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A Fény és a Setét erői immár harmadszor feszülnek egymásnak, és az ügy, amely kezdetben csupán néhány névtelen levél lenyomozásáról szólt, hamarosan sokkal nagyobb méreteket ölt. Az Éjszakai és a Nappali Őrség közös vizsgálatába az Inkvizíció is bekapcsolódik, és a képet tovább árnyalja egy elveszettnek hitt misztikus tárgy felbukkanása, amely akár valamennyi földi halandóA Fény és a Setét erői immár harmadszor feszülnek egymásnak, és az ügy, amely kezdetben csupán néhány névtelen levél lenyomozásáról szólt, hamarosan sokkal nagyobb méreteket ölt. Az Éjszakai és a Nappali Őrség közös vizsgálatába az Inkvizíció is bekapcsolódik, és a képet tovább árnyalja egy elveszettnek hitt misztikus tárgy felbukkanása, amely akár valamennyi földi halandót Másfélévé változtathatja. A nyomok egészen Bajkonurig vezetnek, és kiderül, hogy a legfőbb hatalomra törő titokzatos személy még a Nemzetközi Űrállomást is tervének részévé tette. Mágia és tudomány csap össze a végső leszámolás során, amelyben a mit sem sejtő emberiség jövője a tét.Szergej Lukjanyenko Eurocon-díjas szerző kultikus regénysorozatának harmadik részében is bebizonyítja, hogy az igazán jó fantasztikus történetekben legalább olyan fontos szerep jut magának az embernek, mint a fantáziának és az izgalomnak....

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ISBN : 9789638773067
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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  • Chris
    2019-05-30 04:58

    I really wanted to finish this before 2008 ended, but travel, a hectic schedule and a new mini-PC conspired against me. Ah well, such is life.This world is one that is riddled with possibilities. Even though Lukyanenko has been pretty single-minded in his themes throughout the trilogy, there's a lot to work with here. We have two distinct groups of Others, the Light and the Dark, with different character classes, powers, abilities, levels and ambitions. If anyone wanted to write fan fiction or even a role-playing game based on the world of the Night Watch series, they would be able to let their imaginations roam free. It's an open-ended universe, rife with possibility.So why isn't it is popular worldwide as, say, Harry Potter? Probably because it's more grown-up than the Potter series, and is therefore less attractive.Don't get me wrong - I liked Harry Potter. But for all its merits, it deals with human-level issues: friendship, family, duty, loyalty. And those are all well and good, and many a great story has been told from those elements. The Night Watch series, on the other hand, deals with harder, less everyday topics, such as the nature of freedom, and the fundamental differences between Good and Evil, if there is any difference at all. The themes in these books are headier, and it's not as easy to look at a Light Other like Anton Gorodetsky and say, "I want to be like him." It's also hard to look at a Dark Other like the vampire Kostya and say, "Oooh, I hate him."This is because these characters are, more or less, human. The problem with humans is that their motives aren't always clear, and Lukyanenko doesn't tell us everything we need to know to judge them properly. With the exception of Anton, who is a first-person narrator, we don't get into their heads, and so can't completely understand why they do what they do.In any case, it's an enjoyable series, and this is - as far as I know - the end of it, even though it doesn't need to be.In this volume we are introduced to some new players, some grand plots and some terrible secrets. There is an Other out there who has knowledge that everyone thought was merely a myth: how to turn an ordinary human into an Other. The ramifications of such power are immense - there are few Others in the world as it is, and they hardly get along. To create new Others at will would mean chaos, death and destruction. All the Others' forces are sent out to find this mysterious person. Trhe Night Watch, the Day Watch and the Inquisition are in search of the impossible.Anton Gorodetsky, of course, is on the front lines of this, searching for leads in a Moscow apartment complex. What he finds there isn't quite the secret he thought it was, but it is something he never expected.In the second story of the volume, he meets an ancient witch, Arina, who may have single-handedly destroyed the Soviet Union's potential for greatness. In his search to defeat her, he learns the true nature of the Others, what gives them their power and how they truly interact with the world around them.And in the third story, the Fuaran has been found - the mythological text with the spell to convert humans to Others - and it will be used in a truly novel manner. But the Other behind the plan that could tip the world into supernatural anarchy is the last person Anton would have ever expected....As with the other volumes, this one blurs the line between good and evil. It tells us what we already know, but don't really want to admit: that good people can do evil things - start a bloody revolution, for example, or try to brainwash thousands of people - and that evil people can do good - save children from wolves, or avert a chaotic and terrible future. People do things for reasons that are sometimes known only to themselves, not out of a higher allegiance to the abstract concepts of "good" and "evil," but for reasons that are intensely personal.It is something to be remembered. We have a habit of idolizing and demonising people in this world, elevating them to paragons of virtue or sin, and ascribing motives to them that we think they acted by. But that doesn't work. Even to the end, Anton believes he knows why the holder of the Fuaran wants to convert people into Others - to raise an army and control the world - but he's so very, very wrong. The true reason is much more personal and, oddly, much more human than that.That is probably the best lesson to be taken from these books. "Good" and "Evil" are tags that we affix to people because it saves us the effort of thinking about them. Behind every act, however, is a personal reason that defies such simplistic labeling. Every saint, every monster, is only human. Just like us. I don't know if knowing that makes the world better or worse, but it at least makes it a little more familiar.

