Night Watch (Russian: «Ночной Дозор») is the first fantasy novel by the Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko to feature his fictional world of the Others. Lukyanenko wrote the story in and the book was first published in. Night Watch book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Others. They walk among us. Observing. Set in contemporary Moscow. Night Watch: Book One [Sergei Lukyanenko] on arersnaperstif.cf *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. They are the "Others, " an ancient race of supernatural.
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But i felt that the story was Final rating: But i felt that the story was poorly executed. Anyway, the book is separated in three stories. First one is about Svetlana and boy Egor. Either good or evil. Third is about Night Watch's party time and some thinking and such, with some kind of resolution in the end.
I guess my favorite stays the second one. And I still don't accept it now, despite all the times I've seen it proved right.
But some truths are probably worse than lies. Next one starts almost immediately, and you have to wait a lot until you find out what happened to other characters from the previous story. I found that quite irritating. And there were a lot of stuff going on. I just don't know. And it really bothered the hell out of me. It was just poorly executed while it could have been good. I also found the writing Except for Anton, i thought all of the characters were seriously underdeveloped.
Except maybe Olga, but still. Svetlana is especially underdeveloped. And she is supposed to be one of the main characters. The good: I liked them, especially the second one, it was amazing if it hadn't ended suddenly like other three. Even though it's about good side and bad side and so on, i just found it different. I loved him, i enjoyed reading the book only because of him.
Anyway, he is also a magician, Night Watch and crazy as hell. I loved how he questioned everything eventually, his struggles and decisions. He is really analytical, he analyses everything before doing something that he would regret. I felt like she was there only to be love interest, and i have no idea how the hell it happened.
It didn't feel real. She just felt two dimensional and that's a big let down. She was also not interesting in any way at all. I liked Olga, i loved her in just every sense. To bad that she was not meant to be Anton's lover or something, because i think they would have been perfect for each other. She is just so interesting. He is sympathetic type of character and i just liked him a lot.
Some were interesting, some were not, but i definitely liked the characters from the Day watch. I liked it but i didn't.
My final decision is to not continue this series, because i just lost interest in it. This review can be found on my blog: View all 36 comments. Jan 26, Chloe rated it really liked it Shelves: For the past month or so I have been regrettably absent from the nets that I like to call my digital home. Real life demands have left me with precious little time to call my own and, more frightening still, the books that have found their way into my hands have not been inspiring me to take to the webs and shout my opinions into the ether with my usual gusto.
Yes, I was in the grip of a mid-winter malaise second to none where everything I read, saw, or listened to just seemed either like it was For the past month or so I have been regrettably absent from the nets that I like to call my digital home. Finally, a book that was everything I wanted to read at that moment: I knew I had been saving this series for a rainy day for a reason. On face this is a standard tale of good vs. The keepers of this truce are the titular Night Watch, agents of the Light who watch over the night to make sure that the balance of power is maintained, and the Day Watch, agents of the Dark who oversee the sunlit hours.
Anton Gorodetsky is a mid-grade Light Magician working as an analyst with the Night Watch, new to field work, who quickly becomes an important pawn in the latest scheme by the Day Watch to tilt the balance of power in their favor.
A familiar scenario but for the uniquely Russian ability to interject large amounts of ethical ambiguity and age old moral dilemmas see: Kant- Utilitarianism into a novel without it seeming heavy-handed or needlessly digressive. As long as the amount of good created by an action outweighs the possible harm, the Night Watch is able to act with a free hand. With as vague a definition as this, it is no wonder that the Light has been inadvertently responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the 20th Century and Anton comes to realize that the Day Watch does just as much to hold back the ambitions of the Light as his cadre stops the Dark.
Realizing that he is a bit player in a far larger show than he first thought, Anton tries as best he can to break out of the predictable paths that his superiors are relying on him to follow, which leads to a fair amount of madness in the streets of post-Soviet Moscow. In Night Watch , Lukyanenko has crafted that rarest of gems- a story that manages to both thrill and excite with non-stop action and grand descriptions of magical powers while also forcing the reader to wonder what they would do in that situation.
If one had the ability to become an Other, would you return from the Twilight as an agent of the Light or an agent of the Dark? Could you license vampires to feed upon the innocent even if it helps preserve a precarious peace? Jun 01, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: Night Watch is an amazing piece of Russian literature, definitely more than just your average run-of-the-mill horror and full of creativity, imagination and depth behind the paranormal.
