The Way of Shadows Review

My blog is all over the place now, ain’t it? I’m doing a book review! A non-anime-related one, too, though there’s a degree of weeb-ness in Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows. One of his fictional countries outright uses Japanese names and architecture, and the secret society of assassins that run shit in the main city are called “the Sa’kage,” with an accent mark over the “e.”

When my brother read this book, I thought, “Assassin’s Creed,” but it’s far from that. It technically isn’t even about assassins. Hilariously, the book’s blurb features the sentence, “for Durzo Blint, assassination is an art.” Durzo is actually a wetboy—a step up from an assassin in that he can use “the Talent” (read: magic) to be more awesome. Durzo is ultra-elitist (but only a bit pretentious) about this, and hates being called an assassin. His first lesson to the main character, his apprentice, Kylar, is that, “killing is not an art.” Well.

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