  • Kaya
    2019-05-26 06:48

    Actually, it's 3.5 stars.“We are our own gods and our own demons.”Decreasing quality of plot, no character development, no any development. Basically, nothing changed since the first book. It's like Day Watch and Twilight Watch are only plot fillers. At least we find out more about the purpose of Inquisition. Also, the ending saved the book. That plot twist with Anton and Kostya was excellent. “This was how you wound up in the Inquisition. When you stopped being able to see any difference between Light Ones and Dark Ones. When for you, people weren't even a flock of sheep, but just a handful of spiders in a glass jar. When you stopped believing in the future, and all you wanted to do was preserve the status quo. For yourself. For those few individuals who were still dear to you.”In the first two books,I thought that the whole purpose of the saga is to break the status quo, but now I know the point is to OBTAIN it despite of both sides wanting to break it. It was fun to see Night Watch, Day Watch AND Inquisition working together. The first story begins with Anton being married to Svetlana and having a child. Little Nadya is destined to become the greatest Light Sorceress, a new Jesus, but that fact doesn't play a big role in this book. There is an Other out there who has knowledge how to turn an ordinary human into an Other. To create new Others would mean anarchy, destruction and death. All the Others' forces are sent out to find this mysterious person. Anton Gorodetsky is, once again, on the front lines, searching for leads in a Moscow apartment complex with the help of Kostya, man od the Day Watch and Edgar, suprisingly a man of Inquisition. Anton has inner conflict whether turning a human into an Other should be a crime.In the second story, Anton meets an ancient witch, Arina, who may have single-handedly destroyed the Soviet Union's potential for greatness. While he's trying to decide whether she should be punished or not, he learns what gives Others their power and how they truly interact with the world around them. Arina’s resurfacing causes both Watches to go to great lengths so they could capture her.Third story shows how the first two are connected. The mythological text with the spell to convert humans to the Others has been found. Once again Anton, Edgar and Kostya work together until the big twist comes.Seemingly unrelated story at the beginning, becoming the basis for a much larger plot. Anton is again thrust into the center of the story, and does not manage to escape untouched by the events unfolding around him. The story revolves around his inner demons, again, which is getting old and repetitive. Characters in this series tend to change, rather than grow, which makes even harder to understand their motives. Twilight Watch deals with the questionable importance of freedom and the grey differences between Light and Dark. This one blurs the line between good and evil even more than previous volumes. Good people can do evil things, like try to brainwash thousands of people, and vice versa - evil people can do good, like save children from hungry wolves. “That's the hardest thing of all - never to become cynical, never to lose faith, never to become indifferent.”Anton still manages to avoid cynism.Anton is pretty much the same boy he was in the Night Watch, with the exception he is now a family man. He had faced a big change at the end of the book, I hope it'll have influence on his future behaviour. He is my favorite character but at times he bores me.

  • Wushi
    2019-06-16 09:47

    These stories are all told from Anton's perspective. A good decision to return to a voice the author clearly sympathizes with.This book picks up a few years after the events of Day Watch, with Anton having married and had a child in the intervening time. His child is fated to become the greatest magic user in centuries, something this story only addresses on the side.Act one follows Anton as he tries to track down someone who was promised to be made an Other. It is presumed to be impossible, and we are led to believe that whoever made the promise might be forced to withdraw into the Twilight if they do not follow through. An interesting act with an exploration of the oddities of the nouveau riche in Moscow. I enjoyed the descriptions of the contradictions of wealth in Moscow more than I did Anton's investigaion. The story has an apparently straightforward ending.Act two picks up with Anton taking a vacation in the countryside. He looks into some odd events, and stumbles across an ancient Dark Witch named Arina. It is supposed that she may posses a book that can turn anyone into an Other. Through learning more about Arina, we also learn more about Boris (Anton's boss).Act three follows on the heels of act two with an opportunistic plot by one of Anton's former friends, a young vampire named Konstantin, who now possesses the Fuaran. An action driven story that follows Konstantin's attempts to equalize the world by making everyone an Other, so no one will have power over another.The plotting in this book is a bit tighter, with the seemingly unrelated story at the beginning, becoming the basis for a much larger world spanning plot. Anton is again thrust into the center of the story, and does not manage to escape untouched by the events unfolding around him.

