The second instalment of the phenomenal Russian quartet The Night Watch vampire novels set in a richly realized post-Soviet Moscow.The second book in the internationally bestselling fantasy series, The Day Watch begins where The Night Watch left off, set in a modern-day Moscow where the 1,000-year-old treaty between Light and Dark maintains its uneasy balance through careful vigilance from the Others. The forces of darkness keep an eye during the day, the Day Watch, while the agents of Light monitor the nighttime. Very senior Others called the Inquisitors are the impartial judges insisting on the essential compact. When a very potent artifact is stolen from them, the consequences are dire and drastic for all sides. The Day Watch introduces the perspective of the Dark Ones, told in part by a young witch who bolsters her evil power by leeching fear from childrens nightmares as a counselor at a girls summer camp. When she falls in love with a handsome young Light One, the balance is threatened and a death must be avenged.
The Day Watch is replete with the thrilling action and intricate plotting of the first tale, fuelled by cunning, cruelty, violence, and magic. It is a fast paced, darkly humorous, haunting world that will take root in the shadows of your mind and live there forever.
©2006 Sergei Lukyanenko (P)2012 Audbile Ltd
This book is very entertaining and I could not stop until I had read the whole book. I loved the mix of characters and the plot of the book. You can listen to the book whilst basking in the sun in the park or whilst taking a walk. Absolutely beautiful.
I love fantasy and mild sci-fi books, and own the paperbacks of this series. But with lots of long journeys this year I decided to get these audio books for in the car, to help keep me interested and awake!
Great story, the whole series is great and would recommend. The narration is good, once you get past the odd (to me!) change from narration in an American accent, switching to a Russian(ish) accent when speaking as a character. But then I'm from the UK and it just seemed a little odd to me. Good narration though, and good quality audio.
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges
Although I loved the films and would recommend them to any syfy movie lovers, yet again it is a case of the book being so much better than the films. For a start this book is split into three separate (although linked) stories and to do them justice each would need a film of its own. I found this book slightly harder to get into than the first and third, largely because it is often told from the point of view of the dark ones. However it is this willingness to write a universe in which characters of vastly different natures are all represented, where the reader can sympathize and in some ways understand the motives of the `bad' as well as the `good', that make this series so brilliant. The character progression that you get throughout the books of both the dark and light characters, as they learn, grow and develop their beliefs really sets the stories apart. The series is written beautifully with wonderful imagery, imagination and plot. The narrator is, in my opinion, one of the best I have heard doing both male and female voices and varying accents equally well so that it is like listening to a play with a full cast. There is nothing that I would criticize.
Like Book 1, this book is a slow start too. Unfortunately, so is a few characters' tendencies to be too stupid to live (TSTL) too! That, I did not appreciate! However the world building remains beautiful as ever! Similarly to Book 1, this book did not pick up until the very end but the difference is that this ending did not inspire me to pick up the next book in the series, unlike Book 1 which made me pick up this book. I don't know whether the goodness of Sergei Lukyanenko's story telling quality did not translate well into English thus it got lost in translation, or I simply do not appreciate his story telling abilities. Either way, I find the book dragging. But the beautiful world of Anton Gorodetsky and my incurable curiosity as to what happened in the end made me continue reading until the end, but I don't think I would be buying another Night Watch book. If ever, I'll borrow it from the library rather than waste my money on another book in this series.
Story telling quality = 2
Character development = 3
Story itself = 1.5
Ending = 3
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 2
Pace = paperback: 1 (audiobook: 14 hrs and 25 mins listening time)
Plot = 1.5
Narrator = 4
Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5
I listened to ‘The Night Watch’ and was very impressed, hence my purchase of this, the second in the series, however, I was somewhat disappointed. I didn’t hang on every word as I did with book one, consequently losing the plot on several occasions and having to backtrack. The head-honchos for both sides were mentioned in this, but they didn’t have the same impact as before – I wasn’t sure who was who. In fact I ended not being too sure who exactly were the good guys!
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