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Diana and I have completed The Night Angel Trilogy! It was such an epic adventure. Thank you for following us along our buddy read as we completed this great trilogy. We hope you check out these books if you haven’t already because they are definitely worth it. Our giveaway winners  are announced at the bottom of this post as well. 🙂

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of ShadowsShadow’s Edge, and Beyond the Shadows

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} Honestly? I thought more people would die. Weeks has this habit of toying with your emotions in the most brutal way possible, so I thought that there would be bucket loads of carnage (now there’s a visual for ya), but there wasn’t nearly as much as I expected.

And it may be just me, but I was surprised at how rushed the ending felt. Don’t get me wrong, it was pretty satisfying, but I kind of felt like it was all, “Here’s what happens after the final battle. I hope you enjoyed flying Night Angel Air. You can collect your baggage a luggage claim 3.”

Also, there were a few things that I would have liked to have seen the resolution of first hand. This may be a spoiler, but I kinda felt like the ending was left slightly open. There’s still so much potential storyline left over that I would have loved to have explored. Maybe I’m just greedy.

{Heather} I completely agree with Diana. I’m actually really surprised that more people didn’t die. I was waiting for most of the cast to be killed off and being stuck with Elene for the rest of the book. Speaking of Elene, I was really surprised with her role in the end of this book. It still doesn’t change how I feel about her.

The ending definitely felt rushed. I was surprised how much was crammed into the end to finish the trilogy. It could have almost been another whole book to sum up everything that happened. Then, maybe, we could have had more resolutions. I wanted more of the plots summed up, but I’ve heard that Brent Weeks will be venturing back to this world, so maybe we will get to see how all the characters ended up.

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} For me, it’s a toss-up between Kylar and Dorian. Kylar did some pretty amazing things in the final battle, but I think Dorian made the biggest sacrifices for the greater good. He totally redeemed himself to me from his actions in the last section.

{Heather} I would have to say Logan. He grew so much as a character in this trilogy, and I really like how he was in the end. He was such a great king and an even better husband. I really enjoyed that he conquered his past and made himself a better person because of it all. King Gyre all the way!

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Definitely Neph Dada. What he did with Khali could have been catastrophic for sure. I don’t understand how he ever thought that was a good idea.

{Heather} (Spoilers) Elene again. This girl just can’t get a break from me. I’m just constantly hating on her, but I can’t stand her. I especially hate how she fit into everything at the end. It just felt odd since she didn’t seem all that special to me. I’m just glad I got my wish. 😉

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} I don’t know what it is about this quote, but it kind of gives me the warm-fuzzies. I don’t think it’s a spoiler but, just in case, you’ve been warned.

” Kylar saw that Curoch wasn’t a simple tool of magic. It wasn’t an amplifier of Talent. Curouch amplified the whole man.

Elene’s beacon of hope, Durzo’s titanic determination, Dorian’s penitence and astounding focus, Ariel’s intelligence, Logan’s courage, Vi’s longing for a new beginning, Kylar’s love of justice, the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, sacrifice, hatred of evil, feelings martial and impulses nurturing. Through it all, the glue that made the magic was love, and love sounded each instrument from its top to its bottom notes—and each man and each woman performed beautifully, heroically, some capable of only a few notes, some with huge range but little depth, and some of them true masters, but each giving all.”

{Heather} I definitely like the quote Diana chose. It was perfect for the ending of this trilogy. For me, I had two quotes for this round. The first is between Kylar and the Wolf. It will be a bit of a spoiler.

Kylar took a breath, looking over the city in all its splendor and remembering what it had looked like not so long ago. “We live on a great battlefield, and you and I fight behind enemy lines,” he said. “Like it or not, my lupine friend, you are one of the lights that helps me believe.”

[The Wolf] hmmed. “I will consider what you’ve said. The creature stirs. The day’s battle begins.”

“May the light shine on you, my friend,” Kylar said.

I just love how this relationship changed over the course of this trilogy. It was interesting to see who the Wolf really was.

This second quote is from Logan, and I just think it’s so sweet. I ended up squealing because of it. Logan is such a sweetheart and a great king.

“I’ve always wanted to be a dad,” Logan said.

 


Giveaway Winners

The giveaways have officially ended! Thank you to everyone who entered and participated. Diana and I are happy to announce the winners.

The winner for The Night Angel Trilogy paperback boxed set is . . .  Stephanie M.

The winner for The Night Angel Trilogy ebooks is . . .  Michelle M.

Congratulations to both of you!

We have already sent the winners an e-mail, and they will have 48 hours to reply to claim their prizes. If neither one replies, we will pick another winner. We’ll pick someone every two days until the prizes are claimed.

We enjoyed this buddy read and hosting these giveaways. Thanks again everybody!

Beyond the Shadows is getting better and more chaotic as the story progresses. What will happen next?!

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge.

