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Others They walk among us Observing Set in contemporary Moscow, where shape shifters, vampires, and street sorcerers linger in the shadows, Night Watch is the first book of the hyper imaginative fantasy pentalogy from best selling Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko This epic saga chronicles the eternal war of the Others, an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who must swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light The agents of the Dark the Night Watch oversee nocturnal activity, while the agents of the Light keep watch over the day For a thousand years both sides have maintained a precarious balance of power, but an ancient prophecy has decreed that a supreme Other will one day emerge, threatening to tip the scales Now, that day has arrived When a mid level Night Watch agent named Anton stumbles upon a cursed young woman an uninitiated Other with magnificent potential both sides prepare for a battle that could lay waste to the entire city, possible the world With language that throbs like darkly humorous hard rock lyrics about blood and power, freedom and responsibility, Night Watch is a chilling, cutting edge thriller, a pulse pounding ride of fusion fiction that will leave you breathless for the next instalment


10 thoughts on “Night Watch

  1. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    2014 The reasons why I will never read another of Lukyanenko s books are at the bottom of the review 2012We don t even know how to wish evil on anyone Except that our Good is not any different from Evil How do you write the real Russian urban fantasy Spice up your standard recipe with extreme moral ambiguity, questioning of morals and purpose, blend the distinctions between the forces of dark and light creating moral greyness, add questionable authority figures, questio 2014 The reasons why I will never read another of Lukyanenko s books are at the bottom of the review 2012We don t even know how to wish evil on anyone Except that our Good is not any different from Evil How do you write the real Russian urban fantasy Spice up your standard recipe with extreme moral ambiguity, questioning of morals and purpose, blend the distinctions between the forces of dark and light creating moral greyness, add questionable authority figures, question the benefit of one versus the benefit of the society, and you got the right mix Other optional ingredients include a touch of prejudice, some misogyny, a bit of latent homophobia Very unfortunately But Russian society is, frankly, not known for being very accepting And, of course, vodka The Dark freedom is, first of all, the freedom from yourself, your consciousness and soul When you feel nopain in your chest it s time to scream for help Except for then it s too late. Sergei Lukyanenko s Night Watch has all of the above It starts as your typical urban fantasy featuring a magical cop who is one of the good guys in the city filled with wizards and vampires and other outwordly stuff Harry Dresden and Peter Grant immediately come to mind But very quickly it takes a turn from magical adventures to moral dilemmas, questioning of Good and Evil, and blurring the distinctions between the Light and the Dark What does it mean to be good or evil Can the Light side cause as much harm or evenharm than the Dark side view spoiler Communism and Nazism are prime examples of that hide spoiler What isimportant individuals or society It would have been so good had everything remained just as simple and clear as it was when you were twelve or twenty If the world had only two colors black and white But even the most honest and simple cop, brought up on the stars and stripes ideals, will understand sooner or later that the streets havethan just Light and Dark There are also agreements, contracts, concessions Informants, traps, provocations Sooner or later you ll have to sacrifice your own, plant packets of heroin into others pockets, hit them in the kidneys carefully, so no traces are left.And all of this for the sake of the simplest rules.To preserve the law Persecute Evil Protect the innocent.I had to learn to understand that, too. From very early on, you realize that the Light and the Dark are not fighting each other in Lukyanenko s Moscow The goal instead is learning to coexist, to maintain the precarious balance, to uphold the laws, to live at a standstill, so to say The balance that often requires sacrifices and questionable deeds for example, the vampires who hunt people without permission are punished, yes, but what about the people who by the tacit agreement are meant to become nothing but food for the law abiding predators This is the tenuous peace where distinctions are arbitrary and bureaucracy rules This is the kind of peace that cannot sit well with anyone who is at all idealistic but what is the