View 1 comment. Oct 09, Josh rated it really liked it Shelves: I read Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch after having already seen the films based on it. The movie Night Watch is more or less a faithful adaptation of the first section of the book with a few embellishments.
The movie Day Watch is a much looser adaptation of the second and third sections. On the first page of the book, there are two messages: One from the Night Watch that reads: Lukyanenko imagines an all too familiar war between Light and Darkness and then turns it on its head.
The war is fought by "Others" who are different from humans in that they have magical powers. But the war is long over in the present day Moscow in which the novel is set. There is a treaty between Light and Darkness that both sides need to adhere to and it allows very little direct intervention from either side. The most that either side can do is police the other side to make sure they do not break the treaty.
The story is told from the perspective of Anton, a computer programmer for the Night Watch who is getting his first taste of field work. Anton makes an interesting narrator. He's in a middle management sort of position in the Night Watch and you get the impression that he's an underachiever. He's reluctant to go into field work and, through the course of the novel, we begin to see why.
Anton is a deeply introspective person who questions everything and, while he is fully on the side of Light, he has his questions about the Night Watch. His desk job allows him to avoid these questions but, in the field, he needs to face them. There is a family of Vampires, Dark others, in Anton's apartment complex that he is friendly with.
They are Dark, but they don't feed on humans and Anton likes them. When Vampires do feed on humans, they get a license from the Night Watch. Does this make the Light others responsible for the vampire's victim? These are the questions that Anton asks himself and it makes the stark contrast between Light and Dark seem very gray. Each section of the novel follows a similar structure.
It begins with a threat to the balance between Light and Darkness. Anton finds himself intimately involved and struggles to find the right way forward. There is a moment at the end when an apocalypse seems imminent, but ultimately it is avoided. The true, complex machinations of both Light and Darkness are revealed at the end, such that neither side comes off very well, and the stalemate continues.
Readers of traditional fantasy may find this frustrating, as the final showdown between Light and Darkness never materializes, but others will probably find Lukyanenko's work more true to life. Anton's desire to do what is right never comes into question. However, we experience his difficulty in determining the right thing to do. The Night Watch always means well, but some of their schemes go horribly wrong.
Communism, we are told, was a plan of the Light others gone wrong. And, in a remarkably even handed and subtle moment, we are told that the Nazis were the result of a Light other plan gone awry.
We are left to question, not our values, but how we can do anything in our lives without making concessions to the Darkness within us. If there is a problem with this book, it is that it becomes a little one-note after a while. A great deal of this book consists of conversations on morals and ethics between to characters or Anton's own internal musings.
Still, the novel transcends all of this at the end, and we are left to believe that the love between two individuals might be more important than the battle between good and evil.
Jun 09, Belinda rated it really liked it Shelves: Een strijd tussen goed en kwaad. Anderen, magie, vloeken en goede en slechte bedoelen. Een grote ketel heksensoep kun je het noemen. Anton, Egor en Sveta zijn mooie karakters in deze duistere fantasy. Nog nooit in Moskou geweest, lijfelijk. Wel door boeken zoals deze. Thoroughly entertaining book. This genre vampires, twilight worlds, etc. It has creative world-building and a cast of strong, distinct characters. Apr 05, Emma rated it liked it Shelves: This had some interesting ideas and story lines but the delivery was clunky because of the translation.
In some ways it was like the Russian version of Rivers of London, but not as funny or readable. This was a reread and I first read it many years ago so when I first rated it from memory, I gave it 5. But there werent so many excellent books in the genre back then or at least not that I knew of. Glad I refreshed my memory, but sadly not as good as I remembered. Night Watch is the first book in a six-book series. I would consider this to be urban fantasy. Since both sides seem primarily concerned with maintaining a balance, the lines between them are a little blurry.
Rules are in place to keep conflict between the two Night Watch is the first book in a six-book series. Rules are in place to keep conflict between the two sides from escalating into a war. If somebody strikes a blow for the Light, then the other side has the right to strike an equal blow for the Dark.
The structure is a little different; it consists of three individual stories. Each one tells a complete story, but follows the same main character and builds on the previous stories.
I read an English translation, of course. It seemed like characters took the long way around to work toward their goals, and the main character was often ineffective. He was a likeable character though, a bit bumbling and confused, but well-meaning. I think my biggest complaint about the book would be the constant and repetitive musings on morality as it related to the actions of the Light versus the Dark.