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} There were quite a few revelations surrounding Dorian in this section, but the thing that surprised (and dare I say terrified) me the most was The Strangers. Can you say creepy? And horrible. And, I’ll say it again, terrifying. The implications of what could be done with them is. . .is. . .I don’t even want to think about it.

{Heather} The Strangers are completely creepy. I was not expecting creatures like them to be in this world, but they add a whole new level to everything. If they were ever used, the results could be disastrous for everybody. They are just too awful to use.

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} Kylar, Kylar, and Kylar. I LOVE Kylar. He did something that made me very, VERY happy. If you’ve been following along you can probably guess what he did, but if not I’m not going to spoil it for you 😉

{Heather} Yes to Kylar! He was amazing! I was so happy with him. It’s funny because this is the first time Diana and I have said that Kylar was our favorite character. He’s developed a lot and becoming a really interesting character.

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Terah Graesin. Seriously, she’s so incredibly despicable. GAH! I HATE HER.

{Heather} Terah Graesin is a horrible brat. She gets upset when something doesn’t go her way, and she is a terrible ruler. She needs to move over so Logan can be king!

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} My favorite quote this week is short and to the point. I love it because I feel like it applies to SO MANY situations in this story. Like, once you’ve hit rock-bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up.

“Cenaria had been burnt to the ground, and something good was trying to grow from the ashes.”

{Heather} My quote involves Kylar and Logan talking about Kylar wanting to do a certain wetboy assignment.

“Can you love an idea more than you love a man and not become a monster? How many friends will you sacrifice on the altar of Justice, Logan?”

“If you force my hand, at least one.”

I feel like this conversation between the two really shows the different perspectives and morals each of them have. They both believe strongly in what they feel and might even sacrifice friends for their beliefs.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} Complete and utter chaos? Really, your guess is as good as mine. There are so many cogs spinning in the wheel that is the plot of this book and I have no idea where any of them are going. It’s kind of unsettling.

{Heather} It’s getting so intense that I don’t even know where to begin. I’m nervous about where the end of this trilogy is going, but I want to know how everything wraps up. I just hope it does it in a way that doesn’t crush me.

Diana and I finished reading Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks, and we wanted to discuss as much as we could about it because so much happens within this book. This is our conversation from Twitter.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge.

