Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) ★★★★☆

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Title: Beyond the Shadows
Series: Night Angel #3
Author: Brent Weeks
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 699
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

The kingdom is safe now that the Godking is dead. Ha. The godking’s various sons are duking it out to see who will rule in his stead and once that is determined, the winner is coming back for some real vengeance. At the same time another kingdom is taking advantage of the chaos to annex a large of chunk and they’ve brought troops to back up their claims.

Logan won’t take the kingship since he pledged his oath to Terah Graesin but she is the worst possible thing to happen. Kylar must kill her to allow Logan to ascend the throne. He must do it in such a way though that it doesn’t look like Logan asked him to do it.

Kylar is still linked to Vi and both Elene and Vi are in the Sisterhood. Who want to use Kylar, somehow. Superpowerful magical swords are involved, as are near immortal creatures and a host of millions of undead. Elene gets possessed by Khali but for the purpose of containing it [as it is a fallen angel] so Kylar can kill her with the magic swords and thus truly destroy Khali.

It all comes together in one HUGE battle is so stupendous that I’m not going to even try to describe it. Kylar saves the world at great cost and everyone is sad at Elene’s sacrifice and Vi still wants to jump Kylar’s bones.

The End.

 

My Thoughts:

Good stuff!

My only complaints are as follows. The profanity still sticks out. Seeing the F word is just jarring. It doesn’t fit. Second, the amount of history we’re deluged with from Durzo Blint is a bit much for one book. I’d really liked to have seen a prequel trilogy following his adventures in his various personas.

Other than that? Rock’em Sock’em Robot success!

True love. Magic swords. Magical killer creatures that are unstoppable. Hordes of undead that aren’t all human sized shamblers. 2000 women who can control magic? Aes Sedai anyone? That really stood out to me this time. It just seemed a very blatant ripoff where as back in ’09 I didn’t even make the connection. Either way, I enjoyed it this time around.

The storyline dealing with Dorian Ursuul, the prophet and son of the Godking, was wicked hard to deal with. He sees the future, gives up his gift because of what he sees and then ends up becoming something just as bad as his father ever was. Since he was introduced as a character who wanted to only do good since the beginning, that fall from grace was just brutal! Weeks really digs into what it could cost to see the future.

The violence is not ratcheted down any either. There was one scene where I just put my kindle down and had to catch my emotional breathe. Kylar was bound on a water wheel to kill him for him killing the queen. His own friend Logan, who became king of that action, was the one who had to pass sentence. Logan also knows that Kylar heals super quick, so the water wheel will take days. He breaks a table leg off and just smashes Kylar’s arms and legs so that he’ll die. A friend having to execute his best friend, having to physically destroy him, it was intense. I had ALL the manly feelz.

While the writing definitely shows that this trilogy was Weeks’ first go, it is in no way sub-par. It just isn’t as nuanced as experience will make him. Heck, comparing this to the latest Light Bringer Novel, Blood Mirror is a good exercise in watching someone grow their literary wings.

It would be cool if at some point Weeks returned to this universe, but at the rate the Light Bringer novels are coming out, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

★★★★☆

bookstooge

 

  1. Beyond the Shadows (2009 Review)
  2. Way of Shadows (Book 1)
  3. Shadow’s Edge (Book 2)
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17 thoughts on “Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) ★★★★☆

  1. nikihawkes says:

    I especially liked this last book – the flowers got me 😭. And I agree with you on the profanity – I don’t mind it in books (and actually loved it’s use in Locke Lamora), but in this trilogy it felt forced.

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  2. Well, since the Aes Sedai looked to me like a ripoff from the Bene Gesserit, I think that the evil deed has already been done… *eg*

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  3. “Rock’em Sock’em Robot success!” – hahahaha brilliant! Sounds awesome- and weeks is yet another author I’ve had on my list forever *hangs head in shame*

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  4. I’ve always found it a bit incongruous that Weeks is okay with dropping F-bombs and all kinds of bad language in these books, but he almost always sticks to using the word “butt” when it comes up. Not “ass” or any other crude euphemism, but just…”butt”. It’s the same for his other series, and it always makes me laugh to see it.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      He shows his conservative Christian upbringing in the oddest ways, doesn’t he? It makes me laugh when I run across a Bible verse slightly reworded. That happens in his Light Bringer series though, didn’t notice with this trilogy.

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  5. Manuel Antao says:

    There’s so much need for “Suspension of Disbelief” in SF nowadays… It’s quite sad actually. Sometimes I think I’m reading mundane fiction disguised as SF…WHAT A FRICKING BORE THOSE BOOKS ARE…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      You have much higher standards than I do. It must be hard to find books that’ll satisfy you. I know I look at books through a certain lens, but in the end, I just want to read about Farm Boys wielding laser swords who Fight the Bad Guys 😀

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  6. Honestly sounds like an absolutely successful and wonderful series. Looking forward to trying this out myself somewhere in the future.

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  7. […] It had some stiff competition though from Monster Hunter Siege, The Shadow Roads, Sungrazer and Beyond the Shadows. Having that many good reads makes this a good month for me by any […]

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