Night Watch

Night Watch

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They are the "Others," an ancient race of supernatural beings--magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers--who live among us. Human born, they must choose a side to swear allegiance to--the Dark or the Light--when they come of age.

For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy peace, enforced by defenders like the Night Watch, forces of the Light who guard against the Dark. But prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will arise to spark a cataclysmic war.

Anton Gorodetsky, an untested mid-level Light magician with the Night Watch, discovers a cursed young woman--an Other of tremendous potential unallied with either side--who can shift the balance of power. With the battle lines between Light and Dark drawn, the magician must move carefully, for one wrong step could mean the beginning of annihilation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 470 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Harper Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062310097
  • 9780062310095
  • 989,641

About Sergei Lukyanenko

Sergei Lukyanenko was born in Kazakhstan and educated as a psychiatrist. He began publishing science fiction in the 1980s and is today the most popular science fiction writer in Russia. He is a prolific writer, the author of over 25 books. The first three volumes of the Night Watch Quartet have sold over two million hardcovers between them. Doubleday Canada will publish the third installment in the series, The Twilight Watch in summer 2007 and the fourth, The Last Watch, in 2008. He lives in Moscow.
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"Night Watch is an epic of extraordinary power." --Quentin Tarantino""Star Wars" meets the Vampires in Moscow . . . it bursts with a sick, carnivorous glee in its fiendish games." --"The New York Times""The Night Watch""is inventive, sardonic and imbued with a surprising sense that, for this author and his audience, much of this stuff is new-minted." --"The Independent" (UK)A "sceptical, intelligent thriller."-"Telegraph" (UK)"Fascinating. . . . [The] excellent translation by Andrew Bromfield keeps the pace moving. . . . One of the most original and readable supernatural fictions in some time."-"Scotland on Sunday""Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park. . . . The novel contains some captivating scenes and all kinds of marvelous, inventive detail: The vampires' seduction of a teenage boy is bone-chilling; every time Lukyanenko described the Other-worldly Twilight, I felt lured into it; and the fantastical powers exercised by Anton and his colleagues range from delightful to awesome."- Ron Charles, "The Washington Post Book World""Lukyanenko is great at rolling out new concepts for the reader to savour."-"The Sydney Morning Herald "(Australia)"[As] potent as a shot of vodka. . . . [A] compelling urban fantasy."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"This modern day mythical fantasy is Anne Rice on an epic scale, a hugely imagined world. A chiller thriller from cold of Russia, this one's been selling like hot cakes around the world." --"Sunday Sport"
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32,925 ratings
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