Shadows Edge by Brent Weeks – Review

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Published: November 1, 2008

Publisher: Orbit

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 642 (Paperback)

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

Synopsis:

Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin’s life. The Godking’s successful coup has left Kylar’s master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession.

But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?


Even though I wasn’t crazy about The Way of Shadows, I decided to go ahead and continue on with Shadow’s Edge since I already had the audiobook just waiting around for me. The uptick in my enthusiasm and enjoyment near the end of the first book continued on in an exponential manner in this installment. Yeah, that sounded nerdy, BUT IT WAS SUCH AN AWESOME SEQUEL.

First of all, all the characters from the first book really went from seeming to me like children to being adults. Of course some characters *ahem Kylar* had moments of unbelievable stupidity and immaturity, but it wasn’t so bad most of the time. I did want to pull my hair out a few times because how stupid/blind/naïve could one person be?? Really? Our favorite king, Logan Gyre quickly became a force to be reckoned with while he dwelt in the Hole- he ATE people for God’s sake- though somehow he managed to maintain a semblance of humanity. Vi Sovari was also a pretty remarkable character and was pivotal to events throughout the book. I had moments where I loathed her, but there were others were I was completely sympathetic to her situation and why she made the choices she did. Weeks did a fantastic job of shaping up and rounding out all of his characters.

The story went from being ho-hum in book 1 to phenomenal and addictive in Shadow’s Edge. I finished this one and immediately began listening to the next because it was THAT good. I can now see why so many people love this series as much, if not more than the Lightbringer series. There were these intriguing little bits of information and a certain few events that really piqued my interest- namely Logan’s cool glowing arm tat. Whatever could be the significance? Well, as I write this I am a scant half hour from finishing book 3 and I AM DYING INSIDE, but I know the significance, though it’s not solid in my opinion. Of course the ending of Shadow’s Edge was a real knock out- I was torn between laughter, weeping, and rolling my face on my keyboard.

Anyway, this was a pretty fantabulous book. Brent Weeks is moving into a category of favorite authors alongside Michael J. Sullivan, Pierce Brown, and all the rest of those writers that I just can’t get enough of. Some people write characters that stick with you for months or years after you’ve finished a book and that’s the best kind. Check out the series. Stick with it and you’ll be hooked.

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