Chad agreed to write a review for my blog about The Night Angel trilogy. This trilogy includes The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, and Beyond the Shadows. I’m happy to present his review.

Genre: Fantasy

Plot:

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

For Azoth, survival is just the beginning. He was raised on the streets and knows an opportunity when he sees one – even when the risks are as high as working for someone like Durzo Blint.

Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and become the perfect killer.

Review:

The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks is my favorite book series of all time.  I’ve read the entire series twice and both times it was extremely enjoyable.  The second time maybe even more so because you get to pick up on little details you missed the first time, much like when you re-watch a movie.

The funny thing is we actually purchased the first book in this series, The Way of Shadows, for Heather.  However, she was taking too long to get to it and I picked it up one day to read a few pages and see what I thought.  I was immediately hooked, and she never got the book back.  It now sits on my shelf along with every one of Brent Weeks’ other books, all of which are signed.  Suffice it to say I’m a big fan of his writing.

In The Night Angel trilogy, Brent excels at creating believable characters.  Not just a few either; there are literally dozens of characters that you have to keep up with.  Virtually every one of them has their own agenda and their own traits and they almost all play a large part in the story.  From Mamma K’s kind heart and serious approach to running the city’s brothels to Logan Gyre’s intelligence and childlike innocence, Brent captures everything perfectly.  Throughout the course of the three books, you witness the characters grow and develop in believable ways.  Some characters, like Azoth, go through extreme transformations, changing names and identities entirely.

Adoration of the characters aside, the plot is just as well developed.  Within the main plot there are many intertwining sub-plots that keep the story interesting and keep it from getting dull or boring.  As I said above, all the characters have their own goals and they’re all working for different things at the same time.  Some of them succeed and others fail, but the beauty of it isn’t realized until the end of the third book, when all of those sub-plots and characters come together for the greatest conclusion to anything I’ve ever read.

If you’re a fan of fantasy books but you find it really hard to get into the intensely detailed writing of some authors, Brent Weeks may be an author for you to consider.  His focus, as he has mentioned on more than one occasion, is on his characters.  The details of the world come to you slowly in an easy to follow manner.  Brent doesn’t really “vomit” description on you at any point, and it actually feels more like you’re a part of the world he has created.  It takes you a while to learn things that some of the characters already know, and it feels more natural as opposed to having the entire history of the world dropped on your head in the first chapter like some books do.

If you’re looking for a series with easy to understand writing, an incredible story, and incredible characters, you need to give The Night Angel trilogy a shot.  Be warned though: Characters you love will die and characters you hate will win.  It’s a believable world full of believable characters, and I absolutely love it!

Chad’s Rating: ★★★★★

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