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The Night Watch series has caused a sensation never before seen in Russia — its popularity is frenzied and unprecedented, and driven by a truly great, epic story. In 2005 Fox Searchlight announced it had acquired the Russian film adaptation for an American release. Interest in the books here is now set to reach a fever pitch.

Set in modern-day Moscow, Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others," an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce. But an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance, plunging the world into a catastrophic war between the Dark and the Light. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, fulfilling the first half of the prophecy, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

An extraordinary translation from the Russian by noted translator Andrew Bromfield, this first English language edition of Night Watch is a chilling, engrossing read certain to reward those waiting in anticipation of its arrival.

Review:

"Set in contemporary Moscow, Lukyanenko's fantastic American debut — the first in a series about an epic struggle between good and evil — charts the adventures of a race of supernaturally gifted Others, who serve either the Light or Dark Side. The Others slip in and out of an eerie parallel world where they coexist in an uneasy peace that a terrible revolution may soon disrupt. Philosophical Anton Gorodetsky, an earnest Night Watch agent, falls in love with 24-year-old Svetlana Nazarova, a troubled young doctor under a Dark Magician's curse. While Anton endeavors to undo the curse, he discovers Egor, a gifted boy unwilling to choose between his Light or Dark abilities. As humankind's fate hangs in the balance, Anton is forced to re-examine his allegiance, and Svetlana is drawn deeper into the exotic, vivid universe of dueling magicians, shape-shifters, witches and vampires. Potent as a shot of vodka, this compelling urban fantasy was adapted to a Russian blockbuster movie in 2004." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Brace yourself for Harry Potter in Gorky Park. Sergei Lukyanenko's 'Night Watch' is the beginning of a sprawling fantasy series set in modern-day Moscow about a young man and his owl, who belong to a magical police force that protects humanity from 'vampires, werewolves, incubuses and succubuses, active witches, all sorts of troublesome riffraff from the lower levels.' The first volume ('Nochnoi Dozor')... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"So, was the book any good? Well it kept me up till four in the morning for three nights running....It is extremely well written and here we have to give fair due to Andrew Bromfield who has done a magnificent job with the translation." SciFi-Online.com

Synopsis:

The battle of good versus evil takes shape in the first in a trilogy of blockbuster science fiction bestsellers from Russia. Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight films.

Synopsis:

Set in modern-day Moscow, an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

About the Author

Sergei Lukyanenko was born in Kazakhstan and educated as a psychiatrist. He began publishing science fiction in the 1980s and is today the most popular science fiction writer in Russia.

Andrew Bromfield is a founding editor of the Russian literature journal Glas. He is best known for his acclaimed translations of Victor Pelevin and Boris Akunin, and his work has been short-listed for numerous translation prizes.

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Max, June 8, 2013 (view all comments by Max)
So very very Russian. And so very difficult to describe, but equally difficult to put down. You will meet the "Others", who join either the side of light or dark, and are trained to use their supernatural capabilities. The two camps navigate an elaborate truce that requires balance between gains by one party or the other. Part elaborate strategic chess game, part gripping mysteries (as the main character unravels what is at stake in the various tests put to him), part classic Russian philosophical and ethical meditation, this is a difficult series to classify. But you will find it so much more interesting and complicated than your average fare.
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MDS, March 3, 2012 (view all comments by MDS)
The battle between good and evil--In a world where the lines between Light and Dark are blurred and motives unclear. Negotiated treaties between the eternal adversaries try to keep the world in balance. The Night Watch is built of magicians, healers, sorcerers, and shape-changers who defend humanity against the Dark. Engaging characters...good plot. The English translation is easy to read, but the story still flows like a Russian novel, rich, dark, and layered. This is the first of four novels.
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harpk, March 13, 2009 (view all comments by harpk)
One of the most amazing books (and series) I have ever read! A unique and thought provoking plot that explores the world of good, bad, and neutral co-existence. No hidden agenda (religious or socio-political). The author has a dynamic storytelling method that keeps you excited to turn the page. I could not put the book down...in fact as I read through the series, with each book I picked up momentum, taking a week to read the entire series.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401359799
Author:
Lukyanenko, Sergei
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Translator:
Bromfield, Andrew
Author:
Sergei Lukyanenko
Author:
Sergei Lukyanenko
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
TradePB
Series:
Night Watch
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
July 26, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 12.88 oz
Age Level:
Adult

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in contemporary Moscow, Lukyanenko's fantastic American debut — the first in a series about an epic struggle between good and evil — charts the adventures of a race of supernaturally gifted Others, who serve either the Light or Dark Side. The Others slip in and out of an eerie parallel world where they coexist in an uneasy peace that a terrible revolution may soon disrupt. Philosophical Anton Gorodetsky, an earnest Night Watch agent, falls in love with 24-year-old Svetlana Nazarova, a troubled young doctor under a Dark Magician's curse. While Anton endeavors to undo the curse, he discovers Egor, a gifted boy unwilling to choose between his Light or Dark abilities. As humankind's fate hangs in the balance, Anton is forced to re-examine his allegiance, and Svetlana is drawn deeper into the exotic, vivid universe of dueling magicians, shape-shifters, witches and vampires. Potent as a shot of vodka, this compelling urban fantasy was adapted to a Russian blockbuster movie in 2004." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "So, was the book any good? Well it kept me up till four in the morning for three nights running....It is extremely well written and here we have to give fair due to Andrew Bromfield who has done a magnificent job with the translation."
"Synopsis" by , The battle of good versus evil takes shape in the first in a trilogy of blockbuster science fiction bestsellers from Russia. Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight films.
"Synopsis" by , Set in modern-day Moscow, an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?
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