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The Night Angel Trilogy

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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From gutter rat to master wetboy (a.k.a. Assassin- but better)and then beyond even that, these three books follow the life of Azoth/Kylar Stern from the age of about 10 as he grows up under the apprenticeship of Durzo Blint, the best wetboy Cenaria (their country) has ...
From gutter rat to master wetboy (a.k.a. Assassin- but better)and then beyond even that, these three books follow the life of Azoth/Kylar Stern from the age of about 10 as he grows up under the apprenticeship of Durzo Blint, the best wetboy Cenaria (their country) has ever seen. He is trained, taught that love is a poison best left untouched, and then unleashed on the world. where he somehow stumbles into the role of being one of the most important people in existence! But unfortunately, Kylar can't seem to shake his love for Doll Girl/Elene who he loved even as a child, he keeps screwing up and dying (you'll understand how that's possible when you read the books), and when he tries to give up the 'way of shadows' (otherwise known as orchestrating fate from the shadows without any recognition) he keeps getting pulled back despite how he fights it tooth and nail. This is a story of destiny, prophecies, and figures larger than life. Who ever thought a guild rat could be the champion of kings? Kylar will show you who! These stories are full of action, moral ambiguity, and hero's the likes of which every sci-fi addict craves to see! I'd recommend these books to anyone who doesn't mind gore or the dark twisted side of life, and I'd recommend them to anyone who loves to be on the edge of their seat for a few days while you read them one after the other until you pass out, because you have to sleep sometime after all! I'll say this for Brent Weeks, I've read a LOT of books in my years, and these books are the best one's I've EVER read. No matter how many times the narrator changed (from Kylar, to Elene, to Durzo, to Momma K and more.) it was seamless and important. Not one part did I skip, like we sometimes want to do when the other characters are boring or not that important and are allowed to be narrators. These books are brilliantly written. I'd say that if you're a fan of R.A. Salvatore then this series is right up your alley, but I think they're even better. I know, I know, I'm a blasphemous nerd. but read the series and you won't be able to help but think the same thing. Good Reading!!

posted by Pagan on May 15, 2010

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1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

One of the worst books I have ever read.

This is a story about people living in a really terrible place. Now, that's fine and dandy, it makes the hero better when he rises up and makes it through. This story is just terrible. The author goes out of his way to make sure we get the HINT that this place is awful....
This is a story about people living in a really terrible place. Now, that's fine and dandy, it makes the hero better when he rises up and makes it through. This story is just terrible. The author goes out of his way to make sure we get the HINT that this place is awful. A fat rich guy going to deflower a virgin whore, a guy raping boys on a regular basis--one of which turns gay, and much much more!

Let us start with our protagonist, whom we shall name Blandon, for that describes him quite well, Azoth or Kylar Stern just don't cut it. This boy wants to become a wetboy... I'm not kidding, that's what they call their magic assassins. The name sounds so stupid, and speaking of stupid names, our hero wishes to be taught by Durzo Blint: Master Assassin-- excuse me I mean Wetboy. I can't take this guy seriously with a name like that. Not to mention he's completely off his nut. On several occasions he beat our protagonist within an inch of his life, for no good reason. It's okay though, our hero says he still loves him like a father. Get some counseling!

The prose shows me that the author has watched one too many anime. As for some reason the weapons retain their japanese names and the super-secret-shadow-group-that-secretly-runs-the-city-but-everyone-knows-about-it is called the Sa'Kage.

Not only does this have a major case of Deus Ex Machina, but a mad case of I'm a bad-ass cuz the author said I was. Neither Blandon nor Durzo (lol seriously? Durzo?) ever gave me the impression they were a bad-ass, they either screwed up or acted irrationally. Character developement? Non-existent. A plot that makes sense? We don't want your kind here. People speaking american slang and swears? Everywhere you look.

What makes this whole thing worse? This was a birthday present.

posted by Novouto on February 15, 2012

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    The Night Angel Trilogy is a must for SCi Fi and Fantasy fans alike

    The Night Angel Trilogy was a purchase I had been planning to make for a long time. Now I have since it has come out in a 3 in 1 edition box set. Although not any cheaper than buying the books separately, you get a cool acse to keep your delicate paperbacks safe.

    This trilogy is definetly not what I expected, but thats not a bad thing. It offers much more than what you would think to be just another assassin book, and has a straightforward writing style that holds nothing back. Some of the less pretty scenes are told on all of their brutal and realistic glory. This is the kind of adult fiction that I enjoy. These books are definetly not for the faint of heart, but if you want a really good and realistic story, these are definetly for you. The story takes place in a pseudo-earth world, and has lots of fighting, character development, and magic. The books are very long but no words are wasted. The entire book is worth every penny. If you have the time for about 2000 pages, , I definetly recommend picking this set up. You will remember the characters well for a long time.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    The Best Trilogy (not just fantasy trilogies either) EVER!!!

    I don't read fantasy books AT ALL! I've tried before and it's just not my thing. My husband does however (read fantasy) and he talked me into reading this series. I read the ENTIRE series in 4 days because I could NOT put it down!! I was absolutely OBSESSED with reading these books! Thankfully I had them all at the same time so as soon as I finished one I could immediately start the next book. Each one leaves you so on the edge of your seat that I would have completely flipped out if I couldn't have run to my book case and grabbed the next one! I'm a huge bookaholic and of all the hundreds and hundreds of books that I've read this series is probably my favorite of all time.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Incredible Series

    After reading many, pitiful stories that make a person drudge through them just so they can see the ending, The Night Angel Trilogy is a refreshing change. It is very rare to find a series that each novel can stand alone and not just make you wait for the next one to release. Brent Weeks has an incredible talent for twisting the story and making you sit on the edge of your seat. I had to pull myself away from the book several times because I was unable to get my other work done. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read thrilling novels.

    Note: This book does contain strong language, sexual content, and adult situations.

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