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Actually, it s 3.5 starsWe are our own gods and our own demonsDecreasing quality of plot, no character development, no any development Basically, nothing changed since the first book It s like Day Watch and Twilight Watch are only plot fillers At least we find outabout the purpose of Inquisition Also, the ending saved the book That plot twist with Anton and Kostya was excellentThis was how you wound up in the Inquisition When you stopped being able to see any difference be Actually, it s 3.5 starsWe are our own gods and our own demonsDecreasing quality of plot, no character development, no any development Basically, nothing changed since the first book It s like Day Watch and Twilight Watch are only plot fillers At least we find outabout the purpose of Inquisition Also, the ending saved the book That plot twist with Anton and Kostya was excellentThis was how you wound up in the Inquisition When you stopped being able to see any difference between Light Ones and Dark Ones When for you, people weren t even a flock of sheep, but just a handful of spiders in a glass jar When you stopped believing in the future, and all you wanted to do was preserve the status quo For yourself For those few individuals who were still dear to youIn the first two books,I thought that the whole purpose of the saga is to break the status quo, but now I know the point is to OBTAIN it despite of both sides wanting to break it It was fun to see Night Watch, Day Watch AND Inquisition working together The first story begins with Anton being married to Svetlana and having a child Little Nadya is destined to become the greatest Light Sorceress, a new Jesus, but that fact doesn t play a big role in this book There is an Other out there who has knowledge how to turn an ordinary human into an Other To create new Others would mean anarchy, destruction and death All the Others forces are sent out to find this mysterious person Anton Gorodetsky is, once again, on the front lines, searching for leads in a Moscow apartment complex with the help of Kostya, man od the Day Watch and Edgar, suprisingly a man of Inquisition Anton has inner conflict whether turning a human into an Other should be a crime.In the second story, Anton meets an ancient witch, Arina, who may have single handedly destroyed the Soviet Union s potential for greatness While he s trying to decide whether she should be punished or not, he learns what gives Others their power and how they truly interact with the world around them Arina s resurfacing causes both Watches to go to great lengths so they could capture her.Third story shows how the first two are connected The mythological text with the spell to convert humans to the Others has been found Once again Anton, Edgar and Kostya work together until the big twist comes.Seemingly unrelated story at the beginning, becoming the basis for a much larger plot Anton is again thrust into the center of the story, and does not manage to escape untouched by the events unfolding around him The story revolves around his inner demons, again, which is getting old and repetitive Characters in this series tend to change, rather than grow, which makes even harder to understand their motives Twilight Watch deals with the questionable importance of freedom and the grey differences between Light and Dark This one blurs the line between good and evil eventhan previous volumes Good people can do evil things, like try to brainwash thousands of people, and vice versa evil people can do good, like save children from hungry wolvesThat s the hardest thing of all never to become cynical, never to lose faith, never to become indifferentAnton still manages to avoid cynism.Anton is pretty much the same boy he was in the Night Watch, with the exception he is now a family man He had faced a big change at the end of the book, I hope it ll have influence on his future behaviour He is my favorite character but at times he bores me Whereas the earlier books dwelled on the ethics of the Others use of their power, the final book in the trilogy focuseson the larger ethical issues of the mere existence of Others and the power they have The lower Dark Ones vampires and werewolves draw their power directly from victims where do higher Others get their power What separates Others from humans and can one be converted into another The protagonist actually, the hero Anton ponders these questions in the context of his g Whereas the earlier books dwelled on the ethics of the Others use of their power, the final book in the trilogy focuseson the larger ethical issues of the mere existence of Others and the power they have The lower Dark Ones vampires and werewolves draw their power directly from victims where do higher Others get their power What separates Others from humans and can one be converted into another The protagonist actually, the hero Anton ponders these questions in the context of his growing ambivelance towards his old mentor, Gesar, his concern over the way his wife gave up her post in the Watch to avoid becoming too powerful to stay with him, and the potential power their two year old daughter wields Along the way he befriends a human who is a perfect friend for him, reigniting his faith in the people the Light Ones are sworn to protect.Like the other two novels, this one is composed of three independent ish novellas which read together as a novel The three stories flow very closely together this time, like the last two in Day Watch.In the first, Anton is sent undercover no magic allowed on a mission to discover who is claiming to be able to change humans into Others and it offering to sell the service While working with Dark Ones his old friend the vampire Kostya and the Inquisition the former Day Watchman Edgar and the vampire he becomes convinced a powerful Light One is involved and races to beat his allies to the target so he can decide what to do with him or her It isn t clear to Anton that making an Other, if that is even possible, should be a crime.The second story involves Anton on vacation a few days later at his mother in law s A powerful witch is discovered