Night Watch

by Sergei Lukyanenko, Andrew Bromfield | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 1401359795 Global Overview for this book
Registered by woosang of Campbelltown, New South Wales Australia on 12/13/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by woosang from Campbelltown, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, December 13, 2006
All that stands between the darkness and the light is The Night Watch…

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are The Other. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy world that exists in parallel to our own, each owes allegiance either to The Dark or The Light. The two factions, having long before realise that an open struggle can only create chaos and disaster, coexist in an uneasy truce, each side aware of, and keeping a close eye on, the other's activities around the city. Despite their leanings towards good and evil, their aim is not mutual destruction, but rather the maintenance of the precarious balance between the two.

Anton, an young Other, who owes allegiance to the Light, is a Night Watch agent, patrolling the streets and Metro of the city, as he protects ordinary people from the vampires and magicians of the Dark. On his rounds, Anton comes across a young woman, Svetlana, who he realises is under a powerful curse that threatens the entire city, and a boy, Egor, a young Other, too young to have committed to either The Dark or The Light and as yet unaware of his own enormous power, whom Anton narrowly saves from vampires.

Anton is assigned a partner, Olga, a powerful female Other who is in the form of an owl in punishment for a past error of judgement. Together with their colleagues in the Night Watch, they struggle to remove Svetlana’s curse and to protect Egor from the vampires that pursue him.

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lending to Cheriepie so she can better enjoy Day watch.

Journal Entry 3 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Thanks Yvonne! *hugz* This sounds really good... I'm so looking forward to reading it. Of course, I've got a number of things I need to get to before it, a few past due rings and such (nothing too major as I'm not nearly as bad as some people. LOL) In any case, I think Joanne (NeedSun) wanted to read this one too after me too.

Journal Entry 4 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Saturday, March 29, 2008
Living in modern day Moscow, the "Others" are an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers. Each Other pledges allegiance to either the Light or the Dark, and each side has a Watch—Night Watch for the Light and Day Watch for the Dark—whose responsibility it is to maintain the balance between the Light and the Dark, Good and Evil, verifying neither side has an unfair advantage.

An uneasy truce has existed between the two groups for several thousand years, but all that could soon change due to an ancient prophecy predicting that one particularly strong Other will rise up and tip the balance, resulting in a catastrophic war between the Light and the Dark, one that could bring about the end of the word as we know it!

I had a bit of a difficult time with this book because the language didn't flow quite as smoothly as if it were written by a native English speaker. The version I read is an English translation from the original Russian, so at times the paragraphs would just go on and on and make little to no sense, or else not fit in with what was going on in the story, and I'd find myself thinking, "Just what the heck is he talking about??" In similar fashion, I'd find he sometimes went off into these way too philosophical discussions in his head for far too long—sometimes for up to two pages or more!—which was enough to put me right to sleep.

Despite the problems I had with the writing, or the translation, or whatever... underneath it all, the story itself was good, and the whole concept of the Others living among us to maintain the balance between Good and Evil, was enough to keep me reading.

I don't have the 2nd book in this series, Day Watch, but I do have the third, Twilight Watch, which I picked up for a couple bucks at Half Price Books while I was in Columbus. So I'll probably try to get my hands on the second one in the hopes that some of the translation issues have been resolved and I can enjoy it a little bit more without the language and style detracting from it.

This is now going to NeedSun, traveling along with a couple other books I have going her way, before it goes back home to Woosang. :)

Journal Entry 5 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Thursday, April 10, 2008
This is headed out to Joanne (NeedSun) later today (10-Apr-2008) along with a few other books.

Just as a reminder to Joanne, this is to go home to woosang after. :) Thanks woosang!!

Journal Entry 6 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Thursday, April 24, 2008
Arrived today. Thanks,

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