In the first story when I was still learning about the setting, it was interesting to learn about the choices that the sides had made, why they had made them, and consider whether their choices were ultimately more or less harmful than alternate choices.
But then in the second story the characters continued to muse over more-or-less the same things, and it started to get tiresome. Aside from those complaints, it was a quick read that held my attention well.
I enjoyed the concepts introduced and I liked the stories and the characters. Apr 05, Jaidee rated it liked it Shelves: All three novellas in this book were 3 stars I will try the second in the series at some point! Nov 29, Kaya rated it it was amazing Shelves: I adore Anton, I adore the humor and ambiguous messages. It's far from perfect, but enjoy "The Dark freedom is, first of all, the freedom from yourself, your consciousness and soul.
It's far from perfect, but enjoyable enough. This is a story about a man trying to accept that the Light can have catastrophic consequences just as the Dark does. Magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, werewolves and who knows what else are trying to maintain a truce between the forces of Light and Darkness.
As Anton digs deeper into the secrets of the Night Watch, he is forced to make difficult decisions, over and over again. Also, as long as the portion of Good outweighs the possible harm, the Night Watch is able to act with a free hand.
The Light has been responsible for some of the horrors of the 20th Century and Anton realizes the Day Watch does just as much to hold back from destroying the world.
The war is fought by Others. They have magical powers and all their emotions are heightened. The world exists on many levels -the one we see as humans, then there is Twilight which is only approachable to Others and is called upon by stepping through ones shadow. The Twilight also has many levels, each demanding more energy to enter than the previous one. Magicians choose the Light or the Dark - their choice is based on the state of their mind. The first enter into Twilight defines ones destiny.
The consequence of doing good magic is allowing the other side to do an equal amount of evil magic and vice versa. And we don't have the right to do that. The author developed struggles and resistance of our protagonist so beautifully it's almost impossible not to relate to Anton. In the first part of the book, Others must save Egor, a young boy, future Other, from a female vampire, who illegally tried to kill him.
Anton formed a certain kind of bond with the boy, so he might be a key in saving him. At the same time, an enormous dark vortex has been opened over the head of Svetlana, young woman, who happens to be a latent magician.
Anton is connected to her, in some way, which means he's the only one who can save her. Basically, Anton is average magician and he'll never be extremely powerful, but with his charisma, he manages to be in the center of everything important.
The second part of the book, Anton searches for Maxim, another latent Other, who doesn't even realize what he really is and who has been killing off Dark Others for around three years.
Anton must find him before the Day Watch arests him for the crimes they try to frame him. The third part is a bit anticlimactic. There is a lot of partying, alcohol and drunken conversations. It doesn't really feel like an ending of the first book in the series, but at list we get to know Anton even better. So, the biggest part of the novel is the arguable moral value, philosophy of right and wrong, and acceptance that nothing really is black and white.
This book is at the same time amusing and thought-provoking, consuminh and witty. Our protagonist questions morals and purpose of authority figures.
There are epic quotes, sufficient protagonist who's at the same time humble and cocky, sneeky plot, intelligent humour and secondary character that wait for their moment to shine, like Semyon.
It looks like Anton is destined to change the course of those close to him. With his doubts, fears and contradicted emotions, he is such a strong protagonist that you don't even feel the need to become familiar with other characters.
He's intelligent, articulate, resourceful and thoughtful. Anton is an underachiever,reluctant to go into field work because he knows he's not good at it. While questioning everything, including the intentions of the Night Watch, he still manages to be fully on the side of Light. There is a family of Vampires, Dark Others, living in his building that he is friends with.
They are Dark, but they don't feed on humans and Anton respects them. They seem odly disciplined, with even less schemes than the Night Watch.
Secretly, I even want Anton to change side. His scenes with Egor were pretty powerful too. View all 6 comments. This book is my biggest let down of so far. The basic plot focuses on Anton Gorodetsky, a member of the Night Watch, as he essentially navigates life contemplating the differences between Light Others and Dark Others, how he fits into the overall system, and how his choices ultimately define him. The entire novel focuses on the Night Watch of which Anton is a member and the Day Watch, two opposing supernatural organisations who keep each other in check.
To keep things simple: Speaking of the characters, excluding Anton, the majority of them are ridiculously underdeveloped. Soya milk has more of a personality than this woman. I'm talkin' a ton of filler, a ton of characters what the fuck was up with the old man and the melon?
