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The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1) by Brent Weeks ISBN 978-0316033671 (read by Paul Boehmer)

The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy)

It has been a long time that I read (or heard) a book which when it finished it had such a cliff hanger ending that all I could think of was the next book.  This is one of those books and I highly recommend it.  It falls in the realm of fantasy with magic (or talent) quite prevalent throughout, but it is not so strong that I think it would turn off any reader that does not typically like fantasy.

The hero, Azoth (a.k.a. Kylar) starts as a street rat who is frightened of the bigger boys in his guild.  He has friends that he tries to help and when one of his friends is threatened he has to discover what he has within himself.  He apprentices with the most renowned assassin of the city and has very hard decisions to make throughout the whole story.

The story is very well written — the decisions that Azoth has to face are natural and thought out, despite some of the harsh situations there are moments of humor and adventure that help move along the possibly more angst ridden scenes.

This book could either be in the Youth Fiction section or in the general Fiction section.  I believe it holds the interest of both — and I will eagerly check out the next book on CD.  

It is read amazingly well by Paul Boehmer.

From Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Way-Shadows-Night-Angel-Trilogy/dp/0316033677/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259780575&sr=8-1#noop 

Product Description

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like being an apprentice to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.

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