Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

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They are the "Others," an ancient race of supernatural beings—magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers—who live among us. Human born, they must choose a side to swear allegiance to—the Dark or the Light—when they come of age.

For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy peace, enforced by defenders like the Night Watch, forces of the Light who guard against the Dark. But prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will arise to spark a cataclysmic war.

Anton Gorodetsky, an untested mid-level Light magician with the Night Watch, discovers a cursed young woman—an Other of tremendous potential unallied with either side—who can shift the balance of power. With the battle lines between Light and Dark drawn, the magician must move carefully, for one wrong step could mean the beginning of annihilation.


About Sergei Lukyanenko

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Sergei Lukyanenko was born in Kazakhstan and educated as a psychiatrist. He began publishing science fiction in the 1980s and is today the most popular science fiction writer in Russia. He is a prolific writer, the author of over 25 books. The first three volumes of the Night Watch Quartet have sold over two million hardcovers between them. Doubleday Canada will publish the third installment in the series, The Twilight Watch in summer 2007 and the fourth, The Last Watch, in 2008. He lives in Moscow. "From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 31, 2013 by Harper Paperbacks. 483 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Set in contemporary Moscow, Lukyanenko's fantastic American debut\x97the first in a series about an epic struggle between good and evil\x97charts the adventures of a race of supernaturally gifted Others, who serve either the Light or Dark Side.

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Book Reporter

Shades of gray move about in all spaces, and although Anton is on the side of light, each section of the novel sees him finding it harder to believe in the cause of Light.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Suite 101

Not quite a sequel, more a reimagining of the 2007 original, this Ghost Rider still finds us following Nic Cage as he seeks evildoers, this time in Europe.

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Suite 101

Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

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Reviewing the Evidence

First published in Russia in 1998 and later adapted in a popular film in 2004, Sergei Lukyanenko's vastly entertaining novel NIGHT WATCH introduces readers to a parallel reality (centered in Moscow) in which good and evil constantly struggle to maintain a fragile truce, the disruption of which wo...

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A Patchwork of Books

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?.

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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) was quite a significant movie event in Russia when it first came out in 2004, partly because it was an important advancement for Russian movies with respect to special effects.

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SciFi Online

To monitor the treaty two watches are created, the day watch monitors the forces of good and the night watch helps to keep the dark forces at bay.

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Given plotline centers round struggle between light and dark forces, camerawork and lighting shine particularly in the tech department, growing ever more mannered and murky as pic works toward final showdown in which Anton uses a lit fluorescent tube as a homemade light saber.

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Sour Grapes Winery

So if you have a movie that demands having read the book first, it’s suddenly very annoying to have such huge discrepancies between the book and the movie.

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Sour Grapes Winery

Anton is framed in the killings, and has to engage in subterfuge to find the actual killer before the Light has no choice but to surrender him for trial.

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