Shadow’s Edge (Night Angel #2) by Brent Weeks
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?
This book seems more significant than I’m used to, but not because of the book itself. This book is the sequel to the one that first got me starting this blog. I was so compelled by the first book, The Way of Shadows, that I wanted to tell the world about it (by the way, I feel like my posts have changed drastically since then). I was looking forward to book 2, and it only took me so long to get to it because I didn’t think I could take too much of Weeks’ world at a time.
I was disappointed. While the details weren’t particularly predictable, the general arc of the story was very obvious to me. There were a couple of twists, but even those I called in advance. And characters that I had loved in the first book just didn’t seem as real to me as before. Admittedly, I read this right after The Name of the Wind, so that may not have helped matters. So by comparison it simply wasn’t as good—any book would have likely been doomed to a similar fate—but it also just wasn’t as engaging as it could have been. And I don’t like feeling bored.
In defense of this book, it was still very good—it was well-written and obviously very well thought out. And Weeks still has a talent (if you’ve read it, you’ll get the pun) for writing in vivid description, and I still, for the most part, am glad that he doesn’t avoid the gruesome bits (though he may have been a bit heavy-handed with that in this book). Weeks is clearly a strong writer, and I’d like to read more of him, but this book simply didn’t do it for me.