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Throwback Thursday (10) September 6, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

Title: The Way of Shadows

Author: Brent Weeks

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

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 grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly—and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old 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 death.

I absolutely loved the Night Angel Trilogy. This first book was my introduction to it. Brent Weeks’ world building is phenomenal. I can still remember how gritty and filthy the slums are where Azoth grew up. The plot to his trilogy is absorbing and entrancing. I swallowed this trilogy whole and wanted more when I was done. I had a such the trilogy hangover when I was done.

The character building is equally impressive. You get such a good sense of the many layers of Kylar Stern. The mystery of Durzo Blint is equally intriguing.  I also love that it’s about assassin’s. There’s something so sexy about assassins. I don’t know why. There just is.

If you like books about high fantasy, great world building, assassins, or just great writing, pick this one up.

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