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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. 35 stars rounded up to 4 This started out great then faltered a bit as it tried to fit a gigantic print novel between the covers of just one very large graphic novel There's a lot of energy and emotion between the covers of this book and that's what made me round up to four stars The writing and art combined to create something very good even though adapting such a long novel wasn't a perfect success I read the novel several years ago I liked it but not enough to get the next two books right away which is very unusual for me They've been on my to read book ever since I love Weeks' Lightbringer series but even reading those books didn't drive me back to picking up the other books in this series I was hoping reading this would and it actually did some for the best reasons and some for the not so great reasons It's really tricky adapting novels to comic books These guys chose the strategy of releasing their adaptation all at once as one big beautiful volume instead of trying to put out smaller issues with parts of the story and later collecting them into a big volume Or perhaps what might have worked doing it in two separate parts each of about this size or somewhat smaller So for one thing that's probably why it's black and white I don't know that much about this industry but I think that a color book of this size released without having been released as separate issues would have been way too expensive But I think the black and white actually worked very well for this stark and dark story Again I haven't read the novel in a long time so my ideas of the characters weren't as firmly formed as a lot of fans but they all looked about how I expected them to Most importantly they all looked really distinct My eyes aren't so great and it can be hard for me to follow an all black and white page But I knew exactly who all of these people were and what they were doing thinking and feeling I tried to read the adaptation of A Game of Thrones recently and couldn't even get through the first volume Everyone looked exactly alike I couldn't tell them apart enough to tell what was going on Even though that one was in color it didn't help it at all This artist was much successful in creating real looking expressive and distinct people Durzo was especially good A couple of the full page scenes of the cities that were chapter breaks in the place of covers were really beautiful I thought the art was very successfulThe problem was that the story got a bit confusing as it went along The beginning was fine very good even because it was focused on Azoth's childhood and his initial interactions with Durzo But after Azoth grew up and the story had to widen to include many goings on in the city suddenly things got very rushed I have a terrible memory so I really didn't have much of an advantage over new readers just a little bit but I'm grateful for the bit I had or I'd really have been lost as some new characters were introduced very uickly and in this context didn't make almost any sense at all Azoth seems very upset about the Godking at the end but I have no idea who that is The ka'kari stuff was super confusing not really cool the way it should have been I don't get why he's a night angel whatever that is and what I do get about the devices if that's the right word is from what I remember form the novel combined with reading this Everything with Dorian and Feir made no sense at all total confusion They're just stuck in a few places so awkwardly and I have no idea why or what the import of their role in the story was I kind of remember them being really import and pretty cool in the novel but that's an adaptation for you you can't fit everything in and oh my goodness were they awkward and awful here I think the Godking thing is the worst part though I have no idea what the big overarching point of the series is What's Azoth fighting against I know what he's fighting for he's all about Doll Girl that is very clear But I didn't get the politics at all Logan was so marginalized I barely got a sense of him at all too much less what his role in the whole thing is It was apparent that they were struggling to fit at least the most necessary story elements into the space allowed and it just didn't always work What was there worked Azoth and Durzo worked Durzo and Mama K Mama K and Azoth Azoth and EleneDoll Girl Mama K and the Sa'Kage the battle for power in the underworld and in the kingdom they all worked What we saw of Logan which was very focused to the most key elements was good They brought in the other elements as much as possible and necessary I'm sure they wish they could have made the book double its size and fleshed out all of the things that were confusing and too short or the things that fans are going to complain that got cut altogether But it's still an exciting story Azoth's story is still moving going from abused street kid in desperate and dire straights to a young man with seemingly some power and control over his life There's a lot of life and power in this book energy and palpable emotions that comes from the powerful story combined with the terrific art It's a really good combination I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with the next book And it did remind me of the best parts of the story from when I read the novel and made me interested enough again to want to read books two and three of the print series So overall I think it's a success But I'm not sure how people who haven't read the book will feel if their confusion will overwhelm the positive parts or maybe they'll be able to just hone in on what's here and not be bothered by the issues that bothered me I'm not sure I think this might be a book just for fans

