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Shadow's Edge

(Night Angel #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  98,405 ratings  ·  2,112 reviews
The second novel in the Night Angel trilogy, the breakneck epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks.

Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession.

But when he learns that Logan might actually be
Mass Market Paperback, 636 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Orbit
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Marshall If you liked this series...his next series is SO much better. The Lightbringer series is very unique. The magic is so colorful, you will not be disapp…moreIf you liked this series...his next series is SO much better. The Lightbringer series is very unique. The magic is so colorful, you will not be disappointed.(less)

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Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend it.
Shelves: 2012-reads

My ocular muscles are sore from all the eyerolling I did when I read Shadow's Edge. It is even more obsessed with virginity/chastity than an average American Sex Ed class. Because all women are either virgins or whores, right? *sigh*

The terrible, atrocious portrayal of female characters annoyed me even more than in the first book. I cringed very time a female character took stage. They all lack any depth whatsoever, becoming little more than caricatures. The virgin/whore dichotomy rules thi
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
Some time has passed, and I’m trying to think of something positive to say about this book. And it turns out to be a real struggle.

Most of it is about Kylar constantly complaining that he’s a virgin, Logan constantly complaining that he’s a virgin, Elene being dreadfully annoying and Kylar and Elene trying to avoid the topic of sex around little Uly. It’s like the book is a pendulum switching constantly between annoying and awkward.

The storyline is just a sidetrack. A break between the actually
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think a lot of people who are complaining about the role of women in this book completely missed something important; it adds to the development of the world. It is a medieval fantasy and the women in this time period are relegated to nothingness however they play a huge role in this book itself. Elene and Vi are FOILS; they are meant to be eachother's anti-thesis in every way. Vi was abused sexually, physically, and mentally in every way conceivable while Elene grew up in a relatively happy a ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Glen Cook
Quite honestly, this falls at two stars on my enjoyment scale. While Weeks is talented at developing the video game fantasy, a genre I am now officially defining for public benefit, it lacks most of what I love in a good read. Shadow's Edge is an improvement over The Way of Shadows, but ultimately the shortcomings of the storytelling cripple the book.

A hallmark of the video game fantasy is a telegraphed narrative with cursory character development. Weeks jumps from person to person, almost neve
Jul 11, 2016 rated it did not like it

Just no.

What the hell Brent? This is more like some teenage sexual angst sketch than an epic fantasy. I can see some sexual innuendos, some earthy and frank sexuality; hell I read Lolita and dozens of Robert Silverberg books so a prude I’m not, but neither am I a sophomore pornographer and I walked past this line of fiction in middle school.

And 700 pages? I might have stayed with you for another 100 or so pages, but I was not going to wade through this muck for the next week at least.

I did
Derf H
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
So I’m in one of those scenarios where “I’m committed now”. It’s just got a little predictable. The writing is good and so is the characters but for me it’s just missing something. I’ll read #3 just to finish it off, and let’s be honest what else is there to do at the moment 😂😂😂
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
3/5 stars
Warning: Possibly the laziest review in all of humanity follows.

Beginning (AKA the Kylar-Elene-'sex'-soap opera):
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The ENTIRE 200 pages were about as thrilling and sexy as:
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- Basically, a total snoozefest.

Middle (AKA shit starts to get real):
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- Kylar actually starts acting like the man I knew and loved from book #1.
- Vi becomes infinitely more interesting.
- Awesome deaths occur.

The end (AKA the shit is here):
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- The ending is pretty much the holy
Dana Ilie
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Brent Weeks packs lots of content into ''Shadow’s Edge'' and as with the first novel in the series there are lots of different story strands which tie together nicely, although a few are left open for the final book.

This is a great book and I found it to be well written, with some strong characters and I look forward to reading the final novel in the series soon.
Deborah Obida
Its so sad when the first book in a series is better than the second one, it makes it harder fir readers to continue the series, but since I'm already invested in the series I'll read the third and final book in this series.