  • Rusalka
    2019-06-11 02:08

    I wasn't going to review this book. Mainly because due to the author's vocal opinions on the Ukraine conflict, he has firmly cemented himself onto my "Halfback Flankers" shelf. However, due to some some occurrences in this book that makes me bristle now just thinking about it, consider this a public service announcement.1. A man's job is to protect and provide for the woman. A woman's job is to protect and provide for the child. This also means that the man may not be able to have a relationship with the child, as he is providing for them both.I'm sorry, did I teleport to 1950? Sorry mate, just because you are bored hanging out with your wife and child, doesn't mean you get to justify yourself being an arsehole by falling back on antiquated ideals. 2. A wife should quit her job if she is better at her job than her husband. In fact, she shouldn't be better than him at anything, and if she is, she should hide it and pretend it's not there as it makes him feel bad. And they should never talk about it together in case the man feels inferior. And at the end of the book, you should make the man better than the woman as she has decided to go back to work and that's all topsy turvy and shouldn't be allowed, so we will fix it with magic.Fuck. Off. You tiny, stupid, insignificant, odious man. Besides Anton being the dick mentioned above, as well as referring to Ukrainians as farmers all the time (how did I not notice in the first two books?) I enjoyed 90% of the book. Just... yeah...For more reviews visit http://rusalkii.blogspot.com.au/

  • Seth
    2019-06-25 07:01

    Whereas the earlier books dwelled on the ethics of the Others' use of their power, the final book in the trilogy focuses more on the larger ethical issues of the mere existence of Others and the power they have. The lower Dark Ones--vampires and werewolves--draw their power directly from victims; where do higher Others get their power? What separates Others from humans and can one be converted into another?The protagonist--actually, the hero--Anton ponders these questions in the context of his growing ambivelance towards his old mentor, Gesar, his concern over the way his wife gave up her post in the Watch to avoid becoming too powerful to stay with him, and the potential power their two-year-old daughter wields. Along the way he befriends a human who is a perfect friend for him, reigniting his faith in the people the Light Ones are sworn to protect.Like the other two novels, this one is composed of three independent-ish novellas which read together as a novel. The three stories flow very closely together this time, like the last two in Day Watch.In the first, Anton is sent undercover--no magic allowed--on a mission to discover who is claiming to be able to change humans into Others--and it offering to sell the service. While working with Dark Ones (his old friend the vampire Kostya) and the Inquisition (the former Day Watchman Edgar and the vampire ) he becomes convinced a powerful Light One is involved and races to beat his allies to the target so he can decide what to do with him or her. It isn't clear to Anton that making an Other, if that is even possible, should be a crime.The second story involves Anton on vacation a few days later at his mother-in-law's. A powerful witch is discovered in the woods and his generally-friendly encounters with her disturb him, especially the indications that she possesses a legendary book on turning humans into Others. When he find out how her past intertwines with Gesar, Zabulon, the Inquisition, and all of Russia things become very complicated for him and Svetlana and they find their loyalties split several ways.The third story is a hunt for that legendary book, a copy of which is stolen out from under the nose of the Inquisition. Once again Anton, Inquisitor Edgar, and Kostya work together, leading to a classic train-bound mystery where everyone--even Anton's new friend from the first story--is a suspect.Philosophical questions aside, although they're really the heart of the book, the mysteries in the first and third story work very well. The resolution in the first story makes sense; the third story clears up some misconceptions and tightens the first story. The mostly-introspective middle tale plays well in a classic folk story way, with all the standard witch-in-the-woods elements plus some added modern fireworks.The action scenes in this book are back to the pace of the first book. We have none of the fireball-flinging action from Day Watch, but we do get a moderate number of high-fantasy-type spells tossed around. But in the end, the decisions in the combat come back to Anton (and, to a lesser extent, Svetlana), and Anton is the master of minimal intervention. Given a choice between blasting someone and simply distracting them, he would probably find a way to avoid even distracting. It was a powerful message when put up against the first book's questions about how and when to use power. In this book, questioning the ethics of even having power, it resonates even more.

  • Katy
    2019-06-02 03:45

    Please note: Read and reviewed in 2007.My Synopsis: This follow-up to the (also amazing) Russian magical reality books Night Watch and Day Watch returns us to Anton's mind and to Anton's relationships with those around him. Focusing on interactions with the mysterious Inquisitors, this book takes Anton further along in his path to understanding that there really is very little difference between Light and Dark and that the shades of Grey they all walk in are probably more suited to all Others than being separated like this.Synopsis Book 1: In the first of the three "books" that are traditionally found in each of these novels, Anton has to go "undercover" into a community of humans to try to discover who, if anyone, has been told about the Others. Not only is it dangerous for the Others to be revealed, but whomever revealed the Others to this human has also promised to turn this human into an Other him or herself, which is - according to all but the most forbidden of legends - impossible.Synopsis Book 2: In the second "book," Anton runs across an unregistered and VERY powerful witch as well as several werewolves who were apparently hunting humans while on vacation in his dacha (country house) and has to try to take care of these problems with the help of Svetlana.Synopsis Book 3: In the third "book," a powerful vampire and member of the Inquisition has been murdered and a book thought to be the stuff of legends, which will allow Others to turn humans into Others themselves, has been stolen from the house of the witch Arina. Anton, with the help of the vampire Kostya and the Inquisitor Edgar, has to try to find the culprit and the book.My Thoughts: Lukyanenko has created a vivid world in modern-day Russia. He shows us the despair with which many modern Russians live while they try to adapt to a capitalistic society, a method of life that is completely foreign to everything they've ever known before. Through this is shown the plotting of the Watches and Inquisition and the Others, using the humans often as pawns and foils in their games for glory. It is an often bleak outlook (to me). My husband, on the other hand, found the book to have a lot of humor in it - he says there are a lot of instances of outright slapstick. So I guess it is all in how you look at it - there is a situation where Anton has an old out-of-work drunk work on a BMW. He brings in several friends and they completely take apart the car. They get so involved in it that they even forget to get drunk. Me, I found that sad. My husband thought it was hysterical.At any rate, do NOT miss this amazing series of books. You will not be sorry for reading them.