in the woods and his generally friendly encounters with her disturb him, especially the indications that she possesses a legendary book on turning humans into Others When he find out how her past intertwines with Gesar, Zabulon, the Inquisition, and all of Russia things become very complicated for him and Svetlana and they find their loyalties split several ways.The third story is a hunt for that legendary book, a copy of which is stolen out from under the nose of the Inquisition Once again Anton, Inquisitor Edgar, and Kostya work together, leading to a classic train bound mystery where everyone even Anton s new friend from the first story is a suspect.Philosophical questions aside, although they re really the heart of the book, the mysteries in the first and third story work very well The resolution in the first story makes sense the third story clears up some misconceptions and tightens the first story The mostly introspective middle tale plays well in a classic folk story way, with all the standard witch in the woods elements plus some added modern fireworks.The action scenes in this book are back to the pace of the first book We have none of the fireball flinging action from Day Watch, but we do get a moderate number of high fantasy type spells tossed around But in the end, the decisions in the combat come back to Anton and, to a lesser extent, Svetlana , and Anton is the master of minimal intervention Given a choice between blasting someone and simply distracting them, he would probably find a way to avoid even distracting It was a powerful message when put up against the first book s questions about how and when to use power In this book, questioning the ethics of even having power, it resonates even These stories are all told from Anton s perspective A good decision to return to a voice the author clearly sympathizes with.This book picks up a few years after the events of Day Watch, with Anton having married and had a child in the intervening time His child is fated to become the greatest magic user in centuries, something this story only addresses on the side.Act one follows Anton as he tries to track down someone who was promised to be made an Other It is presumed to be impossible, and These stories are all told from Anton s perspective A good decision to return to a voice the author clearly sympathizes with.This book picks up a few years after the events of Day Watch, with Anton having married and had a child in the intervening time His child is fated to become the greatest magic user in centuries, something this story only addresses on the side.Act one follows Anton as he tries to track down someone who was promised to be made an Other It is presumed to be impossible, and we are led to believe that whoever made the promise might be forced to withdraw into the Twilight if they do not follow through An interesting act with an exploration of the oddities of the nouveau riche in Moscow I enjoyed the descriptions of the contradictions of wealth in Moscowthan I did Anton s investigaion The story has an apparently straightforward ending.Act two picks up with Anton taking a vacation in the countryside He looks into some odd events, and stumbles across an ancient Dark Witch named Arina It is supposed that she may posses a book that can turn anyone into an Other Through learningabout Arina, we also learnabout Boris Anton s boss.Act three follows on the heels of act two with an opportunistic plot by one of Anton s former friends, a young vampire named Konstantin, who now possesses the Fuaran An action driven story that follows Konstantin s attempts to equalize the world by making everyone an Other, so no one will have power over another.The plotting in this book is a bit tighter, with the seemingly unrelated story at the beginning, becoming the basis for a much larger world spanning plot Anton is again thrust into the center of the story, and does not manage to escape untouched by the events unfolding around him I wasn t going to review this book Mainly because due to the author s vocal opinions on the Ukraine conflict, he has firmly cemented himself onto my Halfback Flankers shelf However, due to some some occurrences in this book that makes me bristle now just thinking about it, consider this a public service announcement.1 A man s job is to protect and provide for the woman A woman s job is to protect and provide for the child This also means that the man may not be able to have a relationship I wasn t going to review this book Mainly because due to the author s vocal opinions on the Ukraine conflict, he has firmly cemented himself onto my Halfback Flankers shelf However, due to some some occurrences in this book that makes me bristle now just thinking about it, consider this a public service announcement.1 A man s job is to protect and provide for the woman A woman s job is to protect and provide for the child This also means that the man may not be able to have a relationship with the child, as he is providing for them both.I m sorry, did I teleport to 1950 Sorry mate, just because you are bored hanging out with your wife and child, doesn t mean you get to justify yourself being an arsehole by falling back on antiquated ideals 2 A wife should quit her job if she is better at her job than her husband In fact, she shouldn t be better than him at anything, and if she is, she should hide it and pretend it s not there as it makes him feel bad And they should never talk about it together in case the man feels inferior And at the end of the book, you should make the man better than the woman as she has decided to go back to work and that s all topsy turvy and shouldn t be allowed, so we will fix it with magic.Fuck Off You tiny, stupid, insignificant, odious man Besides Anton being the dick mentioned above, as well as referring to Ukrainians as farmers all the time how did I not notice in the first two books I enjoyed 90% of the book Just yeahForreviews visit The third book in the bestselling Russian trilogy that is part fantasy, part vampire story, and part detective story, tells of an ancient race of humans who have supernatural powers and swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light In Twilight Watch, they face their greatest threat yet Please note Read and reviewed in 2007.My Synopsis This follow up to the also amazing Russian magical reality books Night Watch and Day Watch returns us to Anton s mind and to Anton s relationships with those around him Focusing on interactions with the mysterious Inquisitors, this book takes Anton further along in his path to understanding that there really is very little difference between Light and Dark and that the shades of Grey they all walk in are probablysuited to all Others th Please note Read and reviewed in 2007.My Synopsis This follow up to the also amazing Russian magical reality books Night Watch and Day Watch returns us to Anton s mind and to Anton s relationships with those around him Focusing on interactions with the mysterious Inquisitors, this book takes Anton further along in his path to understanding that there really is very little difference between Light and Dark and that the shades of Grey they all walk in are probablysuited to all Others than being separated like this.Synopsis Book 1 In the first of the three books that are traditionally found in each of these novels, Anton has to go undercover into a community of humans to try to discover who, if anyone, has been told about the Others Not only is it dangerous for the Others to be revealed, but whomever revealed the Others to this human has also promised to turn this human into an Other him or herself, which is according to all but the most forbidden of legends impossible.Synopsis Book 2 In the second book, Anton runs across an unregistered and VERY powerful witch as well as several werewolves who were apparently hunting humans while on vacation in his dacha country house and has to try to take care of these problems with the help of Svetlana.Synopsis Book 3 In the third book, a powerful vampire and member of the Inquisition has been murdered and a book thought to be the stuff of legends, which will allow Others to turn humans into Others themselves, has been stolen from the house of the witch Arina Anton, with the help of the vampire Kostya and the Inquisitor Edgar, has to try to find the culprit and the book.My Thoughts Lukyanenko has created a vivid world in modern day Russia He shows us the despair with which many modern Russians live while they try to adapt to a capitalistic society, a method of life that is completely foreign to everything they ve ever known before Through this is shown the plotting of the Watches and Inquisition and the Others, using the humans often as pawns and foils in their games for glory It is an often bleak outlook to me My husband, on the other hand, found the book to have a lot of humor in it he says there are a lot of instances of outright slapstick So I guess it is all in how you look at it there is a situation where Anton has an old out of work drunk work on a BMW He brings in several friends and they completely take apart the car They get so involved in it that they even forget to get drunk Me, I found that sad My husband thought it was hysterical.At any rate, do NOT miss this amazing series of books You will not be sorry for reading them Called Dusk Watch in Russian, Luyanenko firmly establishes himself as leading Russian voice in the fantasy genre In this novel, he ties narratives through his unfolding universe of the Light and Dark in a brilliant interplay of motives and game ending moves that quicken the pace and leave you thrilledThe nice thing is that each of the books so far could have closed out the series This one goes deeper by exploring existentialism and meaning among the Day Watch and Night Watch Nobody s TimeA my Called Dusk Watch in Russian, Luyanenko firmly establishes himself as leading Russian voice in the fantasy genre In this novel, he ties narratives through his unfolding universe of the Light and Dark in a brilliant interplay of motives and game ending moves that quicken the pace and leave you thrilledThe nice thing is that each of the books so far could have closed out the series This one goes deeper by exploring existentialism and meaning among the Day Watch and Night Watch Nobody s TimeA mystery Anton is ordered by Gesar to investigate letters sent to the Day Watch, the Night Watch, and the Inquisition threatening to turn a human into an Other which should not be possible and would destroy the truce He is joined by Kostya, a Vampire that Anton knows from his old neighborhood, Edgar and a high vampire Inquistion member Vitezislav Because the promise was made by an Other to a human, the Other cannot go back on it without dematerializing So the hunt is on for who made the promise, why they did what could a human have over an Other , and from which side it came from because of its potential to destroy everything.Nobody s SpaceAnton is ordered by Gesar to go on vacation with his wife Svetlana and their daughter who is to be a great sorceress should she decide to join the Watch In investigating an incident with werewolves, Anton discovers that there may be an unregistered witch in the woods whom is in possession of a very dangerous book that was just a legend Anton finds the witch, Arina, and discovers why she s hiding her role in the Day Watch s attempt to control humanity in the 1920s and her sacrifice to keep the truces Arina s resurfacing causes both Watches to go into overdrive to capture her and she tries to escape in a very dangerous and chilling fashion.Nobody s PowerA classic piece A few days after the events in the last story, the powers that be Gesar Anton, Kostya, Edgar, Zabulon and Svetlana convene upon Arina s hut to discover Vitezoslav s ashes Arina is instantly suspected and Anton, Kostya, and Edgar are dispatched on a quest for her On the train where the suspect is said to be, the killer is revealed with ramifications that threaten the entire order of the universe The questions of finality, relevance, and power are addressed in a very wonderful way Beyond the obvious, the deeper meanings are shown for what they are and the conclusion, though tragic, is quite fitting I would imagine that, at some point, Lukyanenko s brilliant fantasy