alternative The benefit of one versus that of many That s enough to drive anyone crazy And that is among the things that Anton Gorodetsky, an ordinary Moscow Other , a member of the Night Watch the police force of the Light side has to deal with And it bothers him and yet he knows why it is necessary And I loved the moral dilemmas and ambiguity that come from that The scariest thing in the war is to understand the enemy To understand means to forgive And we don t have the right to do that Now, if you love your straightforward Good versus Evil and good guys always win approaches, then this book will be frustrating as hell to you If you prefer action over long ruminations about the nature of good and evil, you will be bored and annoyed But if you love some philosophizing and a bit of moral ambiguity and Dostoyevsky style moral dilemmas well, my friend, you will probably have a great time reading this book So why don t I understand where the boundary is, what is the difference between me and some witch that goes to black mass Why am I asking these questions You will always ask them At first, out loud Then silently This will never pass, ever If you wanted to be rid of painful questions, you have chosen the wrong side I ve chosen what I wanted I know And therefore you will suffer My whole life Yes Your life will be long, but you ll never get used to that You ll never be able to stop questioning how right is every step of your way. I found it very interesting to have a fantastical story set in Russia and by a Russian author and not in the familiar Western surroundings I loved the distinct post Soviet feel of the story, the language and the references that easily pinpoint the time period of this book The events take place in the late nineties, when the allure of capitalism and the sad realities of it were colliding in Russian society, when idealism and enthusiasm of early nineties were hit by the harsh reality and had to meet cynicism and disappointment It created a very specific vibe in the society, the vibe that resonates throughout this book And this vibe made the endings of each of the three stories that comprise this book feel not as much underwhelming as some thought but inevitable and unavoidable Because life does not have to be fair, let s face it Because nobody owes you anything Because quite often life, honestly, sucks, and you can t have it all, and you can t be whatever you want to be regardless of what people tell you We want so badly to have clean hands, warm heart and cool head But somehow these three things cannot coexist Ever A wolf, a goat, and a cabbage where is the insane ferryman who could stick them into the same boatThe common benefit and the individual benefit rarely go together.Yes, I understand This is the truth.But perhaps there are some truths that are worse than lies. Overall, I liked this book Yes, it is nowhere near perfect Yes, there are bits of intolerance that spoil the overall picture and yet do not surprise me, a child of a post Soviet country But it was fun, and sad, and had just enough moral rumination to appear to my inner Russianism, and for all that I recommend it and give it 4 stars view spoilerAnd we will try to change the fate of the world again I asked In addition to our little personal matters He nodded And asked, You are not happy about that No Well, Anton, you can win at everything Even I didn t manage that And you won t be able to I know, I said Of course I know that, Geser But I still want it so muchhide spoiler By the way, my review of the sequel, The Day Watch, is here for your reading pleasure 2014 Here are the reasons why I will never read another one of Lukyanenko s books The conflict in Ukraine has been all over the news Regardless of which side you take, or whether you even care about anything that goes on in that part of the world, the disgusting remarks by Mr Lukyanenko are impossible to ignore as they are filled with such vitriol, contempt and hate that it s hard to believe anyone would spout something like this in public, gleefully demeaning an entire ethnicity Taken and translated from Lukyanenko s blog and his comments As for a Ukraine Yes Alas Treachery is one of the qualities of the Maloross character maloross coming from Malorussia , literally little Russia the old imperial Russian name for the southeastern part of Ukraine that used to be a part if greater Russia Simply for the reason that the Malorosses are a peasant branch of the a Russian people And peasants are always traitors by nature That s life,There s not such a country as Ukraine There s only an obmylok used up remnant of a bar of soap with inflated ego and a bare ass It s time for this soap remnant to realize its place in the world , , .Disgusting.There are plenty of other writers who a write better than Lukyanenko, and b are not douchebags Therefore I m not wasting anyof my time reading his works


