Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Teaser Tuesday: The Night Watch

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

Here's page 330 of The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko for you:

There was so much Dark all around, and so little Light.

For some reason Maxim recalled the last thing Elena had shouted at him as he was leaving: 'I wish you'd love us, not just take care of us.'

I am also including the book review in the same post. I hope you'll enjoy it.

The Night Watch
By Sergei Lukyanenko (Author's Website)
Translated By Andrew Bromfield (2006)
Publisher: Random House (UK)
Published on 2006
ISBN-13: 978-0-099-48992-4
513 pages

The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko is the first book of the Night Watch Trilogy set in modern-day Moscow. The fantasy tale carries the voice of a young man named Anton Gorodetsky who belongs to a magical force called the “Night Watch” that protects humanity from the “Day Watch” consisting of vampires, werewolves, witches, and the list goes on. At the beginning, Anton is a low-level but apparently an important member of the Watch (he just doesn’t know it yet) and is about to be sent to the field for a mission although he is not a field operative.

Anton is one of the extraordinary humans called the "Others" who live and work alongside humans. As an Other, Anton can enter in and out of another dimension known as the Twilight. When an Other comes of age, he or she must choose to join the Light or the Dark side. This is the case for Egor, a young boy who got himself into trouble when a vampire ‘calls’ him (he’s about to become ‘food’). Egor is a young unfledged Other (he doesn’t know it) and his time hasn’t come for him to choose sides. At the same time of the Egor incident, Anton is to find a woman who is under a Dark Magician’s curse. She's a beautiful and innocent doctor named Svetlana, also an uninitiated Other who potentially possesses great magical powers.

Another thing to watch for in the story is that each side – the Light and the Dark – honours a treaty to ensure that the opposite side is not violating the terms by interfering illegally with the direction of human history. The story gets a little bit philosophical and in my humble opinion, makes a tedious read as it keeps emphasizing most of the time, on the importance of maintaining this balance of power.

The book has three parts. I was excited upon finishing part one of the story but as part two and three unfolds, I got a little tired. Still, it makes an interesting read because of the modus operandi of the Watches, the other-worldly Twilight that will happily make any of the Others a permanent resident should they ever commit something wrong, the emotional conflicts and struggles between good and evil, and a host of other supernatural stuff. I'm happy to move on to The Day Watch (Book Two) but will not be doing that so soon.