Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1)


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Title:       The Way of Shadows
Series:    Night Angel #1
Author:  Brent Weeks
Rating:   4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre:    SFF
Pages:    659
Format: Digital Edition


Synopsis: Spoilers

Azoth becomes apprenticed to Durzo Blint and becomes Kyler. Magic, politics, love and death all roll into one super messy ball.

Kyler becomes the possessor of a magic ball that gives him extraordinary powers. And just as he’s gaining them, he’s forced to kill his master and watch his city fall to invaders. Throw in a prophet, some other magic balls, a complete godking of evil, best friend becoming king and teen love and you have this story in a nutshell.

Oh, don’t forget the violence. Lots and lots and lots of violence.


My Thoughts: Spoilers

I had forgotten just how brutal this book was. It was heart wrenching to see everything falling apart for Kyler. Yes, he’s successful in apprenticing under Blint, but by the end of the book, all Kyler has is his life and the life of the girl he loves. He sees, and we experience, everything else going to the pit. Friends? Dead, killed, imprisoned. Mentors? Poisoned, paupered, destroyed. It is all torn away.

The book ends on a slightly hopeful note, as the city nobles and craftsmen flee and destroy everything to deny it to the invaders. Kyler is alive, even though he died. The legend of the Night Angel has taken seed and the invaders know “something” walks the shadows. The prophet has set things in motion to stop the godking from total domination. The War has Started.

The writing definitely shows that this is Weeks’ first book and is not nearly as polished as his Lightbringer series. Nothing stood out as wrong, but some things weren’t just as “right” as they could have been.

To end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book again and both cheered and groaned at the triumphs and tragedies woven throughout this story.




  1. Previous Review from 2009


44 thoughts on “Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1)

  1. Oh I loved this series. Thanks fer the trip down memory lane.
    x The Captain

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  2. Christy Luis says:

    I loved this book, too! And yes, it is sooo violent, haha. The beginning with the little street thieves is the worst. Thankfully the humor later on offset the violence for me!

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  3. Brent Weeks is one of those authors I keep meaning to get to but just haven’t found the time.😕

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  4. This trilogy is great! I wish his new Lightbringer was more like this in tone actually, I haven’t read the latest book because the series has been losing steam for me.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yeah, I think a lot of people are getting tired of the Lightbringer series. He really needs to wrap things up in book5 but I have a feeling it’ll take 2 more books.
      Robert Jordan has taught me much about bloat in storylines…


  5. Nathan says:

    I didn’t get the love for it. I was so sure I would like it I grabbed the whole trilogy when Borders was closing and clearing out books. Only the first one was ever read. I didn’t hate it, meant to keep reading, instead have never touched Weeks again. Looking through your comments though, I stand alone in this. =)

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Well, I know people who think that Salvatore is a great writer and I can’t stand him or his stuff. So I’m not about to call anyone on not liking the authors I like 😀


  6. Really need to check out this author!!

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  7. *note to self*
    Add Brent Weeks to the list of authors to try. Soon.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Been tempted by this book book for a while. I have never read anything by Brent before. Is this a good place to start?

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  9. nikihawkes says:

    Cool – a reread! I have to say, the ending of this series was so profound, it’s still one of my favs.

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  10. Bookwraiths says:

    Everyone keeps raving about them. Even the person who cashed me out at my local used bookstore tried to talk me into buying this series a few days ago. Guess I just need to breakdown and give them a try..

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Considering that you like Grimdark so much, I’m rather surprised you haven’t tried these before.

      Well, if you ever do decide to read these, I’ll be reading your reviews with interest…


  11. Yay, I liked the first book as well! Great characters and really good humour. What I didn’t like was, that Kylar acted stupid when his girl was around and that got even worse in book 2 so I didn’t finish it.

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  12. Oh well I was tempted and read even though you mentioned spoilers haha. This sounds like a series I could really appreciate. I am going to have to put this on the radar.

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  13. Glad to hear you enjoyed this! Definitely an author I will have to check out sooner rather than later. Especially the Lightbringer series. 😀

    – Lashaan

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  14. Manuel Antao says:

    I’m yet to be convinced by Weeks and Ryan’s writing abilities…

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