Shadow's Edge (Night Angel Trilogy #2)

Shadow's Edge (Night Angel Trilogy #2)

by Brent Weeks

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Kylar Stern has given up the way of shadows for a life of peace, but when an old ally returns, Kylar must make a deadly choice in the second novel of the Night Angel Trilogy by NYT bestselling author Brent Weeks.
Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession.

But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

Devour this blockbuster tale of assassination and magic by Brent Weeks, which has delighted readers all over the world—with over one million copies in print!

Night Angel
The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the Shadows

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy (omnibus)

Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella (e-only)
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel

For more from Brent Weeks, check out:

The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316033657
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Series: Night Angel Trilogy Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 33,346
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.40(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.

Customer Reviews

Shadow's Edge (Night Angel Trilogy #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 345 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookk is one of the best books I have ever read. It excellently follows the first book in the trilogy (way of shadows). The book also sets you up for the last book. For an excellent read that has great magic and superb martial arts and tremendous plot you can not go wrong with Brent Weeks.
Wardswoods More than 1 year ago
I can't describe how much I loved this book. It does get a bit boring during the house husband part but the action picks up and you realize that lull was necessary for the whole storyline. It is amazing to see how his storyline weaves and twists. Amazing action and... well... Just read it. It kept me up. By the way, Mr. Weeks, you made me one tired worker as I couldn't put it down for nearly the last half. Love it!
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a wild ride. A lot happens. Our 'hero' has a lot of growing up to do and he isn't given a choice in the matter. He tries hard to live the quite life but trouble seems to seek him out. It doesn't hurt that he doesn't try hiding very hard either. Logan is put through an incredible crucible of his own and he came out much stronger for it. Several of the other characters had plenty of their own trials, none of them easy.Weeks is brutal to his characters to say the least. I have to admit that in the middle of the book things were almost getting to be too much and I was having a hard time reading. Then things seemed to break loose and all the bad things were at least more balanced with some good things moving everyone forward. While it wasn't a happily ever after (and I don't think anyone expected that at any time) it at least leaves you feeling some hope for the future and that there is still a chance that things will turn out better than they started.In many books, especially fantasy, you have a pretty good idea that many of the 'good guys' will make it the end and have a happily ever after. Not with The Night Angel, you suspect at least one or two will make it to the end and have a satisfactory ending. I am eagerly awaiting my chance to finish the trilogy to see what happens.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like the story, and the suspense, and most of the characters and their relationships... that being said... Eline bugged me with her holier than thou attitude and her "love" that was so powerful, but only - of course - as long as Kylar changed his behavior to match what she thought he should be. There were a lot more "character development" scenes in this book than in the first - i.e there was a chapter dedicated to Eline's moralizing, Vi's life, and Dorion's insanity. Oh, and Kylar's moping about how he has to choose between "love" and everything else he knows and wants. Once I skimmed through these long passages, however, the story kept me reading. So many things that I wanted resolved: the GodKing, the Night Angel, the witches, Vi, Logan... actually, I liked every plot thread except the very long segment where Kylar passed time trying to be a house-husband to a woman who only loves him if he acts how she wants him to. Once this section ended, however, the story carried on without further delays... which makes me wonder if the author had this section here in order to show how Kylar spent the 3 months between the coup and the commencement of this story's plot and it wasn't really intended as part of this story's plotting? that makes more sense.Overall, it's a satisfying story - full of angst, judgement, retribution and justice...
SwampIrish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brent Weeks has a very engaging writing style. I find myself drawn further into this world of Kyler Stern even though I may not always like it very much. I'm enjoying the characters I'm supposed to enjoy but grow tired of many others. There may be a couple of characters around the periphery of the narrative (Dorian and Feir) that feel nebulous though. Maybe they will be drawn out later.Gets an extra half star for a most humorous nod to Empire Strikes Back. I really can't give any hints so that people will get the full impact of the joke.The author has definitely hit his stride and is comfortable with the story at this point. I am looking forward to the third and final book in this trilogy.