Bookish Talk

{Diana} So, what did you think of Shadow’s Edge? Was it all you’d hoped it would be and more? 😉
{Heather} Yes, but now I want even more from Beyond the Shadows! After the ending in Shadow’s Edge, I need to find out what happens next.
{Diana} Oh, girl, me too! And that ending!!! GAH! Mind = Blown.
{Heather} Yes! I did a little dance when I finished. I was so excited!
{Diana} Ha! I bet you were! That was a pretty fantastic surprise. I’m dying to know what it all means 🙂
{Heather} I can’t wait to find out where it leads. Oh and especially everything with Logan! I wonder what’s going to happen to him in the next book?
{Diana} He’s going to punch Terah Graesin in the face and take his throne back, that’s what. Or, at least I hope that’s what he does, LOL! Like you, I’m super intrigued about the Wolf. Who is he and what in the world is he up to?!
{Heather} Logan better punch Terah in the face or I’m going to jump in the book and do it myself, haha. And, I know! The Wolf is so strange, and that note at the end really made me not trust him as much as I did.
{Diana} Right? I feel like we should have known better though. It seems like everyone has their own agenda or ulterior motive for EVERYTHING that they do. At this point I’m not entirely sure we can trust anyone. Except for Logan. . .I hope.
{Heather} That’s so true. Everyone is up to something. Logan better not betray us. I don’t think I’ll be able to get over that if he does.
{Diana} You know what’s funny? I was looking back at all of our chats, and not once did either of us say that Kylar was our favorite character. Why do you think that is?
{Heather} Hmm, that’s really interesting. I know I really like him though. Maybe, for me, it’s because he grew a lot in the first book, but in Shadow’s Edge he seemed to regress when he was with Elene. Maybe I just really can’t stand her, but I didn’t like what she did to him. I wanted him to not change just for her. What do you think?
{Diana} I actually agree with you. While Kylar is definitely, like, the driving force of this story and while I really do like him, I feel like he kind of devolved in this book. I largely blame it on that manipulative cow Elene, but I also think it has something to do with the loss of his mentor and, therefore, a loss of direction and/or purpose. I don’t think he knew what to do with himself once he was in charge of his own destiny and ended up making some pretty sketchy decisions because of it *cough* Retribution *cough*. I’m glad he got his act together though and I’m interested to see how the developments at the end change him, because I’m pretty sure they will.
{Heather} I completely agree. Without his mentor, Kylar just seemed a bit lost and didn’t know what he really wanted to do with his life. I feel like he became even more attached to Elene because she was someone in his past and he didn’t want to lose her. I wanted to smack Kylar so hard during the Retribution scene. I was like “you crazy, boy!” haha! Yeah, I’m ready for some more development from Kylar. I can’t wait to see how the third book will go for him.
{Diana} Okay, we’ve established that while we both liked Kylar, he didn’t quite do it for us this time around. Who was your fave character overall? I’ll be surprised if we don’t have the same answer 😉
{Heather} Haha I would have to say Logan! He’s just such an awesome character. Who was yours?
{Diana} Ha! I knew it! He’s my favorite too! He went through some pretty horrific things in this book but still managed to grow SO much. I have high hopes for his continued development in Beyond the Shadows—-so that probably means Weeks is going to kill him off :/ LOL
{Heather} Brent Weeks better not! I don’t know if my little heart can handle that. I know I would be extremely upset and be in a reading slump for the rest of the year, haha.
{Diana} Alright, flipside—who was your least favorite character overall?
{Heather} Oh gosh, it’s so hard to pick one least favorite character. There were so many for me, but I would have to say overall, the Godking was the worst. After all he did and all of the “decorations” in his bedroom, he was purely evil and power hungry. There were no redeeming qualities about him. My other least favorites were, of course, Elene, Terah, Fin, and Hu Gibbet.
{Diana} Man, I almost forgot about the bedroom decorations. That was. . .disturbing. He definitely is evil incarnate and the worst kind of bad guy, but my least favorite character was definitely Terah Graesin. She made me so FURIOUS. I literally didn’t know what to do with my anger for what she did to both Kylar and Logan. Especially Logan. If Weeks kills off anyone in the next book, I hope it’s her. And I hope it’s gruesome.
{Heather} Terah was just plain awful. I completely agree with you about how she should be killed, haha. She doesn’t deserve a fast or easy death.
{Diana} Out of all of the surprises that Weeks threw our way, what surprised you the most?
{Heather} The one thing that surprised me the most would have to be the note at the end. I really didn’t see that coming, and I just stared at the book for a long time in shock. I was so happy, and I didn’t think that would happen at all. What part surprised you the most?
{Diana} The same 🙂 I couldn’t believe my eyes—I had to read it, like, three times before it sank in! LOL. I was also pretty surprised by that whole Vi-Kylar-Earring thing and I’m dying to know how all that’s going to work itself out.
{Heather} Yes, as soon as Vi looked at the earrings, I was like do it! This would wreck Elene’s day, haha.
{Diana} Bahahahaha! That’s funny 🙂 So we’ve talked about what shocked us the most, but what was your favorite part of the book in general?
{Heather} *This will be a spoiler* I would probably say when Logan gets out of the Hole. I waited so long for it, and at first I thought Brent Weeks would get him out of the Hole only to kill him from infection, haha. I was so happy when that didn’t happen. What about yours?
{Diana} I was super happy when that happened too, but my favorite part is actually twofold: first I LOVED Logan’s speech before the last battle, and second I loved what happened after the last battle. You know, all the chanting. Look out Terah Graesin, the true King will rise! Lol 🙂
{Heather} I was chanting with them! Terah just needs to leave forever and never come back. She would be a terrible leader.
Logan is just so amazing! Every scene he was in was great, haha. His speech was fantastic, and I loved what he did for the women who had to become prostitutes to survive. He gave them so much hope, and he didn’t even have to do that.
{Diana} Oh gosh, I felt so bad for those women. Especially when they were rejected by their men at first after all they did to survive. What those women did on The Nocte Hemata was truly spectacular and it was so awesome for Logan to recognize them for it. He’s the best 😀
{Heather} Exactly! They did so much, and I really felt they deserved all the recognition. I can’t wait to see more of Logan! haha.
{Diana} Okay, so other than the very obvious, what plot thread are you looking forward to seeing the conclusion of the most?
{Heather} I want to see what happens with Vi. I mean after the earring incident, I want to see where all that puts her in the third book. Elene is another character that I want to see what’s going on with her. Mostly to watch her suffer, haha. While we are at it, I want to see Terah suffer too. Oh gosh, this just turned very dark. 😀
{Diana} Ha! Maybe just a little, but I’m right there with you 😉
I’m super curious about the whole Dorian-Jenine plotline. Especially because Logan and Jenine kind of have a thing going on. And of course I want to know about all things Logan. And the great earring debacle. And ALL THE THINGS. I’m ready for Book 3!!!
{Heather} I forgot about the Dorian/Jenine thing! That was really interesting when that happened. It was kind of cute when Dorian was talking about it. I wonder how Logan will take it when he finds out. I’m so ready for book 3 too! 😀
{Diana} Yay! Let’s do this!!!
{Heather} YES!

This is the final part for Shadow’s Edge. So many things happen in this section! Diana and I will be starting Beyond the Shadows next.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge.

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} THE END. Really, everything in the last 100 pages or so, but HOLY COW, THAT ENDING!!! Brent Weeks is a evil genius and I bow down to him in reverence.