  • Steve
    2019-06-14 04:51

    Called Dusk Watch in Russian, Luyanenko firmly establishes himself as leading Russian voice in the fantasy genre. In this novel, he ties narratives through his unfolding universe of the Light and Dark in a brilliant interplay of motives and game-ending moves that quicken the pace and leave you thrilledThe nice thing is that each of the books so far could have closed out the series. This one goes deeper by exploring existentialism and meaning among the Day Watch and Night Watch. Nobody's TimeA mystery. Anton is ordered by Gesar to investigate letters sent to the Day Watch, the Night Watch, and the Inquisition threatening to turn a human into an “Other” which should not be possible and would destroy the truce. He is joined by Kostya, a Vampire that Anton knows from his old neighborhood, Edgar and a high vampire/Inquistion member Vitezislav. Because the promise was made by an Other to a human, the Other cannot go back on it without dematerializing. So the hunt is on for who made the promise, why they did (what could a human have over an Other?), and from which side it came from because of its potential to destroy everything.Nobody's SpaceAnton is ordered by Gesar to go on vacation with his wife Svetlana and their daughter who is to be a great sorceress should she decide to join the Watch. In investigating an incident with werewolves, Anton discovers that there may be an unregistered witch in the woods whom is in possession of a very dangerous book that was just a legend. Anton finds the witch, Arina, and discovers why she’s hiding; her role in the Day Watch’s attempt to control humanity in the 1920s and her “sacrifice” to keep the truces. Arina’s resurfacing causes both Watches to go into overdrive to capture her and she tries to escape in a very dangerous and chilling fashion.Nobody's PowerA classic piece. A few days after the events in the last story, the powers that be (Gesar Anton, Kostya, Edgar, Zabulon and Svetlana) convene upon Arina’s hut to discover Vitezoslav's ashes. Arina is instantly suspected and Anton, Kostya, and Edgar are dispatched on a quest for her. On the train where the suspect is said to be, the killer is revealed with ramifications that threaten the entire order of the universe. The questions of finality, relevance, and power are addressed in a very wonderful way. Beyond the obvious, the deeper meanings are shown for what they are and the conclusion, though tragic, is quite fitting.

  • Nousha
    2019-06-25 01:59

    Не мога да не дам 5 звезди на книга, в която го има толкова търсеното от мен - очарованието на фантастиката от времето, когато откривах този жанр - хората, фантастиката на хората, моралът на хората, дилемите на хората, естетиката и етиката, чувствата и разума на настоящето и бъдещето, пътищата пред човека - далеч не на ниво технология, а на ниво именно човек. И това наистина вълнува, а книга, която те замисля и развълнува, е истински добра книга.

  • oguz kaan
    2019-06-09 02:57

    * İlk kitap Gece Nöbeti (Aydınlık Varlıklar), ikinci kitap Gündüz Nöbeti (Karanlık Varlıklar) üstüneydi. Bu kitapta ise Karanlık ve Aydınlık arasında ki Antlaşmayı onurlandıran, gözleyen, uygulanmasını sağlamak adına korku yaratan Enginizasyon'un hikayeye dahiliyetini artırıyor. (view spoiler)[** İlk hikaye Anton, Kotsya ve Edgar'ın normal bir insanı Diğer'e dönüştürebileceğini iddaa eden bir adamı kovamalasını temel alıyor. Bu kısımda Anton'un aile adamı olmasını tecrübe edeiyoruz. Yeni İsa'nın babası olması ile birlikte, karısı Svetlana ilişkisini gözlemliyoruz.İkinci hikaye Anton'un kayıp bir cadı olduğunu düşündüğü bir cadıya taşrada rastlaması ile hızlanıyor ve hikayenin griliğine en çok katkı veren alt metne sahiplik ediyor. Son hikayede ise Anton için küçük bir çocuktan - arkadaşa - zıtta ve en sonunda tam bir düşmana dönüşen Kotsya ve bir arkadaşın önce düşmanken, düşmanın işbirlikçiye dönüştüğü ilk hikaye ile birlikte düzgünce bağlanan bir son sunuyor. (hide spoiler)]*** Yazarın anlatımına aşina olduğum ve başat olan Anton ile devam etmesi, onun aile adamlığını ve idealistliği ile başlayan hikayesini görüyoruz. Fakat aile sahibi olamak gibi radikal bir değişim olsa bile karakterde ki ilerlemeyi çok hafif buldum. Önceki kitapta tanıttığı Edgar ile olan ilişkisinin git-gelli anlatımı ve fikirlerin çatışmasını ise beğendim. *** Seri genel olarak iyi gidiyor. Şimdi çevrilmiş son romana geldik bakalım.