I spent most of the time forgetting huge chunks of the story and just shrugging it off. Who knew. Obviously everyone gleans enjoyment from different things, and this may end up being your cup of tea, but for me it was a huge miss. Jun 01, Katy rated it it was amazing. Please note: I've read this book twice, the latest time being December I had my husband read this first, after he read the Russian version, so he could tell me how good the translation was he was born in Russia.
He tells me the translation from Russian is very good, as good as could be expected considering there are so many Russian words and phrases that simply cannot be translated into English with the same amount of impact.
Apparently the Russian version of this book has a Please note: Apparently the Russian version of this book has a great deal of humor in it - what I primarily perceived was a fairly melancholic air.
My Synopsis: This book - all three parts of it - focus on Anton, a 5-year veteran of the Nightwatch. The Nightwatch is a group of Light Others - magicians, shapeshifters, etc. Anton is having what could be most closely defined as a crisis of faith; he feels that maybe the ends do not justify the means and that the Nightwatch is not acting in the best interests of humankind after all.
However, he does not want to switch allegiances - in fact, as far as he knows no one can - and he cannot act directly against the Nightwatch or he will be sent into the Twilight forever. Act 1: The first part of the book is the part that most closely resembles the movie that was created from these novels - they must again save Egor, a young boy, from a female vampire, after Anton has already saved him once and killed her paramour, who illegally turned her after falling in love with her when he was licensed to take her I presume the "legal" result of this transaction would be the death of the girl, but it is never baldly stated this way.
At the same time, a large dark vortex has opened over the city and they must find first the person over whom it has risen and secondly the Magician or Sorceress who has set it. Act 2: The second part of the book finds Anton in a great deal of danger when he is sent after a Maverick Other, who does not even realize that he is an Other, who has been killing off Dark Others for around three years.
He must find the Maverick and bring him in before the Daywatch catches up to him or the Maverick - but the Daywatch is certain is it Anton himself who is committing the murders. Act 3: Finally in the 3rd section of the book, we find Moscow under an unusual heat wave and the Nightwatch has been cut down to a skeleton crew, with the rest being sent off on vacation.
Anton fears that Svetlana - who, he is told, is destined to be a Great One - is being pushed too far, too fast and that, as a result, the fragile love that has grown between them will be snapped. As a result, he pushes her even farther away and finally ends up making a deal with the Dark Ones; however, he redeems himself in the denouement, before announcing to Gesar and Svetlana that he has realized this whole situation has been a feint and distraction to keep the Dark Ones from knowing what is actually going on of course, we ourselves have very little idea ourselves, as Anton doesn't deign to actually state out loud much about the actions going on.
Comparisons and Recommendations: Maybe more perceptive readers than I will figure out what is going on in the background, but a lot of this feels like a book by L E Modesitt, Jr.
Don't miss this one - it's a terrific book. View all 3 comments. Sep 03, Penny rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought there are a lot of interesting and unusual aspects to this book. In particular, the tripartite structure I got that term from the book club discussion , the magic system, and the depth of discussion on the nature of good vs evil and how to go about keeping a balance between the two. I liked the tripartite structure of the book.
It sort of spilt the story into three sub-stories although the time line was consistent as were the main characters. However each sub-story had its own focus an I thought there are a lot of interesting and unusual aspects to this book. However each sub-story had its own focus and resolution within the greater arc of the entire book. It made for very good reading in my opinion.
The world building and magic system are simply fantastic.
Lukyanenko managed to take a very simple old idea of good and evil and present it in a way that completely held my attention. The world exists on many levels, the one we as humans can see, then just below that there is the Twilight which is only accessible to those with magic and is called upon by magicians by stepping through ones shadow.
The Twilight has many levels, each requiring more energy to enter than the last. Magicians are born, not made, and they choose either the Light or the Dark. The consequence of doing good magic is allowing the other side to do an equal amount of bad magic and vice versa, a result of the Treaty.
This brings up the questions of how much good is achieved in a good deed that can't be outweighed by a bad one? How much evil can you undo by reforming a bad man? It is equal to the cost?
These questions and more are addressed in a beautifully complex and well thought out manner. I'll definitely be continuing with the series.
Mar 12, Sumant rated it liked it Shelves: I was really close on giving up this book after I was almost seventy five percent done with the book, but I kept going after thinking that I had come near to the end and the final conclusion will be satisfactory to my persistence, but unfortunately it left me wanting for more. The genre of book is Urban fantasy , but author manages to put in lot of grey moments in the book, where in you are confused regarding classifying the good guys as good, it's not your typical Harry Dresden type urban fantasy I was really close on giving up this book after I was almost seventy five percent done with the book, but I kept going after thinking that I had come near to the end and the final conclusion will be satisfactory to my persistence, but unfortunately it left me wanting for more.