Kassilem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was really hoping for Shadow's Edge to be a 5 star, but I just can't make myself give it that extra point. I liked the book, I did, but it was nowhere near as good as the first book. Kylar is like a different man in this second book. He doesn't have to same edge he did. He doesn't even kill like he use to. He gets killed for stupid mistakes he would never have made in the first book. I'd like to be nice and say Kylar just got lax because he had the ka'kari, but it just feels like Weeks ignored the fact that Kylar would never have been shot by an arrow because he wasn't paying attention, because it would make it possible for what he wanted to happen. And Kylar sold Durzo's sword! After he explained to Elene why he wouldn't, he went and did it anyways so that he could by some marriage earrings that cost the exact (EXACT) amount he'd gotten by pawning the sword. That was the worst part of the book, right there. Maybe the second worse was Kylar bemoaning the fact that Elene wouldn't have sex with him for the first hundred pages. Come on already; you don¿t have to throw a tantrum about it. Characters disappear without mention, characters that were dead aren¿t dead but are not shown, the climactic death of the antagonist wasn¿t even that climactic. I¿m hoping that the third book is better. I¿m hoping Kylar will go back to being more of a wetboy than a supernatural hero who gets himself killed ever week. So why not three stars? I gave the book four stars because I still want to follow the story and because it¿s still a good story. It¿s just too dissimilar from the first book. If this had been the first book of another trilogy I would have read the following book and maybe the one after that, but I wouldn¿t have liked it a fifth of how much I liked the first book. Lots of trilogies have weak spots. I¿ve found that usually that weak spot is the second book in three. I¿m hoping that¿s the case here. It¿s just a weak link and it will get better. Crossing my fingers as I pick up the next book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Night Angel Trilogy. The first book left the reader in quite a tangle and this book picks up right where that one left off. It was a good installment in this series, the plot and characters are well woven and engaging. I listened to this on audio book and it was very well done (please excuse any name mispellings, as I listened to this).Kylar has fled the city with Elene and Uli and they are trying to make a life for themselves in a city neighboring Cernaria. Of course that is not mean to be. As the God King destroys Cernaria, Jarl who now rules the Sa'kage, is trying to figure out a way to save a city doomed by the God King's rule. Eventually Jarl finds out that Logan is alive and in the hole and travels to tell Kylar; Kylar is again forced to choose between a peaceful live with Elene or possible saving the city he loves. There are billion other things going on at the same time; but that is the core of the story.Weeks does an excellent job of weaving a story from numerous viewpoints. The detail and description he puts into the story is fantastic; he can really write. The scenes are engaging and really carry the reader from one section of the book to the next. The characters are realistic and people you really care about; they are human and make mistakes but they also have moments of glory. It was fun to see all the minor players from the first book finally coming into their power.You absolutely must read the first book before this one or you will be completely lost. I had also forgotten how Weeks doesn't shy away from describing extremely uncomfortable and gory situations in great detail; definitely not for those with a week stomach. Our poor characters never get a break and Weeks absolutely breaks your heart with some of the things he puts these characters through.I do have a couple of complaints. The first is the incredibly vast number of viewpoints the story is told from; while generally well done, at times it was confusing as to how much time had passed (or not passed) when viewpoints were switched. The other complaint is that Weeks has a tendency to over-explain. When a character does something complicated or clever, he always feels the need to spell out the reasons behind it for the reader. I personally think the reader deserves more credit; if a character does something clever let the reader think "Ah, that was clever"...don't spend two sentences explaining exactly why the character did it when it could be easily deduced by the reader.The story ends at a good point and I am curious to see what things are dealt with in the final book. To be honest I cringe a little bit when I think what else our poor characters will have to go through in the next book. I would like to think things end well for them all, but I am going to guess that they don't. We will see. Overall the book is incredibly complex and very well written. Weeks does an excellent job of making complex characters that you really care about and an excellent job of really engaging the reader. The world building is spectacular. Readers should be ware though that he is very detailed in gory and disgusting description so those with week stomachs may want to check out Jim Butcher's Codex Alera of any of Brandon Sanderson's works instead. The only other things I had trouble with were the vast multitude of viewpoints and the constant over-explanation of character actions. I enjoyed the book and am excited to see how everything turns out in Beyond the Shadows.