  • Shawne
    2019-06-18 06:01

    I would imagine that, at some point, Lukyanenko's brilliant fantasy series would hit a road bump or two; how many home runs can he hit before the series fizzles out? Surely at some point one of the books is going to be a disappointment? Fortunately, Twilight Watch isn't that book. In fact, it's the best so far - again expanding the scope of Lukyanenko's ridiculously textured, intelligent universe, so that it encompasses historical narrative and social discourse in a far more direct fashion than before. Where hints that our world and that of the Others overlapped were peppered artfully throughout the first two books, we are properly confronted here with a heady mix of history, politics and class: fittingly so, as the overarching theme of this book is the idea of freedom and equality and whether that can ever be possible. The main idea, strung through the three novellas that customarily make up these books, is whether a human being can be transformed into an Other - and not a lower Dark Other, like a vampire or werewolf, but a full-fledged Magician. It's fascinating to see Lukyanenko take a crack at this: each story becomes larger and more compelling than the one preceding it. The first is a detective thriller, pacey and exciting, as our hero Anton hunts down a human who has ambitions to become an Other; the second a study in the history and lore of the Other universe but also a heart-thumping hunt for aged witch Arina; and the third simply explodes the story in every direction when Anton must go up against an old friend in a bid to keep the worlds of Others and humans separate. And it's even more of a thrill to see Lukyanenko's confidence really come through in the writing: the tone of the writing is wry, surprisingly funnier than the first two novels, and just a joy to rip through.The most coherent, trippy, and breathtakingly intelligent of the series so far. I can't wait to get my hands on The Last Watch.

  • Ryan Mishap
    2019-06-23 07:01

    I love these books! In modern Moscow, age old beings called Others still exist. The Light and the Dark Ones called a truce hundreds of years ago and are governed by that treaty. The Nightwatch is the Light Ones’ police force to keep the Dark in Line. The Daywatch is their counterpart. There may be a truce, but the schemes, manipulations, and plans are always in motion. Anton, a third level magician on his first field operation when Nightwatch begins, is one of my favorite characters in fiction. His melancholy covers up a wistful hope in goodness, that things will work out. He is buffeted by the whirlwinds created by more powerful magicians on both sides of the Others as they plot and counter-plot, but he always makes his own way and tries to do what he thinks is best. The Russian setting lends an air of difference that U.S. based urban fantasy don’t have, but these are also very original and the source of magic is an ingenious invention. The novels deal with complicated moral questions using vampires, magicians, and other fantasy conventions to answer them, or, more often , ask more questions.I recommend these wholeheartedly. You. Read. Now.

  • Phleghm
    2019-06-01 08:50

    Sometimes it takes a book of fiction to teach us about real life.IF there was a way to give it 4 and a 1/2 stars I would.To me, definitely the best book of the series! Majestic! haha. But, it has a few story loopholes or well, at least shortcomings, which started annoying me after I finished the book and thought about it.I won`t go into those details, because really, they don`t matter all that much.There is a very good social model and theory behind it all. I felt like I learned a lot from the book, even if it is coated with supernaturality and all sorts of not reality. A very grim uptake on the humanity itself too. A loot of thinking fodder.A very satisfying end.Will definitely keep an eye on any future books by Sergei. Respect.

  • Amy
    2019-06-02 05:01

    Upping the ante yet again, Lukyanenko meditates on the meaning of communism (equality for all) and of freedom. The title of the book refers to the Inquisition, which is a governing body over both the Night and Day Watches. The philosophizing in these books, which concern the dependent aspects of "good" and "evil," is always thought-provoking. And the character of Anton feels like an old friend. The Twilight is always an interesting universe to visit!

  • Lori
    2019-06-01 04:13

    A continuation of this great series. In the first few pages I wasn't sure if Anton would continue to repeat his moral dilemma (what is dark? what is light?) from book 2, but things progess. An interesting perk for American readers is an inside perspective of the post Soviet Russia.

  • Uros Rakic
    2019-05-27 09:11

    It really keeps you in from the first page.I am still amazed by the fact that there have not been any boring or slow pase parts in any od the books so far!Am a bit confused by the end of the book , i guess i got what happened but i would really like a bit more of explaining , hope to get that from the next sequels like i did in thr 2nd one about the ending od the 1st.Overall , really recommend!

  • emma
    2019-06-02 09:47

    these just get better as they go to be honest. this one felt like more of a complete book than three short stories.

