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For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and e For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.


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For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and e For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.

30 review for The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    in order to condense a 640-page epic adult fantasy into a graphic novel, apparently you have to leave out all the world building lol oh dear. This was extremely hard to follow if you haven't read The Way of Shadows. The magic system just didn't make sense and most of the characters art looked the same so it made scenes-changes bewildering. (Also not sure if I misread this but the only nods to queer people were comments of them being rapists/sexual predators?) I'm honestly not enthused to read th in order to condense a 640-page epic adult fantasy into a graphic novel, apparently you have to leave out all the world building lol oh dear. This was extremely hard to follow if you haven't read The Way of Shadows. The magic system just didn't make sense and most of the characters art looked the same so it made scenes-changes bewildering. (Also not sure if I misread this but the only nods to queer people were comments of them being rapists/sexual predators?) I'm honestly not enthused to read the prose version but...I have it so we'll see. 0_0

  2. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    Bullet Review: DNF around page 100? About issue 3 or 4? A combination of too little, too much, and guess what character it is this time! Who are all these people?! The same character? Different? What's the magic system? How do they use it? What's Azoth's training? This is not so much a criticism of the story (e.g. the book upon which this is based) but more of the EXTREMELY short nature of a graphic novel of a 700+ page book. Though it's a massive sausage fest - if all these men are different chara Bullet Review: DNF around page 100? About issue 3 or 4? A combination of too little, too much, and guess what character it is this time! Who are all these people?! The same character? Different? What's the magic system? How do they use it? What's Azoth's training? This is not so much a criticism of the story (e.g. the book upon which this is based) but more of the EXTREMELY short nature of a graphic novel of a 700+ page book. Though it's a massive sausage fest - if all these men are different characters that is. I feel equally bad because Brent Weeks boasts that this was even better than his book. I just have to question that. I give up. If I wanna try this again, I'm doing the full novel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This started out great, then faltered a bit as it tried to fit a gigantic print novel between the covers of just one very large graphic novel. There's a lot of energy and emotion between the covers of this book and that's what made me round up to four stars. The writing and art combined to create something very good, even though adapting such a long novel wasn't a perfect success. I read the novel several years ago. I liked it, but not enough to get the next two books 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This started out great, then faltered a bit as it tried to fit a gigantic print novel between the covers of just one very large graphic novel. There's a lot of energy and emotion between the covers of this book and that's what made me round up to four stars. The writing and art combined to create something very good, even though adapting such a long novel wasn't a perfect success. I read the novel several years ago. I liked it, but not enough to get the next two books right away, which is very unusual for me. They've been on my to-read book ever since. I love Weeks' Lightbringer series, but even reading those books didn't drive me back to picking up the other books in this series. I was hoping reading this would, and it actually did, some for the best reasons, and some for the not so great reasons. It's really tricky adapting novels to comic books. These guys chose the strategy of releasing their adaptation all at once as one big, beautiful volume instead of trying to put out smaller issues with parts of the story and later collecting them into a big volume. Or, perhaps what might have worked, doing it in two separate parts each of about this size or somewhat smaller. So for one thing, that's probably why it's black and white. I don't know that much about this industry, but I think that a color book of this size released without having been released as separate issues would have been way too expensive. But I think the black and white actually worked very well for this stark and dark story. Again, I haven't read the novel in a long time, so my ideas of the characters weren't as firmly formed as a lot of fans, but they all looked about how I expected them to. Most importantly, they all looked really distinct. My eyes aren't so great and it can be hard for me to follow an all black and white page. But I knew exactly who all of these people were and what they were doing, thinking and feeling. I tried to read the adaptation of A Game of Thrones recently and couldn't even get through the first volume. Everyone looked exactly alike, I couldn't tell them apart enough to tell what was going on. Even though that one was in color, it didn't help it at all. This artist was much more successful in creating real looking, expressive and distinct people. Durzo was especially good. A couple of the full page scenes of the cities that were chapter breaks in the place of covers were really beautiful. I thought the art was very successful. The problem was that the story got a bit confusing as it went along. The beginning was fine, very good even because it was focused on Azoth's childhood and his initial interactions with Durzo. But after Azoth grew up and the story had to widen to include many more goings on in the city, suddenly things got very rushed. I have a terrible memory so I really didn't have much of an advantage over new readers, just a little bit, but I'm grateful for the bit I had or I'd really have been lost as some new characters were introduced very quickly and in this context didn't make almost any sense at all. Azoth seems very upset about the Godking at the end, but I have no idea who that is. The ka'kari stuff was super confusing, not really cool the way it should have been. I don't get why he's a night angel, whatever that is, and what I do get about the devices, if that's the right word, is from what I remember form the novel combined with reading this. Everything with Dorian and Feir made no sense at all, total confusion. They're just stuck in a few places so awkwardly and I have no idea why or what the import of their role in the story was. I kind of remember them being really import and pretty cool in the novel, but that's an adaptation for you, you can't fit everything in, and oh my goodness were they awkward and awful here. I think the Godking thing is the worst part though, I have no idea what the big overarching point of the series is. What's Azoth fighting against? I know what he's fighting for, he's all about Doll Girl, that is very clear. But I didn't get the politics at all. Logan was so marginalized, I barely got a sense of him at all too much less what his role in the whole thing is. It was apparent that they were struggling to fit at least the most necessary story elements into the space allowed and it just didn't always work. What was there worked. Azoth and Durzo worked. Durzo and Mama K, Mama K and Azoth, Azoth and Elene/Doll Girl, Mama K and the Sa'Kage, the battle for power in the underworld and in the kingdom, they all worked. What we saw of Logan, which was very focused to the most key elements, was good. They brought in the other elements as much as possible and necessary. I'm sure they wish they could have made the book double its size and fleshed out all of the things that were confusing and too short, or the things that fans are going to complain that got cut altogether. But it's still an exciting story. Azoth's story is still moving, going from abused street kid in desperate and dire straights to a young man with seemingly some power and control over his life. There's a lot of life and power in this book, energy and palpable emotions that comes from the powerful story combined with the terrific art. It's a really good combination. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with the next book. And it did remind me of the best parts of the story from when I read the novel and made me interested enough again to want to read books two and three of the print series. So overall I think it's a success. But I'm not sure how people who haven't read the book will feel, if their confusion will overwhelm the more positive parts, or maybe they'll be able to just hone in on what's here and not be bothered by the issues that bothered me. I'm not sure, I think this might be a book just for fans.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    I did enjoy this graphic novel. I havent read the written version of this book and so I got a bit lost half way through and at the end but I will definitely read the next graphic novel from this series. That's if there is one. I did enjoy this graphic novel. I havent read the written version of this book and so I got a bit lost half way through and at the end but I will definitely read the next graphic novel from this series. That's if there is one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    Essentially the Night Angel story, retold in illustrated format. Really nice package, well done dialogue and graphics. I enjoyed it, in a medium I do not normally enjoy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dewi

