Review: The Night Angel Trilogy

A little while ago I finished re-reading the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. It was a book series that had a special spot on my shelves (and in my heart) because I absolutely adored it the first time I read it. Since re-reading, they’ve been booted out of that special spot.

I won’t be getting into spoilers right away, I’ll tell you when I am. Of course in order to talk about the book at all there will be some minor spoilers up front, if you plan on reading this series and don’t want any sort of spoilers, at all, turn back now.

The series also attempts to deal with a lot of things, and I’ll be discussing that. So here’s a warning that there will be talk and written depictions of: violence, rape, child molestation and rape, suicide, and emotional manipulation/abuse below.

If anything is unclear or hard to follow let me know or shoot me a question! There’s a lot to cover so I did my best to make things make sense if you haven’t read the series, but if I missed something let me know. Thanks!


The tl;dr version: If you’re in a place in your life where a story about a nearly invincible angst-ridden ninja who does bad things in order to do good things really appeals to you, then cool. Check this series out, you’ll probably enjoy it. If not, skip it.

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You know books, so I'm a gonna ask you for a book rec. I'm looking for either sci-fi or fantasy that uses deep/close pov, and will make me chuckle on occasion. (It deosn't need to have me laughing constantly, but I rarely finish humorless books) Bonus points if there is a thief, and/or strong tomboy female character.

I DO KNOW BOOKS. Some books, not all books. I had to go look up what deep/close POV was because I’ve honestly never heard that term before. It sounds like third person selective when written well, honestly. Seems like an odd distinction to make, but those tend to be the POVs I like. I like it when the character’s voice is in the narration, not kept separate by ‘he thought’s and ‘he observed’s and ‘he saw’s.

This got longer than anticipated so I helpfully bolded the author’s and titles so you can actually find things in my wall of text.

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I’m going to preface this by saying that if you enjoy the average YA Dystopian novel you will probably enjoy The Bone Season in the same way. It’s a Dystopia written in the same sort of voice and has the same general plot-points, romance, and simplicity of your average YA Dystopian novel. If you like those, you’ll like this. (Probably. Feel free to prove me wrong.)

I haven’t ‘properly’ written out a review of a book in ages, but this one was bizarre enough to make me seriously wonder how it got published like this.

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I was also extremely curious about the fuss around TFIOS and I have to admit, it reads very well. I also bawled my eyes out by crying, ending the book in about a day and a half. This said, I’ll bookmark your post for inspiration about future readings
I think I’m already biased and ready to think it pretentious, but that’s probably because of all the quotes being shoved into my face everywhere at the moment. Hopefully there’s something else to it too – I’ve seen some posts that indicate it’s not all “oooh look at how cleverly I can put everyday truths” and I really really hope that’s how it is! Idk, I guess I’m just fed up with the same quotes circulating. Pretty sure I’m going to cry, too, though xD

I haven’t read every John Green novel there is, but I have read quite a few and all of his characters read very much the same to me (rather his narrative, the ‘voice’, is entirely the same between his characters) but TFIOS did break from that a bit, which was nice.

TFIOS didn’t really touch me personally, but it was a solid book. I find, largely due to the voice of his books, that they speak very strongly to a very teen audience (I don’t mean to stereotype, just most of the issues, thoughts, feelings, and methods of handling conflict among his characters in his books are very similar to the way I noticed people around me acting and wishing they were acting in early highschool) and that brand of teen audience tend to have a certain amount of self-importance and desperately searching for self-importance about them.

So, it has elements of that ‘Ooooh, look at how cleverly I can put everyday truths’ stuff (which sound awful out of context - and tumblr seems to love quoting those lines in particular - but are completely fine in context as far as my experiences with it go), but I do think that’s really important to his main audience. Sometimes we don’t get things until they’re phrased in just the right way, sometimes we need these things we take as everyday/obvious truths to be reflected (bluntly) somewhere that isn’t as tacky (and lame) as those plaques you find in gift shops or printed on one of those ‘clever Tees’ things.

