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a version of this review was first published here.

Suspenseful and smart, Nightwatch is comprised of three episodes narrated by Anton, a Nightwatch analyst become fledgling field agent. Anton is charged with saving the girl (and guy), scaring the bad guys, and getting information out of people through coercion, cooperation, or plain investigative and guess work. If Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos character woke up in Danny McBride’s Underworld movie with a little bit of X-Men, and Hellboy mixed in, you might get something like Nighwatch.

I don’t want to give the impression that Nightwatch is derivative, but how many vampire / shapeshifter / werewolf stories are completely original anyways? They are all based on myth with contemporary morals blended in, so don’t let your search for originality keep you from reading this excellent book. I don’t read books like this looking for some kind of new magician, or new kind of shapeshifter, I read them to see what the author is going to do with eons of folkmyth at their disposal. Read the rest of this entry »

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