    I am a fan of the trilogy. However I am quickly disappointed by this version. The story is way rushed. Pages of scenes spewed all over the place. There is no clear indication when a location jump or time jump was made. It felt really choppy, and this coming from someone who knew the story! Some signs would be helpful, thanks! For example the scene of Solon practicing with Gyre sits without any explanation nor purpose in the middle of two Kylar scenes. The narration gets annoying, as it changes m I am a fan of the trilogy. However I am quickly disappointed by this version. The story is way rushed. Pages of scenes spewed all over the place. There is no clear indication when a location jump or time jump was made. It felt really choppy, and this coming from someone who knew the story! Some signs would be helpful, thanks! For example the scene of Solon practicing with Gyre sits without any explanation nor purpose in the middle of two Kylar scenes. The narration gets annoying, as it changes mode and consciousness. I had doubts about the graphic but it was actually good. If only the flow of the story works. I tried giving someone who hasn't read the novel to read this and he didn't understand the story at all, said it was like an art house piece, which I think sums it up nicely.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Justin

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Fantastic! Wonderfully illustrated. It helped me greatly to refresh my memory of the first book and now I'm ready to start with the second! Fantastic! Wonderfully illustrated. It helped me greatly to refresh my memory of the first book and now I'm ready to start with the second!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Neil Gaudet