{Heather} I completely agree with Diana. The ending was a huge surprise! I was so excited that I squealed. I’m ready for the next book. *Grabby hands*

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} Like Heather, I liked Lilly a lot in the last section, but her part in the final battle of this book really cemented my admiration of her. Her loyalty to Logan is unwavering and that totally makes her a winner in my book 😉

{Heather} I definitely agree with Diana about Lilly. I would have to say Vi for this section. She’s really growing on me as a character, and I like where she’s headed. I can’t wait to see more from her.

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Move over Elene, there’s a new biatch in town—Terah Graesin. OMG, I hate her SO MUCH. So, so much. Like, I was screaming at the book in public because of her. I seriously hope she dies a horrible, horrible death.

{Heather} Diana and I are very synced up with these questions. I can’t stand Terah Graesin! I thought Elene was bad, but no Terah had to prove me wrong. Why does she have to be so awful? I really hope she meets a ferali . . .

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} My favorite quote in this section comes from Logan as he addresses the masses on the eve of the last battle. I’m not gonna lie, it kind of gave me chills.

“Let me tell you what I learned in the Hole. I learned that in suffering, we find the true measure of our strength. I learned that a man can be a coward one day and a hero the next. I learned that I’m not as good a man as I thought I was. But the most important thing is this: I learned that though it cost me dearly, I can change. I learned that what has been broken can be made new. Do you know who taught me that? A prostitute. In a bitter woman who made her living in shame, I found honor, courage, and loyalty. She inspired me and she saved me.”

*slow claps* King Gyre! King Gyre! King Gyre! Ahem. What?! It’s not like you didn’t know that I’m Team Logan all the way 😉

{Heather} Besides the amazing speech Logan gives, my other favorite quote is when Momma K is talking to Kylar about showing a certain character compassion.

“What did Durzo teach you, Kylar?” Momma K asked. “A wetboy is a knife. Is the guilt the knife’s or the hand’s?”

“Both, and damn Durzo for his lies.”

I won’t say who they are talking about, but I thought this quote really did justice for him/her. Momma K is asking Kylar if it’s the killers fault for the murder or the person who hired the killer. I find this really interesting considering Kylar’s past, and I think it puts the whole thing in perspective because it’s not just one person’s fault when a wetboy kills someone. That person shouldn’t be the only one held responsible when two parties were involved in the murder. This quote just really stuck out to me, and I liked it.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} I literally have no predictions for what will happen in Beyond the Shadows. Weeks has already shown that he’s not afraid to make terrible things happen and that he’s most definitely a fan of high shock value, AND I’ve already had people warn me about the craziness that is the next book, soooooo I’ve got nothing. I really hope that something truly horrendous befalls Terah Graesin though. *crosses fingers*

{Heather} I’m not entirely sure but I hope Logan can take his place as King without someone *cough* Graesin *cough* trying to take it from him. I want to know more about the Wolf character. He is too mysterious, and I feel like he’s up to something. Chad keeps hinting at the third book being even better, but I’m not sure I can handle all of the twists. These books are just so good!

Part three of our Shadow’s Edge buddy read. Next week, we will be finishing this book and moving on to book three, Beyond the Shadows, in April.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for the first book, The Way of Shadows.

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} Only everything that happened in the Hole! And that’s A LOT of stuff, let me tell you! I may have yelled at the book a lot in this section.

{Heather} Everything in the Hole definitely surprised me too. I wasn’t expecting things to go that way. Hu Gibbet’s part was also a big surprise to me. I really want to tell everybody what happened, but I can’t spoil it. Go read the book now!

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} Since I was pretty preoccupied with the goings-on taking place in the Hole, my favorite character this go ’round is definitely Gnasher. The big guy was so protective of Logan that it’s hard not to love him.

{Heather} I have to say Lilly was my favorite this round. Her actions in the hole for this section were very selfless, and I really liked what she did for Logan. So much stuff happens in the Hole.

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Fin. Fin, Fin, Fin, a thousand times FIN. I hate that guy. I yelled a lot because of that guy. I was extremely happy when that guy got what was coming to him. EXTREMELY happy.

{Heather} I’ll definitely agree with Diana on Fin, but I also didn’t like Gorkhy. He is such an awful person, and when it’s revealed how truly horrible he is, I wanted something terrible to happen to him.

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} I’m sorry, but it’s about to get a tad bit spoilery. The passage that I like doesn’t really give away any major plot points, but it does kind of allude to them, so you’ve been warned.

“You’ll doom us all,” Agon said. “You have the kind of power I’d die for, and you won’t use it to help us. Damn you.” . . .
“I know it doesn’t make sense,” [Kylar] said. “But I swore to leave this behind me. I broke that vow for Logan. That cost me Elene’s love and Uly’s trust. I didn’t abandon them so I could steal another life, but so I could save a life. Do you understand?”

I liked this quote because it showcases Kylar’s honor. That may sound strange because he admits to breaking vows and whatnot, but Agon and Momma K have just offered him the motherload of all wetboy jobs, and instead he chooses to use his powers for good to save a friend who may or may not be alive. It’s like, yeah, he’s made some sacrifices, but he’s gonna be darn sure that whatever he does next will be worthy of those sacrifices. Does that make sense?