  2. carol. carol. says:

    I can t get over the suspicion I m reading this in the wrong language.Simple, really I am I m reading it in English.The philosophy of language makes me dizzy the chicken egg relationship between cognition and verbal expression means that something is likely lost in translation thesophisticated or fantastical a thought becomes Even simple phrases have deeper meaning Take the concept I have to walk the dog Not too hard, is it Except in translating, do you use the pronoun I or is it I can t get over the suspicion I m reading this in the wrong language.Simple, really I am I m reading it in English.The philosophy of language makes me dizzy the chicken egg relationship between cognition and verbal expression means that something is likely lost in translation thesophisticated or fantastical a thought becomes Even simple phrases have deeper meaning Take the concept I have to walk the dog Not too hard, is it Except in translating, do you use the pronoun I or is it implied in the verb If you leave the I out, are you implying something about importance of self What about walk and dog In English, walk tends to imply aleisurely pace In America, there is often an implication of economics and social status You have a dog You have free time to walk it Money to feed it You have a safe place to walk What s the equivalent expression of leisure and obligation Is the have to an ethical obligation or a social one Declaring or implying Somethingis contained in every word chosen a hint of characterization, a whiff of judgement, an implication.As I said, dizzy.I liked The Night Watch And yet I felt I missed some of the details, the emotional impact of the whole The concepts are deceptively simple Balance Sacrifice of the few for the many Sacrifice of the personal for the larger goal The bureaucrat forced into action Love.Told in a triptych structure, it follows the story of Anton, agent of the Night Watch in the war between the Light Ones and the Dark Ones Discovering one s potential to walk in the Twilight, the unseen world around us, obligates a person to choose a side With choosing and training comes other magical skills Dark Ones explore freedom at the expense of others Light Ones work for others Story One Destiny Anton, former computer jockey, is tasked with tracking vampires who are poaching in Moscow without a license The Night Watch, the police force of the Light, is monitoring and enforcing the treaty of neutrality between the Light and the Dark As Anton rides the trains listening to music, he runs into a young woman with a powerful curse hanging over her head He uses his magic amulet, but it is unable to disperse itthan a minute or two Unfortunately, he notes the vampire luring in a young boy nearby, so he has to disengage from saving the woman to complete his mission Anton is a little unsuited to his task his main role has been as programmer, not field agent In fact, he lives next to a family of legal vampires, and is prone to drawing comparisons between his friends and the vampire he is supposed to kill.The language of the translation is deceptively straightforward, except for the mind stutter of the Night Watch being the arm of Light, and the Day Watch being the arm of Dark It was almost as if those terms were too simple for their use Occasionally, I d hit a lovely little turn of phrase That s how myths are born Out of our carelessness, out of our tattered nerves, out of jokes that go wrong and flashy gestures Generally speaking, we can and should say everything We just have to choose the right time, otherwise the truth can be worse than a lie For an everyman mythos, characterization is well done There s an interruption in the narrative when the young teen Egor is given a viewpoint, and Lukyanenko manages to capture young, confused and defiant in a nice mix I found the scene were the narrator approaches Egor to be equally well done American urban fantasy especially wants to believe in the romance, when in fact, fright, doubt and suspicion are equally likely responses I loved the idea that words intentions feelings could result in curses, which could attach to a person and cause temporary bad luck.There were, perhaps, particularly Russian moments and conceptions They showed me out in total silence, without any unnecessary words, without any shoulder slapping or helpful advice After all, what I was doing wasn t such a big deal I was only on my way to die That one struck me, the resignation, the acceptance, the futility and the neutral reaction of his team Yes, they seem to say We all do This is only your turn Story Two Among His Own Kind is achallenging piece An unknown magician is killing low level agents of the Dark Ones without a trace, with only a rip in the clothes for evidence Is it a rogue Light Agent Both sides are interested in finding the killer, either to recruit or to retaliate Anton is suspected, and he and Olga switch bodies as a way of hiding Anton from the Dark Anton finds his commitment to the Light tested Story Three All for My Own Kind startshopefully with the Night Watch heading on a three day vacation I liked the view of leisure it presented, a small glimpse into Russian culture with resources to vacation in the country Characterization here is particularly well done, with a nice air of both comedy and melancholy Anton is roused for defense and embarks on his most complicated journey yet It ends satisfactorily Maybe it s because we ve lost something, Anton The ability not just to defend people, but to bring them joy What good are secure walls, if they re the walls of a prison Humans have forgotten about genuine magic, they don t believe in the Dark, but they don t believe in the Light either Another Russian moment It s okay to get drunk, Anton If you really need to Only you have to get drunk on vodka Cognac and wine that s all for the heart So what s vodka for For the soul If it s hurting real bad It all feels very metaphorical, all very Cold War esque, Russian stoicism, philosophical debate of freedom Still, it s couched in a good story The second time through, I had greater understanding of the mechanics of the complicated plots I have the feeling that if I knewabout Russian culture, or was reading it in Russian, that I d have a greater appreciation for its intricate plot and philosophical underpinnings Why am I still asking these questions You ll never stop asking them Out loud at first, and later on just to yourself It will never stop, never If you wanted to be free of painful questions, you chose the wrong side I chose the one I wanted I know So now put up with it All my life Yes It will be a long one, but you ll never get over this You ll never stop asking yourself if every step you make is the right one