  • Асет Нурпеисов
    2019-06-04 09:03

    Отличное чтиво про развитие вселенной дозоров и мысли Городецкого про развал союза и Казахстан.

  • Karine
    2019-06-10 01:44

    This continuation of the Night Watch series combines mystery with an exploration of the differences between humans and Others. It's a wonderful follow-up to the prior books, but would be incomprehensible if you haven't read them.

  • Sam
    2019-05-27 01:53

    This is probably my favourite of the three so far; although it deals with some pretty hefty ideas, there's a lot of fun too and some lovely twists and turns on the way through.As before, this is three novellas forming a single longer book. This time, however, the three run pretty much in sequence, and cover only a short span of time—perhaps two or three weeks at most.(view spoiler)[In the first, both Gesar and Zabulon are sent letters indicating that an Other is about to turn a vanilla human into an Other—something which is impossible, but the unknown Other has made a promise, so must either keep it or be forced to dematerialise into the Twilight. Anton, now married to Svetlana and with a baby daughter, is sent to investigate, alongside his vampiric former neighbour and Dark One, Kostya. Along the way he meets Las, who is quite a fun human.In the second, Gesar orders Anton to take a holiday in the countryside with his wife and child. But there's no rest for a tired Light One—he ends up investigating a possible illegal hunt by werewolves, and meets an ancient witch, Arina, who lives in a cottage in the woods. Backed into a corner, Arina kidnaps Anton's daughter and goes on the run to escape the Light, Dark and Inquisition.In the final book, Inquisitor Witiezslav, a higher vampire is murdered in Arina's cottage—a feat which very few others would have been able to accomplish. In the course of investigating, the Watches and Inquisition discover that Arina was in possession of the Fuaran, a book which was supposed to have been a myth, and which includes instructions as to how to turn humans into others. The book has been stolen, so the Watches and Inquisition head off in pursuit of the thief. Anton, Kostya and Edgar of the Inquisition track the thief to a train, before Anton finally discovers the identity of the thief—and his plan to level the playing field on a global scale. (hide spoiler)]It was great to see the return of so many familiar characters, and the introduction of some new and memorable ones. I loved Las, he was a wonderful combination of irreverence and depth, and it was good that Edgar made another appearance. Zabulon was still a delightful enigma, though I think that, although Anton's powers increase during the course of the book, perhaps his character doesn't really change a great deal. I like Anton, but he seemed a bit stuck in a rut here.Bizarrely, on a reread, this one was fairly slow going. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for it, but while I wasn't exactly struggling with it, I wasn't particularly enamoured with the idea of reading it either.

  • Seph
    2019-06-23 02:46

    Sergei Lukyanenko's "Watch" hexology is a sleek urban-fantasy that simultaneously interweaves threats of an apocalyptic caliber with complex philosophical musings on human nature, to create an artful exploration of the relationship between good and evil, as witnessed through the eyes of a protagonist with an ever-changing scale of morality. All six volumes in the series have been beautifully translated from their native Russian into English by Andrew Bromfield.Volume 3, Twilight Watch: focuses primarily on the relationship between the two Watches and the Inquisition, and also begins to explore the reality of the Twilight, its numerous levels, and the nature, origin, and potential of the Twilight's magic. The lives of certain less-explored species of Dark Others, such as vampires and witches, are also explored in more depth during this volume, and the consequences of actions taken during "Night Watch" and "Day Watch" begin to reveal their ramifications."Twilight Watch" once more returns to the perspective of Anton Gorodetsky, who has now risen to the rank of second-degree Light Magician. Anton and Svetlana have now been blessed with a daughter, young Nadhezdha (Nadia), whose magical potential is beyond classification, making her more formidable than even the Grand Magicians, like Gesar and Zabulon. During a routine case Anton discovers a shocking secret: the existence of a powerful magical grimoire, known as the Fuaran, that has the potential to turn human beings into Others. In a race against time Anton must overcome a Grand Dark Witch who has kidnapped Nadia; discover the identity of a thief who has stolen the Fuaran; and prevent the mass-initiation of all human beings into Others---an event that could potentially drain the Twilight of all it's magical energy and leave all of the Others without their powers.Additional characters introduced and explored in Volume 3 include Witezslav, the Higher Vampire and a formidable member of the Inquisition; Kostya Saushkin, who has become a Higher Vampire and now works for the Day Watch; Arina, a Grand Dark Witch whose beauty belies an aged and twisted morality; and Las, a human who is initiated into a low-level Light Other to prove that the Fuaran works.

