Nov 182014
Review: Beyond the ShadowsBeyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) by Brent Weeks
Published by Orbit on Dec 1, 2008
Genres: Adult, High Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance — a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom.

In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him.

Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends-and perhaps his enemies-he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

The final book in any trilogy usually has a lot it needs to accomplish, and this book was no different. I’m very happy that not only did it wrap everything up in a satisfying and believable way, but there was a depth to the story that I was not expecting.

I mentioned in reviews for previous installments that this series has a lovable protagonist, and that the series overall is supposed to have a balance of light and dark. Where the first book was really dark, this finale was really light. I was very surprised at how prevalent the theme of love was in this story, but it worked really well. Set against a classic feeling epic fantasy style story, the love theme stood out as unique and powerful.

Everyone knows that love is a powerful force, but to see it used repeatedly, in different manners, by multiple characters, was quite uplifting. Especially since most of the time it was for noble reasons, and not just as justification for a character’s actions.

While the overall plot was wrapped up sufficiently, I’m sad to say goodbye to the characters and world. There is so much more that I want to see and discover, and it’s upsetting the trilogy is over. This is good as it’s a sign of great storytelling, but I’m still left a little sad that there aren’t more Durzo and Kylar and Logan adventures to read about.

  2 Responses to “Review: Beyond the Shadows”

  1. For my the Night Angel Trilogy was one of the best fantasy series that I have ever read. And trust me I have read a lot of them.

    • I agree it’s a really good series. I find it has a more positive feel than many other ones with similar storylines, which is refreshing. It keeps it from feeling too long.

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