The genre of book is Urban fantasy , but author manages to put in lot of grey moments in the book, where in you are confused regarding classifying the good guys as good, it's not your typical Harry Dresden type urban fantasy not taking anything away from Dresden files.
Some of the strong points of the book are 1. Different urban setting. Grey characters. Short story format. Some of the weak points are 1. Story seems to be going no where. Hazy magic system. Let me elaborate on the above points now 1. The book takes place in Moscow where they have classified all the persons excepts humans are to be classified as Others. So it is perfectly normal for you to be a werewolf or a witch or for that matter an vampire provided you are not hurting anyone.
It's the responsibility of Watches to maintain this watch and keep a tab on others present in their areas. But it's the responsibility of Night Watch to maintain the balance for good, and of the Day Watch to maintain the balance for bad acts.
Also these watches are at equilibrium with respect to one another. All this takes place in Moscow which gives completely different color altogether. The rumble of the engine, the gusts of air coming in through the half-open windows, the jolting over the rails. The numb wait for your own station. At last the whole world is divided up into black and white! So get this. This is the biggest plus point of the book, you just can't pinpoint that if a guy belongs to Night watch he is just going to do good deeds, but some of the guys from Night watch take such actions that you question their motives.
We get an continuous story in the book where we have same characters involved, but the author splits the story into three different situations, this keeps things fresh. Regarding the weak points of the book 1. Ok we know that Night watch is not always doing things it is suppose to be doing which is protecting humans.
But what about humans? Tirelessly, self-sacrificingly. They do the work of the Dark themselves. The faith Light Magicians used to have when they sent entire armies to their deaths, and marched in the front ranks themselves?
The ability not just to defend people, but to bring them joy? Yes, Anton, we are soldiers. But you can repeat this philosophy once or maximum twice in the book, you just can't keep hammering the reader with this continuous dilemma which our night watch guys face, because its gets tiring after some time reading the same thing again and again.
Also the story is mostly told from the pov of night watch agent Anton , the author does not give us any background information regarding him, and this guy just keeps thinking in his mind and his self pitying and self dialogues just become too much after point. Anton is a Light magician of growing level and is also an agent of the Moscow Night Watch.
Each segment or book is subdivided by a prolog followed by eight chapters, the first seven the following story. Even though each story is independent of each other, they have a connection between them. Its structure works in the way each story has a relation with the one before because it uses previous situations and characters, so the story makes sense and the reader understands what is happening then.
The events of each part of the prologs are written in third person narrative and take place outside the presence of Adam, the main character and active voice of the books.
The continuity of the story, in spite of the division in three different ones, makes it an excellent fiction book series. The first part of the novel was brought to the big screen respecting the development of the characters in the novel and altering some significant elements of the story but keeping the several races of this magic world, like vampires, magicians, enchantresses, shapeshifters, werewolves, incubus witches between others.
The story was originally written in Russian and, during the translation process, it is understandable to think some elements related to the story, the language, and the culture might be altered, changed and lose its sense, but it does not happen in this case.
The story is wonderful in both languages and many critics state the reader is going to enjoy every part of this marvelous story, from Night Watch to The Last Watch. It is also said that this work brings to memory some fictional contents from Stephen King or can be compared to the television show Dr. Who; if we have knowledge about these two icons from the science fiction and horror stories, we might have an idea of what we are going to find while reading this book series.
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The story was originally written in Russian and, during the translation process, it is understandable to think some elements related to the story, the language, and the culture might be altered, changed and lose its sense, but it does not happen in this case. The story is wonderful in both languages and many critics state the reader is going to enjoy every part of this marvelous story, from Night Watch to The Last Watch. It is also said that this work brings to memory some fictional contents from Stephen King or can be compared to the television show Dr.
Who; if we have knowledge about these two icons from the science fiction and horror stories, we might have an idea of what we are going to find while reading this book series. It is, indeed, an honor to be compared with the work of the master of horror or with such a long and popular science fiction series as the time traveler many-faced doctor. If you see one missing just send me an e-mail below. Book s. The guy is a master! More Details. View Results. Night Watch Books In Order. All Gabriel Allon fans will be eagerly anticipating this one - your favourite spy is back in The New Girl , coming to bookshelves in mid-July.
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