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D 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 dea. The pain you feel is the pain of abandoning a delusion The delusion is meaning Kylar There's no higher purpose There are no gods No arbiters of right and wrong I don't ask you to like reality I only ask you to be strong enough to face it There is nothing beyond this Only the perfection of becoming weapons Do you know how many I've killed Neither do I I used to remember the name of every person I killed Then it was too many I just remembered the number Then only the innocents Then I forgot even that Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes my sins None I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence — Durzo Blint yeah long uote but I like itI'm reading this as something of an outsider someone who has never read The Way of Shadows though it's been sitting on my tbr list for what a decade nearly I like assassins what can I say So take my 4 star rating with a grain of saltBy having not read the original material I got lost occasionally This is written with some minor knowledge expectation given the page differential between the original and the adaptation I am not surprised I'm wondering if the focus isn't uite right There isn't uite enough emphasis put on the relationship between Kylar and Logan They are best friends from very early on but the graphic novel brushes over that it sort of changes the weight of the ending a line that doesn't carry the punch it should Aside from that I did really enjoy this The passage of time is done well showing the changes in AzothKylar The outfits are stunning and storytelling in their own right that is something that won't exist in the written version The missing story elements are somewhat outweighed by the beauty Graphic novels suit this story I'm surprised that the other two in the trilogy weren't adapted as wellIn the author's note Brent Weeks explains how this came to be which in and of itself is an interesting story It's good to see an author so involved in their own adaptation The art is well suited to the words There is a matched beauty and brutality I find it hard to explain but there is an effective synergy When I started dreaming about the Night Angel trilogy I didn't dream of words I dreamt of action of fights to dazzle the mind's eye Bruce Lee's kinetic genius and baffling strength and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon's strength and speed — Brent Weeks author's noteA representative gif The Story of Before right and wrong I don't ask you to like Tempting Treasures reality I only ask you to be strong enough to face it There is nothing beyond this Only the perfection of becoming weapons Do you know how many I've killed Neither do I I used to Mikrocontrollertechnik Mit Avr remember the name of every person I killed Then it was too many I just Geschichte Der Hexenprozesse remembered the number Then only the innocents Then I forgot even that Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes my sins None I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence — Durzo Blint yeah long uote but I like itI'm People Centricity reading this as something of an outsider someone who has never A Girls Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones read The Way of Shadows though it's been sitting on my tbr list for what a decade nearly I like assassins what can I say So take my 4 star Murderers, Scoundrels and Ragamuffins (The First Ward, rating with a grain of saltBy having not The Labors of Heracles read the original material I got lost occasionally This is written with some minor knowledge expectation given the page differential between the original and the adaptation I am not surprised I'm wondering if the focus isn't uite 7 Myths About Women and Work right There isn't uite enough emphasis put on the Tales Of Bygone New England relationship between Kylar and Logan They are best friends from very early on but the graphic novel brushes over that it sort of changes the weight of the ending a line that doesn't carry the punch it should Aside from that I did Capacities, Capacity Constraints and Capacity Reserves of Airports, Today and in the Future really enjoy this The passage of time is done well showing the changes in AzothKylar The outfits are stunning and storytelling in their own Simon and the Messy World right that is something that won't exist in the written version The missing story elements are somewhat outweighed by the beauty Graphic novels suit this story I'm surprised that the other two in the trilogy weren't adapted as wellIn the author's note Brent Weeks explains how this came to be which in and of itself is an interesting story It's good to see an author so involved in their own adaptation The art is well suited to the words There is a matched beauty and brutality I find it hard to explain but there is an effective synergy When I started dreaming about the Night Angel trilogy I didn't dream of words I dreamt of action of fights to dazzle the mind's eye Bruce Lee's kinetic genius and baffling strength and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon's strength and speed — Brent Weeks author's noteA Tattered Wings representative gif

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Grown up in the slums and learned to judge people uickly and to take risks Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo BlintBut to be accepted Azoth must turn his back on his ol. I did enjoy this graphic novel I havent read the written version of this book and so I got a bit lost half way through and at the end but I will definitely read the next graphic novel from this series That's if there is one 23 Weihnachts-Tiergeschichten risks Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo BlintBut to be accepted Azoth must turn his back on his ol. I did enjoy this graphic novel I havent Messy Jessy read the written version of this book and so I got a bit lost half way through and at the end but I will definitely The International Dictionary of Event Management read the next graphic novel from this series That's if there is one


