Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel Trilogy #3)

Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel Trilogy #3)

by Brent Weeks

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ISBN-13: 9780316033664
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Series: Night Angel Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 54,974
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He wrote on bar napkins and lesson plans before landing his dream job years and thousands of pages later. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi, and their daughters. Find out more about the author at or on twitter @brentweeks.

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Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel Trilogy #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 341 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on a ninja/assassin's aspect of life, for once in my life time I have finally encountered a trilogy that rivals J.R.R Tolkien's "the lord of the rings." Countless times I was astroprojected into the characters of the story, predominately Kyler and Durzo. The emotional oscillation with Elene and Vi was impeccable. Other than the fact that I couldn't be provided -even at the end when it was supposed to- the official unification of Kyler and Vi, the plot throughout the whole trilogy was brilliant. I just don't feel as though the gripping of the hands at the very end was enough. I wanted Kyler and Vi together sooner, or at least confirmation of their unity 'laughs' but all together. Fantastic story
Wade-Black More than 1 year ago
As a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and a die- hard devotee of C.S. Lewis and "The Chronicles of Narnia", I can honestly say that the Night Angel Trilogy touched and inspired me in a way that I haven't known since Lewis. It is an awesome and satisfying finale to a superbly written story. When I finished "Beyond the Shadows" I sat silently for some time in order to digest and recover. It was incredibly unique, groundbreaking and that heart-stopping. I cannot express through words how highly I regard this piece of work. Thanks Brent.
RichieRichSk8er More than 1 year ago
But I was left wanting more maybe an extra character telling me what happens to them after, there could be other series with these same characters
Siegfried_Wahlsung More than 1 year ago
Really good writer, excellent series. Please, more!!
Electromatica9211 More than 1 year ago
This final Conclussion to the Night Angel Trilogy is by far one of the most griping and emotional endings to a series i have ever read. It is definetly the greatest piece of literature ive read in a long time, and i strongly believe you'll feel the same way. Even though the ending is bitter-sweet, this novel will definetly bring about the conclussion we all hope for in a trilogy.
A_Caine More than 1 year ago
The intricate plot is the main character of the final book. All the characters take a backseat except for, perhaps, Dorian who finally finds himself and is then forced to watch as survival and necessity chip away first at his ideals and then at all of his hopes and desires. The female characters seem flat, even the female assassin, who had started off with so much promise. Myriad events and ancient secrets culminate to reveal the Godkings' religious origins. The plot-driven characters, however, are left somewhat hollow, while the plot ends satisfyingly well. For those who read the first two of the series, this is a must read. The action is well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and reread the trilogy. From Durzo to Roth, from Logan to The Night Angel... you never know what side you were playing or which concequenses were the most severe... loved every minute of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the series. The final book was not as good as the first two. At the end I felt like the author was reaching for a ending and that he really was ready to move on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good end to a very engaging trilogy.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This multilayered conclusion is a must read ending for anyone who started this series. The story lines intricately twist and intertwine. The pace is fast and gradually escalates until reaching the decisive battle. The action ranges from individual contests/killings to full scale war. The plot is comprehensive and complex; but, that complexity deprives the story of a recognizable protagonist and blunts the pathos and intimacy seen in the earlier books. Characters seem to serve the plot, rather than the plot unfolding around the characters. With the exception of the new Godking Wanhope, (aka Dorian), the primary characters are flattened and somewhat stereotyped. Even Kylar and Durzo lose individuality. Logan becomes rigid, hypocritical, unsympathetic and remote. Only Dorian's character is expanded, and his spiral from unavoidable violence into remorseless practicality culminating in unrepentant brutality is fascinating. I'm particularly disappointed that the few primary female characters are marginalized and/or made overly subservient and self-sacrificing.
lithicbee on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Beyond the Shadows was hit-and-miss with me for a while, until I caught on that all these plot threads that to me seemed random were actually building towards a unified ending. That ending rocked, both on an action level and an emotional level. Maybe on a second read-through, I will be less confused by all the story lines. And the entire series is definitely worth a re-read.
