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The Night Angel Trilogy: 10th Anniversary Edition

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This special 10th anniversary edition celebrates the blockbuster assassin fantasy series that launched New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks' career.
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art - and he is the city's most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is just the beginning. He was raised on the streets and knows an opportunity when he sees one - even when
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Hardcover, 1264 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Orbit (first published October 1st 2009)
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Marc Aplin
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It takes a special kind of author to write three books and have them sold consecutively on a monthly basis… Typically a fantasy trilogy will take between three and four years from the first through until the last book is released. This allows time for readers to finish a book, have a bit of a change and then re-visit a world about a year later…

When Brent Weeks wrote the Night Angel Trilogy his publishers weren’t prepared to make us wait a year for each book. This ‘one month’ wait between each
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Mike (the Paladin)
Surprisingly good book. I picked it up on the strength of it's cover blurb and a couple of reader reviews. You won't find any deep truths of life, there aren't any insights into life (well maybe a few) but you will get a good novel. (Actually a set of novels as this is the trilogy in one volume.)

I bought this through the Science Fiction Book Club and read it during an extremely stressful time (I read it in a hospital, in the waiting room or the room of my wife). It helped me out of this world
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Tina
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O haven't read this series i a while, but it is a spectacular lust piece of fantasy! Immortality, love, struggle, magic...Brent Weeks really wrote a fine piece of workhere. One of the few series O keep to re-read over and over.
Mad-God
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I skimmed over some of the reviews before I decided to write my own. And one in particular was brought up some negative viewpoints of the plot that, frankly have nothing really to do with the entirety of the story and a social bias; based on ones on perspective on life. (I'm looking at you Paulo). Those so called flaws in fact give the world of MIDCRYU depth.
The Night Angel Trilogy is a compelling and engrossing read. It's very much about courage, redemption and about how Love conquers
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David Dalglish
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about Durzo Blint that is immensely appealing. Other characters came and went. The main character, Kylar Stern, alternated between cold-blooded killer, immature teen, and weepy pacifist. Yet Durzo was always Durzo, a cold-blood assassin (excuse me, *wetboy*) that was better than anyone in the art of killing. That he has a secret past is no surprise, but when the surprise is revealed in book two, it feels both immense and incredibly amusing.

The first book in the series starts
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Savannah Raymer
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i can't believe that people can actually rate these books less than 5 stars and anything less than that is just unbelievable. (those are the people that don't enjoy good books).
THIS IS THE BEST SERIES OF BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!

i honestly think that there need to be more books like this out there, cuz it seems like now a days every single book and their grandPA's story is nothing but a lust filled romance that include the obvious followings:
~some really attractive guy (which in real life
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SpearsII
There is a lot to love and hate about these books. They are the perfect example the what I like and dislike about modern fantasy. The writing I really enjoyed. Weeks has a very good grasp of character and I was sucked in very quickly as I started to care about the protagonist. The world building and setting was top notch. I also loved that the author was unafraid to move time along. The author was willing to tell the important parts of the story and skip years of back story. What I hate about ...more
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Okay this book is crazy intense! Nothing You think will happen does. I mean Nothing. I have had to put this book down so many times cos it's so gruesome in areas that I either had gotten light headed and broken out into a cold sweat or I had almost thrown up! This book evokes every emotion a person could possibly have and then some. It's like non stop suspense, then action, then warm fuzzy heartfelt feelings, then anger, then sadness etc.. Then the cycle starts all over again. And like I said, ...more
Marissa
The Way Of Shadows - 5 stars
Shadow’s Edge - 3 stars
Beyond the Shadows - 4 stars

Overall rating: 4 stars
Bram
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of typical fantasy who can stand some gore
Recommended to Bram by: Goodreads
I decided to pick up the "Night Angel-Trilogy" because it was the highest rated book in my to-read list. Unfortunately I don't think it merits that reputation. Here's why:

The Good

- Great, epic fantasy story
- Overall great writing style
- Very well written depictions of battles and other tense moments
- Light, pleasant sense of humor
- Nice variety of people and cities. Each with their unique and captivating culture and politics.
- I loved the variety in magic systems, no One power or anything, but
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Kitvaria Sarene
To give the whole thing stars is really hard...
I did so LOVE book on! It was dark, grim, had great characters and the blood almost ran out of the pages at times... Full 5*
Book two was weaker in my personal opinion. There was a romance part introduced - and I have never been a fan of romance in my fantasy books. That alone wouldn't have been to bad, but I missed a favorite character of mine - and the female part of the romance was just REALLY annoying to me. Always nagging "don't do that..." and
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Jade Klinger
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who's into high fantasy
Hey all, just want to quickly give you all a heads up! This review does contain spoilers. So if you do not want to be spoiled I recommend you read the whole trilogy, and then come back here. I hope you enjoy my mini overview of the entire trilogy, as well as review of "Beyond the Shadows". (Third book in trilogy)


I want to start off by saying Beyond The Shadows was an outstanding conclusion to a high fantasy trilogy. It was outstanding, and although it wasn't my favorite of all time, I still
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Shilo Fields
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are alot of women complaining about the roles of alot of the female characters in this book because the main (female) characters are on opposite ends of the "sex" spectrum.. One is a virgin and the other is basically a prostitute (not an insult, I mean it literally).