series would hit a road bump or two how many home runs can he hit before the series fizzles out Surely at some point one of the books is going to be a disappointment Fortunately, Twilight Watch isn t that book In fact, it s the best so far again expanding the scope of Lukyanenko s ridiculously textured, intelligent universe, so that it encompasses historical narrative and social discourse in a fardirect fashion than I would imagine that, at some point, Lukyanenko s brilliant fantasy series would hit a road bump or two how many home runs can he hit before the series fizzles out Surely at some point one of the books is going to be a disappointment Fortunately, Twilight Watch isn t that book In fact, it s the best so far again expanding the scope of Lukyanenko s ridiculously textured, intelligent universe, so that it encompasses historical narrative and social discourse in a fardirect fashion than before Where hints that our world and that of the Others overlapped were peppered artfully throughout the first two books, we are properly confronted here with a heady mix of history, politics and class fittingly so, as the overarching theme of this book is the idea of freedom and equality and whether that can ever be possible The main idea, strung through the three novellas that customarily make up these books, is whether a human being can be transformed into an Other and not a lower Dark Other, like a vampire or werewolf, but a full fledged Magician It s fascinating to see Lukyanenko take a crack at this each story becomes larger andcompelling than the one preceding it The first is a detective thriller, pacey and exciting, as our hero Anton hunts down a human who has ambitions to become an Other the second a study in the history and lore of the Other universe but also a heart thumping hunt for aged witch Arina and the third simply explodes the story in every direction when Anton must go up against an old friend in a bid to keep the worlds of Others and humans separate And it s evenof a thrill to see Lukyanenko s confidence really come through in the writing the tone of the writing is wry, surprisingly funnier than the first two novels, and just a joy to rip through.The most coherent, trippy, and breathtakingly intelligent of the series so far I can t wait to get my hands on The Last Watch I love these books In modern Moscow, age old beings called Others still exist The Light and the Dark Ones called a truce hundreds of years ago and are governed by that treaty The Nightwatch is the Light Ones police force to keep the Dark in Line The Daywatch is their counterpart There may be a truce, but the schemes, manipulations, and plans are always in motion Anton, a third level magician on his first field operation when Nightwatch begins, is one of my favorite characters in fiction I love these books In modern Moscow, age old beings called Others still exist The Light and the Dark Ones called a truce hundreds of years ago and are governed by that treaty The Nightwatch is the Light Ones police force to keep the Dark in Line The Daywatch is their counterpart There may be a truce, but the schemes, manipulations, and plans are always in motion Anton, a third level magician on his first field operation when Nightwatch begins, is one of my favorite characters in fiction His melancholy covers up a wistful hope in goodness, that things will work out He is buffeted by the whirlwinds created bypowerful magicians on both sides of the Others as they plot and counter plot, but he always makes his own way and tries to do what he thinks is best The Russian setting lends an air of difference that U.S based urban fantasy don t have, but these are also very original and the source of magic is an ingenious invention The novels deal with complicated moral questions using vampires, magicians, and other fantasy conventions to answer them, or,often , askquestions I recommend these wholeheartedly You Read Now I liked the first two books, I loved this one.Anton Gorodetsky really comes into his own as a character here A supernatural Columbo, bumbling through the mysteries and intrigues, trying to puzzle things out, going down the wrong paths, but always finding his way to the solution in the nick of time and making everything right.The plot, divided into stories as always, focuses on the possibility of human beings turning into Others and the impact this would have on the battle between the watches W I liked the first two books, I loved this one.Anton Gorodetsky really comes into his own as a character here A supernatural Columbo, bumbling through the mysteries and intrigues, trying to puzzle things out, going down the wrong paths, but always finding his way to the solution in the nick of time and making everything right.The plot, divided into stories as always, focuses on the possibility of human beings turning into Others and the impact this would have on the battle between the watches We finally see Kostya, Anton s vampire neighbor from his human life, come into the game and face down on Anton, making him question his judgements about vampires.The stories are gripping and amusing and moving and I can t wait to read the final chapter of the series Twilight Watch


About the Author: Sergei Lukyanenko

Russian Szergej Lukjanyenko Hungarian Sergejs Lukja enko Latvian Sergey LukyanenkoSergej Luk janenko Italian Bulgarian Sergej Lukianenko German Siergiej ukjanienko Polish Sergej Lukjan nko Czech Sergei Lukyanenko as his name appears on books and films in U.S markets is a science fiction and fantasy author, writing in Russian, and is arguably the most popular contemporary Russian sci fi writer His works often feature intense action packed plots, interwoven with the moral dilemma of keeping one s humanity while being strong.Lukyanenko is a prolific writer, releasing usually 1 2 books per year, as well as a number of a critical articles and short stories Recently his works have been adapted into film productions, for which he wrote the screenplays He lives in Moscow with his wife Sonia and two sons, Artemiy and Danil, keeps mice as pets and enjoys cooking.


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