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Book Review: The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I tried to like Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, tried but couldn’t help but feel the story was being dragged out far too much. This series, by Brent Weeks, had called to me from the bookstore shelves. Every other book in the fantasy section had all black and red covers, usually with a dragon or girl, or girl riding a dragon. This promised what I had looked for in The Wheel of Time series.

So did it deliver? No. It gave me something else completely, which I enjoyed more.

With a fantasy I was expecting elves: nope. From the cover art I was expecting ninjas: not really. From the blurb I was expecting a Karate Kid story line: thankfully not.

This was a very enjoyable, whilst dark, fantasy novel that had me hooked from about page 10. Normally my reaction to finishing a book is to think about how much I liked or disliked it. In rare instances I immediately jump online and order more books by the author (Lee Child, Matt Hilton, Robert Crais, Matthew Reilly: noticing a pattern there?). The only question now is, do I read the rest of the series right now, or space it out between a few other novels?

Expect reviews of the rest of the series soon…

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

  1. Sounds excellent! and i had the same experience you did with Wheel of Time. A friend of mine lent me Way of Shadows last summer, and I still haven’t picked it up yet! I’m a crappy friend, and will have to make time to read it, soon!

    • Yeah, I was about half-way through the first Wheel of Time book when I realised that none of these story-lines were going to be resolved for 14 books. I wasn’t thrilled with that idea, like you would expect when you are really engrossed in a novel and series. This book was completely different. Hope you enjoy it too!

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