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More Brent Weeks NIGHT ANGEL TRILOGY online coverage

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks - US / UK paperbackShadow's Edge by Brent Weeks, US / UK paperbackBeyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks, US / UK paperback

The Night Angel Trilogy by debut author Brent Weeks is continuing to create a bit of a buzz-storm around the genre-blogs as the amount of online coverage of his first two books – The Way of Shadows [US | UK | AUS] and Shadow’s Edge [US | UK | AUS] – continues to build up. And with the official publication date of the series-concluder Beyond the Shadows [US | UK | AUS] right around the corner, we’ve already seen an early review for that one as well…

Here’s the latest batch of content we’ve spotted in our RSS readers, to be added to our first round-up item, posted a few weeks ago.

A couple of interviews to tell you about first: Brent talks to Gav over at NextRead.co.uk about big fantasy and his approach to writing the Night Angel Trilogy. And he’s on the spot at BookSpotCentral.com as Damon asks Brent about everything from world-building to characterisation to cover art.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks - US / UK paperbackReviews now, and we’ll start with a plethora of new ones for The Way of Shadows: Rob Bedford covered the book for SFFWorld.com and declared it “the most impressive debut novel [he’s] read this year”. Graeme Flory says The Way of Shadows “will grip you with its intrigue and swashbuckling exploits” at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review. Mark at My Favourite Books says that Weeks’ debut is “deft and clever story, skillfully delivered”. Jessica from Toronto’s World’s Biggest Bookstores writes, at Sci-Fi Fan Letter that this one of those kind of books: “You know the kind – that book you can’t put down even though you have to eat, sleep or work.” And Hagelrat, posting at Un:Bound was full of high praise, concluding: “It’s a wonderfully rich traditional fantasy and it’s a delight to finally read a novel of this sort that not only stands alone as a story whilst leading on to a trilogy, but actually delivers that extra finesse of handling and realism of character and motive that lacks in a lot of books.”

Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks, US / UK paperbackShadow’s Edge is up next, with Jeff C at Fantasy Book News & Reviews finding it not quite as hot as the first instalment, but still one that left him excited to read the conclusion. Rob Bedford is back with a second review at SFFWorld.com and concludes that volume two is perhaps more of an introspective look at the character development of Weeks’ protagonist than the first, hence the contrast. But Paul Stotts, writing for Blood of the Muse declares it to be a terrific middle-trilogy instalment, with an ending that offers an “unforgettable conclusion” as well as “intriguing new directions for the next book to explore”.

Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks, US / UK paperbackSo far, we’ve seen a couple of mentions for Beyond the Shadows, both of them from the same reviewer: Jeff C at Fantasy Book News & Reviews dropped an early mention, saying it was… well, the second word he used was “excellent”. He then came back later on with a full review, in which he concluded that The Night Angel Trilogy was “probably [his] favorite series of the year”.

Brent Weeks has been collecting reviews over at his own website as well, so do double-check there in case there are a couple we haven’t spotted ourselves. And do drop us a line if you’ve covered these, or any other Orbit titles, on your own blog or website so we can give your piece a mention in a future coverage or links round-up.

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  1. Justin

    May 3, 2010
    at 12:17 am

    Hi,
    I just wanted to say these books are brilliant! They were such an enjoyable read that I managed to finish every book within 3 days from opening the book.
    If there’s 1 thing I wanted to see, it would be perhaps a book before these 3. A book counting the tales of Durzo Blint in his other lives. A few great mysteries such as what really happened with the Ka’kari.
    Anyways,
    Keep up the great work :)

  2. Tom

    May 6, 2010
    at 10:53 pm

    Love the books… havn’t been able to read Shadow’s edge yet cos my library order still hasn’t arrived… GRRR

  3. isaac

    October 10, 2010
    at 9:36 pm

    I loved your books. The ending was spectacular, if a little sad. I was just wondering, you said in the extras section of The Way Of Shadows that you would have another series taking place in Midcyru about “one of the sons of” you left off there but i now understand, and was wondering what the trilogy would be called?

  4. Gihan

    April 4, 2011
    at 9:49 am

    Love the trilogy plz continue this story
    thank u very much

  5. jesse Dziedzic

    October 20, 2011
    at 3:32 am

    You are exactly right on this blog.

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