Sunday 5 February 2012

The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko - Book Review

Title: The Day Watch (Watch # 2)
Author: Sergei Lukyanenko
Publisher: Arrow Books
Publication Date: 2008 (1998)
Pages: 487
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal
Source: Xmas Gift

The second book in the internationally bestselling fantasy series, Day Watch begins where Night Watch left off, set in a modern-day Moscow where the 1,000-year-old treaty between Light and Dark maintains its uneasy balance through careful vigilance from the Others. The forces of darkness keep an eye during the day, the Day Watch, while the agents of Light monitor the nighttime. Very senior Others called the Inquisitors are the impartial judges insisting on the essential compact. When a very potent artifact is stolen from them, the consequences are dire and drastic for all sides. Day Watch introduces the perspective of the Dark Ones, as it is told in part by a young witch who bolsters her evil power by leeching fear from children's nightmares as a counselor at a girls' summer camp. When she falls in love with a handsome young Light One, the balance is threatened and a death must be avenged. (Goodreads Synopsis)

It's been about a year since I read The Night Watch, but at last I got round to grabbing the remaining books in the series.

I loved the first book and this second instalment doesn't disappoint. It was a little slow starting, maybe because I love Anton's character and he wasn't in the first of the three stories, but soon things picked up and I was sucked into the world of the Others once more. It was great to catch up with my favourite characters from the first book and meet some new ones and I finished this book hungry for more. Luckily I still have the last two books in the series to read!

This is a story of witches, vampires and werewolves, split into two groups - The Light Ones and The Dark Ones. There has long been a balance of power between the two and an uneasy truce, but now each group is fighting to tip the scales in their favour.

Recommended for fans of Urban Fantasy. There is some story continuation between the books, so it's best to read them in the correct order if you can.

Look out for my reviews of The Twilight Watch and The Last Watch over the next week or so.

Oh and there are two Russian films based on the series - Night Watch and Day Watch - that are available with English subtitles and are really great!

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