This is the next heart-stopping chapter in the Night Watch series.
Walking the streets of our cities are the Others. These men and women have access to the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world of magical power that exists alongside our own. Each has sworn allegiance to one side, fighting for the Light, or the Darkness. But now, beyond the continuing struggle comes a peril that threatens their very world....
At Moscow airport, Higher Light Magician Anton Gorodetsky overhears a child screaming that a plane is about to crash. He discovers that the child is a prophet: an Other with the gift of foretelling the future. When the catastrophe is averted, Gorodetsky senses a disruption in the natural order, one that is confirmed by the arrival of a dark and terrifying predator. From the Night Watch headquarters Gorodetsky travels to London, to Taiwan and across Russia in search of clues, unearthing as he goes a series of increasingly cataclysmic prophecies. He soon realises that what is at stake is the existence of the Twilight itself - and that only he will be able to save it.
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A must for fans of the Night Watch series
Impressive story translator and narrator, see why.
Yes, the translator, narrator, and story are all excellent. It is part of a vapid genre, however, it is not such an example of this type. I really like how the whole thing is full of interesting reflections in the Russian style, and I enjoyed a really good novel that one would be as at home reading it on a beach somewhere or in a cold dark winter reflecting on reality itself. It is a bit overdoing it to say that it is Dostoevsky meets modern fantasy, but it goes far in that direction. This book I am more impressed with than the others, though they are also good and I havent read the sixth one. This is rare for sequels beyond the first or second, and I am impressed. Well done Mssrs. Lukyanenko, Bromfield, and Michael. My only criticism is that it is overly nihilistic for my tastes, though my tastes go towards a consideration of nihilism followed by its utter rejection, so it probably isnt too nihilistic for most people. I am about to listen to the sixth book, and I hope that it comes to a similar conclusion of Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons."
I don't know. I find that though it is similar in many ways to other fantasy novels, it and its series is something new for me in too many respects for me to compare it to any other books of its kind besides the others in the series. This is, in my opinion, very high praise--something that is simultaneously novel and worth reading is rare. Usually those two things don't go together.
Nearly seamless storytelling. His narration could only be improved by expanding the number of different character voices that he has to an impossible number. I have never encountered someone who can do a unique voice for every single minor character in a book with a lot of them. He does a different voice for all of the major ones and they all fit excellently. And there are a lot of major characters. The minor characters' voices all fit too, but some (only some) of them are duplications. He is as good or better at this than any other narrator I have heard. Bravo sir.
Sometimes, the main character Anton thinks about a song. They are almost all Russian songs that I have never heard of, and the one about the last warrior was very interesting to ponder. I usually skip such things or zone out a little, and I am glad I didn't for that part. It wasn't the best part of the book insofar as moving me in the moment goes, however, it will probably be overlooked by most listeners, so I thought that I should write about it. I am also impressed with the translator's ability to make it still be excellent, and the narrator's ability to follow and give meter to something that is supposed to have had it only in Russian, yet do so with a Russian the intonation, emphasis, and inflection of a Russian accent.
I quite like the mixture of false and true foreshadowing. It leaves you guessing, like the characters in the book, and keeps the story from becoming predictable, and, though that isnt always a bad thing, in this case knowing what was going to happen in the end would have been a major disappointment.