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Summary

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

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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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A good trilogy -if you can cope with the narration

I really enjoyed the Lightbringer series, so embarked on this trilogy enthusiastically. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was short-lived and I very nearly chucked it all in because of the narration.

The opening chapters of this first book are quite stark and brutal, and I found the narrator's tone (almost a lack of gravitas?) just didn't fit at all. There was little differentiation between the characters' voices, and the timing / breathing was wrong too. However, I was intrigued by the story so persevered. By midway through the third book, I realised I was no longer being irritated by the narrator - I'd simply got used to it.

I'm glad I did persevere. Kylar is a good character, as are so many others. I would suggest that perhaps the writing and plot isn't quite as mature or well-crafted as the Lightbringer series (Wikip. suggests the Way of Shadows was Brent Weeks' first series published?), but it's still a good tale, and good enough for me to listen to all three books in the series back to back, without getting bored or distracted.

Not quite a 5 star series all the way through, although I think books 2 and 3 were better than 1. Worth it if you can cope with the narrator.

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  • GhostMuppet
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • 13-07-14

Not Grimdark, but a good start to a series

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.

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Fantastic tale, bloody, brilliant, poignant

Fast paced and with a fantastic plot, entertaining throughout. The voice acting was spot on.

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Shame about the Narrator

if you are British try to persevere through the narration, as the book is a blinder .

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Not a fan of the narrator, but a pretty good book

I'd listened to Assassin's Quest with this narrator, and he nearly ruined it for me. He wasn't as bad in this one. I'd recommend listening to the preview to see whether you like his style.

Enjoyed the story quite a lot. It didn't feel original, with a kid who shows potential learning to become a master, but was a lot of fun. Also, some of the characterisation was at least borderline offensive. I'll probably carry on with the series on paper, but I'm not desperate to.

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  • William
  • COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom
  • 01-01-15

I loved the Books.. but

Where does The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

in the top 100 put only just, while its a good book the narrator is weak.

What did you like best about this story?

The strong descriptive actions scenes.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I actually really dislike this narrator (not as a person), he does not have a broad vocal range and his weak nasal tones ruin a grand epic scenery and strong pros. A strong voice is need for strong stories and this narrator sadly has neither.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, this questions is asked frequently. most books are 10 plus hours its not possible.

Any additional comments?

While i love fiction and fantasy most of it is based in a medieval or renaissance period esk. This is meant with no offence but american accents didn't exist at that point, so having one as your narrator is strange to say the least. especially a weak nassal one. Oliver Wyman would of been a fine choice of American narrator though and really should of been given this book to narrate as he is top notch in this field.

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absolutely captivating throughout

a wondrous and ensnaring story keeping you on edge from beginning to end. a must read.

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Great start to a great trilogy

I couldn't ask for more gripping content from a first book in a trilogy. Simply amazing.

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Stick with It!

This is a slow start but definitely worth persevering with. I have just finished listening to book 3 and thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy.

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Wow what a book!

An awesome story with lots of twists, a rich world of possibilities and a detailed way of story-telling (that some may not like) that paints a picture and makes the characters seem like real people even after just a sentence and scene. Best book I've read/heard all year A*****

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  • johan
  • 29-05-15

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

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  • James
  • 21-09-14

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-12

Absolutely brilliant!

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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!!

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  • McWolfe
  • 24-01-14

Decent Fantasy-Intrigue

If you could sum up The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

Complex, Dramatic, Gripping

What did you like best about this story?

The personal development of the characters, and the rather complex wheel-within-wheels-plot

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Alessandro
  • 10-04-18

A delusion

Good premises but it didn't hold up to it. Didn't like the actor reading it.

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  • Vincent Paca
  • 19-08-17

Great story, subpar reading.

The story is amazing and it's what has kept me hooked.

Can't say the same for the performance. Oftentimes I found it hard to follow conversations because characters have the same voices. It might just be me but I found it hard to distinguish characters in conversations.

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  • Frode
  • 27-06-15

Paul Boehmer destroyed my books!

How could the performance have been better?

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!

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  • Justin
  • 07-10-11

The Book that has everything. AMAZING!!!!

I would love to get more of Brent Weeks works he is one of the best out there.

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  • Michael
  • 03-04-14

Utterly Disgusting!

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.

4 of 20 people found this review helpful