By Sergei Lukyanenko
(Miramax Books, Paperback, 9781401360207, 464pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 2007
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The second book in the internationally bestselling fantasy series, Day Watch begins where Night Watch left off, set in a modern-day Moscow where the 1,000-year-old treaty between Light and Dark maintains its uneasy balance through careful vigilance from the Others. The forces of darkness keep an eye during the day, the Day Watch, while the agents of Light monitor the nighttime. Very senior Others called the Inquisitors are the impartial judges insisting on the essential compact. When a very potent artifact is stolen from them, the consequences are dire and drastic for all sides. Day Watch introduces the perspective of the Dark Ones, as it is told in part by a young witch who bolsters her evil power by leeching fear from children's nightmares as a counselor at a girls summer camp. When she falls in love with a handsome young Light One, the balance is threatened and a death must be avenged.
Day Watch is replete with the thrilling action and intricate plotting of the first tale, fuelled by cunning, cruelty, violence, and magic. It is a fast paced, darkly humorous, haunting world that will take root in the shadows of your mind and live there forever.
Sergei Lukyanenko is the author of numerous sci-fi/fantasy novels in Russia, and has been published only recently in North America. The 2004 film Night Watch (Nochnoy dozor), regarded as "the first Russian blockbuster" was based on his book of the same name. The film grossed over $16 million in Russia, a box office record at that time. He lives in Moscow with his wife and son.