Short Take: New Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko

Fans of this very popular cult series will cheer to see a fifth novel. The series has sold over two million copies and was made into a very scary 2004 movie. What’s it about? I’m not taking that on… Let’s just say it’s set in contemporary Moscow and involves an ancient race of magicians, shape-shifters, vampires and other supernatural beings in an apocalyptic showdown. What makes it so special? A darkly comic style and a plot that’s equal parts urban fantasy, spy thriller, and chess match.

“While the stakes are unsurprisingly high, frequent injections of humor help separate this entry from the pack; at one point, characters discuss how the publication of the Harry Potter books has helped them convince young Others that they are not exactly human (‘Children grasp the basic idea without even a blink now’).
Publishers Weekly

New Watch: Book Five (9780062310071) by Sergei Lukyanenko. $15.99 trade paper original. 4/22/14 on sale.

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