims blood was
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review is acceptable to the forces of Light. - The Night Watch

This review is acceptable to the forces of Darkness. - The Day Watch

When I finished The Twilight Watch a couple of years ago, I thought that was it. Night, Day, Twilight, done. But when I announced that I would be doing the Night Watch trilogy as my end-of-month podcast, I got several emails from listeners who were quick to correct me. The series is not a trilogy, they said, but rather a tetralogy (okay, no one actually used this
I am an utter, unapologetic Anton fangirl. I will not deny it. And when I finally managed to find a copy of The Last Watch at Borders, I did not hold back my squeal of joy.

Though not as good as the first three, this remains one of my favorite fantasy series. At times the writing seemed lazy, the humor was a little more base than what I had come to expect, and certain parts were more self-aware (of the popularity of the books/movies, at times a not-so-subtle *nudgewink* to the reader without any
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modernfantasy
The russians definitely do not think the same way we do - it's interesting to see how much culture can influence basic beliefs, and how much basic beliefs will resist cultural influences.

The 4th of 4 books in a series exploring a war between - not good and evil. The dark and the light, or the yin and the yang. In the beginning of the series, it was clear one side was good and the other was evil. In the middle, it became a question of priorities - one side thought society was more important than
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love the Night Watch series by Lukyanenko. He has such a wonderfully Russian (by way of Kazakhstan) view point, where good and evil really do not look very different but are all shades of grey. All 4 books in this series grabbed me from page 1 and did not let go. The Last Watch was no exception. At first I was annoyed at some of the Anglo/Celtic themes in this 4th installment, but they were handled very well and did not become cheesy. I highly recommend this whole series. Read them in order ...more
Noah Stacy
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Not as much to my liking as the earlier books in the series--this lacked the deep intrigue and scheming between the Light and Dark (or perhaps as much between Gesar and Zabulon as individuals) that made the earlier novels such fun. Still, a good read, and hopefully NOT the last of the Watches--there are still stories to be told, and I'd love to see what comes of little Nadya, and to find out why Zabulon seems to take such a personal interest in Anton...
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This very foreign fantasy novel is only for true fans of the series. The arrogance of the protagonist has grown intolerable. Even as the watches face common threats, he has nothing but condescension and criticism for almost everyone. Nevertheless, the end to the third story is sufficiently insightful to make the book worth reading.
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
So this is the fourth and, as far as I know, final book in the Night Watch series. Once again, Anton is our main character and narrator. Some time has passed since the events of Twilight Watch and Anton has continued getting accustomed to his new powers as a Great One. The book starts with a murder in Scotland that will see Anton traveling, meeting a number of other Watches, and coming face to face with the dead.

Simply put, if you liked the other Night Watch novels, youll probably dig this one
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone into urban fiction
Shelves: bookcase
The Watch series started off with a wimp, base level wizard and expanded to depths and lengths that IMHO no one could anticipate. I can't say much more without revealing too much. The reason I'm bringing this up however is because the fourth book only had one way to go. It had to push the envelop further. And it does.
Some of the other reviewers said that the book feels less polished than the previous ones. I don't know if I agree with that. I still feel the good vs evil war, excessively so as a
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Irina Paley
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A very nice series that sets up an interesting and intricate urban fantasy world. As a native Russian speaker, I found the translation severely lacking, but that is, of course, not the author's fault. English speakers might get bogged down with the names (for example, the alternate use of names like Nadezhda - Nadya - Nadyushka, or Valeria - Lera, or Victor - Vitya, and so on, presents a bit of a cognitive hump for those Readers who are not familiar with Russian names and nicknames). Overall, ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much so my opinion is probably biased. It's definitely one that I will be rereading. I think the author did a fantastic job from books 1-4!
Jun 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, russian
This book is a late follow up to the "Watch" trilogy and if you haven't read those books you might want to skip this review, because I'm going to refer to it and hence there will be spoilers.