9 thoughts on “The Way of Shadows

  1. says:

    in order to condense a 640 page epic adult fantasy into a graphic novel apparently you have to leave out all the world building lol oh dear This was extremely hard to follow if you haven't read The Way of Shadows The magic system just didn't make sense and most of the characters art looked the same so it made scenes changes bewildering Also not sure if I misread this but the only nods to ueer people were comments of them being rapistssexual predators? I'm honestly not enthused to read the prose version butI have it so we'll see 00


  2. says:

    Bullet ReviewDNF around page 100? About issue 3 or 4?A combination of too little too much and guess what character it is this time Who are all these people? The same character? Different? What's the magic system? How do they use it? What's Azoth's training?This is not so much a criticism of the story eg the book upon which this is based but of the EXTREMELY short nature of a graphic novel of a 700 page book Though it's a massive sausage fest if all these men are different characters that isI feel eually bad because Brent Weeks boasts that this was even better than his book I just have to uestion thatI give up If I wanna try this again I'm doing the full novel


  3. says:

    35 stars rounded up to 4 This started out great then faltered a bit as it tried to fit a gigantic print novel between the covers of just one very large graphic novel There's a lot of energy and emotion between the covers of this book and that's what made me round up to four stars The writing and art combined to create something very good even though adapting such a long novel wasn't a perfect success I read the novel several years ago I liked it but not enough to get the next two books right away which is very unusual for me They've been on my to read book ever since I love Weeks' Lightbringer series but even reading those books didn't drive me back to picking up the other books in this series I was hoping reading this would and it actually did some for the best reasons and some for the not so great reasons It's really tricky adapting novels to comic books These guys chose the strategy of releasing their adaptation all at once as one big beautiful volume instead of trying to put out smaller issues with parts of the story and later collecting them into a big volume Or perhaps what might have worked doing it in two separate parts each of about this size or somewhat smaller So for one thing that's probably why it's black and white I don't know that much about this industry but I think that a color book of this size released without having been released as separate issues would have been way too expensive But I think the black and white actually worked very well for this stark and dark story Again I haven't read the novel in a long time so my ideas of the characters weren't as firmly formed as a lot of fans but they all looked about how I expected them to Most importantly they all looked really distinct My eyes aren't so great and it can be hard for me to follow an all black and white page But I knew exactly who all of these people were and what they were doing thinking and feeling I tried to read the adaptation of A Game of Thrones recently and couldn't even get through the first volume Everyone looked exactly alike I couldn't tell them apart enough to tell what was going on Even though that one was in color it didn't help it at all This artist was much successful in creating real looking expressive and distinct people Durzo was especially good A couple of the full page scenes of the cities that were chapter breaks in the place of covers were really beautiful I thought the art was very successfulThe problem was that the story got a bit confusing as it went along The beginning was fine very good even because it was focused on Azoth's childhood and his initial interactions with Durzo But after Azoth grew up and the story had to widen to include many goings on in the city suddenly things got very rushed I have a terrible memory so I really didn't have much of an advantage over new readers just a little bit but I'm grateful for the bit I had or I'd really have been lost as some new characters were introduced very uickly and in this context didn't make almost any sense at all Azoth seems very upset about the Godking at the end but I have no idea who that is The ka'kari stuff was super confusing not really cool the way it should have been I don't get why he's a night angel whatever that is and what I do get about the devices if that's the right word is from what I remember form the novel combined with reading this Everything with Dorian and Feir made no sense at all total confusion They're just stuck in a few places so awkwardly and I have no idea why or what the import of their role in the story was I kind of remember them being really import and pretty cool in the novel but that's an adaptation for you you can't fit everything in and oh my goodness were they awkward and awful here I think the Godking thing is the worst part though I have no idea what the big overarching point of the series is What's Azoth fighting against? I know what he's fighting for he's all about Doll Girl that is very clear But I didn't get the politics at all Logan was so marginalized I barely got a sense of him at all too much less what his role in the whole thing is It was apparent that they were struggling to fit at least the most necessary story elements into the space allowed and it just didn't always work What was there worked Azoth and Durzo worked Durzo and Mama K Mama K and Azoth Azoth and EleneDoll Girl Mama K and the Sa'Kage the battle for power in the underworld and in the kingdom they all worked What we saw of Logan which was very focused to the most key elements was good They brought in the other elements as much as possible and necessary I'm sure they wish they could have made the book double its size and fleshed out all of the things that were confusing and too short or the things that fans are going to complain that got cut altogether But it's still an exciting story Azoth's story is still moving going from abused street kid in desperate and dire straights to a young man with seemingly some power and control over his life There's a lot of life and power in this book energy and palpable emotions that comes from the powerful story combined with the terrific art It's a really good combination I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with the next book And it did remind me of the best parts of the story from when I read the novel and made me interested enough again to want to read books two and three of the print series So overall I think it's a success But I'm not sure how people who haven't read the book will feel if their confusion will overwhelm the positive parts or maybe they'll be able to just hone in on what's here and not be bothered by the issues that bothered me I'm not sure I think this might be a book just for fans


