The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
Series: Night Angel #1
Published by Orbit on 10/1/08
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 645
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Purchase on: Amazon// Barnes & Noble
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From New York Times Bestselling author Brent Weeks... 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.


I was recommended this book by a friend and it was… interesting. The concept didn’t seem fully fleshed out, though that could be due to this being a series, as well as having the reader placed in Azoth’s shoes. Pacing was off. Some parts seemed to go by too quickly, others took forever for absolutely no reason. There were also way too many characters. If done right, having a full array of players wouldn’t be a bad thing. Look at the ASoIaF series. Here, however, the author would have benefited from choosing 2-3 protagonists to focus on instead of jumping around from viewpoint to viewpoint. Some of the characters I grew to like, others I could not care for at all, pretty much skipping through the sections until I recognised a name again. Overall, it was a fast read, and a good ‘in between’ book, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next book in the series, and I’m certainly happy I didn’t pay for it.


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