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On its own, this was a great read. It has what I assume to be a healthy dose of Russian cynicism, and it is excellent if you want to be challenged by a novel that refuses to easily distinguish right from wrong. (spoiler alert) However, one of the strongest plot threads from the movie, about how Anton is tied to his son, is entirely missing from this novel, which I rather missed because it adds a layer of meaning to the movies that is then missing from the novel. There is no real equivalent plot device in the novel to make it as intense. Nonetheless, as a fan of the movie, the book is a must have.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-05 Set in contemporary Moscow, Lukyanenko's fantastic American debut-the first in a series about an epic struggle between good and evil-charts the adventures of a race of supernaturally gifted Others, who serve either the Light or Dark Side. The Others slip in and out of an eerie parallel world where they coexist in an uneasy peace that a terrible revolution may soon disrupt. Philosophical Anton Gorodetsky, an earnest Night Watch agent, falls in love with 24-year-old Svetlana Nazarova, a troubled young doctor under a Dark Magician's curse. While Anton endeavors to undo the curse, he discovers Egor, a gifted boy unwilling to choose between his Light or Dark abilities. As humankind's fate hangs in the balance, Anton is forced to re-examine his allegiance, and Svetlana is drawn deeper into the exotic, vivid universe of dueling magicians, shape-shifters, witches and vampires. Potent as a shot of vodka, this compelling urban fantasy was adapted to a Russian blockbuster movie in 2004. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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