“I love it already. Night Watch needs this companion book. Already I'm appreciating the tension between the sides. One gets the feeling that a world without the day watch would be Draconian and cruel. Likewise a world without the night watch would be a never ending terror. Hmmm. It's a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love it already. Night Watch needs this companion book. Already I'm appreciating the tension between the sides. One gets the feeling that a world without the day watch would be Draconian and cruel. Likewise a world without the night watch would be a never ending terror. Hmmm. It's a page-turner!”Bethany B wrote this review Friday, August 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read and reviewed in 2007.
In this, the 2nd book of the Others' series, we are again treated to three separate, yet intertwining stories: first, the young Dark witch Alisa loses her powers in a struggle over an illegally practicing Dark witch and is sent to Artek (the most elite of the camps for the Young Pioneers during the Soviet era) to regain her strength. There she falls in love with another of the camp leaders ... *edit* and I've been told I left in a spoiler here - sorry! *end edit* In the second story, a Finnish group of the Dark Ones called the Brothers of Regin steal the mystical Talon of Fafnir and attempt to bring it to Moscow. Vitaly Rogoza, an Other who seems to have lost his memory and is gradually gaining it back, along with stronger and stronger powers, gets in the line of several murders, causing the Light Others to attack him. There is not much more I can tell about this story without completely ruining it - you will simply have to read it for yourself. In the third story, we are treated to a gathering of the Inquisition to determine the guilt or lack thereof regarding these events.
This story is told more from the point of view of the Dark Ones, which is very interesting in that it seems to show that most of the scheming and problems are caused by the Light Ones, because of their misunderstanding of the ultimate goals of the Dark Ones, and their refusal to even try to understand. The Dark Ones are shown to only wish to live their own lives in freedom and do as they wish as long as they don't infringe on others' freedoms - which is very similar to the witches' creed "An it harm none, do as thy will." The Light Ones, however, believe that everything the Dark Ones do is a direct attempt to "start something" and/or as lies. It is truly a tragic situation.
The addition of many references to Russian pop culture means that there will be little bits and pieces here and there that people who aren't familiar with Russian modern culture might find a bit abstruse; however, this does not lessen the enjoyment of this very well-done book. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys thought-provoking works, epic stories about the struggle of Light vs. Dark, paranormal alternate history stories, or just a good book.”
“Continues the story of the War between the dark & light forces. They have been held in balance for years, but now the two sides are maneuvering actively against each other. The light is attempting to set up the birth of a Messiah & the dark trying to stop them. A great look at dark vs light. Ask the big questions of good & evil & the balance we walk between the two.”Celtic_Witch wrote this review Sunday, December 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I did not enjoy this volume as much as the first one. I think it was because of the lack of Anton and his perspective. I did not know how much his voice meant to me until it was gone. It was interesting to see things from the Dark Ones point of view, but was not as engaging as I thought it would be. Still looking forward to reading the next book though!”Connie wrote this review Monday, August 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“How can u not read this after reading the first book ??? Beautiful universe worth visiting every time !!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ! ”Ziad C wrote this review Monday, March 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
much like Night Watch”
“I loved this series. It was interesting to see into another culture. For example people in Russia will stop private cars for rides. ”Theresa wrote this review Wednesday, December 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is epic fantasy. Although the novels fall in the horror genre, they are far from it. Lukyanenko creates chracters that are immortal but all too fallible. These books are heavy on dialogue and character development. When action occurs it is intense and beautiful.”Chris M wrote this review Sunday, October 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It felt a little disjointed as I couldn't remember half the references it made to The Night Watch, but overall still enjoyable.”jkdavies wrote this review Friday, August 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A continuation of the struggle between the forces of Light and Darkness that began in the Night Watch.
I didn't like this as much as the first book. This one read different, it felt a bit forced with too much of a character study and attempts at philosophy of good vs. evil. And not enough of action.