{Heather} My quote will also be a bit spoilery. I’ll just say it’s a character talking to Kylar.

The man smiled wolfishly at him. “You are nothing but a fat, awkward child in the land of giants. You close your mouth instead of eating. You speak when you should listen. What are you for? Any answer I gave you’d reject. So why should I waste my time? You’re as arrogant as your master ever was, and you don’t have a shred of his wisdom. I find you wanting.”

“What am I supposed to do?”

“Better. Do better.”

I really like this quote because it helps put Kylar in his place for this scene. I like Kylar’s character, but he still needs to grow in some areas, especially when it comes to his powers. He’s only just beginning to understand everything, but he acts as if he already knows everything. I can’t wait to see more interaction between Kylar and this character.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} I haven’t got a clue, but I really want to know what’s going on with Elene (even though I still hate her) and Uly and Feir and Curouch and Jenine and Dorian and Solon. . . and the list goes on and on. Weeks seriously owes us some answers before the end of this book. LOTS of answers.

{Heather} Deaths. Lots of death. I’m pretty much waiting for the rest of the cast to die. Brent Weeks is not afraid to kill off his characters. I try not to get too attached to anyone for fear they will die.

This is part two of our Shadow’s Edge buddy read. We’re almost halfway through now and everything is getting intense. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for the first book, The Way of Shadows.

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} I think the more appropriate question would be, “What didn’t surprise me in this section?” There was that thing with Dorian and the weave, that thing with Kylar and Retribution (which made me question Kylar’s sanity, BTW), who Tenser really was, that time with Logan and the pointy thing, and THAT THING WITH JARL. So, yeah. Plenty of surprises 😉

{Heather} I completely agree with Diana on this one. Everything was a mess, haha. In this section, everything started to build tension, and the story took quite a few turns I wasn’t expecting. The whole thing with Jarl really surprised me. I was not prepared for that scene at all. Brent Weeks, what are you doing to us?!

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} I’m gonna have to go with Logan this time. I’m fascinated by his character growth and how he’s handling everything that he’s been through. I also really liked General/Commander/Whatever-He-Is Agon. He’s just SO honorable and, like, one of the only characters that you can trust. I think.

{Heather} I would have to say Jarl for this section. He was really owning his role and taking charge. It’s really interesting to see how he’s changed since the start of the trilogy. My second favorite character would have to be Elene . . . just kidding (See next question).

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} ELENE. Gah! I just want to shake her! I STRONGLY dislike how she’s trying to change and, dare I say, manipulate Kylar. Yes, he loves her, and yes, he decided to give up the biz for her, but can’t she see what it’s doing to him??? Having him fight his nature and potentially break a vow that he made to her and OTHER STUPID THINGS THAT MADE ME YELL AT MY BOOK LIKE A CRAZY PERSON IS HURTING HIM. Ahem. She’s smothering him and I don’t like it, not one bit.

{Heather} Elene for sure! I hope she develops more in the rest of the trilogy because I really don’t like her now. I don’t hate her . . . no, I’m pretty sure I hate her. I can’t stand what she does to Kylar and how she acts superior to him. Whenever I read a chapter with her in it, I mentally check out because I want to smack her so much.

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} There’s a part where Momma K and Agon are talking about their strategies for the rebellion, which somehow leads to them talking about their shared history and how (*POSSIBLE SPOILER*) even if he wanted to be with her he couldn’t because there’s a chance that his wife might still be alive somewhere and how he couldn’t betray her as long as that chance was still alive, so could she please help him to resist his attraction to her (“her” being Momma K). First of all, I love how noble Agon is, and second of all (and finally getting to the point) I loved this exchange at the end of their conversation:

“You’ve chosen a hard road,” she said.
“Not a road, a battle. Sometimes life is our battlefield. We must do what we know to do, not what we want to do.”

Can I get a “TRUTH”? I feel like this rings true not only in real life, but also for the majority of characters in this book.

{Heather} Uly has been through a lot in her life, and I really like how this quote gives her more depth. It’s a reminder that children can suffer just as much as adults, and it makes it even worse when they become victims.

If anyone thought children couldn’t suffer pain as deeply as adults, Kylar wished they could see Uly’s eyes now. For all he loved her, he’d been treating her as a child rather than as a human being.

I enjoy this whole scene with Uly because it also shows that she still has some innocence left even after everything she’s been through. It shows more about the relationship between her and Kylar and how close they’ve become.

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} Honestly, I’ve stopped trying to figure it out—I’m usually wrong anyway! But, I think we’re about to head into some serious chaos. Things are definitely picking up steam and I’m pretty sure it’s all about to hit the proverbial fan 😉

{Heather} I’m pretty sure some people are going to die. No idea who, but I wouldn’t be upset if it was Elene.

Diana and I begin our buddy read with Shadow’s Edge (The second book in The Night Angel Trilogy).

