Saw this trilogy during a trip to the bookstore and purchased this slip edition for less than $5.00 from a third-party seller here on Amazon, and, arriving in perfect condition, I couldn't be more satisfied. The neat cover art gives the books an Assassins Creed vibe and was what sparked my curiosity into giving this series a try in the first place, but I kept my expectations low because the summary in the product description was too short and simple to arouse much interest, and also because, personally, after enjoying another brilliant trilogy so much, I haven't found any other works of fiction I've read after it to match its excitement).
However, that was not the case with the Night Angel Trilogy. First of all, the author did an excellent job creating an interesting setting and including magic in the plot without being cliche (think Tolkien) about it. While all three of the books in the trilogy numbers more than 600 pages long, the plot is well-crafted and moves at a fast pace, and is worth the time to get through, with plenty of action to keep you up at night that builds up as each book go along in the most outstanding way. There are loads of characters with a lot of side stories, but they all fall into place with each other without losing any focus on the protagonist or the plot itself, while the characters are interesting and well thought out. However, I would NOT recommend this for the under-18 age group or for the particularly sensitive -as in the description, the main character is an assassin, so there is a lot of violence and murder to be expected, with the details included; there is also violence against children, sex scenes and innuendo, rape, and other unpleasant topics, while the protagonists (who are not exactly what one would consider "good" people) are only thus because the antagonists are much worse in comparison if not irredeemably evil. Despite the grit, though, the story-line is well-written and difficult to single out any excellent area, including the number of character development. All of the characters are flawed -some horribly, and hold varying degrees of personal trauma, though their individual quirks are written with depth, while the prime characters all gradually become stronger as the series goes on, and only because the love and hope of their friends kept them all from getting lost in the darker aspects of their personalities and actions and becoming monsters.
While this overall series is complex and dark, the ultimate purpose of it is (to quote the author in an interview in the extra pages in Book One) finding the light after fighting to escape the darkness, starting out "in a place that's dark and gritty because without that, light and peace are meaningless, worthless, boring" -and you'll find yourself fully agreeing with that after finishing the series, despite what I thought was a bittersweet ending for the main character. All in all, the trilogy as a whole is essentially a story about love and hope and what makes us human, as well as about how much we are willing to sacrifice for what we need to do to survive and perhaps triumph in a broken world or for who we love. It's hard to put into words how entertaining and engaging I found this trilogy, and was kind of disappointed that it ended. Overall, I rate this among my favorite works of fiction, and look forward to reading more from the author.
- Paperback: 2064 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; Slp edition (1 October 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316085146
- ISBN-13: 978-0316085144
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 x 11.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 975 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)