Book Review: The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

Hi there!

I try to read as much as possible. My reading ranges from technical computer manuals and books to short stories. The books I most enjoy reading are fantasy and science fiction. I am usually asking my friends for ideas for trilogies or great books. There are a few things about fantasy books that really tend to turn me off to buying new books, including those series that take years to finish.

In a podcast I heard quick review of a new book called The Way of Shadows. This was the first book in the night angel trilogy about assassination and magic in a fantasy setting. I looked up the book at Amazon and saw that even though it was out October 2008 the next two in the trilogy were already out (book two – Shadows Edge, book three – Beyond the Shadows). These were release one month apart, and all in soft cover. What a concept! It sounded fun, all released, and in soft cover so I decided to by the whole trilogy.

I started reading and with all good books I was up late and night and did not want to go to bed. I managed to get through half the book in one sitting (the book is 688 pages). The next day I did not get a chance to get to the book. During that time I was thinking the whole time what was happening and how was it going to turn out. When I got to the book a day later, I powered through it and enjoyed every word.

This is a story about kids growing up in a harsh city. It starts dark and the kids in the city go through some pretty bad situations. The author does not pull any punches. However, he does it in a way that you see hope and are rooting for them the whole time. This initial story starts out as they are kids and moves as they grow and find ways to get through the rough streets and moves into them becoming adults. The main character becomes an apprentice to the top wetboy (special assassin) in the city.

But there is more to this wetboy and during this time the young trainee finds out there is much more to the city, the wetboys, the politics than he sees. There is depth in the characters and is a great story to really show good and evil is just not black and white. There are “evil” people that really show good character choices, and good people who you see stab people in the back. I am just starting the second book and really excited to see where the trilogy goes.

If you like fantasy, a quick fun read, and don’t want to wait years for the trilogy to finish and find out what happens, this is a great book to pick up. I really hope the trend of soft covers and full trilogies being published in a short time continues with other series.


p.s. Here is the short description from the book:

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned 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.

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