BASICALLY: To an extent TFIOS (and all John Green novels) are pretentious, but I think they’re not so bad in the context of the entire book and are important to their target audience. So in this case I wouldn’t say the pretentiousness is a bad thing. Worth reading, at least, just don’t go into it expecting to be ~*~AMAZED~*~

The Bartimaeus trilogy was awesome. I don't know if it would have been quite so without those witty footnotes though.

Correction: The Bartimaeus trilogy is awesome, and since the footnotes were part of how our favourite spirit things - yeah, yeah it really wouldn’t be the same without those. 

SORRY I'M LATE TO THIS PARTY. 1, 2, 4, 18, 38, and 45?


1: What was the last book you read?

2: Was it a good one?

4: Would you recommend it to other people?

Red Glove by Holly Black.

I really enjoy the world of these books (this is the second book in the series, the first is called White Cat). The magic system is fun, and the way it effects the characters (magic users and non-magic users alike) is pretty interesting, too. The protagonist is kind of odd, he does things that just don’t make sense sometimes, and the plot kind of meanders around like it doesn’t know what it’s supposed to be doing until you get to the last sixty pages of the book, but it’s a fun read regardless.

If anything I’d recommend the series for the magic system.

18: What is your favorite book series?

I don’t pick favourites, as mentioned, but since I’ve already mentioned Bartimaeus I guess the next I’ll mention is Fablehaven by Brandon Mull - WHICH I’M PRETTY SURE you suggested or mentioned to me in the first place.


HEY YOU OwO - 7 (8 if applicable), 10, 13 (if you had to pick just one, alternatively gimme a list of your favs), 20, 21 (or characters), 38, 45
7: What was the last bad book you read?
8: What made you dislike it?
So, Here, There Be Dragons was the last bad book I read, but I already talked about it a bit in the last ask (whoops), the last-last bad book I read was Allegiant by Veronica Roth - the thrilling conclusion to a series that slowly, painfully went from ‘Cool concept, questionable execution’ to ‘Why is anything.’
I thought the first two books were passable, but Allegiant was grasping at straws in terms of plot, desperately trying to make an issue out of a non-issue (or an issue that should have been small for the final book in the series, anyway). A good chunk of the concepts and technologies just don’t make sense. Character motivations are simple at best and nonsensical at their worst. The ‘bad guys’ (all of them) had really bizarre ways of dealing with their issues, and nothing was actually resolved by the end of the book - or nothing felt adequately resolved, at least, there was some text reassuring use that things were getting fixed as if by magic, but it didn’t feel like any of the actions made by the characters taken in the book lead to those things being resolved.
Answered 10, and don’t feel I could expand on my answer!
13: What’s your favorite book?
I already talked about how I don’t really pick favourites but some books I tend to enjoy more than others, so I don’t have a favourite, but if I’m picking another book that really stuck out to me I think I’d go with Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy. The whole trilogy.
20: What is your favorite genre?
LIKE MY TASTE IN MUSIC I don’t actually have a favourite genre. I tend to gravitate more toward things with fantasy elements, but bottom-line is if a book has strong characters (as in well-written, well-thought-out, not literally strong) and the narrative works to support those characters then I’ll probably like it. Bonus points if there’s a gripping, clever plot to go with it.
21: Who is your favorite character in a book series?
This is a bizarrely broad question. I’d need a series to choose from or something. The first characters that come to mind are Jean Tannen and Locke Lamora (the gentleman bastard fandom being all over my dashboard probably has something to do with that) but they really are memorable characters.
38: Where is your favorite place to read?
HMMM. Don’t have a favourite place to read, sometimes I like to read on the balcony (when it’s raining, it’s nice), but otherwise avoid reading outside because sunlight and pages makes unhappy eyes. Otherwise at my desk or on a couch or chair, I can never get comfortable reading laying down.
45: Which author would you like to interview the most?
I’m honestly not interested in interviewing any authors.
10, 13, 14, 17, 28

10: Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

I’m not actually sure - so I guess the answer is ‘no’, since I feel like if a book influenced me ‘greatly’ it wouldn’t be something I’d have to sit around thinking about. I think just about every book I’ve ever read has influenced me somehow (including those trashy romance novels), but nothing sticks out to me has having given me some sort of EPIPHANY or anything.

