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The second book in the internationally bestselling Night Watch series—the powers of Darkness and the forces of Light grow closer to war.

Tor the past one thousand years, the two factions of the Others—an ancient race of magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and other supernatural beings—have been locked in an uneasy truce as the powers of Darkness and the forces of Light secretly maneuver for the upper hand.

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The second book in the internationally bestselling Night Watch series—the powers of Darkness and the forces of Light grow closer to war.

Tor the past one thousand years, the two factions of the Others—an ancient race of magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and other supernatural beings—have been locked in an uneasy truce as the powers of Darkness and the forces of Light secretly maneuver for the upper hand.

Now in the thrilling follow-up to the internationally bestselling Night Watch, we track members of the Dark Others—called the Day Watch and tasked with keeping the Light Others in check—including a young witch who has had the tragic misfortune of falling in love with a Light Other; a powerful warlock struggling to understand his purpose in the war; and a top lieutenant who worries that Zabulon, the leader of the Day Watch, is planning to betray him. Meanwhile, a forbidden artifact with the ability to bring the most dangerous Dark magician in history back to life has gone missing.

As the inevitable war between the forces of Darkness and Light threatens to destroy modern-day Moscow, it becomes clear that good and evil are only a matter of perspective.

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In this logical follow-up to Night Watch, the shaky thousand-year truce between Light and Dark is threatened by the theft of a unique artifact. Watching each other warily, leaders on both sides scheme to find advantage in a cold war disguised as peace even as the impartial Inquisitors struggle to maintain the precarious balance. Day Watch exposes a shadowy planet where humans, vampires, werewolves, and witches interface, often unaware that they are mere puppets in a larger conflict. For many years, Kazakhstan-born, Moscow-based writer Sergei Lukyanenko has been a top-selling author in Russia and Europe. This paperback original should gain him comparable recognition among American readers.
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The morally ambiguous second volume in Lukyanenko's trilogy (after 2006's Night Watch, a major literary and cinematic success in Russia) portrays the epic supernatural struggle between good and evil from the point-of-view of the witch Alisa Donnikova. Lukyanenko imagines a parallel reality, where human history has been shaped by a centuries-old conflict between the Dark Ones and the Light Ones, magical beings whose existence is kept carefully hidden from humanity. After Alisa, a Dark One, loses her powers in a minor confrontation with some Light Ones, she heads to the Crimea to recuperate at a girls' camp, where she feeds on children's nightmares. There she falls in love with Igor, who turns out to be a Light magician. The plot centers on the ramifications of their romance and the theft of Fafnir's Talon, a powerful artifact whose provenance is linked to the legendary Ring of the Nibelungs. Though the artifact conceit is less well developed than that of the truth-telling instrument in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, the fast-paced story augurs well for the last installment. (Mar.)

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The morally ambiguous second volume in Lukyanenko's trilogy (after 2006's Night Watch, a major literary and cinematic success in Russia) portrays the epic supernatural struggle between good and evil from the point-of-view of the witch Alisa Donnikova. Lukyanenko imagines a parallel reality, where human history has been shaped by a centuries-old conflict between the Dark Ones and the Light Ones, magical beings whose existence is kept carefully hidden from humanity. After Alisa, a Dark One, loses her powers in a minor confrontation with some Light Ones, she heads to the Crimea to recuperate at a girls' camp, where she feeds on children's nightmares. There she falls in love with Igor, who turns out to be a Light magician. The plot centers on the ramifications of their romance and the theft of Fafnir's Talon, a powerful artifact whose provenance is linked to the legendary Ring of the Nibelungs. Though the artifact conceit is less well developed than that of the truth-telling instrument in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, the fast-paced story augurs well for the last installment. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Sergei Lukyanenko was born in Kazakhstan and educated as a psychiatrist. He began publishing science fiction in the 1980s and has published more than twenty-five books. He lives in Moscow with his wife and son.

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    Posted February 27, 2014

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    While not directly related to the book, and only indirectly through his author, I'm struggling with finding a better channel to communicate this. My apologies to those who might find it inappropriate. I hope that at least some people who might be considering patronizing Mr Lukyanenko by purchasing his books will find this information to be of interest, however.