  • Eric
    2019-06-24 01:44

    This book was fan-freakin-tastic!!! While I consider the second book to be filler for this one, it was much needed to bring out such awesome character development and huge twists this book had. It's interesting seeing how world politics played a part in Lukyanenko's writing of this book, and easy to see what side of the planet he's on. He doesn't drive his opinions too much either, mercifully. I just love how he calls Coca-Cola "foreign poison." Haha!This book had an agenda though. Lukyanenko wrote these books (albeit loosely) as a commentary on how in a modern world, right and wrong, good and evil often are hard to distinguish. It's not all about Light Ones and Dark Ones. There's a lot of gray area. And apparently this is much more evident in modern Russia.But enough analysis. This book was a FUN read! I think what made it better immediately was the fact that Anton Grodetsky was brought back as main character again. Lukyanenko swayed from that through most of Day Watch. But he brought back Anton for all of Dusk Watch (aka. Twilight Watch, a much cooler name in my opinion). Once again Lukyanenko ties all three parts of this book in to one amazing conclusion, thereby wrapping up the Night Watch series. This series goes down as one of my favorite series right up there with the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz and the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein. Great books!

  • Dale
    2019-06-03 03:56

    Dusk Watch (or Twilight Watch, as my copy was titled ... dang translations ...) was every bit as good the other Watch books. By this third volume the series has definitely settled into a very clear pattern. Each book is divided into three sections, each of which is a complete story in and of itself but which also sets up elements which pay off subsequently. Still, even knowing that, and reading the first section carefully to try to pick up clues as to how the last section would unfold, I was still pleasantly surprised by the various twists and turns in the final act. (Maybe - just maybe - I'm not as clever as I think I am.) I had gone into this book a little worried that it would be less engaging than the first two. Night Watch focused on the supernatural Others who defend humanity, while Day Watch elaborated on the Others who would prey on and exploit humans. After seeing both sides of Good vs. Evil, Twilight Watch positioned itself as an exploration of the neutral, objective Others who make up the Inquisition, enforcing the treaty between Light and Dark. The potential for boredom here is high. But the book was still impressively thought-provoking and hit all the right notes of conflict between the various supernatural factions. Both the genre geek and the philosophical dork in me were pleased. 4.5 stars - silly GoodReads, not allowing fractional stars in the ratings.So now the real question is - can Lukyanenko pull it off a fourth time? Having covered Good, Evil, and the balance point in between, what else is there? Last Watch gets its U.S. paperback release in July, so I'll let you know then!

  • Sam
    2019-05-30 09:07

    Once again this holds three character connected stories following primarily the Night Watch's Anton as he first investigates the accusations that an Other has revealed all to a human and that they have offered to make the human an Other, a feat considered impossible by many. Here the Night Watch, Day Watch and Inquisition have to work together to protect their worlds from the human world with tense results dripping with doubt, distrust and conspiracy. The remaining two stories finds Anton and his holiday cut short as a witch of untold power and no real affiliation is found in the woods where Svetlana and Nadya have been holidaying. And it appears that she has in her possession a book that can in fact create an Other, which falls into wrong and rather inexperienced hands. Once again the writing is superb and the change of feel from the gritty streets of Moscow to the fresh open wilds of the Russian countryside really adds to the depth of the story and the characters that arise, particularly with Arina and her unfettered and unchanged world view. I did miss the presence of some of the earlier female characters, particularly Olga who hasn't made much of an appearance since the Night Watch stories. This did also seem to be weighted towards the side of the Light Ones despite the 'rules' that everything is to be in balance, particularly in the finale of the first story but as is traditional 'good' is meant to prevail over 'evil'. Still, this is an excellent volume that is well worth a read, I just hope the next volume returns to the earlier superbity of the first two volumes.

  • Simon
    2019-05-29 01:46

    This is the third part of Lukyanenko's Night Watch Trilogy set in the supernatural underworld of post Soviet Russia and I was quite pleased to be back with the first person narrative of Anton Gorodetsky after the brief excussion into the world of the Day watch in Book two.I will keep this brief as I don't want to spoil the fun of any potential readers. Once again the book is made up of three parts. In part one Anton investigates the occupants of a half abandoned luxury apartment block looking for the individual who wants to become an other, in part two a powerfull witch threatens the balance of the Watches and in part three we are thrown into a race against time to find out who has acquired a powerfull grimoire the use of which use threatens the whole of humanity. The events covered in the story are so important that Anton is forced into an uneasy working relationship with Dark Watch vampire Kostya and the Inquisition magician Edgar, who we first encountered in The Day Watch . Constantly inventive and very evocative of contemporary Russian society, everything moves along at a breakneck pace, plus we get to meet lots of old friends like Gesar, Zabulon and Sveta again.Hats off to both the author and whoever translated this from the Russian as its a really gripping read.

  • Φλεγύας
    2019-05-29 05:53

    This is my favourite book out of the four that make up the series. New characters are introduced into the story, older characters are brought back from the first book, the events of the second book have set interesting predicaments and conditions and Lukyanenko's writing takes all these to the next level, in a book that remains true to his previous style, yet, it explores new foundations as characters develop beyond the levels/stages we got to know them in the previous books.Without giving out any spoilers about the book, I can safely say that from start to finish, I could never possibly imagine what was about to unfold. Granted, the ending of the second book, "The Day Watch", was greatly more significant than the ending of this one here but as a whole, "The Twilight Watch" has a more linear approach as it only follows one story (as opposed to the various Point of Views that are being followed in the second book), it borrows from cop thrillers and infuses elements of Sergei's mythology.Everything has been weaved into this book so masterfully that I could not possibly choose any other of the tetralogy as my favourite. All the books rank high in my personal favourites but out of the four, "the Twilight Watch" is my absolute fav.