13: What’s your favorite book?

YOU KNOW that I don’t really pick favourites, I have a REALLY hard time with it because it’s hard to compare things that are so different. Nothing’s perfect, by any means, but I spend a lot of my time while reading picking things apart. How things could be worded better, how nonsensical the events transpiring are, a better way to do x thing - so books that make me forget all that shit tend to wind up as my ‘favourites.’ Sure, I can look at their flaws in retrospect, but it’s pretty rare that while reading I won’t be criticizing at least something. Then there are some books that sort of resonated with my personally so I have a SPECIAL FONDNESS for them despite them not having that effect.

The last book to sweep me up like that was The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scotty Lynch (which was almost a year ago now).

14: What’s your least favorite book?

I’m honestly not sure. The most recent book I read that was immensely disappointing was Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. That book was a mess - Characters doing things for no real reason, making zero intelligent decisions, has references that seem to be insulting certain authors (only to have our protagonists be those authors at the end of the novel), clumsy foreshadowing or set-ups where there those things were even present (which they largely weren’t), and fumbled attempts at being clever, witty, and wise.

Apparently a lot of people really like it though, if Goodreads is anything to go by, so maybe I read a different book than everyone else did.

17: What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

Does Hamlet count? No?

So, honestly, I was a horrible student and failed to read most of my books for school (or, not on time, anyway, school actually crushed my will to read things as it so happens, only really started reading again in earnest once I was done with that business). Of the ones I did read… Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood would probably be my favourite - though that was for an ISU so maybe that doesn’t count either.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel, if we’re strictly going by curriculum books (but, I mean, that was the only curriculum book I actually read).

28: Which movie has done a book justice?

Well. The Twilight movies are pretty spot-on, aren’t they?

I’m actually okay with movie versions of books changing things, books play like movies in my head - sometimes I think it’d be neat to see how someone else envisioned something I think would look awesome in motion, but otherwise if I wanted something exactly like the book… I could just read the book.

So that said the first thing that came to mind was Cloud Atlas (book’s by David Mitchell), the movie’s a lot of fun, I don’t think it sets out to say the same things the book does, but there’s a lot of room for interpretation for both. The movie is definitely a lot more accessible than the book is.

Thanks for asking, Steph!

Nothing is more frustrating than protagonists in a YA Dystopian novel (any novel, really, but it seems to happen the most in these) having and following through with an obviously flawed and ill-thought-out plan when there is a much better solution to their problems readily available.

Books now have Deleted Scenes

I’m not sure if this is going to be a trend, and certain forms of book ‘deleted scenes’ have been around for a long time (usually in the form of short stories or separate novellas to compliment a series). A friend lent me their copy of Allegiant by Veronica Roth (I read the first two books, I have to finish what I’ve started) and I just noticed the gold sticker on the front.


We have director’s cuts for our films because less essential pieces of the movie are removed for theater screenings so that people don’t have to sit through over three hours of film (though lately we’ve been pushing that idea). We remove scenes from books because they just don’t fit - they add nothing to the character development or plot, and result in things like messy pacing. You don’t remove sections of the book for the hell of it, or because people only have X amount of time to read a book. You remove sections because they are not necessary.

So this little boastful sticker is saying one of two things to me.

1. Lucky you! You get to sit through a scene that means nothing in the grand scheme of the book!

2. Lucky you! You get to sit through an essential piece of material that has, for some reason, been deleted from other versions, thus potentially ruining the experience of other people!

It’s more likely the first thing, and that sort of information is bound to be interesting to fans of the series, but why release it like this? It just struck me as immensely bizarre that this is apparently a Thing.