  3. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    So I was strolling through a thrift shop one day a few weeks ago and came across this book on a sale table I had never heard of it before but was intrigued by a blurb on the cover that said Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park The Night Watch takes place mostly in and around Moscow The book is really broken down into three parts but all three focus on Anton who is an Other, working with the Night Watch Others can be shape shifters, magicians etc., the main point being that they So I was strolling through a thrift shop one day a few weeks ago and came across this book on a sale table I had never heard of it before but was intrigued by a blurb on the cover that said Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park The Night Watch takes place mostly in and around Moscow The book is really broken down into three parts but all three focus on Anton who is an Other, working with the Night Watch Others can be shape shifters, magicians etc., the main point being that they are all Light Ones, who patrol the streets and keep an eye on the Dark Others vampires, werewolves, dark magicians etc in an effort to ensure that The Dark Ones adhere to the treaty established by the Light and the Dark many years ago following WWII Think Good versus Evil with the Light representing all that is good Anton has been with the Night Watch for five years, during which time he has seen very little if any field work, until now As the story progresses Anton will begin to question many of the actions taken by the Light and decisions made by his boss and mentor The root of his uncertainty is mostly about whether the end justifies the means He feels shackled by the restrictions placed upon members of the Light and finds himself wondering sometimes if he could dogood in the long run if he joined the Dark Of course to do so would result in him being trapped in the Twilight forever.DestinyWhile riding the metro Anton notices a black vortex hanging over the head of a young female passenger He gathers power from his amulet and attempts to knock it back, but the vortex soon returns Clearly this is the real deal, the product of a powerful Dark Magician Having once left the metro Anton saves a young boy who has been mesmerized by a team of vampires Arriving on the scene just in time Anton neutralizes the male vampire, while the girl, freshly initiated by her teammate, escapes By the time Anton is able to take stock of the situation even the young boy he has saved Egor has fled the scene Back at the office Anton learns from his boss that the young boy Egor is also most likely an Other One who promises to yield great power but who has not as yet chosen between the Dark and the Light Meanwhile the black vortex is growing at an accelerated rate and if the Light cannot locate the Dark Magician in control the results could be catastrophic not just for the young woman, but all of Moscow as well.Among His Own KindAnton must find a Maverick Other who has been killing Dark Others Unfortunately the Dark Others believe that it is Anton doing the killing and they are hunting him.All For My Own KindMoscow is experiencing an uncommon heat wave and many of the Night Watch have been sent away on vacation Anton is concerned about Svetlana the young woman from the metro Svetlana has joined the Night Watch and Anton worries that she is being developed way too fast He understands that Svetlana is destined to become a great Sorceress but at what cost Anton loves Svetlana but he pushes her away, flees the countryside and in an effort to find out just what his boss has planned for her, he enters an agreement with the leader of the Dark Ones I can admit that it took me a while to find my legs here I kept thinking I was missing something and that maybe that something had been lost in translation from its original Russian to English But no, that s not it Nobody takes the reader by the hand here and explains everything to them We are not privy to what Anton has figured out while ruminating about all things and must consequently wait until the final denouement is revealed.This is a highly original story that brings together a motley group characters to form the Night Watch Warning, they take some warming up to I understand that at least the first part of this story has been made into a movie and I am just not sure how I feel about that I worked so hard to establish visual representations of all these characters in my mind s eye that someone else s vision is sure to disappoint Did I mention that Anton has a partner, Olga, a powerful female Other who has been turned into an owl.Definitely Recommended


