The Way of Shadows

After finishing the Brandon Sanderson books that I was listening to, I decided to try something different, so I downloaded Brent Weeks The Way of Shadows. I loved The Black Prism and have heard that this series was fantastic. It definitely did not disappoint.

How could I not love a book with magic and highly trained assassins? The book starts off with Azoth growing up in the bad part of the city and he sees Durzo Blint kill a bunch of guys. We learn that Blint is the greatest Wet Boy out there and Azoth wants to be his apprentice.

Weeks jumps right in, he does not spend much time giving us a lot of information. We learn that Azoth belongs a street guild that steals money and that his leader is Rat, who abuses people who do not earn enough. Anyways, the book skips through time and we see Azoth rise up to oppose Rat, but in the end it costs Azoth. Blint agrees to take him on as his apprentice, but only if he kills Rat. After that, the book jumps forward a few years.

Azoth is grown up and is now almost a full wet boy, minus that he cannot use his magical talent. Anyways, without giving up too much, he ends up having to fight his master and try to save the kingdom. Here are a few of the things I liked and some of the things I believe will happen.

-The battle between Blint and Kylar was pretty awesome. And a bit sad. Durzo Blint did not want to kill Kylar, but he really had no choice. Well I think he did, I mean, the two of them working together could have went after Blint’s daughter and stopped Roth.

-I think that Kylar, as the Night Angel, will to do better than Durzo. He will attempt to save Cenaria and go after the God-King. That is just my guess.

-I am hoping Logan makes it out of the Hole. He is probably my favorite character, a giant warrior, who also just happens to be a scholar, and probably the best person in the whole world. He is the kind of person who probably feels bad when he steps on a bug.

-Speaking of Logan, my prediction is that he survives and rallies the nobles. He then finds out that Jenine is still alive and being held by the God-King. Maybe he will be the one to kill him.

-I wonder if Kylar will join up with Solon and Dorian to learn more about being a Magus. I remember Blint telling Kylar that his Talent was immense that the Magi would be fighting over him if they were in that part of the world.

Anyways, I am looking forward to starting the next book. If you read this series, let me know what you thought of it.