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The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
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Dec 18, 2011

really liked it
Read from January 28 to 31, 2012

I wanted this to be a 5 star book. I really did. However, unlike some other reviewers who thought that the book started slow and then picked up, I actually thought that the first half of the book was stronger than the second.

There were multiple times towards the end that I had to re-read sections to make sure I understood what Weeks was trying to say. I know that this was the first of a trilogy, but I don't like the fact that the novel ends and I still don't know who some of the key characters actually were. I appreciate the lack of hand holding, but would have liked a little more details on some of them. Despite this, one of the best small moments in the book, in my opinion, occurred between two of these "lesser" characters, so maybe it's just a matter of personal preference.

That being said, the two "main" characters, Durzo and Azoth, were both really strong characters and I enjoyed following their development. I'll keep reading the series to see what happens, and I'm glad to know that there's a prequel novella to get more backstory on Durzo, so that will be added to the to-read pile as well.

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