The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1)
By Brent Weeks
5 out of 5 stars *****
Brent Weeks has a talent for creating complex and interesting characters that fit perfectly into the brutal and unforgiving world he has created. Durzo Blint being the most interesting. Here's a character that lives by a creed that states life is worthless, thus creating a roadblock for a guilty conscious, yet still struggles with doing the right thing at times when his job is at stake. Durzo is a wetboy, which is like an assassin, only he uses his Talent (magic) to enhance his abilities. Blending in with shadows, silencing his movements, creating extra hands to carry out his dark deeds.
When Blint takes on an apprentice (Azoth) he grows into an efficient assassin but lacks the Talent needed to become a wetboy. From there the story grows into a fast paced adventure with a cast of supporting characters that are just as deep and rich as Durzo and Azoth and a few villains that are as nasty as they come.
This was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the second book.
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