My review of: Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

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Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

***Book description***

The Night Watch series has caused a sensation never before seen in Russia — its popularity is frenzied and unprecedented, and driven by a truly great, epic story. In 2005 Fox Searchlight announced it had acquired the Russian film adaptation for an American release. Interest in the books here is now set to reach a fever pitch. Set in modern day Moscow, Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the “Others,” an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce. But an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme “Other” will rise up and tip the balance, plunging the world into a catastrophic war between the Dark and the Light. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, fulfilling the first half of the prophecy, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

An extraordinary translation from the Russian by noted translator Andrew Bromfield, this first English language edition of Night Watch is a chilling, engrossing read certain to reward those waiting in anticipation of its arrival

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My review

I gave it 5 stars.

This book was crazy, there was so much going on that very few of the characters knew every part of grand scheme of things. The two sides of Others(The Light and The Darkness) are constantly trying to to gain control over the other side while all of humanity suffers from the Other’s wars. Anton is a Light watcher who is one of the pawns in the grand games between the two grand magicians in charge of the two Watches. Anton is lost amongst his own problems and questions. Is the Night Watch really doing all it can to protect humankind from the Dark Ones? Is he stuck with the destiny he’s being setup with or can he beat these two magicians at their own game.
In following Anton you learn this story isn’t just about Good verses Evil. It’s also about the pain of lose. Of not knowing if one’s actions are truly good or evil, or if one good action performed could lead to a massive evil event. And how much love can influence a person’s morals and actions.
I can’t wait to read the next installment and see where it takes all the characters next.

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