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„There are far more reasons for death than there are for life.”
After a bit bleak third book, Watch is back on top. It may not be better than Night Watch, but it's definitely my favourite book in the series. The saga is still one big festival of misogyny, but at least it's extraordinary written, and I genuinely enjoy the humour. People should have an open mind, while reading this, because sometimes it aims for reaction.
The novel opens with a murder in Edinburgh where the victim’s blood was drained. Anton once again investigates the crime scene. What he finds is evidence that the mythical Merlin had left something in Edinburgh for safekeeping. He and Svetlana have been married and have a powerful Other for a daughter, who is destined to be an 0 Level, the most powerful Other since Merlin's era. That means Gessar and Zabulon are once again using Anton as a pawn, but at least he knows it and accepts it as a part of the job.
Act Two has Anton trying to determine the actual effects of the Crown of All things with a visit to Uzbekistan. He is sent out to find one of the greatest Others who had ever lived. Almost a legend among Others, Rustam is probably the only one who can come even close to figuring out what Merlin hid, and why. In the meantime, Anton discovers clues to the identities of those behind the murder in Edinburgh. I also enjoyed seeing the cultural differences within the Watches. It was so amusing seeing Anton being confused and a bit irritated. After all the manipulating and power struggles we’ve seen in Moscow, it was fun to actually see a place where the Night Watch and the Day Watch share a building because it's cheaper.
In the third story, murderers from Edinburgh make their way to Crown of All Things and Anton is dragged along for the ride. By now, there has been several plot twists and another one I particularly like is Anton's point of view towards the mentioned murderers. Anton's inner thoughts are compelling as ever.
„Loneliness, dejection, the contempt or pity of people around you – these are unpleasant feelings. But they are precisely the things that produce genuine Dark Ones.“
In the third story, better than ever is showed the thin line between Light Ones and Dark Ones. It's easy to judge the Day Watch, but when the Night Watch is put in difficult position, judgement becomes clouded and not everything is as black and white as it seems. It's not even gray. Honestly, I can't explain it.
The stakes are higher than ever, especially with alliances formed from the most unlikely combinations. Lukyanenko maintains his tension and philosophical exploration while reminding us that good and evil are rarely the simple constructs we assume them to be. The strength of The Watch has always been in its ambiguity and the protagonist who is as far from Gary-Stu as possible.
The plot is fast paced, the characters are well developed, overall the story is more fun and exciting than ever. Unlike the other books in the series, the three acts of this book focus very clearly around one story. It is in the third act where all plot lines finally come together and the reader is able to understand what every single detail was important.
It's so hard to judge Last Watch's intentions. They are doing what they believe is right and even Anton is able to understand their motives at one point. This is a well-built magical system and society so it's not at all difficult to fall in love with the story.
Every book in the series can be read as a stand-alone. Each book has it’s own purpose and it seems as the author has plenty of stories to tell. The ambiguity of good and evil has higher stakes than ever. One character in particular is an interesting study in the fine line between the Light and the Dark. The motivations are far more personal. In the beginning of the series it was clear one side was good and the other was evil. In the middle, it became question of priorities - one side thought society was more important than the individual, and the other that the individual should be more important than society. Finally, in the end it's clear that everyone tries to find the right solution to the everlasting dilemmas.
“After all, inside every woman, no matter how grown up she is, there is still a frightened little girl.”
This would've been touching if the whole book wasn't full of misogyny.
Anton is still an idealist, but in time he gained enough common sense to balance his responsibility both to his duty and his morals. Now, he's wiser, more vicious and perceptive. His emotions don't control him like they used to, there are more rational decisions involved.
“Forgiving was the hardest thing. Sometimes forgiving was the hardest thing in the whole world.”
More than anything, Anton tries to do justice.
“That’s the hardest thing of all – never to become cynical, never to lose faith, never to become indifferent.”
The biggest struggle Anton has in this book is fighting the indifference towards humans. He finds it harder and harder to feel empathy for them and sometimes to find reason for protecting their lives. Despite all of it, he still doesn't question his loyalty to Light.
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Read information about the authorСергей Лукьяненко (Russian)
Szergej Lukjanyenko (Hungarian)
Sergejs Lukjaņenko (Latvian)
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Sergei Lukyanenko (as his name appears on books and films in U.S. markets) is a science-fiction and fantasy author, writing in Russian, and is arguably the most popular contemporary Russian sci-fi writer. His works often feature intense action-packed plots, interwoven with the moral dilemma of keeping one's humanity while being strong.
Lukyanenko is a prolific writer, releasing usually 1-2 books per year, as well as a number of a critical articles and short stories. Recently his works have been adapted into film productions, for which he wrote the screenplays. He lives in Moscow with his wife Sonia and two sons, Artemiy and Danil, keeps mice as pets and enjoys cooking.
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