    It would be impossible for this graphic novel to fully capture the first book of the trilogy. However it gave it a good shot. As a companion to the novel it’s brilliant.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    The pain you feel is the pain of abandoning a delusion. The delusion is meaning, Kylar. There's no higher purpose. There are no gods. No arbiters of right and wrong. I don't ask you to like reality. I only ask you to be strong enough to face it. There is nothing beyond this. Only the perfection of becoming weapons. Do you know how many I've killed? Neither do I. I used to remember the name of every person I killed. Then it was too many. I just remembered the number. Then only the innocents. The The pain you feel is the pain of abandoning a delusion. The delusion is meaning, Kylar. There's no higher purpose. There are no gods. No arbiters of right and wrong. I don't ask you to like reality. I only ask you to be strong enough to face it. There is nothing beyond this. Only the perfection of becoming weapons. Do you know how many I've killed? Neither do I. I used to remember the name of every person I killed. Then it was too many. I just remembered the number. Then only the innocents. Then I forgot even that. Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence. — Durzo Blint (yeah long quote but I like it)I'm reading this as something of an outsider, someone who has never read The Way of Shadows though it's been sitting on my tbr list for what a decade nearly. I like assassins what can I say. So take my 4 star rating with a grain of salt.By having not read the original material I got lost occasionally. This is written with some minor knowledge expectation, given the page differential between the original and the adaptation I am not surprised. I'm wondering if the focus isn't quite right. There isn't quite enough emphasis put on the relationship between Kylar and Logan. They are best friends from very early on but the graphic novel brushes over that it sort of changes the weight of the ending, a line that doesn't carry the punch it should. Aside from that I did really enjoy this. The passage of time is done well, showing the changes in Azoth/Kylar. The outfits are stunning and storytelling in their own right, that is something that won't exist in the written version. The missing story elements are somewhat outweighed by the beauty. Graphic novels suit this story, I'm surprised that the other two in the trilogy weren't adapted as well.In the author's note Brent Weeks explains how this came to be which in and of itself is an interesting story. It's good to see an author so involved in their own adaptation. The art is well suited to the words. There is a matched beauty and brutality. I find it hard to explain, but there is an effective synergy. When I started dreaming about the Night Angel trilogy, I didn't dream of words. I dreamt of action, of fights to dazzle the mind's eye: Bruce Lee's kinetic genius and baffling strength, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's strength and speed. — Brent Weeks (author's note)A representative gif:

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jay Desjardins

    DNF 50% into the book. This book had great potential. I found myself liking the book in the beginning with the characters, the world, and the story development. What I found that I didn't like was that after a while the characters because disassociated with themselves (total out of character quirks), cheesy style high schoolish relationships, and huge gaps in character plots/development. I could understand if it would be explained further in the book but honestly from about 1/4 thru the book I wa DNF 50% into the book. This book had great potential. I found myself liking the book in the beginning with the characters, the world, and the story development. What I found that I didn't like was that after a while the characters because disassociated with themselves (total out of character quirks), cheesy style high schoolish relationships, and huge gaps in character plots/development. I could understand if it would be explained further in the book but honestly from about 1/4 thru the book I wanted to put it down because there were too many unknowns and it was moving way too slowly, but I kept up until halfway thru to ensure that I was in fact disappointed not disillusioned with false expectations on the book. There is a series of books, just one that I can't get behind really. I gave 2 stars mostly because I feel that the book had a decent story in the beginning. I just wish the beginning storytelling would have kept up thru the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Bergerson

    I purchased this because I love the Way of the Shadows not because I particularly like Graphic Novels (often I think pictures take away from imagination as it can be so difficult to capture the essence of the art in book form to pictures, but I think this is been successfully done here). My only complaint would be that it was a little shorter than I was expecting and it only covers the first book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    A bit hard to follow at first, but it came together more as the story went on. A bit gory for my liking, but the story was pretty good. It will be nice to see how the physical book differs from the graphic novel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Naricat

    Not exactly a fan of the source material myself but the way this work was effectively a "best of" sequence of events while abandoning the plotlines that served as connective tissue for the story left this fairly lacking. I feel like I'd be even more lost if I hadn't read the book earlier this year. Not exactly a fan of the source material myself but the way this work was effectively a "best of" sequence of events while abandoning the plotlines that served as connective tissue for the story left this fairly lacking. I feel like I'd be even more lost if I hadn't read the book earlier this year.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jack Dempsey

    Good but doesn’t bring the book to life Was very short and missed some important points of the book, but that’s obviously because the books is so long. I enjoyed the dark art however I thought the action could have been drawn better.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Raven (CaskaRed)

    This book is a faithful adaptation of the original story with fantastic artwork. It clearly lays out the story for you while the 400 page novel can get confusing at times. This graphic novel brings The Way of Shadows to the world in a whole new way.