  4. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    Okay, I m still not sure what to think of this book, but let s try and ruthlessly cut the crap for once, shall we The Good The World is pretty cool and original and stuff.The thing is, I m not sure how much that has to do with the fact that the author is Russian and that the action takes place in Moscow Because, when you think about it, this book is really just another case of yawn typical, average Goodly Good vs Evilly Evil Urban Fantasy GGvEEUF Only that it s, um, you know, set i Okay, I m still not sure what to think of this book, but let s try and ruthlessly cut the crap for once, shall we The Good The World is pretty cool and original and stuff.The thing is, I m not sure how much that has to do with the fact that the author is Russian and that the action takes place in Moscow Because, when you think about it, this book is really just another case of yawn typical, average Goodly Good vs Evilly Evil Urban Fantasy GGvEEUF Only that it s, um, you know, set in Russia and stuff Which is pretty refreshing and stuff Granted, Lukyanenko puts a nice twist to things by using the dualism of choose all that apply black white, light darkness, good evil to create a Grey Area Type World GATW His characters try and maintain the balance between Good and Evil, which inevitably leads them to do bad things for good reasons and, um, you know, good things for bad reasons Which is all very nice and stuff, until Lukyanenko starts philosophizing about it at length exoskeleton starts itching uncontrollably Buton that later Cool stuff galoreThe coolest among which is probably the MC s Polar owl sidekick I want one for Christmas, just so you know There then isremoralizationwant to know what this is Read the book You are quite welcome , magicians who are werewolves rather than werewolves who are magicians, global cataclysms yay , lots of interesting facts about Russian cognac, ordinary malevolence quotients how disappointing indeed , esoteric suicide, cameo appearances by yummy demons I want, pretty fishing funny body swaps, psychopaths on the side of Good, a most serendipitous line about Monday Starts on Saturday, highly specialized combat magicians, alternative newspaper reading, analytical sorceresses, and computer programmers who would rather die rather than be separated from their beloved MiniDisc Walkman I can so relate Sorry about that, talking about MiniDiscs makes me reminisce about the good ancient days of my youthful youth and stuff. It s all in the MatryoshkaLike them or not, there is always something a little different about Russian books An indescribable mix of nostalgia, humor, drama and reflection I have never come across in any other type of literature not even that of Papua New Guinea, as surprising as it may sound It sets a very distinctive tone and is bloody shrimping refreshing, methinks The Meh Short story formatNow I don t usually mind short stories and novellas I used to but now I am old and ancient and no longer have the patience to read longer books have seen the light , but this felt a bit, I don t know, odd and stuff Maybe because I thought that this was going to be one novel, not three separate stories Then again, the very same thing happened when I first met my ex boyfriend Geralt, and I never had a problem with it Okay, so I might have been too busy planning Geralt s kidnapping to overthink the short story thing back then Anyway, there s a general arc for the book so the stories don t feel Super Extra Disjointed SED or anything, but it still doesn t change the fact that I m not a Super Huge Fan SUF of this format for this particular book And stuff Slightly Pointless Boring Plot of MehNeed I sayDidn t think so Vamps begonePlease someone, anyone, BAN THE BLOODY SHRIMPING BLOODSUCKERS from all of Fantasy already I beg you Yes, theirgastronomic attitude to human beingsis delightful indeed, but apart from that They are boring and dull and lacklustre and uninteresting and insipid and unexciting, and MUCH better used as hole punchers, if you ask me waves at Kate Daniels See My pal Nosfe himself finds this all so damn coma inducing he has to resort to playing with the lights to stay awake. The Bad Emotional Flatland, Inc.My favorite herd of enthusiastic as bricks ironing boards is facing tough competition again I don t know whether this was intentional on the author s part, but the MC comes across as so distant and aloof and detached and cold and stuff that I didn t give two shrimps about what happened to him I mean, if the character himself doesn t give a shrimp, why the fish should I And the same thing can be said about the whole cast They could have all just dropped Very Deadly Dead VDD , for all I didn t cared Blah blah blah to deathly deathYes, it is interesting to read the MC s never ending musings about Good and Evil and how to keep the balance between the two and woe is me should I do good for nefarious reasons oh my what to do help me vodka woe is me again Once Not twice Nor thrice Or throughout the bloody shrimping book You get to the last story and just feel like shaking the guy to oblivion, and telling him to either DO SOMETHING or DROP DEAD ALREADY Horrendous Translations R USOkay I have now read four books translated from Russian to English by The Person Who Translated This Book Said Person seems to translate 99% of all contemporary Russian books out there, for some reason And even though this one is not the worst by far , it is still Clunky as Fish CaF Everything feels off all the time Everything feels, I don t know, not right yes, that is a technical term Is it because Russian is a difficult language to translate I think not, because I ve read several Russian books in French in the past, and never felt this way Is it because Russian is a difficult language to translate to English in particular I think not, because both Antonina W Bouis and Olena Bormashenko do a pretty convincing job of it Get it Good Nefarious Last Words NLW this book could have been Slightly Very Good SVG Only that it wasn t A most disappointed crustacean is me Pretty cute for someone as nefarious as me, huhPre review nonsense Actual rating 3.321548 stars 3.1245688 stars 3.457952 stars 3.2456689 stars What to think of this book, I know not Summon the members of my back up think tank and have them viciously brainstorm over this I must Pretty wondrous bunch of vicious substitute grey cells, is it not Return I shall when come to a most perceptively acute conclusion they have Full review to magically appear post haste and stuff.P.S Yet another Super Extra Clunky Russian to English Translation SECRtET courtesy of the Person Who Shall Not Be Named this is A slightly little bit if bloody shrimping annoyed by this I might possibly be Maybe Perhaps