I was going to add a summary to this post of the events that take place in these chapters, but I don’t want to spoil any more than we have to. I want everyone to enjoy all the twists and turns that this trilogy offers. If anyone would like a summary of what happened, I will be more than happy to add one in.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for the first book, The Way of Shadows.

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} You know, there really hasn’t been anything that’s made me gape in astonishment and yell “Whaaaaaaaat???!!!” at the book yet—but I can feel it coming. There are things-a-brewing though, I can feel it.
Wait. I take that back. I was kind of surprised at that job Kylar took, the one down at the docks. It went south pretty quick and I’m still wondering what in the world it was all about. I mean, I see that it’s tied to a certain plot thread, but I don’t really grasp the importance of it yet. So there’s that.

{Heather} I have to say what Logan does to survive shocked me quite a bit. I mean I had a hunch that he might have to do something like that, but I didn’t actually think about him doing it until it happened. I just feel so bad for him because he’s a good person, and he didn’t deserve what happened to him. Although, I do think everything that he is going through will make him an even stronger character. Now, all he needs to do is get out of the Hole.

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} The obvious answer here would be Kylar, right? But honestly, I’m really liking Uly right know. The poor girl has been through so much recently and yet, despite that, she has this strength about her that’s pretty inspiring. Plus, being only 11, she still has that childlike wonder and sense of innocence that definitely provides a ray of light in this kind of dark story—not to mention comic relief 😉

{Heather} Logan is the answer to this question as well, haha. I just really like how his character is developing, and I like that he isn’t the perfectly untainted character anymore. As of now, he’s still trying to keep to his morals. It’s interesting to see how he reacts to his new situation, and I can’t wait to see what happens WHEN he gets out. There is no IF. He will get out. I know it . . . at least I hope. O.O

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Ooooh, this one is a toss up between the Godking, Garoth Ursuul, and Verdmeister Neph Dada at the moment. The Godking is evil and power-hungry (and does some pretty gross things on page 7), but Neph Dada is conniving and sneaky and obviously has some kind of nefarious plan tucked up his sleeve. . . I’m not sure which is worse.

{Heather} Besides the Godking and Hu Gibbet, I have to say that I’m not a big fan of Elene. I just don’t like how she’s trying to change Kylar. I understand why she would want to, but I want Kylar to embrace his new talents. It’s not that I don’t like her character. I just don’t like that she’s trying to change him. They both had rough childhoods, and I want her to understand his point of view.

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} I’m totally loving the banter between Kylar, Elene, and Uly, but I think I’m going to go with a quote from Momma K:

“Just because it’s a dream doesn’t mean it’s a lie.”

Things have never been great in Cenaria, especially in the Warrens, but since the Khalidorians invaded things have been positively dire. When Momma K said that to Jarl, it kind of gave me a little spark of hope—hope that maybe they’ll rally, fight back, and change things for the better. I won’t be holding my breath though; Brent Weeks has a way of dashing dreams LOL.

{Heather} I also really like that banter between Kylar, Elene, and Uly. I found myself laughing out loud at quite a few bits of their dialogue. However, my favorite quote would have to be from Dorian:

“Why is it, my shadow-striding friend, that we don’t fear dreams? We lose consciousness, lose control, things happen with no apparent logic and abiding by no apparent rules. Friends appear and morph into strangers. Environments shift abruptly, and we rarely question it. We don’t fear dreams, but we do fear madness, and death terrifies us.”

I’ve never really thought of dreams like this, and I like Dorian’s point. Even though we have no control, we don’t fear dreams like we do other aspects in our lives. It’s an interesting concept to think about.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} Well that’s a loaded question! There’s no telling where Weeks is going to take us! But, I HOPE that Kylar is finally going to snap out of it and embrace his destiny (sounds epic, right?) and that Logan finds a way to escape the Hole *crosses fingers*.

{Heather} I completely agree with Diana. I want Kylar to go back to being a wetboy, and I want Logan to escape the Hole. Logan needs to get out, or I will be so mad. He’s been through so much, and I want him to get out and become the leader that everyone needs.

Hello again, everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been really busy with pretty much everything. I have been reading though, so that’s always good. I’m ahead of my Goodreads goal by 5 books, and so far, I’ve read 13 books this year. I’m quite happy with that. Now I just have to get back to blogging about it. 🙂

Since the beginning of 2015, Diana (from Brilliantly Novel) and I have been discussing doing a buddy read together. We’re really excited to do this because neither of us have done a buddy read before, and we believe it will be a lot of fun. We decided on The Night Angel Trilogy because both of us owned it and hadn’t read it yet. I read The Way of Shadows (Book #1) last year, so Diana went ahead and caught up with me. Over the next two months, we will be reading books 2 and 3, Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows. Every Sunday there will be a post recapping what we read during the week, as well as some brief discussion between the two of us.

