The Way of Shadows ~ Brent Weeks

way_of_shadowsFor Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.

The Way of Shadows is a compelling entry in the high fantasy genre. The novel’s rich atmosphere and cast of well-realized characters bring this book to life. The exquisite attention to detail paid to both of those aspects ensure total investment, while cinematic fight scenes coupled with palpable tension make it nearly impossible to set this one aside.

If you’re willing to invest the time – however long it will take you to read through almost 700 pages – you’ll get in return a wonderful story that doesn’t shy away from darkness or the redemptive qualities of love and honor.

The Way of Shadows is the first in the Night Angel trilogy.

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