I recently read The Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks, and was instantly mesmerized. This fantasy novel follows an eleven-year-old “Guild Rat,” named Azoth as he grows up and becomes what is known as a “Wetboy,” or assassin. Throughout the story there are periodic shifts in perspective, and different narrators to cover a wide variety of heroes and villains.
Although I have never read any of Brent Weeks’ other books, in my effort to expand my novel reading, I have found a new favorite author. His vivid descriptions, including the strange culture of the Sethi, the way Azoth’s mentor, Durzo Blint, concocts a poison to confuse party goers, the wide range of strange weapons, and even magic, work together to enhance the reader’s experience.
This is the first book of a trilogy, and I will definitely read the rest of it, and read some of his other books as well.