To celebrate all of this, we decided to do two giveaways as well! Both of us will be giving away the trilogy but in different formats. I’ll be giving away a paperback boxed set from Books-a-Million, and Diana will be giving away the ebook versions from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Be sure to check out all the details and rules at the end of this post to enter!

Diana has graciously prepared our reading schedule for the next two months. If you would like to read along with us, all of the information is below:

Shadow’s Edge Reading Schedule

Week 1: March 1-7

  • Read Chapters 1-18
  • Recap on Sunday, March 8

Week 2: March 8-14

  • Read Chapters 19-36
  • Recap on Sunday, March 15

Week 3: March 15-21

  • Read Chapters 37-54
  • Recap on Sunday, March 22

Week 4: March 22-28

  • Read Chapters 55-72
  • Recap on Sunday, March 29

Beyond the Shadows Reading Schedule

Week 1: April 5-11

  • Read Chapters 1-25
  • Recap on Sunday, April 12

Week 2: April 12-18

  • Read Chapters 26-50
  • Recap on Sunday, April 19

Week 3: April 19-25

  • Read Chapters 51-75
  • Recap on Sunday, April 26

Week 4: April 26-May 2

  • Read Chapters 76-Epilogue
  • Recap and Giveaway Winners on Sunday, May 3

Since we both read The Way of Shadows separately, we had a discussion on Twitter when we finished the book. Here is our conversation: (Thanks again to Diana for preparing this for WordPress)

Bookish Talk: The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1)

{Diana} Soooo, THE WAY OF SHADOWS was crazy good! There were so many characters and so many plots. . .Brent Weeks is a fantasy writing genius!
{Heather} I know! It’s amazing what he can do with so many characters and sub plots. I was also surprised with all the twists that happened.
{Diana} Right?! Weeks is a master of the “made you look!” And, at one point, I thought he might really be George R.R. Martin in disguise.
{Heather} Haha, exactly. Sometimes I reread sections to see if it was actually true. There were a few moments where I was like “what just happened?!”
{Diana} Speaking of surprises, I was surprised that Azoth was only like 9 when we meet him! That’s so young!
{Heather} Poor Azoth was so young. I was surprised he was that young too. It’s awful all the things he and the other kids went through.
{Diana} Ugh, the guilds were AWFUL! And the stuff that Rat did to Jarl and Doll Girl. . .*shivers*. I thought it was great world building though.
{Heather} I hated Rat! He was so awful! I was glad at least Momma K let them stay inside sometimes. I think the world building was really awesome too. He really has a balance in his writing. Not too much description and just enough action. But that doesn’t mean I’d want to live there. 🙂
{Diana} No joke! Living there would not be pleasant, even if you were nobility—you’d never know who you could trust! But I kind of liked how most situations and characters weren’t exactly how they seemed. Nothing was really black or white, and it kept you on your toes.
{Heather} Yes! I love that the characters are not 100% good or evil. They were depicted as real people and had their own secrets. Who was your favorite character? Or if you had more than one, haha.
{Diana} Oooh, that’s tough. I’m going to take the easy way out and say Durzo, Azoth, and Logan. They were all complex characters and were likable in their own ways. I also really like Dorian. He was pretty funny for a guy with the weight of the world on his shoulders, what with those visions taking their toll on him and all that. What about you? Who was your favorite?
{Heather} Is it strange that I liked the same characters? Haha, Durzo is definitely one of my top favorites though. I don’t know if we want to get into spoilers, but what happened to him made me stare at the page for a good five minutes in disbelief. I was like “No, you’re kidding, right?”
{Diana} Great minds think alike! And, OH MY GOSH I KNOW!!! I thought Weeks was just messing with us again! It’ll be interesting to see how Azoth, or I guess Kylar, adapts in the face of what happened, plot wise and character wise. It’s kind of a big deal.
{Heather} Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how he acts later on in the series. Who was your least favorite character? I have to say mine would be Rat because he was just awful, and I wanted to punch him in the face.
{Diana} Rat was the worst! I also STRONGLY disliked the King. I might be a horrible person, but I may have been a little bit happy about what happened to him in the end. Also, the Godking was a special kind of evil. I’m kinda scared to see what he’s capable of.
{Heather} Hahaha, I know! I felt the same about the King. The Godking was terrible. It’s disturbing how far he will go to get power.
{Diana} So, at the end of the book there’s still a lot of things that have yet to have been resolved. . .What plotline are you most looking forward to finding out about in SHADOW’S EDGE?
{Heather} I really want to find out what happens to Logan. He went down a creepy hole and I want to see what is going on down there. What about you?
{Diana} THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY!!! I really want to know how he gets out, ’cause he’s gotta get out, right? I love it when he says, “Let me make this real clear…You will not break me. The hole will not break me. I will not break. I. Will. Not. Be. Broken.”
{Heather} He better get out! Haha Brent Weeks can’t do that to us. I really like when he says that too. I want him to live! He just seems like a really nice guy and actually cares about others so I want him to get out.
{Diana} Me too. You know, it’s funny. At first I didn’t think I was going to like Logan, but then he ended up being one of my favorite characters. I really liked his and Kylar’s friendship. They were totally BFFs. LOL 🙂
{Heather} Same with me! At first I didn’t think he would be a big deal for me but now I need to know what happens to him. Yes, I like how they first met too. Haha just that their friendship was started because kylar picked a fight with Logan.
{Diana} Yeah, that was pretty great 🙂
{Heather} There were quite a few surprise twists in this story. Was there anything that really surprised you?
{Diana} Oh gosh, there were several things! Like the truth about Roth. And that thing with Jenine at the end. Oh, and that other thing between Durzo and Momma K. And, well, Durzo. And Momma K. LOL. What surprised you?
{Heather} Yes, oh my gosh. Definitely Roth. I was really surprised about him. I cannot believe what happened to Durzo though haha.
{Diana} Not to mention who he really was! Durzo, not Roth . . .well, him too I guess LOL.
{Heather} Hahaha There were so many twists that I didn’t expect. Brent Weeks is definitely a great author. I can’t wait for the next book!
{Diana} Me too!