Isamoor on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Oct09:Well, the last book wraps it up for sure. It's also a lot more romantic than it's writing style would encourage. I'll try not to spoil more than that. Although, I think the final fighting scene came straight from "God of War" the console game. But that's not a bad thing :)The following applies to the whole trilogy:Characters: Fully realized. Durzo is the bomb. The lead manages not to be annoying for a "boy grows up" and the females are strong.Plot: Superbly written. There is reason and there is motive. It moves at a brisk pace and doesn't drag me down.Style: And the best for last. This book just oozes style. The fighting is cool. The characters are cool. You get to escape into a super awesome action flick for the thinking man.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It doesn't end with a whimper, but the other way. In the previous two outings of this series we had several more of the unexpected plot twists that had elevated this series beyond the stereotype of the genre.So my opening is stereotypical as a review for an ending to a trilogy, as is the story. Weeks however delivers action, depth, plot and fun along the way. It makes us look for more than we get, as if Weeks almost rushed to tie up a few loose ends, but adds in some new dimensions so that we have something to look forward to in a promised sequel that casts the story further into the future.In the first two books Weeks succeeded because we thought we were on familiar ground and he stood everything on an ear. We knew our hero was indestructible, though at first in the series we were unsure who exactly it was. But as the series finished up we see that the survival of our hero had its price. We find that as everything is tied neatly, not all was made happy, but was made satisfactory.The third book of a trilogy has to give us a conclusion and Weeks did that. Just as you know that the Motion Picture Academy has to acknowledge Peter Jackson by the third movie for the entire Trilogy, so too do you have to give kudos to Weeks for bringing the series to its end. It is worth reading again, and as a whole, though in hindsight, this book needs a little more to make it rival the previous two.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the culmination of the series, and everything feels like it's rushing to the climax. Initially I read it and put it down, reading the other two back to back, meant that I needed a little break. But once I started I couldn't put it down. It's a rollicking ride with lots of revelations and a few tears. I liked the cost of immortality, I really did. I liked how Kylar and Vi and Elene worked out. I liked Logan. Jeni was a bit too perfect (especially for a 16 yo!) but I loved Dorian and how his character was slowly revealed. All in all a very satisfactory ending to an excellent series. I look forward to buying more of Brent Weeks' works!
kylenapoli on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A stirring conclusion to an excellent trilogy. More, please.
corglacier7 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Weeks ties up the trilogy of dark hero, "wetboy", and kakarifer Kylar here with a lot of kicking ass, a lot of action, a lot of poignancy, and a lot of heartbreak. Deftly tying together and showing significance small details from the previous two volumes, the plotlines all come together neatly to make a ripping good read. I ended the book with mixed feelings, simply because Weeks had made me care about these guys and some of what they endure is a real gut punch, but a realistic and non-gratuitous one...sure sign of a good book by a good author. I'm looking forward to his next work.
awoods187 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Great book, great series. I thought he packed too much plot into the trilogy, it easily could have, and probably should have been more books. I didn't particularly like the fact that one character reemerged again and again to save a main character, seemed like sloppy writing. However, the characters, the story, and the general writing were all excellent.
gollybabe on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I rarely fall so hard and so fast. For an author I hadn't read before, Brent Weeks suddenly became a must have on my bookshelf. I picked up book one cos I was bored, and for the rest of the weekend I couldn't stand to be interrupted for 5 minutes. It was absolutely riveting. ALL THREE BOOKS were. As I finished the last part of the trilogy, I got very very sad, cos it seemed like a fantastic adventure was coming to an end. I missed all the characters- Logan , Kylar, Durzo all of them. can't wait to read his next book.
windlover26 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was a fitting ending to the trilogy. 'Great' doesn't cover it.
