Saturday, 4 May 2013

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Night Watch 5: The New Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko

Release Date: 02/05/13
Publisher:  William Heinemann


Walking the streets of our cities are the Others. These men and women are guardians of the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world that exists alongside our own. Each has sworn allegiance to one side, fighting for the Light, or the Darkness. But now, beyond the continuing struggle comes a peril that threatens their very world . At Moscow airport, Higher Light Magician Anton Gorodetsky overhears a child screaming that a plane is about to crash. He discovers that the child is a prophet: an Other with the gift of foretelling the future. When the catastrophe is averted, Gorodetsky senses a disruption in the natural order, one that is confirmed by the arrival of a dark and terrifying predator. From the Night Watch headquarters Gorodetsky travels to London, to Taiwan and across Russia in search of clues, unearthing as he goes a series of increasingly cataclysmic prophecies. He soon realizes that what is at stake is the existence of the Twilight itself - and that only he will be able to save it.


I’m a huge fan of the Night Watch and whilst I haven’t watched the myriad of films out there I have sat back and enjoyed each tale as it arrived giving me an adventure in the Urban Fantasy world that brought a whole new perspective to the genre giving the reader something unique.

Here within the latest outing the danger has increased so its not so much about the fate between one of the two sides but something that has dragged the whole world into the fray. The danger is dark, the twists even blacker and when added to a translation that works wonderfully well for the English market all round gives the reader another cracking experience.

Finally throw into the mix an author who loves to twist expectations, deliver something that few others are doing in the genre at the moment and all round will leave the reader satisfied, then you have to give this cracking series a go.

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