Night Watch (Night Watch Series #1)

Night Watch (Night Watch Series #1)

by Sergei Lukyanenko
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Night Watch (Night Watch Series #1) by Sergei Lukyanenko

They are the "Others," an ancient race of supernatural beings—magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers—who live among us. Human born, they must choose a side to swear allegiance to—the Dark or the Light—when they come of age.

For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy peace, enforced by defenders like the Night Watch, forces of the Light who guard against the Dark. But prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will arise to spark a cataclysmic war.

Anton Gorodetsky, an untested mid-level Light magician with the Night Watch, discovers a cursed young woman—an Other of tremendous potential unallied with either side—who can shift the balance of power. With the battle lines between Light and Dark drawn, the magician must move carefully, for one wrong step could mean the beginning of annihilation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062310095
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 272,261
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to the world of the Night watch with Timur Bekmambetov's (Wanted) film by the same name. I was so excited about the films that after I learned that they were based on a series of books, I hunted them down and purchased them. Now a word of warning to those who've seen the film and decided to buy the books, they have very little in common. That is not a bad thing as the books are very well translated from it's original Russian language and reads very good. Each of the books are broken up into separate stories following the characters as they deal with situations spanning from their love lives down to the end of the world situations (the usual for these people). The magic of the books deals with the thems that the author touches upon. The thems that are delt with are such theams as choices we make and the consequences that follow and also the differences between good and evil and how they are much closer than one might think. The pacing is very smooth and is not hindered by the fact that the book is devided into stories (as I did fear) each of the stories were well fleshed out and the characters were given genuine delemmas to deal with and overcome. At the very most, please read this book, this can be one of the best summer reads you can treat yourself to.
ChelseySanes More than 1 year ago
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
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 Twilight books)
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.
avid-readerJG More than 1 year ago
I almost wonder if the current interest in vampires (Twilight; True Blood) didn't start with Lukyanenko. Great, modern yet ancient, creatures in the enduring struggle between good and evil. I will read all the books in this sequence.
Blue13 More than 1 year ago
I was told this book was the Russian version of Harry Potter. They lied. This book is very well written and was an interesting read. I did enjoy the book. Be warned it is a little dark and touches on some of the topics of human nature we would prefer not to ponder. The characters develope in stages. While the Boss is a lot like Dulbdore, in that he lies by omission to the lead character, none of the other characters are any where close to those of the other book. Overall I recommend this book if you are into a good fantasy/drama/action/adventure novel with a dark twist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! This is unlike any book I've ever read. A bit confusing at times, though understandable considering its a translation. A wonderful read for a boring rainy day. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is unlike anything else i know. it makes you realize that there is only grey, and that black and white is a concept instead of a reality....a book for a rainy day if you like the weather to match your mood. thrilling and a must read
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
Anton, a member of the Night Watch, has been selected to try out field work by his boss. Anton and his other Night Watch members are Others, non-humans like werewolves and other shifters, magicians, vampires, etc. They patrol areas of Moscow and Russia to try to keep the balance between Light, which they represent, and Dark, which the Day Watch represents. In this episode, we follow along Anton's field work in three sort if inter-related cases. Compelling and intriguing characters, both minor and major, fill the pages of the story and add to plot development. The narrative is complex, laced with humor, has multi-leveled mysteries for all three cases, and is fairly action packed. Without giving away plot line, which I'm afraid of doing, I'll just say this: Overall, an awesome read!
ommie More than 1 year ago
Not bad, but I don't think I will continue with the other books...It did kind of remind me of Adult Harry Potter...and that is why I had to drag myself through the rest of it. When the cover says "a modern horror epic" I just don't see it...I was expecting something darker.
FagyoHero More than 1 year ago
I was one of those who saw the movie and was blown away by it. That being said, the book was amazing. From the moment I got it I couldn't put it down. A few translation issues from the original Russian, but don't let that stop you from peering into the magical world that Lukyanenko sets up. If you're ready for a different look at the Good vs. Evil, or in this case Light vs. Darkness, this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found not only is it a great read, but it gives insight to how Russians or Eastern Europeans live and feel. It gives insight to how they cope and their world view. Even though the characters are Russian and Eastern European, you can identify with them which is suprising since they are a half a world away. They are engaging, making me want to read other Russian and Eastern European authors so that I can gain a better understanding of their culture. If you happen to purchase or rent the movies; I would suggest the Russian versions with English subtitles, not the English dubbed versions. The other books I recommend are listed in series order.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is interesting because it is part of the modern trend showing the ying/yang aspects of good and evil. It shows how both sides manipulate their own agents in the effort to gain advantage over the other side. Although this book deals primarily with the 'Light Ones' (as you'd expect, the 'good' side), you come away feeling that at their core they aren't much better than the 'Dark Ones'). At some points, the plot approaches some of the issues dealt with in the darker Harry Potter books - e.g., people who do things that appear 'bad' in the name of doing 'good' (the ends justify the means), the question of whether might makes right, and the people who genuinely believe they are doing 'good' while creating significant pain and harm to other (the road to hell is paved with good intentions). The hero is the magical equivalent of Tom Clancy's 'Jack Ryan' - an analyst who gets tossed into field work and ends up dealing with things that he feels are over his head. He is attacked by the other side, manipulated into questionable situations by his own side, and ultimately has to find his own path to the dividing line between 'light' and 'dark.' The relationship between the two sides seems inspired by the Cold War. Each side watches the other for violations of the Treaty, and operatives for both sides interact on a daily basis and have the ability to make deals with each other that seem expedient and harmless at the time, but that can come back to bite them. Night Watch is a snapshot of what could be a very sophisticated world. It's the pawn's (or maybe knight's) view of a very convoluted, multi-dimensional chessboard, so sometimes the resolutions of situations seem a little deus ex machina, but that's more because of the perspective of the book than a failing of the author. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the book and its sequels in Russian, and I've been awaiting the translation of this book to share with my friends! The books are MUCH different and better than the movies, and I would recommend this book to everyone!
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I was simply blown away by this series. The good guys are bad, the bad guys are good and the hero has no idea what he is. One of the best books I have read in years and one of three books I have reread.
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I enjoyed this series by the Russian Author back in 2005 and just ended up getting the ebook as well just recently. The movie is another matte. Yet if you don't mind trying to understand another cultural perspective and enjoy Alternative Fantasy Fiction of the likes of Jim Butcher, E.E. Knight, and Lilith Saintcrow, pick it up. The details of Anton, Oleg, and the mysterious Boss Boris will have you reading for more details. You'll get a look at Moscow from underground metro to driving through the streets, via a citizen whos assitance depends upon the passagers financial liquidity. Enjoy
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I absolutely love this series.
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johnny_nyc More than 1 year ago
page turner that could only come from an eastern european sensibility.