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The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
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Aug 08, 2010

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bookshelves: fantasy
Read from August 31 to September 08, 2010

The love interest in the book is what brought it down for me. It just wasn't believable, felt too forced and necessary. I wanted to believe it but it didn't move me at all. Maybe some of the dialogue was part of the problem at times they talked like sophomoric teenagers using a lot of cliche language.

There are some redeeming elements to this book. The whole assassin mystique is entertaining. I like how flawed and imperfect the characters are, making them more human. The ambiguity between good and evil is appealing as I can't stand the clear black and white nature of the good vs. evil dichotomy. Nobody is ever 100% good or evil so why do we enjoy it in literature? Or in these epic battles? Take Lord of the Rings for example, though the main characters are flawed the "bad guys" are too clearly bad, making the story all the more simple. The evil should have good in them and the good should have evil in them, then it is much more believable, reflecting our inner turmoil more accurately.

I will probably continue on to the next book in hopes that the story improves.

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