The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets. For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.
©2008 Brent Weeks (P)2011 Hachette Digital
Praise for the Night Angel trilogy: 'I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer's work.' (Terry Brooks)
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This is the first book I have listened to from the Author. I knew before I started the book that was could have been classified under the Grimdark genre. However, after reading the book i would say it probably just slipped into this genre.
Yes, there is killing - a while it was graphic, it wasn't overly so
Yes, there is sex - but nothing graphic. Rape is there, but not detailed.
Yes, there is torture - but nothing we haven't read already
Yes, there is a lot of swearing - but that's fairly normal.
The story itself goes at a steady pace. There were times when I got a little confused with what was happening. Maybe this was a downside of the audio version, but there were times when I had to go back a bit to try and work out why we seemed to have skipped time a little.
The main two characters are interesting. They are killers but you are expected to be rooting for them. Life is meaningless, they kill their targets and innocents if needed. I think the body count in this novel is one of the highest in any novels that I have read. You can not go more then a couple of chapters without someone dying.
The beginning of the book is very much setting up the major characters in the book. There is nothing new here - slum kids, bullies, begging to be apprenticed, tragic incident, test. The middle part then explains what a Wetboy is - and the training involved and setting up some plot points for later on. The latter part of the book is the story proper and we see some of the world and politics. While the book does conclude, it is obvious that it's going to be continued within another book.
Some of the world building is a little confusing. There are killers (thugs), assassins and Wetboys. There seem to be many types of magic users. Some magic users can be Wetboys. Some of the titles for these type of people are a little weird. To me a witch is female, but that is not the case here. The term Wetboy is a little daft - why not use assassin - its got more fear to it. Wetboy sounds infantile.
All in all I enjoyed this book. Hopefully the following books will expand on the major characters further and flesh out the world a lot more.
The audiobook was of high quality. While the narrator does vary his voice a little for the characters, it is a little variation. He is not a voice actor. There were some parts where I think it would have benefited from a little longer pause, especially when going from one scene to another.
This had a confusing start. A lot of the story reminded me of the Wheel of Time. Magic swords, the way magic is discribed, even the sailing people. Yet these similarities didn't take away from the story. I like the main characters, I enjoyed the bad guys and the descriptive nature of the whole thing. I just couldn't put my finger in why it's not for me.
read the whole trilogy years ago, this audio version raises it to a whole new level, anyone that enjoys dark fantasy with deep story and characters that you really invest in, needs to experience this
Loved it! Action, rogues, mystery, magic and, even romance all mixed in. I had a hard time following the reader at some parts. The reader's voice kinda molded into differnt characters at times, all sounding the same and could have used a few pauses or some such. But overall a fantastic story and loved it very much.
I was born at a very early age. I read The Hobbit with my Mum at age 6 which sparked my love of fantasy stories and I've never looked back.
Join Kylar on his way from the gutter to becoming a Wet Boy to the edge of death, beyond and back. Full of twists and turns, many of which are predictable but no less enjoyable.
As always the narration by Paul Boemer is excellent and his grasp of accents brilliant.
I loved reading these books and lost nothing in the audio version.
this is a brilliant book worth listening too, iv had the paper back for years but never got around to reading it, now glad I didn't so I could listen instead will listen to other ones in series soon
"Well spent hours"
Likes it alot but I didn't like the guys voice has a lot potential too be better than it is though
"A great debut novel"
Way of Shadows is a great debut novel by Brent Weeks, and brilliantly narrated by Paul Boehmer. Readers of Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett should love the Way of Shadows.
What a brilliant book, one of the best I have listened to. Extremely well written with non-stop action. There are only a few passages which seem to drag a little, but remember this is a 20 hour book. The story and the characters are engaging. The narrator is fantastic. The only problem is this is book 1 of a trilogy and the other 2 books are not on Audible yet. Please Audible get the rest of the series real soon, I can't wait!!
Complex, Dramatic, Gripping
The personal development of the characters, and the rather complex wheel-within-wheels-plot
While it was a good book, at times I lost track because of all the different characters in the story. The highlights of the book is when it focuses on the main characters.
"Paul Boehmer destroyed my books!"
Paul Boehmer - I am not a fan of yours. Sorry, i could never ever listen to the books because of you! That is how AWFULL his "accent" is! I am sorry, but i can never ever finish a book with Paul Boehmer in my ears. So i am happy Audible have a return police!
"The Book that has everything. AMAZING!!!!"
I would love to get more of Brent Weeks works he is one of the best out there.
Garbage. If you like reading about mutilating young girls and killing innocent women by the main character then go ahead. Author justifies the killings of innocent people as collateral damage by a brainwashed monolog seeding thoughts of hate in the mind of the reader. I wonder how many Americans would associate themselves with such a behavior. No wonder there are some many suicide killers in American schools lately. I wouldn't be surprised if they have been inspired by authors like Brent Weeks. The author should be ashamed of himself.
Judging the literary quality I can say it's just average, just exploiting contemporary lust for such literature. Besides that it is boring, there is no humor, no thrill, but it's rich with descriptions of mutilations and killings. The plot is flat. Also the naming system of characters and geography is so unnatural that it is confusing. You would need a glossary in order not to get lost in all those names. If you would like to read about thieves, magic and dark places read a masterpiece like Konias Trilogy by Miroslav Zamboch.
The narrative is ok, listenable, though the narrator tends to be over expressive.
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