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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Way of Shadows - Brent Weeks

The Way of Shadows is the first book in the Night Angel trilogy from author Brent Weeks. In this novel, he creates a fantasy world in which things are truly dark and evil. Rape, murder, cannibalism and sodomy all feature in this tale.

Azoth is a street urchin, working in the gang of the evil Roth. Azoth desires to be an apprentice to Durzo Blint, who is acknowledged to be the best 'wetboy' or assassin in the city. He wants to do better, and to be able to protect himself and his friends from the evil of the gangs.

Weeks combines a story of personal advancement with international plots and intrigue to create a memorable world. This isn't the best fantasy I've ever read but I truly liked the grittiness, darkness and flawed characters that permeate the book.

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