The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks: Book Review

Enter a world of shadows, secrets, and assassins in Brent Weeks’ “The Way of Shadows.” Prepare to be drawn into a gripping tale filled with intrigue, action, and magic.

Sneak Peak

“The Way of Shadows” follows the story of Azoth, a young boy living in the brutal slums of Cenaria City. Desperate to escape a life of poverty and abuse, Azoth seeks out Durzo Blint, the city’s most notorious assassin, to become his apprentice. As Azoth trains under Durzo’s tutelage, he discovers a world of politics, power struggles, and dark magic lurking in the shadows.

My Take

I enjoyed the fast-paced narrative of “The Way of Shadows,” as Brent Weeks weaves together elements of fantasy, mystery, and coming-of-age themes. The character development, especially Azoth’s transformation into Kylar Stern, the skilled assassin, is well-crafted and keeps the reader engaged. Weeks’ writing style is immersive, painting vivid scenes of the gritty streets of Cenaria City and the dangerous world of the Night Angel.

However, at times, the plot can feel overly complex with numerous subplots and political intrigue, which may overwhelm some readers. Additionally, while the action scenes are thrilling, some may find them to be graphic in nature.

What Makes the Book Unique

One standout feature of “The Way of Shadows” is the intricate world-building and magic system. Weeks has created a dark and intricate world filled with morally grey characters, ancient prophecies, and a nuanced exploration of power dynamics. The morally ambiguous nature of the characters adds depth to the story, blurring the lines between good and evil.

Furthermore, the training sequences between Azoth and Durzo Blint are particularly well-executed, offering insights into the harsh realities of the assassin’s world and the sacrifices required to wield power.


In conclusion, “The Way of Shadows” by Brent Weeks is a thrilling and darkly compelling start to the Night Angel trilogy. With its engaging characters, complex world-building, and suspenseful plot twists, this book is sure to captivate fans of epic fantasy and gritty storytelling. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy intricate plots, morally grey characters, and intense action sequences.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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