  5. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    You know, I ve read this entire book and met quite a few Russians and I still don t understand them though I think, as a nation and hodge podge of ethnicities, they re one of my favourites Apart from the Irish, but who can t love those crazy, drunk, lucky bastards Okay, for legal purposes I am forced to clarify that they are not always crazy, drunk, lucky, illegitimate or a combination of one orof those characteristics This is an unfortunate stereotype propagated against the great peop You know, I ve read this entire book and met quite a few Russians and I still don t understand them though I think, as a nation and hodge podge of ethnicities, they re one of my favourites Apart from the Irish, but who can t love those crazy, drunk, lucky bastards Okay, for legal purposes I am forced to clarify that they are not always crazy, drunk, lucky, illegitimate or a combination of one orof those characteristics This is an unfortunate stereotype propagated against the great people of Ireland Basically this book was a culmination of every Russian stereotype that I absolutely love Anton Gorodetsky is a fourth sometimes third level magician or Other working for the side of light in mostly present day Moscow He is littlethan a COMPLETELY AWESOME computer program who doesn t appear to have any great destiny in front of him until he stumbles across a woman, SvetlanaNightwatch takes you from the beginning of their romance, which has been given the poo poo from the bosses who see people s destiny s, towards the foretold climatic event that will tear them apart and this does so in three short stories that kind of all work together.But if that was the real story of Nightwatch then I d reasonably expect a lotTA Children do not, I repeat, DO NOT ask your parents what this means Just look it up on the internet and pretend that you knew it all along like the adults do because this is a long book.No, it s not really the story of true love between a computer programming magician and one of the most powerful sorceresses to have been discovered in the last century.It s a story about a Russian man trying to moralize the difference between good and evil and coming to the inevitable conclusion that it s all fucked anyway and the most you can do is drink your Vodka, love your woman and recognize that your employer government and religion is all going to screw you over big time at some point, probably now.it s so very, very delightfully nihilistic and the amateur, layman philosopher in me loves every bit of it.So the good parts of this novel is the ambiguous moral value, situational philosophising on right and wrong and the dualistic ethical outcomes of action vs inaction.Anton Gorodetsky is a fantastic character both parts maker of his own destiny and trapped in it powerless against the larger movers and shakers that control his world He s smart, analytical and thoughtful.The plot twists, the world building and the other characters are all great, with one exception that I ll cover later This is not a boring read, in my opinion though it does wax lyrical at some points.I think the biggest let down is Svetlana in this series Not because of her decision or actions but because she is so very two dimensional She exists only to be Anton great love but Lukyanenko never manages to convince me that they truly love each other Mostly because his interest in their courtship is almost non existent and so much of it doesn t even appear in these three short stories In fact, the strongest emotion I ever get between them is hurt feelings and a vague understanding of each other They never make each other smile, they don t have any silly couple quirks and they don t even seem to enjoy each other s company.I ll never complain that Lukyanenko writes vapid female characters because Svetlana in her own rights is not weak Nor could you suggest Olga or Tiger Cub are weak characters It s just that outside of her purpose as the detonator for Anton moral uprising, she doesn t exist and fulfils little other niche.So, over all, I loved this book and I can t wait to read the others It s a worthwhile read even if it does give me a vague, nostalgic urge to break out the vodka, listen to Iron and Wine and consider life for the cruel, heartless, inevitable bastard that it is


  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    I think I m a bit amazed.There s an awful lot I love about this novel and I had to put aside a lot of my well misinformed prejudices about what I think I like most about modern Urban Fantasy Let s be clear here this novel came out before most of the modern batches 1998 When it comes to similar themes of dark magic vs light and the exploration of an amazingly deep moral ambiguity between them, I actually prefer Benedict Jacka s UF novels when it comes to straight action, magic, and charact I think I m a bit amazed.There s an awful lot I love about this novel and I had to put aside a lot of my well misinformed prejudices about what I think I like most about modern Urban Fantasy Let s be clear here this novel came out before most of the modern batches 1998 When it comes to similar themes of dark magic vs light and the exploration of an amazingly deep moral ambiguity between them, I actually prefer Benedict Jacka s UF novels when it comes to straight action, magic, and characters, but Night Watch takes things slightly farther with the honest questions.In both, anyone can be good or evil despite the categories, and there s a LOT of ground covered in both series, but Night Watch actually comes close to laying down a foundation of philosophical thought I can be summed up as balance if I wanted to be crude Let s not be surprised this is a modern Russian novel writing about modern Russia as a full out UF with vampires, magicians, alternate dimensional side realms, and a fight between the light and dark Add the police like drama and ramp up the focus of a morality of action versus the singularity of truth and the ambiguity of all the details will bring a hoard of devils home to us.Sometimes slow, very often broken up into what could be a series of novellas, this first book is nevertheless pretty brilliant.Where do dark magicians get their power Suffering Where do light magicians get theirs Joy Both diminish the source It s quite delightful.But if I m being very honest, this isof a 4.5 than a full 5 stars, but that s only due to my sheer enjoyment or lack that pulled down this otherwise sprawling philosophical twist to a traditional gritty UF Maybe my issue is in the translation Maybe it s my greater enjoyment coming from similar series to have treated the topic I do not know.Even so, I did enjoy this very much Especially the end


