The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
(The Night Angel Trilogy)

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The Way of Shadows is a brilliantly crafted story and one that I believe could draw almost anyone into the fantasy genre. With an interesting take on prophecy, a brilliant twist on magic...is a story I highly suggest that you unravel for yourself.
-HSJ

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks...
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.
Night Angel
The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the Shadows

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy (omnibus)
Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella (e-only)
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel

For more from Brent Weeks, check out:

Lightbringer
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
 

About Brent Weeks

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Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. Find more about the author at www.brentweeks.com or on twitter @brentweeks.
 
Published October 1, 2008 by Orbit. 659 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Way of Shadows
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

The Bookbag

Above average
on Oct 24 2009

But it's in the second half of The Way of Shadows where the action pick up speed and it's the one I enjoyed the most: the plotting thickens, the magic fills the air with electricity, the Artefact appears...

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SFFWorld.com

Good
on Nov 03 2008

That said, Brent Weeks is off to a solid career as a fantasy novelist with The Way of Shadows, the most impressive debut novel I’ve read this year.

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Boomtron

Above average
on Oct 29 2008

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks is a book that only came on my radar by accident, but one that I am quite grateful for.

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HSJ

Good
on Oct 07 2011

The Way of Shadows is a brilliantly crafted story and one that I believe could draw almost anyone into the fantasy genre. With an interesting take on prophecy, a brilliant twist on magic...is a story I highly suggest that you unravel for yourself.

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Helium

Above average
on Mar 16 2009

I enjoyed The Way of Shadows: it is a well executed, enjoyable, escapist fantasy, which won't tax reader's brain but provides exciting plot, occasionally breathtaking action scenes and well developed characters facing genuinely tragic moral dilemmas,

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Helium

Good
on Dec 15 2008

Filled with twists and turns at every new page and characters that just come to life within the story The way of the shadows is a book that will be on your mind until you reach the very last page and start thirsting for the sequel.

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The Way of Shadows holds no punches. This is the fantasy version of Jet Li: the pacing is fast, the action vicious, and the plot exciting.

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Grasping For The Wind

Above average
on Oct 02 2008

The story is very dark, and the initial chapters describe some very heart-wrenching child abuse. That abuse is painful to read, and the harsh language that Weeks employs makes it seem even grimmer, if that were possible.

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