However I think that such an argument for this series is complete bull. I'm sorry if you don't feel like your own lifestyle has been represented in the characters (As, I'm guessing, a female who sleeps with a moderate amount
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Ethan
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first books starts out well enough, but the plot quickly spirals out of control and the author starts stealing elements from all sorts of other fantasy. You can tell they're stolen because there's no reason for them to exist they way they do within the context of the story. There's so many moments where it just seemed like the author either wrote himself into a corner, and just made up a way for the characters to escape. And all the twists and revelations are undercut by the fact that all ...more
Otoki
May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read if you like violence, action, vengeance, and political intrigue. I also love the fact that almost no characters are sacred, and most people can be killed off in the course of the series. There are tons of plot twists in each book, and most of them were big surprises.

My only major criticism of the books is the romance: I don't like romance very much, but if it's described in a concise, believable way I can handle it. Hell, I can even appreciate it if it's more like Gregory
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Kenkari
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy or Character Development lovers
Recommended to Kenkari by: Border's Bookstore guy
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
In my not-so-humble opinion, Outstanding! I loved being able to effortlessly identify with his characters regardless of my personal experience. I was able to create that mental motion picture in my head without having to change reels, adjust the frame, or change the scenery. *sigh* i guess thats just a long-winded way of saying excellent job at presenting background without distracting from the story. Characters were lovable, believable, and most of all enjoyable. The plot was, seemingly, well ...more
David
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Very enjoyable trilogy.
Scott
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I reviewed each individual book in this series but I also wanted to rate the series as a whole.

I'll cut to the chase and say three stars for the series and that's an average because there are so many things that are great and just as many things that are terrible.

It is very long and could be cut in half without losing any of the story. I know it's fashionable to write long sprawling epics but you have to be able to fill the pages with plot and characters otherwise you're just wasting my time.

It
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Stephanie I
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Monica
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful series that I had a lot of trouble putting down. I would recommend this series to anyone that enjoys fantasy, and especially those that are fans of Brandon Sanderson and Michael J. Sullivan.
James Boles
Dec 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to make of this series. It had a lot of interesting ideas. But some of the recurring, heavy-handed themes (e.g., celibacy as virtue; positive sexuality existing solely in the context of marriage between a man and a woman; sexuality between men and extra-marital sex between heterosexuals placed exclusively in the provinces of brutality and deviation; thinly-veiled musings of Christianity) were off-putting, and constantly interfered with the more interesting issues with which the ...more
Brian
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story was, at the core, good, yet I felt that the author was constantly writing himself into corners and then coming up with a new piece of backstory. And why does this keep happening? Because the story has to keep ratcheting up with greater and greater challenges.
Daniel Clouser
Ah, Night Angel. What to say about the trilogy? So popular, but such a mess. I'm glad it gave the world Brent Weeks, as Lightbringer is among my favorite series, but Night Angel has problems.

It's not that there isn't a good story there, but the execution is uneven. Major revelations often don't hit right: rather than everything clicking into place, twists come out of left field. Chapters will skip around between POVs, seemingly at random, sometimes.

Some elements seem derivative of The Wheel of
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Becky
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brent Weeks is a fantastic author. He is a breath of fresh air that the fantasy series has desperately needed for some time now. Don’t get me wrong- there didn’t cease be excellent authors in the field, but I certainly felt there was a lack of aspiring new comes for a while. Long established authors continued to pump out excellent works (Butcher, Martin, etc) but where was the new guy? I found them- they are Weeks and Brett (see Warded Man, Desert Spear).

What makes Weeks so excellent is that
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Asmodean
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this Trilogy. I read this series rather quickly and it's been a little while now since I've finished it so, take that into consideration as you read my review.

What I can remember of this series is that it's really good reading. The action scenes are fast and intense. The world is detailed and alive. The characters are well thought out and described. Overall, very well written series. Kylar has an unknown power within him. This power can be used for many things, one of which is
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Giacomo
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brent Weeks created a great world and a cast of wonderful characters. Durzo Blint ranks high on my list as one of the best assassins in fantasy, and he has a lot of competition there. In Night Angel, the assassins are called "wetboys" and Durzo not only rules the ranks, his character comes with a few surprises-nice ones. All too often, an assassin or hit man border being one dimensional. Not the case with Durzo. He is complex, and at times, is both likeable and detestable. Just the way it should ...more
Dangermousie
This trilogy has its weaknesses. Most of the characters are deeply unlikeable (which is a problem when that includes characters we are clearly supposed to care for - I loathe Durzo, Momma K and Vi, only like Elena because Kylar loves her, and while I think we were supposed to like Dorian so we'd feel bad for his descent into evil and/or madness, I was uniformly annoyed by him from his first appearance to the last). The criticism that Weeks has no idea how to write women in general is also not ...more
James
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
These books are amazing. I bought the series because I needed something to read while waiting for Winds of Winter (A song of Ice and Fire book 6) and finished them in a week. They are well written and it is easy to find yourself reading them for hours without realizing it. The characters are often faced with tough choices and you feel for them when they have to live with the consequences of them. There are many similarities between these books and the Game of Throes books as well as many ...more
Amanda
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this trilogy and the way Weeks establishes and charts the evolution of his characters. It's complex enough to keep the well-read entertained, but not so complex that weekend/vacation readers won't remember what's going on. While there are a few deus ex machina moments from time to time, I feel like those instances were at least partially tongue-in-cheek. Even if they weren't, then I don't really mind because I found those parts funny; and that sort of thing is what I expect from ...more
Justin
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entire series was a lot of fun to read. While some of the character interactions seemed a bit clumsy the story moved at a very enjoyable pace. The world, people, and creatures were very fleshed out and developed. (Except the fish thing in the aquaduct...)

This series is DARK. If you are looking for a series that will give you a warm fuzzy feeling or leave you feeling happy at the end, look elsewhere. So many amazingly bad things happen to the characters in this series that it boggles my mind
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