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a middle of a trilogy book. So that sets your expectations. Bridge books have problems that the story can not end, the conclusion is not final. That happens here.Weeks however has a lot of tools at his command and he is very good at using them. We follow our hero and the many other heroes through trials and tribulations that are horrific and soul shattering in nature.We find that evil is further developed in this world, as is magic more defined as we leave the city setting of the first book and encompass more of the world. That perhaps sets up one of the few flaws. Evil in this world has been growing to such an extent that the world of good is caught virtually unaware.With such evil, the conquest of our troubled kingdom and its heroes in the first book seems to have been done too easily unopposed by the rest of the world. An analogy would be that the world leaders know that Hitler and the Nazis are capable of great evil and that if they leave Germany that will destroy France, but no one tells France or goes to their aid, and France in this instance would be a tenth of what it was in ours. A very easy walkover. And then the atrocities committed would be 10 times as great as they were.Otherwise, the writing is good, though a few typos have crept in, the plot twists are many. The stereotype is not set in stone and twisted on its ear often enough to be fresh. Well worth a read now and again.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rollicking read. Second in the series and no slowing down here. Instead the characters introducted earlier are more fleshed out and have plenty of adventures. I particularly enjoyed Vi and Momma K, but it's really Kylar and Logan's book. Klylar exlores his growing talent and Logan the depths of his peronsality. Great imagery and imagination at work. Very happy with this series.
harpua on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This second book in Brent Weeks Night Angel trilogy leaves me a bit confused whether I like this series or not. I often found myself skimming over chapters or portions of chapters when the viewpoint switches abruptly. In fact, some new viewpoints appear out of nowhere and I'm often wondering if I missed something earlier. They seem out of place. Some of the viewpoints are just not that good. I find myself bored in sections of this book. Perhaps they'll become important later, but I just don't care for them at the moment.There also seem to be some references, jokes or whatever hidden throughout that seem out of place in this genre of novel. There is one late in the book that is hard to miss as a reference to Star Wars which seems really out of place.This may not necessarily be a problem really, but I noticed that there are themes and concepts that are borrowed from many popular novels. Not sure if they were intentional or if I'm just reading too much into it, but I saw themes from Wheel of Time, Sword of Truth, Star Wars (as mentioned above), and George R. R. Martin. These just seem to obvious to be accidental, but I suppose it's possible.Not all is bad however. There is something about this series that just keeps me reading. I don't think it's overly well written or original, but there is enough here that I want to finish the series. I want to see how it turns out for most of the characters (again there are some viewpoints that just don't excite me much) and for Kylar I do feel attached to him and how he learns to live with his powers and how that affects those he loves. I now move on to book 3. I'll be glad when it's over and I won't return to this world, but I do appreciate most of the story telling that is going on here and look forward to how it all plays out. I do hope things wrap up and don't leave me hanging for a future book as I just don't have a desire to continue past this trilogy.
January_F on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love me a revolution. Great story - kept me reading (when I had the time).
awoods187 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining and interesting book. I love this series. Great characters, plot, and creative twists that are not always obvious. I highly recommend this book.
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shadow's Edge is the second book in Brent Weeks' Night Angel trilogy and, for me, it was much improved over the first book (and I liked the first book, too). There was much less confusion about plots in this one, there are epic triumphs to match the epic tragedies, and the characters continue to be fleshed out. Some of the gods and magic bits of the book remind me of Alan Campbell's Deepgate Codex trilogy (which I also recommend), but in a world that, for all its fantasy elements, is more grounded in gritty reality. Shadow's Edge is a page-turner and keeps surprising all the way to the end. Great book.
dbree007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
really good continuation of the first book. Can't wait to read the third
rintaun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Star Wars joke toward the end nearly ruined this book for me. If you don't know what I'm talking about, or if you didn't notice it, or if it was by some minuscule chance not actually intended, don't worry about it. But it destroyed my suspension of disbelief and I couldn't return to reading the book for several hours. I am disappointed in you, Brent Weeks!Other than that, though, a good book. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done
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I was swept away by the plot and the characters. It is very original and leaves you wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story continues to expand and still be gripping
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so much action and the best part of it is that you deal with a lots of emotions at the same time and that is just one page. I LOVE it!!!
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Books 2 is just as good as the first. Kyler Stern is a character torn between keeping to his training as a wet boy and a life of normalcy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is simply amazing no other words need. The way Brent Weeks drive his story and puts you through every ringer is a masterpiece.
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