Giveaways!

Enter to win the complete Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows) by Brent Weeks in Paperback! *US ONLY*

The Rules:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone with a postal address in the United States.
  • The giveaway will run the entire length of the Buddy Read, so from March 1 – May 2, 2015. The winner will be announced in the Recap of the final chapters of BEYOND THE SHADOWS on Sunday, May 3.
  • All Rafflecopter entries will be verified before a winner is announced, so no cheating please.
  • Any personal information divulged for the use of collecting a prize will be expressly used for that purpose. It will not be rented, sold, or otherwise given away for any reason. Ever.

 

Enter to win the complete Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows) by Brent Weeks in eBook!

The Rules:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone who can receive gifted eBooks from Amazon (for Kindles) or Barnes & Noble (for Nooks).
  • The giveaway will run the entire length of the Buddy Read, so from March 1 – May 2, 2015. The winner will be announced in the Recap of the final chapters of BEYOND THE SHADOWS on Sunday, May 3.
  • All Rafflecopter entries will be verified before a winner is announced, so no cheating please.
  • Any personal information divulged for the use of collecting a prize will be expressly used for that purpose. It will not be rented, sold, or otherwise given away for any reason. Ever.

The giveaways have officially ended! Thank you to everyone who entered and participated. I’m very excited to have had so many entries. The $15 worth of books giveaway was the most popular, so I’ll have to do more of these in the future.

The winner for Angelfall by Susan Ee is . . .  Molly M.    Congratulations!

The winner for the $15 worth of books from Book Depository is . . .  Diana.   Congratulations!

I have already sent the winners an e-mail, and they will have one week to reply to claim their prizes. If neither one replies by next Wednesday, I will pick another winner. I’ll pick someone every week until the prizes are claimed.

I really enjoy doing giveaways so I can give back to all my wonderful followers, so don’t worry if you didn’t win this one because there should be more in the future. Thanks again everybody!

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for every like, comment, and follow that I receive, and I decided I would host giveaways to show my appreciation to all my followers. I’ll be hosting two separate giveaways this time, one will be for a new paperback copy of Angelfall by Susan Ee and the other will be for $15 worth of books from Book Depository. The Angelfall giveaway will be only for those in the United States, but the other is open internationally. See the information below for each of the giveaways.

*If you win, all of your  personal information will be kept confidential. I only need your name and address to ship the book, but they won’t be shared anywhere.


Angelfall

Angelfall – Susan Ee
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

*Description taken from Goodreads.

 

L1nhbobWhile I was shopping for books on Amazon, I accidentally bought two copies of Angelfall. Rather than go through the process of sending it back, I decided to give it away to one lucky winner instead. It’s in brand new condition and has just been sitting on my shelf mingling with the other books.

The giveaway will last about two weeks, starting November 27th. It will end on December 10th at midnight. I wanted to make sure it has time to get there for the holidays. I’ll be shipping the book through the US Post Office one business day after receiving the winner’s information.

*Click on the picture to the right to see a bigger image.

 

Click the link below to enter the giveaway.

**US only. Good luck!

Rafflecopter Giveaway!

 


$15 Purchase From Book Depository

I wanted to give my international followers a chance this time and this is the best way I could think of. You’ll be able to receive $15 worth of books from Book Depository. It can be one or more books, so long as the total doesn’t exceed $15.

Shipping is free at Book Depository so there’s no need to factor that into the total. The only exception will be if you’re not on Book Depository’s free shipping list. Be sure to check this link to make sure you’re eligible. It looks like most countries are covered but just double check. Unfortunately, if you’re not on that list, you won’t be able to enter the giveaway.

The giveaway will start on Novemeber 27th and last through midnight on December 10th. This is my first time doing an international giveaway, so it should be exciting for all of us. 🙂

 

Click the link below to enter the giveaway.

**International. Good luck!

Rafflecopter Giveaway!