  7. Kristalia Kristalia says:

    Final rating 3 5 starsWhy was is that the Light acted through lies, and the Darkness acted though the truth Why was is that our truth proved powerless, but lies were effective And why was the Darkness able to manage perfectly well with truth in order to do EvilI have no idea what to say about this I liked it and disliked it Both, equally I loved it because the idea is unique and there is a lot of thinking about consequences, life in general and lotBut i felt that the story wa Final rating 3 5 starsWhy was is that the Light acted through lies, and the Darkness acted though the truth Why was is that our truth proved powerless, but lies were effective And why was the Darkness able to manage perfectly well with truth in order to do EvilI have no idea what to say about this I liked it and disliked it Both, equally I loved it because the idea is unique and there is a lot of thinking about consequences, life in general and lotBut i felt that the story was poorly executed Anyway, the book is separated in three stories First one is about Svetlana and boy Egor Svetlana is cursed by a black mage, and her curse may affect thousands of people, leading to their deaths which will probably end by earthquake, war, comet or anything on big scale while Egor is the Other Ini who needs to decide whether he is going to be in Night watch or Day watch Either good or evil Second is about a rogue Light Other Ini who is killing Dark Ini, and all of the blame is being placed on main character Anton Third is about Night Watch s party time and some thinking and such, with some kind of resolution in the end I guess my favorite stays the second oneMany years ago someone told me something that I flatly refused to accept And I still don t accept it now, despite all the times I ve seen it proved right The common good and the individual good rarely coincide Sure, I know, it s true.But some truths are probably worse than liesThe bad The problem is that every of these stories ends suddenly Next one starts almost immediately, and you have to wait a lot until you find out what happened to other characters from the previous story I found that quite irritating Sometimes i had no idea what was going on And there were a lot of stuff going on I just don t know And it really bothered the hell out of me It was just poorly executed while it could have been good Writing I also found the writingtrickysometimes i just didn t understand what writer wanted to say, so i had to go few pages before and read it all again Characters Except for Anton, i thought all of the characters were seriously underdeveloped Except maybe Olga, but still Svetlana is especially underdeveloped And she is supposed to be one of the main characters The good Stories were quite interesting I liked them, especially the second one, it was amazing if it hadn t ended suddenly like other three Anton is cool character, i loved his thinking, i loved his voice The world building is interesting Even though it s about good side and bad side and so on, i just found it different No matter how much confused i was, i never found it boring The moral and philosophical value in the story.____________________________________________Characters____________________________________________Antonis just awesome I loved him, i enjoyed reading the book only because of him He is also a programmer, and i love programmers 3 being one myself Anyway, he is also a magician, Night Watch and crazy as hell I loved how he questioned everything eventually, his struggles and decisions He is really analytical, he analyses everything before doing something that he would regretSvetlanareally felt underdeveloped I felt like she was there only to be love interest, and i have no idea how the hell it happened I mean, i get it that some time passed between the stories, but i just don t get their Anton Svetlana relationship or their love It didn t feel real She just felt two dimensional and that s a big let down She was also not interesting in any way at allOlgaI liked Olga, i loved her in just every sense To bad that she was not meant to be Anton s lover or something, because i think they would have been perfect for each other She is just so interestingEgori really liked He is sympathetic type of character and i just liked him a lot He is so cute 3 He is kind of like Anton, he thinks a lot about everything, he questions a lot about both sides and in the end he decides his fate There are of course a lotcharacters Some were interesting, some were not, but i definitely liked the characters from the Day watch ____________________________________________OVERALL____________________________________________I really have no idea what to think about this one I liked it but i didn t My final decision is to not continue this series, because i just lost interest in it This review can be found on my blog infinity of time.blogspot.com also known as