    I'm sure that everyone has heard about the recent events on Ukraine. It's making quite a splash in Russia, too, and Mr Lukyanenko was quick to make some statements in his blog. In particular, on February 22 - in the aftermath of the three bloodiest days of the protest, during which over 80 people died in a hail of bullets - he has this to say to an Ukrainian commenter:

    "There is no such country as Ukraine, and there shall never be. Either it will be a part of Russia, or else a Polish protectorate."

    "Ukraine is, henceforth, a cursed land, which have to redeem its villainy and cowardice for three generations to come."

    This outburst was triggered by the fact that some of Mr Lukyanenko's colleagues in Ukraine have vocally supported the protesters and even took part in the protests themselves. Addressing them specifically, he made some more specific threats:

    "To the Ukrainian fiction writers ... if any of the writer 'persons' that glorified the Maidan [Independence Square in Kiev on which the protesters clashed with police] and maidaners, who, at the same time, write in Russian and publish in Russia, will try to appear on any of the Russian [writer] conventions - I will stand against it. If they will want to publish in Russia - I will use all my power to stop them. Have some integrity, bastards! I shall no longer travel to Ukraine, participate in Ukrainian conventions, and forbid the translation of my works to Ukrainian."

    Speaking of integrity, it should also be noted that Mr Lukyanenko believes that the events in Ukraine are plotted by Western countries, and US in particular, in order to destabilize the region to the detriment of Russia. He did not, however, make claims similar to the above with respect to publishing in those countries, or translating his books to English. So it is up to you, as a prospective buyer and reader, to take all of the above into account and act according to your conscience.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Fantastic Concept.

    The story is one of the most original stories I have yet to come across. The worlds he intertwines together are fantastical. The characters and their special abilities are as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

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    Sequel to Day Watch, seen from the Dark side's point of view!

    This is the sequel to the awesome Day Watch, and the second book in the 4-book series. For those familiar with the first book, this book is told from the Day Watch's point of view instead of Anton's point of view. It is an interesting take on the whole situation they are one, and you can almost empathize with the Day Watch's point of view. It helps you understand why they do what they do, and in the last two books, this mentality rounds out the characters much more. When the Dark Others are seen to act in a single-dimensional way, this book lets you see that they are really personal, deep and romantic characters.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Good sequel

    I thought this book did a good job of picking up from Night Watch. As with Night Watch, the first two stories of Day Watch seemed unrelated until the last story. I cannot read the next book in the series.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    My Favorite Series of All Time

    When I first read Night Watch, i was captivated. I soon read Day Watch and then Twilight/(or Dusk) Watch (they go in order) Lukanenko has got the whole perspective thing down. He explains things like others, and the gloom so well. He does it in such a way that when you try to explain what the book is really about to your friends, it doesn't do it justice. It sounds cliche but in reality its far far from it. I have never kept with a series like this ever. Im growing antsy for Last Watch<BR/>and every time I get to the end of one of the books, i put it down, because i don't want to finish it because then its over. Im recommending this series to anyone who appreciates fantasy and writers that don't sell out and make cliche vampire love stories (im not knocking Stephanie Mayers and Twighlight but the hype is just annoying and frankly there is really nothing special or extra ordinary about those Twighlight books)<BR/>The Watch Series isn't about love, I cant tell you what the books are about, because everyone takes something different out of them. I will tell you, what I took out of it- I think its about finding the light within yourself amidst the evil that surrounds us in this world. These books truly were fascinating, enlightening, and amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Love it

    Hard to follow at times but all three are amazing

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Best Series Ever

    This series is better then Harry Potter. Ive never read another book that is so gripping and exciting. Its a must read for any sci fi fan or fiction fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    I have read the book in Russian, its original language. This is a sequel to the Night Watch, but it tells us the way the other Other side sees it, the story of Dark Ones. Vampires, witches, all the creatures of the night come alive in this story. But they are not as scary or evil as you would think, they still fall in love, they still can do something that is not exactly bad. Once again the author reminds us that it is not our actions that define who we are, but our intentions. For the first time evil powers make the good powers look so pitiful, for the first time evil seems to give you more freedom to do what you want, and good seems just like another thing that limits you. If you are suddenly given too much power, more than you would ever dream of, don't be too happy, because it might be that you are just being used to achieve a bigger purpose in the everlasting battle of good and evil. And it doesn't really matter which side uses you, because at the end, your life is of no price to the greater Others that decide your fate in the name of a greater and more important purpose only they can see.. After all, they do have the ability to look so far ahead that no ordinary human can imagine.

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