“I was ashamed,” Logan said. “Let me tell you what I learned in the Hole. I learned that in suffering, we find the true measure of our strength. I learned that a man can be a coward one day and a hero the next. I learned that I’m not as good a man as I thought I was. But
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Jun 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
What can I say about this book? How about a list of reason why you might love it.

If you think the power of love overcomes all, and that belongs in a story about an Assassin, you know a guy that kills people for money. Then this book is for you.

If you think all women fall into one of two categories. Those being virgins or whores. Then you found your book right here.

If you like reading books that feel like the story to an 80's video game, you know a plot just thrown in there so you can watch som
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow, does Brent Weeks pack a punch or what?

For most of this book, I thought I would be giving it four stars, simply because I had enjoyed The Way of Shadows more. I loved the early years of Kylar's life and his training to be a wetboy. My favorite character had been Durzo Blint, his mentor, master, and father figure during this training. This was more epic a story, focusing not only on Kylar as he tries to learn the simple life of an herbalist, but on the primary players in a power struggle bet
TS Chan
Not too sure how to rate this book and decided to stick to 3-stars for a more neutral standpoint. There were some awesome scenes, some not-so-awesome, and some meandering which I'm not sure went anywhere.

The character that made the first book better was not present and boy, do I feel the absence. Kylar is a decent enough character although the first one-third of the book was annoying - all thanks to Elene who was truly beginning to irritate me. Kylar's arc only got interesting after he discover
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This book was just as wonderful as I had hoped it would be and even though this took me a lot longer to get through (due to life taking over and getting crazy) I always found it really easy to slip back into the world and see the characters again.

This book is book 2 of the Night Angel Trilogy and we pick the story up not too long after the ending of book 1 and we're continuing to follow Kyler. I have various reasons why I really enjoy this series and one of those is because the characters of the
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!!

“Tell them the Night Angel walks. Tell them Justice has come.”

WOW!!! I really enjoyed The Way of Shadows... but I LOVED this installment! This one, like the first was brutal, and deliciously dark. There is a ton of character growth and the plot only continues to thicken. Some of my favorite characters go through some horrible things and it made me extremely emotional. The humor was such an added bonus and just freaking fantastic!! It's literally what kept me engaged when things
David Sven
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
“Tell them the Night Angel walks. Tell them Justice is come.”

Kylar Stern is the Night Angel. Immortal but not invincible. The black kakari that has bonded to him grants Kyler god-like powers. Powers to be used in the cause of Justice, Vengeance and Mercy.

But Kylar's done with that life. He wants to live his life in peace with Elene and Durzo's daughter Uly. But some destinies are too large to be contained by a domestic life. And Kylar's former life is not content to let him be. The God King Ursu
Laura P.
Woah! This book was such an amazing ride, and nothing short of a constant heart attack.

"The red and black traitor's arrow leapt across that narrowest of chasms: the distance between a wetboy and her deader. It cut a red path through the air as if the night itself were bleeding"

Although I missed Durzo for most of the book (the last page of the book had me screaming) I must admit that I now like and Kylar as well. As Vi says, sometimes he has such innocence about him to the point of being endearin
Julia Sarene
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, which was bloody, gruesome, grim, in parts funny, entertaining, fast paced and had great characters.

It all changes a bit with the second one - I miss one of my favorite characters, and I hate the romance part that is introduced. A) I hate romance in my fantasy at all times, and B) I especially hated the female part of the relationship. To me she felt like she was always whining and complaining, and just not a good female character at all. That re
4.5 stars. This is certainly on my top ten list of Fantasy books/series to come out of the last ten years. Great characters, excellent world-building and the magical/fantasy elements (e.g., powers, creatures, artifacts and magic systems) are as good as it gets.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars. If I could split this into parts, I'd rate the first half of the book 2 stars and the last 100 pages 5 stars. the stuff in between would be around 3.5 stars.

