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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (35,551 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brent Weeks Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Night Angel Trilogy Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400182862
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For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, nonstop action, and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer's work. Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/20/2014

    " The Way of Shadows is the second book that I have read by Weeks, and I enjoyed it as much as The Black Prism. Weeks creates an amazing cast of characters that capture the readers attention from the very beginning and that interests just continues to build as the reader learns more about them. Azoth is a great choice of hero in that he is a guild rat barely making it living on the streets but his heart and true sense of self shows in his compassion for his two friends, Jarl and Doll Girl. It is because of his love for them and his own sense of guilt for not being able to save them as well as his need to survive that he apprentices himself to Durzo Blint. The journey that Azoth takes to become Kylar is really the heart of Week's story. Blint is an interesting hero/anti-hero in that he is Azoth/Kylar's "father"/mentor/friend/enemy/ally and serves as a great secondary lead. The journey he takes in the book is just as powerful as Azoth/Kylar's and is also a focal point of the story. Weeks also adds some great secondary characters in Jarl, Doll Girl, Logan, and Momma K that only add to the overall story. Weeks does an amazing job with his world building something I also really enjoyed with The Black Prism. Weeks shows us several sides to that world with the guild rats, the royalty, and the nobles as well as the threat of the Khalidorans intent on invasion. Overall this was an amazing read, and I am already looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. I would definitely recommend The Way of Shadows if you enjoy action, adventure, drama, romance, and intriguing twists and turns mixed in with your fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Drew | 2/19/2014

    " Strong, fun fantasy. Pretty conventional hero (orphan who becomes a tool of prophecy), but a witty lead. Female roles are not the best, and are mostly girly-girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 2/13/2014

    " Oh my God, that was epic! A perfect blend of a believable kingdom in squalor and beautifully crafted magic and mystery. Add some humor, sarcasm, passion love and death (going hand in hand), and a little unnecessary profanities (however, they were very well placed and didn't seem so bad in that setting) and you have an altogether good read. I loved it. School and work has been keeping me from reading as much as I would have liked, and I would have liked to stay up for two days straight, wired on caffeine, and read until either A) my eyes dried up and fell out or B) I finished this wonderful read. I have to get to the next few books, and soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 2/13/2014

    " This reminds me of Game of Thrones but on a smaller scale. Plenty of intrigue, suffering, people dying, etc. Has a Greek tragedy feel to it, as no one seems to ever quite get what they're looking for in the end, although there's certainly some happy outcomes in the short term for the characters. Excellent book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/7/2014

    " Meh. I will not continue this series, even if it did pick up near the end. Durzo was probably one of my favorite characters and he's dead. Azoth/Kylar is supposedly moving to another city with Elene and giving up his wet boy career. Most of the characters are flat, but Elene was the worst. She's boring and "good" having no flaws whatsoever besides her actual scars on her face. I didn't care for the overly done ending with Azoth and Elene but I suppose it just goes with me not really liking most of the book. I'm sad because I expected to like this book and at the end of the book it almost made me continue the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan Loree | 1/18/2014

    " Great story. It even comes close to being unique. The dirty, grungy setting is delicious, the plot is at times unpredictable, and the characters are rich and diverse. However, the editors should have been fired, there are so many typos. The Night Angel trilogy comes out of the hyper-competitive fantasy genre and really just manages to fill out empty shelves in corporate bookstores. Its a pity. Its a fantastic story, and it should have been entrusted to a better writer and a better publisher. I never bothered to pick up the sequels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravioli Gaddam | 1/13/2014

    " This is an AMAZING book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Watkins | 12/30/2013

    " Awesome series! Excellent character devleopment and a refreshing change from the usual fantasy novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valjomi527 | 9/15/2013

    " Azoth is one of he coolest heroes in fiction, would that I could hang with him in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Lemay-lynch | 9/7/2013

    " Brilliant.... Not many books have kept me guessing like this one. Brent Weeks is ruthless and kept me enthralled through out the series. I can't wait for his next adventure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett.d.hotchkiss | 8/1/2013

    " This was a two star book initially but the latter parts were entertaining enough to bump it up. Probably won't read the next two books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/9/2013

    " One of the best fantasies I've read in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Nordwall | 12/18/2012

    " I have never read an assassin book before but have definitely read fantasy. This book kept me guessing and has left me wanting to more of the future story as well as the back story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/13/2012

    " Meh. I really wanted to like this novel. This started out with a compelling premise and interesting characters, but devolved into cardboard soap-opera melodrama by the middle. The buildup to that point was strong, with good potential, but is then seemingly thrown away. Lost interest, didn't finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 8/25/2012

    " I got sucked in right away, with the characters and the setting. Impressive creation of an entire world. Intrigue, civil war, love, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sloth362 | 5/19/2012

    " One of the best books I have ever read. The authors ability to accurately write about the human condition in the warrens and the horrors that azoth faces everyday pulls the reader in and makes azoths choice to become a wet boy more relatable then one might think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anastasia | 4/19/2012

    " Just re-read this one. Occasionally it feels derivative, but it always keeps my attention. Sometimes I want to smack the main character, but again....I have trouble giving it less than five stars, because I can't stop reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neal Starkey | 2/27/2012

    " Could not put it down. Much better than the slog that is the second book of the Malazan series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 10/21/2011

    " This was a fantastic first installment in a thrilling trilogy. Some plots points were predictable, but for the most part it kept me on my toes. There were even times when I literally gasped out loud. I can't wait to continue the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian-lotus Buccola | 9/15/2011

    " The characters are very well thought out. The story line itself is one that keeps you guessing and keeping you intent to see where things go. Do not expect the ending you get in this first book. Because where it leaves off is a whole thought different then you could see coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/12/2011

    " Amazing book! This author now has me hooked. He is not afraid to make his characters flawed, realistic, and yet has a way of making you love them despite it all. I can't wait to read more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 6/10/2011

    " Really good book! Manages to get all of the themes an epic tale should have, I am looking forward to the next installation in the author's new series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 6/4/2011

    " I shouldn't be too critical, as it is a first book, but compared with other fantasy books, I personally feel this is quite poor. I would suggest it's possibly aimed at a younger audience (teens?), which is maybe why I didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/2/2011

    " Really a 3.5 stars rating. Weeks has created a believable and mostly engaging tale in an alternate world. His characters are believable. My biggest reason for not giving it a 4 star rating is that the characters weren't as engaging as they could have been. "

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About the Author
Author Brent Weeks

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Angel trilogy and the Lightbringer series, among others. He lives in Oregon with his wife. 

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.