The Way of Shadows

The Way of Shadows

Book - 2008
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Determined to escape the Warrens, Azoth seeks out Durzo Blint, the city's most ruthless assassin, to persuade him to take him on as an apprentice and to teach him the deadly Way of Shadows.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, [2008]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781841497402
1841497401
9780316033671
0316033677
Characteristics: 677 pages : map ; 18 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 17, 2016

The Way of Shadows is an excellent starting point for the Night Angel Trilogy and is one of my favourite fantasy titles to this day. The story follows a young protagonist named Azoth, a homeless child looking to get of the streets by becoming the apprentice of the cities most accomplished “wetboy”, a highly trained assassin who utilizes magic. There is plenty of action, mystery and romantic elements incorporated into the book, adding some variety to the overall story. It’s very dark and gruesome with unexpected plot twists and excellent characters. I wouldn’t give this book to anyone younger than 14 due to some of the graphic content. Although this story isn’t a ground-breaking novel that will change the genre, it’s a great story definitely worth checking out. 4/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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ande3597
Jul 14, 2015

The Way of Shadows is a real page turner, read almost 100 pages the first day and finished the book in 10 days (which is unheard of for me...for books of similar length i tend to average closer to a month)
The time span for the book was about 10 years, at first was unsure about jumping several years at a time, but came to appreciate it as it allowed for thorough development of the characters by living through their lives when they were young and as they got older vs being in the present and reflecting back.
This seires was recommended to me by a friend, and when i first looked into was unsure how interesting a book about a street kid wanting to become the best assassin by taking apprenticeship with an assassin who was a legond. But the one day stopped by book store and started reading the first 4-5 pages and found it dives right in and hooks ya, so i went ahead and requested the ebook from the library. I can hardly wait to start the next book.

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hgibbins
Apr 19, 2015

I came to this story based on reviews from other readers, but found it to be very mediocre writing, and the plot way too convoluted and detailed for a story that essentially about the training of an assassin. The political ramifications within the world detract from the story, and would have been better if they had been excluded entirely (or if the author felt it was absolutely necessary, included as an appendix).

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BBurnett
Dec 08, 2014

I started the Lightbringer series before reading this book, and had read so many great reviews of this series that I had to get it. But, have a hard time getting into this story. I like Durzo and Azoth/Kylar, but the rest of the characters are fuzzy to me. A little bit too much political intrigue for me, too many unknown alliances or connections. I do like the hint of a previous life (s) for Durzo. Will continue to plod on, to find out more in the next book.

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studiovertex
Feb 23, 2013

I enjoyed the early parts of the story but later parts are based on magic that has no basis, rationale or explanation. So, I lost interest about 3/4 of the way through the book. Stopped reading and started Rothfuss's “The Name of the Wind” which is excellent.

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TerynIsAlive
Nov 30, 2012

This book was AWESOME! The story goes so deep and you really have to be paying attention to understand it.

However, I am only fourteen years old, and some of the sexual scenes and swearing definitely weren't appropriate (at least in my opinion). So I would recommend this book if your over sixteen or something.

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prileygraham
Nov 27, 2012

Amazing story!! Lovable characters. Nothing revolutionary or lofty, just very, very good story telling. Won't change the fantasy genre but it will continue it.

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lawman
Jul 11, 2012

Excellent series to read. Once you start forget about putting this book down until you complete the whole series.

shallowriver May 09, 2012

An amazing book that I think everyone should read at least once in their life time. This is realistic in the world of fantasy, full of adventures and explore relationships in such a way that it seemed as though the reader themselves have gone through what the characters have experienced. I recommend this trilogy to anyone who wants a good read, because you will definitely find it in this book.

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Clara_Shuler
Dec 11, 2011

Not just a book for teenage boys. I love the books and so has everyone else I know who has read them. Though they contain violence and poverty and corruption, the main theme of the book is the mysterious nature of morality and retribution for ones own sins. Both an exciting fantasy thriller and a genuinely thoughtful book. One of my favorite series of all time

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TerynIsAlive
Nov 30, 2012

“Assassination is an art, milord. And I am the city's most accomplished artist.”

shallowriver Jul 24, 2012

“Two can keep a secret, if one is dead” – Blint

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