  • Stephanie Swint
    2019-06-06 05:51

    This series has been enjoyable since the beginning but Twilight Watch delves deeper into what real differences there are between the Day Watch and the Night Watch. It explores the true reasons as to why they exist, and with this knowledge how it effects Anton and Svetlana's family. A little bit of knowledge can turn a persons world upside down. This was written very well and my favorite of the series.The book is divided into three stories as is the case with both Day Watch and Night Watch. The stories are interconnected and tie in information from the previous books that previously may have seemed to be tangents.If you read the other two and were thinking of giving up - don't. This book pays off. I personally enjoyed the first two but wouldn't categorize them in my favorites. This book I do. Read this series. The books are very philosophical...with vampires, werewolves, and magicians. All our favorite others from past books are present. This is the mature version of urban fantasy. There is minimal profanity and little to no sexual material. Paul Michael narrates the audible version and does a wonderful job. He narrates the entire series. He has the right inflection and dry humor needed to deliver the material.

  • Stan Heller
    2019-06-06 04:08

    I did read the two previous books- Nightwatch and Daywatch. Both were quite enjoyable. The Russian sensibility gives the books a rich flavor that takes familiar characters and themes in unexpected directions. The flavor of all three books is that of chess games played by old masters. Like Russian nesting dolls, one story fits inside another. Dark and Light magicians vie for a change in the balance of power- each seeking to provoke the other into breaking an age old truce. All three books follow Anton Goredetsky, who falls from the mortal world to become an Other. In each of the books Goredetsky is a rebellious pawn who is either a part of a major deception or the target of one. The movies differ greatly from the books. The original film version of Nightwatch was exciting and well made. Apparently it did not do great business in the West. The re-edited (westernized) version was abominable and incomprehensible. The second film, Daywatch, cherry picks some of the material from the book and then takes off in its own direction.Given the choice, stick with the books.

  • Paulius
    2019-06-04 01:54

    3/5. Trečia truputį geresnė už antrąją. Ko gero Antonas ištraukė. Tačiau eilinė problema su autoriaus rašybos stiliumi. Vėl ir vėl tas nepamatuojamas pūtimasis dėl pergalės. Kur bepasisuks knygos veiksmas, visur pergalės veteranai, pergalės prisiminimai, pergalės jausmas. Rimtai. Neįmanoma skaityt. Ir dar gėrimas. Autorius puikiai apibūdina šiuolaikinę Rusiją. Prisiminimai apie pergalingą karą ir besaikis gėrimas. Aj… ir sovietų sąjunga, kaip gi be jos. Vien už tai minus balų galima prirašyt. Gal tiesiog reikėjo visai fantastikos niekur nebeminėti.Pirmasis pasakojimas. Antonas tiria bylą. Kažkuris iš šviesiųjų magų davė pažadą mirtingajam, kurio negali išpildyti. Na ir po visiškai neįdomios rašliavos Antonas išsiaiškina kas ir kaip. Prastai.Antrasis pasakojimas.O vat antras pasakojimas maloniai nustebino. Bravo. Rusiškas kaimas su savo pliusais ir minusais. Burtai, kova, paslaptys. Super.Trečias pasakojimas. So so. Kosta, Antano draugas, pagrobia super knygą, pasidaro uber magas ir grasina visus paversti Kitais. Primityvus detektyvas - nieko gero.

  • Josh Olsen
    2019-06-17 06:08

    Just finished Twilight Watch last night. As per the series, an excellent book.They did such a good job at the mythos of it all. Some big reveals in this one and some interesting ideas behind the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. I enjoyed every moment of this book.Great finish to the story of the Watches of Moscow with integration of the Inquisition. Good filling out of the styles of the different aspects of the Others and lastly, a villain that you feel for. A villain whose reasons for doing what is done could be the same as anyone elses.I have to say I almost like the Russian writing style more than the movie style. It's hard to put a finger on, but it's heavy in a different way. It dances near ponderous very rarely and just has such a flavor of home to it. It's like reading warm beef stew on a rainy day.Loved it, really hoping there will be a second trilogy, but I shant hold my breath.

  • Rasmus Skovdal
    2019-06-11 01:57

    As was the case with the previous two books, the writing is probably quite decent, but I feel that there are translation issues.The basic, overarching plot hasn't really changed, and the use of song lyrics is still cringe worthy, but it's different enough from a lot of (western) fantasy that it works quite well.Heavily focused on Anton, which is mostly a good thing. Characters in this series tend to change, rather than grow, which is fine. Even suitable, for many of them.The political allegory is still, if I may use an academic phrase, about as subtle as a punch to the nuts.It is perhaps slightly better than Day Watch, but both Day and Night Watch have individual stories that are stronger than anything on offer here.