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The Way of Shadows From New York Times Bestselling author Brent Weeks For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art and he is the city s most accomplished artist For Azoth, survival is precarious Something you never take for granted As a guild rat, he s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly and to take risks Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo BlintBut to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins world of dangerous politics and strange magics and cultivate a flair for death There are a few authors, Joe Abercrombie included, whose books I ve read in large part because everything they ve said outside of their novels on blogs, etc has been hilarious and witty and they don t take themselves too seriously Brent Weeks or Sussex Monthsyes I still think it s funny is one of those authors.One of the reasons it s taken me this long to get to this book is because I think the cover is awful I know cover art doesn t really effect anything and probably shouldn t anyway There are a few authors, Joe Abercrombie included, whose books I ve read in large part because everything they ve said outside of their novels on blogs, etc has been hilarious and witty and they don t take themselves too seriously Brent Weeks or Sussex Monthsyes I still think it s funny is one of those authors.One of the reasons it s taken me this long to get to this book is because I think the cover is awful I know cover art doesn t really effect anything and probably shouldn t anyway, but it was very off putting for me Does anyone really want to see Hayden Christensen dressed up for Halloween on a cover Maybe I shouldn t ask that It does look like HC doesn t it The covers were what set this series apart, although it s hard to imagine that now, but they set the standard that is now almost a necessity and I can at least give them credit for doing that much But really, what would a fantasy novel cover be without a cowled figure anywayoriginal Okay, now that the cheap shots are out of the way I do love a good hood and The Way of Shadows 2008, 645 pp is full of them Realistic covers, for me though, only really work for urban fantasy paranormal romance It must be the tats I guess This tale begins with the struggles of our main protagonist, Azoth, a guild rat a nothing who s got no where to go and nothing to lose His only way to escape the slums and a life of cruelty and pain is to apprentice himself to Durzo Blint, a renowned wetboy kinda like an assassin times a hundred and legend This, however, is not as easy as he supposed since he is forced to turn his back on anyone he s ever loved and devote himself to a practice that s not altogether savory for anyone with some sense of morals Like the cover blurb says, The perfect killer has no friends only targets To accomplish this, Azoth is given a new identity and a new name, Kylar Stern, while he begins his training and attempts to unleash his Talent , or his magical abilities that would extend his skills as a wetboy.The Way of Shadows is a fast paced dynamite of a novel I was up late into the night burning through pages to find out the next twist I have to admit, I love a good assassin themed novel Weeks does a great job with characterization and I became really attached to Kylar, Momma K, and Logan some awesome characters with convincing motives This is the definite focus over world building, which while an admirably realized world, is only given the barest of details necessary to further the plot In a character plot driven novel, The Way of Shadows doesn t get bogged down in description and it was much appreciated.Kylar, although desiring to be a killer, is easy to relate to and has his own qualms throughout the story of doing such work His character works well with his cranky master, Durzo Blint, who seems to have given up any such feelings of regret for his job And, although this story plays on many fantasy archetypes assassins, masters, a powerful sword, an unconquerable enemy , Weeks creates a unique feel that is all his own.One thing I was surprised about was how violent The Way of Shadows is For some reason, it was not what I was expecting weird assassins violent , leaningtoward The First Law trilogy than anything I m not complaining, it was only unexpected Weeks does a good job weaving it into the story adding to the emotions mostly of hatred toward the inflicter the reader feels for the characters.Basic grammar errors, such as missing words, were almost to the point of annoyance, but didn t distract too much from the story and in the end I felt that the climax was a little underwhelming as I didn t feel like the actions of the main characters were as necessary as they were made out to be Otherwise The Way of Shadows was romping good fun I didn t realize I would like this series so much.When Should You Read The Way of Shadows The best time to read The Way of Shadows is when you re in the mood for something action packed and quick paced If you need a break from reading description after description and you want something that moves the plot forward through short, concise chapters, The Way of Shadows will do you good.And in the end, covers don t really matter as long as the book s good side note I may sound like I hate descriptive novels, but this is far from the truth I do like balance, however, and a frequent mix of faster and slower novels fit the bill for me Rating and Links4 out of 5 Stars Really really liked it I d read a couple of sniffy reviews about this book and a friend was very meh about it even Weeks himself seemed a touch apologetic about his debut when he saw my tweet about starting it though I could be over reading 140 characters there In any event, my expectations were not sky high.It turns out that I tend to like what people tend to like who knew I don t enjoy every popular book but I do generally find out that there s a good reason why they re popular Brent Weeks is a great I d read a couple of sniffy reviews about this book and a friend was very meh about it even Weeks himself seemed a touch apologetic about his debut when he saw my tweet about starting it though I could be over reading 140 characters there In any event, my expectations were not sky high.It turns out that I tend to like what people tend to like who knew I don t enjoy every popular book but I do generally find out that there s a good reason why they re popular Brent Weeks is a great story teller and his writing is plenty strong enough to carry the load I call the book fun, and it is, but that s not to