The Day Watch Paperback
Part of the Night Watch series
Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are The Others.
Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy world that exists in parallel to our own, each owes allegiance either to The Dark or The Light.
In "The Day Watch", second book of the "Night Watch" trilogy, Alice, a young but powerful Dark Other, attends a planning meeting with her comrades in the Day Watch.
The team is on a mission to apprehend an uninitiated Other, a practicing Dark witch who has so far eluded the bureaux responsible for finding and initiating unlicensed practitioners of magic.
It seems a routine operation. But when they arrive, the Night Watch team has already made the arrest.
A fierce battle ensues, during which Alice almost dies.
Drained of her powers, she is sent to recuperate at a youth camp near the Black Sea.
There she meets Igor; the chemistry between them is instant and irresistible.
But then comes a shattering realisation: Igor is a Light Mage.
Suddenly, Alice remembers him as one of those involved in the battle that left her crippled. Now that they know, there is no alternative to a magical duel, a battle that neither of them wants to win...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 03/01/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099489931
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews.
Review by stillbeing
A great follow on to the first book, and good to look at the world a little more through the eyes of the Dark Ones and through other characters rather than sticking just with Anton (as cool as he may be). The plot thickens, and just when you think you have everything worked out, something new comes out to turn everything on its head again.The worst thing now is knowing that there is only one book left!(I should also point out, this is *nothing* like the film, which has completely diverged from the book plot-wise by this stage).
Review by seekingflight
I really enjoyed the first book in this series (Night Watch), and consequently started this with high hopes. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this nearly as much as the first in the series. Perhaps the novelty value of the first book had worn off, and it was the world building and scene setting and philosophising in the first book that I loved so much, and not the plot, which started to seem a bit repetitive and cyclic in the second book. I wasn't nearly as engaged this time around, although I've noticed below that other readers actually preferred it ...
Review by comixminx
A great galloping read; like the Night Watch, this consists of 3 novella-length stories, intertwined with shared characters and an overall story-arc. It's all very neatly tied together and extremely readble. More!
Review by shanaqui
The translator of The Day Watch is the same as the one for The Night Watch, and I believe the same applies. The language barrier isn't as bad as it could be. I do wonder if I'd find the twists and turns of the book more... predictable in its original language -- I keep wondering if I'm missing hints, or something. You can predict right off the bat that Sergei Lukyanenko won't do what you expect him to, but how exactly he's going to twist it, I'm still not up to following.<br/><br/>There's something very compulsive about reading these books. I did take a while over The Day Watch, admittedly -- I could've finished reading it weeks ago. But once I'd picked it up, it was hard to put down. I've meant to do a lot of other things today, but I kept telling myself 'just ten more pages'. It's not hard to read and get absorbed in, and not hard to get caught up in trying to figure out the twist (because you know there is one).<br/><br/>I almost hope that one day he'll do the expected plotline, but it won't <I>be</i> expected because we're all expecting his twists and turns.<br/><br/>I didn't find that The Day Watch hung together as a book as well as The Night Watch did. It's the changing points of view. The Night Watch was held together quite well by the continuing presence (and point of view) of Anton, but Alisa and Vitaly are both out of the game by the end of their sections. They're also difficult to sympathise with -- Anton isn't exactly a saint, either, and sometimes I wanted to kick him, but at least he's on the side of the Light... The book did a better job of making me sympathise with Alisa, Vitaly and Edgar than I expected, but they didn't win me over entirely, by any stretch of the imagination. It spent rather more time in third person than with an individual character, unlike The Night Watch, and I suspect that was because of the storytelling difficulties with the chosen side.<br/><br/>This book certainly didn't keep me as well-entertained and as pleased as The Night Watch did, so it drops another star, to three stars. Which is still pretty good -- in fact, if I weren't comparing it to The Night Watch, it might still qualify for four stars.