I’ve just finished the third and final book in Brent Week’s Night Angel Trilogy and I’ve got mixed feelings about it. First, the good:
- It’s action-packed and fast paced. A really fun read.
- The principle characters are interesting and I cared about them.
- There’s an incredible sense of retributive justice that’s a deeply held wish of mine that gets personified in this story (though “vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.”)
- The magic system, particularly the two kinds of magic (Talent and Vir) was very interesting.
- I like sneaky assassin stories.
- I enjoyed the ending.
- Garlic chewing.
- The bad guy was really, quite bad.
- The emotional relationship/sexual relationship got messy as they do in real life, and I thought that was well done.
Ok, now the not so good:
- It won’t win any awards for brilliant prose or dialogue.
- The characters, while fun and engaging, are often shallow or a bit too 2D.
- It only started off an a sneaky assassin kind of story, but quickly developed into a more typical fantasy, save the world story.
- The author, I think, loses his way after the second book. I felt the plot had really ended at the end of the second book and the third, while still fast-paced, seemed to struggle to find a plot line to hold on to. By the time the author finds that plot line, there are only 100 pages left.
- The cover art is AWFUL. Part of the reason, actually, the whole reason I haven’t picked these books up before now.
- The nods to Judeo/Christian ethics/belief were interesting, but an unnecessary part of the whole story.
Is it worth a read? Yes, absolutely. But don’t expect it to be mind blowing.
I have no idea what I want to read next and that’s annoying to me.