diminish it in any way There are plenty of emotional scenes and even though I could see the strings being pulled, I still got drawn in There s as much action as any reader could want, varied and interesting magic, tight plotting from a good number of interesting points of view The pacing is good and there are few info dumps I could perhaps have stood fewer discussions on the city s varied architecture but that s the very minor niggle on the back of a great deal of enjoyment.And that friend of mine who wasn t a fan she wasn t a fan of The Warded Man either, which I loved, and I have to say that this is probably the most enjoyable read I ve had since devouring Brett s The Warded Man several years ago Like that book TWoS takes what I loved about 80 s fantasy and grows it up for thedemanding, hard edged tastes of today Definitely recommended.Perhaps the book benefited from me having a rare day to myself and reading most of it in one go Then again I could have done a lot of other things with that day and Weeks story didn t let me Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes A plucky street urchin Azoth wants to be a wetboy Which is basically an assassin on steroids Minus the unfortunate side effects of acne, neck hump, obesity, testicular atrophy, and man boobs Also, call me immature, but when you call your magical artifact ka kari, despite the mandatory fantasy apostrophe, the kaka part inevitably elicits immature giggles from me Dear writers, please be careful in your word choices Anyway, as I said above, our plucky street urchin hello, fantasy t A plucky street urchin Azoth wants to be a wetboy Which is basically an assassin on steroids Minus the unfortunate side effects of acne, neck hump, obesity, testicular atrophy, and man boobs Also, call me immature, but when you call your magical artifact ka kari, despite the mandatory fantasy apostrophe, the kaka part inevitably elicits immature giggles from me Dear writers, please be careful in your word choices Anyway, as I said above, our plucky street urchin hello, fantasy trope Azoth strives to become a super assassin under the tutelage of Durzo Blint, a cruel badass wetboy but deep, deep, deeeeeeep down inside he is, of course, a caring mentor in his own gruffy way hello, another tropeHe gets his wish after a few counts of child rape and child mutilation but relax, it does not happen to Azothreally bad things are only allowed to happen to the sidekicksAnyway, he gets the training and adopts the identity of Kylar Stern, which sounds marginally better than AzothThe truth was, Azoth hated Azoth Azoth was a coward, passive, weak, afraid, disloyal Azoth had hesitated He was Kylar now, and Kylar would be everything Azoth hadn t dared to beHe meets a noble and honorable Logan along the way to be prominently featured in the sequels He also has a mandatory love interest a saintly mind numbingly boring Elene, whose soul is pure and childhood disfigurement does not seem to interfere with her beauty, like, at all She basically is a virginal Madonna of this story NO, NOT THAT MADONNA THIS ONE One of my main gripes with this story is the overreliance on fantasy tropes cliches In this case, in addition to the ones above, we get a mandatory virgin whore dichotomy Elene being the virgin And another trope pretty much all the whores turn out to have a heart of gold Of course No, really, women come inthan two varieties Believe me.The character development of the entire story is rather non existent,of a videogame variety The characters are cardboard caricatures very perfunctory, very stereotypical and cliched, with very little stepping out of of designed fantasy tropes Durzo Blint failed to arouse much sympathy or admiration despite learning about his tragic tortured backstory Logan is a prototypical hero good guy Elene is a cute love interest devoid of personality Only Jarl and Momma K seemed to be interesting at all, but they don t get nearly enough on page time As for Azoth Kylar himself, he is a decent action hero, but I could not care less for him as a person he just lacks depth.Nevertheless, despite characterization being his weak point, Weeks is a good storyteller His story is very plot driven and flows reasonably well with the exception of a few parts where the pacing was a bit uneven The plot drags just a bit in the first part, but picks up quite nicely in the second half of the book Action scenes are vivid and written very well, and the loose ends get nicely wrapped up The book, despite its weaknesses, managed to eventually capture my attention, making it hard to put down until I got to the endReading it is, in my limited experience, just like playing a videogame a fun ride without too much depthOverall, an average 3 star 2 star story with forgettable characters, overreliance on fantasy cliches, and the feel of a videogame put to page, but rather fun and with nice action scenes Nothing special, but it got me interested enough to pick up the sequel Brent Weeks does show promise as a writer, especially if he eventually steps outside the familiar and comfortable fantasy genre patterns After realizing that I have given 3 stars to quite a few books that I liked waythan this one, I realized that the fair thing to do would be to knock this one down a star For the life of me, I have no idea why I was so generous with rating it in the first place The Way of Shadows is so laughably bad, I thought it was satire Let me give you an example So, near the end of the book, the protagonist is about to express his love to this girl after like 20 years of lusting, and at this point in the story, there s been a little cursing, the violence is PG 13 and badly written, all very YA So, our protagonist approaches his lady and says to her this is a direct quote I think you re the most beautiful woman I ve ever seen And the purest I m not asking y The Way of Shadows is so laughably bad, I thought it was satire Let me give you an example So, near the end of the book, the protagonist is about to express his love to this girl after like 20 years of lusting, and at this point in the story, there s been a little cursing, the violence is PG 13 and badly written, all very YA So, our protagonist approaches his lady and says to her this is a direct quote I think you re the most beautiful woman I ve ever seen And the purest I m not asking you to fuck But maybe some day I ll earn the right to ask you for somethingpermanent He turned and facing her was harder than facing thirty Highlanders.Ahh, Brent Weeks I think he has a little Vogon in him

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