That ending though. That's an epilogue of epic freaking proportions. Absolutely excellent ending. Horrid beginning. I was soooo bored for the first 250 pages or so. The nonsense with Elene felt like it would never end. All I wanted was to see Kylar fight. That's it. I didn't think I was asking for much. Thank
Rebecca L
Nov 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Brent Weeks first Way of Shadows book was interesting (See my review of it) although nonsensical and pointless and I had little hopes of the next one in the series being any better. The only reason I read it was because there were some characters that I liked and was interested to see what happened too them. Well I got 80 pages into this one and decided to stop reading it because;
A. As the last one it made no sense and was pointless
B. The writing felt cheesy and stupid
C. (And most importantly) t
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
The second volume of the Night Angel Trilogy still lacks the craftsmanship I feel Weeks demonstrated in the Black Prism, which (at the time of this review) is his latest book. I can forgive the book its momentary awkwardness for the bigger picture of utter awesomeness. This book is pretty awesome. Ezra's Wood was particularly captivating. I am enjoying getting to experience a larger part of Midcyru.

However, I hate that he introduces a brand new group/character/situation without any back story or
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.75 or 4 Stars

Great improvement! I can see why people don't like this series because some things are "offensive" but for me it's a book with flawed characters and questionable actions. Brent Weeks seems like a wonderful human being although his characters are not (obviously assassins have character flaws lol). I don't get the trend of hating books that have bad or questionable characters and actions. It's a fantasy book. It's not going to be about rainbows and butterflies and how life i
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. It took a while to get into its stride and i think enjoyed the first one better. But overall it was a very fun read.
P.S: You cant talk about grim dark fantasy without mentioning Brent Weeks. This was one dark, gritty know.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-own
Second time... loved it again!
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I feel like I just finished reading the dark fantasy’s version of Days of Our Lives...

The virgin thing between Kylar and Elene got annoying real quick. Logan’s storyline made absolutely no sense what so ever. The only fun part of this book was Momma K and Jarl. The last third was very good but the first half moved very slowly.

I’m invested now so I’ll finish the last one to see how it ends.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Since this is already book TWO, i can't really say much about the plot except that WHAT WHO are dead doesn't really stay dead.

You will have a ball reading this one.

i will, however state 5 cool things i found in this book.

1. HUMOR/SARCASM. Kylar, as an accomplished wetboy, scared a local Shinga so he and his thugs will not attack a naive girl and his family one night.

With a hiss, the ka'kari slid out into a long, smoking punch dagger. Low blue fire sprang in his ey
Wow! Just wow! I LOVED every minute of this book, it was amazing!

Ok, now that we cleared that, lets try to say something more objective.
At first kyler tries to quit his murdering ways and be something he's not. In the process he brings him self a lot of frustration and pain.
I was peeved because it was taking so long and because i hated elaine.
She has some unbelievably unrealistic, narrow-minded views and expectations. like doing only 'good' and no violence even when its clearly the only way of
Executive Summary: I have mixed feelings about this book. It's very uneven. I went from 3 stars to 4 stars, back to 3.

Audio book: Paul Boehmer again does a good job reading. A few accents, but nothing special. My only real gripe is when the POV suddenly shifts. I'm not sure if it's the way Mr. Weeks wrote the book, the way Mr. Boehmer is reading the book, or the way the audio was cut, but there needs to be some kind of pause between POV shifts in the same chapter, because it is VERY jarring when
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
I am not going to rate this book because I did not finish it, but I had a major issue with this book.
It was less of what it is sold as, epic fantasy featuring a kickass assassin, but more of a young adult love story (a least it was until the point I stopped reading).

"She scrunched up her face and made wet kissing noises. “Our little contraceptive,” Kylar said. Much as he loved Uly, Kylar was convinced that she was the only reason that after three wonderful weeks on the trail with the woman
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