  4. says:

    I did enjoy this graphic novel I havent read the written version of this book and so I got a bit lost half way through and at the end but I will definitely read the next graphic novel from this series That's if there is one


  5. says:

    Essentially the Night Angel story retold in illustrated format Really nice package well done dialogue and graphics I enjoyed it in a medium I do not normally enjoy


  6. says:

    I am a fan of the trilogy However I am uickly disappointed by this version The story is way rushed Pages of scenes spewed all over the place There is no clear indication when a location jump or time jump was made It felt really choppy and this coming from someone who knew the story Some signs would be helpful thanks For example the scene of Solon practicing with Gyre sits without any explanation nor purpose in the middle of two Kylar scenes The narration gets annoying as it changes mode and consciousnessI had doubts about the graphic but it was actually good If only the flow of the story worksI tried giving someone who hasn't read the novel to read this and he didn't understand the story at all said it was like an art house piece which I think sums it up nicely


  7. says:

    FantasticWonderfully illustrated It helped me greatly to refresh my memory of the first bookand now I'm ready to start with the second


  8. says:

    It would be impossible for this graphic novel to fully capture the first book of the trilogy However it gave it a good shot As a companion to the novel it’s brilliant


  9. says:

    The pain you feel is the pain of abandoning a delusion The delusion is meaning Kylar There's no higher purpose There are no gods No arbiters of right and wrong I don't ask you to like reality I only ask you to be strong enough to face it There is nothing beyond this Only the perfection of becoming weapons Do you know how many I've killed? Neither do I I used to remember the name of every person I killed Then it was too many I just remembered the number Then only the innocents Then I forgot even that Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes my sins? None I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence — Durzo Blint yeah long uote but I like itI'm reading this as something of an outsider someone who has never read The Way of Shadows though it's been sitting on my tbr list for what a decade nearly I like assassins what can I say So take my 4 star rating with a grain of saltBy having not read the original material I got lost occasionally This is written with some minor knowledge expectation given the page differential between the original and the adaptation I am not surprised I'm wondering if the focus isn't uite right There isn't uite enough emphasis put on the relationship between Kylar and Logan They are best friends from very early on but the graphic novel brushes over that it sort of changes the weight of the ending a line that doesn't carry the punch it should Aside from that I did really enjoy this The passage of time is done well showing the changes in AzothKylar The outfits are stunning and storytelling in their own right that is something that won't exist in the written version The missing story elements are somewhat outweighed by the beauty Graphic novels suit this story I'm surprised that the other two in the trilogy weren't adapted as wellIn the author's note Brent Weeks explains how this came to be which in and of itself is an interesting story It's good to see an author so involved in their own adaptation The art is well suited to the words There is a matched beauty and brutality I find it hard to explain but there is an effective synergy When I started dreaming about the Night Angel trilogy I didn't dream of words I dreamt of action of fights to dazzle the mind's eye Bruce Lee's kinetic genius and baffling strength and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon's strength and speed — Brent Weeks author's noteA representative gif


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