  8. Ashwood (애쉬 우드). Ashwood (애쉬 우드). says:

    Generally speaking, we can and should say everything We just have to choose the right time, otherwise the truth can be worse than a lie If I didn t already know this book s first language was not English. the writing style would ve easily clued me in on it It felt like I was missing quite a bit at times and misunderstood the bits that did fit. if that makes sense The Night Watch as a whole was a good book and well worth the read, even though it lacked emotional depth and was a bit hard Generally speaking, we can and should say everything We just have to choose the right time, otherwise the truth can be worse than a lie If I didn t already know this book s first language was not English. the writing style would ve easily clued me in on it It felt like I was missing quite a bit at times and misunderstood the bits that did fit. if that makes sense The Night Watch as a whole was a good book and well worth the read, even though it lacked emotional depth and was a bit hard to connect with the characters and the storyline in some instances The story follows Anton, an agent of the Night Watch, who s in a war. The Light Ones vs the Dark Ones The Dark Ones obtain their freedom at other s expense, whereas the Light Ones work for the good of others The translation seems simple, then the explanation of the Night Watch is the arm of the Light and the Day Watch is the arm of the Dark, hits you and leaves you in a bit of stunned confusion for a second I m really glad I had the opportunity to read this one, even though I know this was the first and last book I ll read from this author Bittersweet moment right there, lol Favorite quote Maybe it s because we ve lost something, Anton The ability not just to defend people, but to bring them joy What good are secure walls, if they re the walls of a prison Humans have forgotten about genuine magic, they don t believe in the Dark, but they don t believe in the Light either


  9. Chloe Chloe says:

    For the past month or so I have been regrettably absent from the nets that I like to call my digital home Real life demands have left me with precious little time to call my own and,frightening still, the books that have found their way into my hands have not been inspiring me to take to the webs and shout my opinions into the ether with my usual gusto Yes, I was in the grip of a mid winter malaise second to none where everything I read, saw, or listened to just seemed either like it was For the past month or so I have been regrettably absent from the nets that I like to call my digital home Real life demands have left me with precious little time to call my own and,frightening still, the books that have found their way into my hands have not been inspiring me to take to the webs and shout my opinions into the ether with my usual gusto Yes, I was in the grip of a mid winter malaise second to none where everything I read, saw, or listened to just seemed either like it was trying too hard to be something that it wasn t or was emotionally empty pap that entertained but left little behind in its passing This was true until I finally cracked the spine on Sergei Lukyanenko s fantastic Night Watch Finally, a book that was everything I wanted to read at that moment entertaining but thought provoking, engaging while still making me pause to appreciate a particularly good passage I knew I had been saving this series for a rainy day for a reason.On face this is a standard tale of good vs evil as performed by a motley collection of magicians, shape shifters, vampires and werewolves trying to preserve an ancient truce between the forces of Light and Darkness The keepers of this truce are the titular Night Watch, agents of the Light who watch over the night to make sure that the balance of power is maintained, and the Day Watch, agents of the Dark who oversee the sunlit hours Anton Gorodetsky is a mid grade Light Magician working as an analyst with the Night Watch, new to field work, who quickly becomes an important pawn in the latest scheme by the Day Watch to tilt the balance of power in their favor A familiar scenario but for the uniquely Russian ability to interject large amounts of ethical ambiguity and age old moral dilemmas see Kant Utilitarianism into a novel without it seeming heavy handed or needlessly digressive As Anton is drawn deeper into the secrets of the Watch, he is forced again and again to make extremely difficult decisions and manipulate events in ways that go against the core values of the Light but, as Gesar, the ancient magician who heads the Moscow offices of the Night Watch, likes to remind Anton it s all about the net effect As long as the amount of good created by an action outweighs the possible harm, the Night Watch is able to act with a free hand With as vague a definition as this, it is no wonder that the Light has been inadvertently responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the 20th Century and Anton comes to realize that the Day Watch does just as much to hold back the ambitions of the Light as his cadre stops the Dark Realizing that he is a bit player in a far larger show than he first thought, Anton tries as best he can to break out of the predictable paths that his superiors are relying on him to follow, which leads to a fair amount of madness in the streets of post Soviet Moscow.In Night Watch, Lukyanenko has crafted that rarest of gems a story that manages to both thrill and excite with non stop action and grand descriptions of magical powers while also forcing the reader to wonder what they would do in that situation If one had the ability to become an Other, would you return from the Twilight as an agent of the Light or an agent of the Dark Could you license vampires to feed upon the innocent even if it helps preserve a precarious peace Could you take it upon yourself to rewrite a person s destiny to push them closer toward the Light, or does that smack too much of compelling goodness a contradiction in terms if there ever was one These are the thoughts that the book left me with upon finishing and I could not help but turn immediately to the sequel for another serving of some of the best story telling I ve read all year


  10. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Night Watch is an amazing piece of Russian literature, definitelythan just your average run of the mill horror and full of creativity, imagination and depth behind the paranormal.