The Last Watch picks up on Moscow's Nightwatch several years after the closing events of The Twilight Watch. It's a new millenium, Anton Gorodetsky, principle protagonist of the trilogy, is using an mp3 player on his mobile phone instead of a mini-disc player, his stupendously magically talented daughter is
Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I had an interesting discussion about this book with one of my coworkers, who read it in it's original Russian form. He felt that the first two books were great, but that it went downhill when the power levels of the Leads (Anton, Sveta, etc) went up to high. I didn't have an issue with this type of escalation, as it tends to happen in Fantasy series in general, but I would agree that there may not be much further to take any of these characters. That's sad, in a way, because his world of two ...more
William Spencer
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Found this in a charity shop and didnt even know it existed. I read the first three when night watch movie came out so its nice to found that i can go back to the world of Anton and the Others. The story moves well and its broken into three like the other books were. Descriptions of the magic are great and the magic system of this world is one of my favourites and it seems so real understandable.
The first and seconds parts were great but the third felt a little rushed and the ending, though not
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
These aren't good books from a technical standpoint but there's some alchemy at work that makes them damn hard to put down. I loved the new settings--Samarkand and Edinburgh--and this book did a nice job recapping the 3 that came before.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" A little witch showed me just recently that there's this thing in cellphones, it's called MMS messaging! You can send a photograph over the phone." - To Zabulon a cellphone is like magic. 😂😂😂
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cbr6
So, I spent a really unreasonable amount of time waiting for and then looking for the Harper paperback release of Last Watch. I waited so long that the fifth book in the series was published stateside and my copy actually started to gather dust on my shelf. Eventually I contacted Harper Collins which prompted a very curt autoreply informing me that they didnt have the publication rights. Although the Random House imprint they directed me to doesnt seem to have the U.S. rights either, so

I had read this book before, back when it first came out in paperback, and last time I rushed through it in the space of a day. This time took a while longer, maybe due to lack of time, or perhaps I just wasn't as into it this time around. It's still one of my favourites though. With another excellent translation by Andrew Bromfield, this carries on beyond the original trilogy (although I did wonder why Gesar became Geser in this oneit kept making me think of him as "geezer"....)

Once again this
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay I have been growing into a big fan of Sergei Lukyanenko's book series starting with Night Watch and continuing through until the fourth entry (I know there's a fifth, I'll get to that when I get to that) and unlike the other books where I felt they went better and better here he kind of went into a little slump. I mean don't get me wrong - It's a good book but maybe I had too high expectations for it or something else entirely.

The plot is less like three divided stories and more like a
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review: 1 Treasure Box

The stories all comprise the missing, hidden artifact of the great and famous Merlin, known as the Crown of All Things. Someone is searching for this artifact and will do almost anything to find it including murder. It is up to Anton, using his magical skills as well as his detective reasoning to discover what the artifact is, who is looking for it and why they want it. We also learn more about the world that Anton lives in, including all the levels of the Twilight and
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
I really look forward to these books and wait patiently for them to come out. This one was no exception and it provided just what is always promised with his books. They are a bit formulaic in format which is fine, because he weaves a good story. Let me say this first, I love this series, and I get sucked into them, however, they are no great literary works. I also finally put my finger on what has bothered me for all four books. They move along a a great easy pace he lays the groundwork in two ...more
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows up the Night Watch trilogy and takes a slightly different approach than the previous books. This time there is effectively only the one story told in three parts, which on one hand I did prefer as it felt more complete but on the other I also missed the mix of stories of the previous books. We also find ourselves outside of Russia, exploring the streets of Edinburgh and the tales of Merlin as an Other not just the wizard/magician many of us are familiar with (I really enjoyed ...more
So good! Although last night I only had like 15 pages left of the book and so naturally, even though I was literally dozing off every 30 seconds or so while reading it (because I was TIRED, not because it was boring!!!), I attempted to push through, only to get to the end and have absolutely no idea what had happened, since I apparently slept through most of those 15 pages. Anyway, this morning I gave the last bit another go and then it all totally made sense and was awesome.

Also, I thought
While I adore the world that Luky has created, I believe there's much that is lost in translation. and then there are parts that just don't make sense. I guess the issue I have is that this world has great magicians that are extremely powerful so how do some things get by them? How did Geser & Zabulon not know that Anton was kidnapped? Or were they aware and this was part of the plan? WE NEVER FIND OUT.

that's an issue. You can't have these all-powerful magicians and then have them be so
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Yet another brilliant installment of the Watch series. I still have the feeling that Anton has been through enough, and it's about time to let him relax. However, he seems just as happy to be in the action as I am to read about it.

This book still has the same theme of the question of are the dark ones really more evil than the light ones and are the light ones really good. This is a theme throughout the series, however since it's a question that can't really ever be answered...
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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They have found that the seventh level is actually real, but they don't know how to get there except for that the great wizard Merlin left a riddle "the crown of all things here concealed. Only one step is left. But this is a legacy for the strong or the wise
You shall receive all and nothing, when you are able to take it.
Proceed if you are strong as I
Or go back if you are as wise as I
Beginning and end, head and tail, all is fused in one
In the crown of all things
Kelly Flanagan
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
so another readig of the watch has ended. It's called the last watch, but don't let that bring ya down, there's one more, but it's yet to be published in English. this book continues the story arc, and like it's predecessors it reads in three parts. And just like the others I did thoroughly enjoy it.
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