Kassilem on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Well now I feel bad about my review for the second book. It makes more sense after reading the third. There's still some flaws I can see, but I can overlook them if I so choose. Kylar never totally went back to the tricks he was capable of before he became supernatural, but oh well. The ending itself felt rushed and I could wish for a fourth book to clear up some things and fully develop those characters that didn't quite make it, and hell, also so I could read more about Kylar. But then I'd want a fifth book, and then a sixth. Probably good Week's stuck with three books. And he is in the middle of another series. After reading this series I can't wait for that second book. This series was epically great but I think this next one The Lightbringer series will be just as good if not better. Even so I'll miss Kylar. It's not as epic as the first book painted it out to be, but it's still a series I would recommend to any fantasy fans.
harpua on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I read the first two in the series back last year. I had started this book then, but I was just burned out from the series and I sat it aside, not really caring if I came back to it or not. I promptly forgot about the series, until a few days back I¿m cleaning out some of my bookshelves trying to make space and came across the series again and decided to give this one another try to finish off the series. This was a decent finish to a series that while intriguing enough to keep me reading, won¿t be considered one of the greats. I enjoyed the story well enough, but never really cared for the characters. I never felt any empathy for any of them or their struggles. Seems there were still a lot of unanswered questions at the end of this. I felt like there were many things built up as important in books 1 and 2 only to be left behind at the end of the series. A bit disappointing for that.This may not sound like a positive review, but in fact I think this was a decent ending to the series. While it had problems, it was an enjoyable enough series and I¿m glad I finished it. It won¿t be memorable though and I don¿t see a reason to revisit this one.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the third and final book in the Night Angel trilogy. It wraps up the series nicely and the multitude of plots are mostly wrapped up neatly. It ended happier than I thought it would given what all of our characters are put through. I listened to this on audio book and it was very well done (please forgive any name/place mis-spellings).The God King has been defeated but now there are other dangers to Cenaria's kingdom. Kylar wants Logan to accept the Kingship of Cenaria, but Logan wants to uphold his vow to the current Queen. Vi is off to the Chantry to begin her mage training with the Sisters. Elene is on her way to the Chantry to visit Vi and Uly. Basically all of the various kingdoms are perched to attack each other and all of our favorite characters have positions of power throughout the various kingdoms. If I tried to list where everyone was and what they were doing here...this review would turn into a novella.As in previous novels Weeks does an excellent job keeping the reader engaged with the characters. The characters are life-like and really pull you into the story; they make mistakes, they try their best, sometimes they do good, sometimes they (especially Kylar) make a mess of it all. The plot was twisted and convoluted and came from a billion different perspectives. It was kind of fun to watch the characters making decisions about their kingdoms without knowing what was happening in other kingdoms. All the secrets come out in the end, but throughout the story so many major decisions are made without characters knowing what is really going on in other parts of the kingdom that it is very ironic. At times this can be a bit annoying because it seems like the characters go off on tangents they don't really need to go down to make the story progress. As with the other books the story is engaging but progresses slowly because of all the different perspectives.The threesome of Solon, Dorian, and Feir gets a lot more page space in this book. It was good to read about them more. We didn't get to read about Uly much at all; she was talked about in the background but not really present in the story. I missed her.Weeks has a great writing style to read; very readable with some humor throughout. As with previous books, this is a book for adults. There is a lot of talking about sex, swearing, and many gruesome scenes.My only big problem with the plot is that the evil that the characters are fighting against is less apparent than it was when they were fighting the God King in the last book. The evil in this book is more sprawling and less concentrated. In fact most of the characters are just trying to hold their kingdoms together and don't even realize that they are dealing with the Goddess Kali until the end of the book. It just makes the end battle a bit less profound.The book wrapped everything up nicely; although there are some things that point at future stories being set in this world.Overall this was an excellent conclusion to this series. Weeks weaves a complicated and intriguing story with realistic characters that are very engaging. My only complaints are that the multitude of perspectives the story is told from slows down the progress of the story, the battle the characters were fighting was less about destroying a great evil and more about protecting their individual kingdoms. I did enjoy the way everything was wrapped up. I enjoyed this series enough that I will probably pick up The Black Prism by Brent Weeks at some point. I recommend also reading The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson or The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher if you enjoyed this series.
t_alder on LibraryThing 10 months ago
.... pardon me, I think I threw up there just a little bit...The best way I can describe this twaddle is to have you imagine Lemony Snicket discovering his first four letter word while going through puberty. As the series progresses, his fixation with both increase exponentially. Could have been so much better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great author - I first read this series almost 8 years ago when Brent Weeks was unknown. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you look this series - you MUST read the Lightbringer Series. I'm hooked. Can't wait to see what else Brent Weeks has in store for the future.