The Night Watch Paperback
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 parallel world existing in parallel to our own, each Other owes allegiance either to the Dark or the Light.
The Night Watch, first book in the Night Watch Trilogy, follows Anton, a young Other owing allegiance to the Light.
As a Night Watch agent he must patrol the streets and metro of the city, protecting ordinary people from the vampires and magicians of the Dark.
When he comes accross Svetlana, a young woman under a powerful curse, and saves an unfledged Other, Egor, from vampires, he becomes involved in events that threaten the uneasy truce, and the whole city...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/07/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099489924
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Review by stillbeing
My god, I haven't enjoyed reading fantasy so much for such a long time. After adjusting myself to the reality that this wasn't a worded version of the film and getting used to the characters as they are in the book rather than how I got to know them on the big screen, this was one hell of a fun ride. Not only was it fun, I also really liked the moral quandaries faced by the characters, and getting to know the two Watches on a deeper level than the straight good vs bad way they appear in the films.For those of you who have seen the film, rather than the over-arching plot that seems to be in the first two film installments, this book contains several self-contained yet linked stories, with elements of these stories used to construct the film. They diverge so much they're almost like separate entities based on a common thread rather than a direct film adaptation of the same work (think of the way Fight Club can stand alone as a work of literature or a work of film). However, having seen the films first it was easier for me to imagine the more otherworldly aspects of the book; not being a big fantasy reader (well, not since my early teens anyway), I suspect I would have struggled conceptually if it weren't for the visuals I was already used to thanks to the movies.I read this one in little under a fortnight, and normally it would take me a month at least to read a book of its size; now if that ain't a sign of a book enjoyed, I don't know what is.Now onto book two!!
Review by lewispike
This book is three stories, divided quite obviously into 3, although clearly related as follow on stories to each other.Story one is clearly the inspiration for the film of the same name. Stories two and three carry on, with basically the same cast of characters.This is going to sound odd - the stories are much more visually rich than the film. Lukyanenko has a good eye for detail and rich descriptions, the fact that the book gives you commentary gives you a context which makes them so much richer - this is Moscow as seen by a (mostly human) Muscovite rather than as seen as a tourist.Each of the stories contains moral questions and ambiguities that Anton in particular has to work through. This also adds to the engagement. So often it is badly managed, but in this case Anton's wrestling with his conscience is clearly worked in and draws you in to the situation too.Can't wait for the next book, except the book store is closed so I'll have to!
Review by heidijane
This is a very intriguing book, the first in a trilogy, about maintaining the status quo in Russia between the Dark Ones (witches, wizards, vampires and suchlike) and the Light Ones (magical in the cause of good rather than evil). It was very thrilling and exciting, and I enjoyed finding out about the different characters, particularly as there were quite a few twists and turns along the way.One quibble: Rather than being one long, cohesive novel, it is split into three stories within this book. Although the stories were interconnected, and followed on from each other, this left me feeling a bit disappointed. This was particularly the case at the end of the first story, as I was really getting in to it, and wanted more twists and turns and more excitement....and then it ended. And then we went into another story that I got sucked into....and then it ended. You get the idea. I think I would have preferred it to be a bit more of a substantial cohesive whole. But then, I'm not a huge fan of short stories anyway, so maybe that's just me!
Review by ivan.frade
First story is a fairly good urban fantasy novella, an interesting introduction to the rules of these magicians with some hollywood-esque action. Second and third stories are not so good, thinner plot, slower and very repetitive on the same dilemmas.
Review by MikeFinn
Don't be put off by the terrible movie that was made from this book. It and its successors in the series are worth the read. There is much that is alien and different in the fantasy story of the continuing struggle between good and evil. Most of it comes not from the world that Lukyanenko constructs but from the distinctly Russian assumptions and perspectives that he brings to the fantasy.The translator has managed to keep the pace of the book without losing its exotic feel. The plot will keep you turning the pages. The assumptions and ethics of the book will have you reflecting on whether some of the things you take for granted about how the world works are true.
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