You ever read a book with a WONDERFUL and I mean that with zero sarcasm friend full of intention to joint review the book, but it turns out you are both BIG procrastinators and two years later there is still no review written of the book you read together? Now, I’d just skip reviewing The Way Of Shadows by Brent Weeks, but friends I want to continue this trilogy someday and I am not just going to randomly put up a review for book two without book one to preface it, that’s just weird. So, anyways we decided to read The Way Of Shadows together because I was intimidated by it’s size, but because I ordered the boxed trilogy in one of those Amazon clicking frenzies, but also, the concept is wicked cool and I am always down for epic fantasy.
Bear with me and the fact that I don’t have perfect memory recall – because I read The Way Of Shadows two years ago, I am not going into crazy detail mainly because I don’t remember them all. Also, I kind of failed at detailed goodreads updates. The main character of this book is Azoth, a street urchin who lives in a super gritty world on the streets. By a stroke of luck and risk, he ends up apprenticing under Durzo Blint who is a Da Vinci among assassins. Azoth then becomes Kylar Stern and a bad ass in his own right. Of course, lots of other stuff happens, but this is pretty much the main gist.
Friends, I tore through Brent Weeks’ 645 page book in four days – note that is four work days which is kind of a minor miracle. But there were SO many elements I loved — like the gritty and brutal world that Weeks created. Seriously, I LOVE reading about fantasy characters with hard knock lives and how they rise above it. I also LOVED reading about the assassin magic and the training. Kylar Stern totally puts forth the effort to be a bad ass, and I like that kind of perseverance.
Seriously, I can’t believe I just wrote a review for a book I read SO long ago, but friends, The Way Of Shadows by Brent Weeks, first of the Night Angel Trilogy was totally my thing. If you are into long, epic, gritty doorstopper fantasy like I am, you may like this book as well.
Disclosure: I purchased my copy.
Other reviews of The Way Of Shadows by Brent Weeks:
Lit Addicted Brit – “A gritty start to what I know will be a trilogy that I can’t wait to carry on with!”
On A Pale Star – “The plot never feels like it is dragging”
Walker Of Worlds – “There is a lot of grey in this book, in the story and the characters”