  17. 5 out of 5

    W. Tanner Forbes

    Make more of these. Yes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gianluca Gordon

    A great adaption A great adaption of one of my favorite series, a lot was lost and it can be a bit confusing but overall great.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trista Wilson

    I’m glad I read the book before this. I wouldn’t have known what the hell was going on! Good lord. 😒

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nakeisha

    This is great book I read the original book before the graphic novel and this a story just fits so well in this format

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Eh... I think it would read better in novel form. I've been left wanting to know more about the magic of this world than what was there. I'm curious enough to find it and read it. Eh... I think it would read better in novel form. I've been left wanting to know more about the magic of this world than what was there. I'm curious enough to find it and read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Hall

    Really good adaptation of the book A very dark fantasy, this graphic novel does a great job of adapting the book to visuals. Very well done.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andries van Wyk

    I approached this graphic novel with high hopes and much enthusiasm - too much it seems. Such a pity that this was such a dud. The art style is stunning...but that is where it stops, unfortunately. The story is incredibly difficult to follow, never mind having read the book. I think it would be impossible to follow if you have not read the book. The narration is extremely poorly done and did not guide the reader through scenes, emotions and places. The narrator was used for all the wrong effects I approached this graphic novel with high hopes and much enthusiasm - too much it seems. Such a pity that this was such a dud. The art style is stunning...but that is where it stops, unfortunately. The story is incredibly difficult to follow, never mind having read the book. I think it would be impossible to follow if you have not read the book. The narration is extremely poorly done and did not guide the reader through scenes, emotions and places. The narrator was used for all the wrong effects and there was no clear indication when time passed, scenes changed or new chapters started. Most of the characters are indistinguishable from one another. Often you would turn a page and the story just completely changed...then you turn back and check (there are no page numbers), no it seems like the next page...then you feel and flick the edge to see if there are perhaps to pages that got stuck to one another...no...what the hell is going on. Also, often, a character would enter a room and start shouting stuff and you would wonder, who the hell is this...just about every three pages I found myself mumbling, what the hell is going on - and I read the book! It is really a disappointment, and an even bigger disappointment since the book was so absolutely brilliant. The bad ones always get the worst flak.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela Groves

    Ahhhhh!!!! I have been waiting for this for so long! I am a huge fan of the novels, so I knew I was going to love this. I did. first thing first, if yoyr expecting the depth of character and background you get in the novels, you will be dissapointed. if you are expecting to see all the key scenes of the novel in all their black and white glory, with superb artwork bring the characters you love (and hate) to life, you will love this. The story is condensed, and may sometimes feel rushed, but that' Ahhhhh!!!! I have been waiting for this for so long! I am a huge fan of the novels, so I knew I was going to love this. I did. first thing first, if yoyr expecting the depth of character and background you get in the novels, you will be dissapointed. if you are expecting to see all the key scenes of the novel in all their black and white glory, with superb artwork bring the characters you love (and hate) to life, you will love this. The story is condensed, and may sometimes feel rushed, but that's because you know what is coming, you need to slow yourself down, appreciate the art, and remind yourself of what this is. a graphic novel, you need to treat it as such to get the full enjoyment. I loved this. I think any o e who loves a great gaphic novel will too, it's not just for the fans of the books!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pen

    I can't not give this five, it is a visual adaptation of my favourite book. Every character is presented almost exactly as I imagined them. The art style is excellent, I haven't seen a graphic novel or comic come close to this quality in a long time. the condensed story adaptation is expertly done, although if you haven't read the novel you may find it a little rushed (there is a lot of story here). It reunited me with Kylar and Durzo, it feels like forever since we spent those long nights toget I can't not give this five, it is a visual adaptation of my favourite book. Every character is presented almost exactly as I imagined them. The art style is excellent, I haven't seen a graphic novel or comic come close to this quality in a long time. the condensed story adaptation is expertly done, although if you haven't read the novel you may find it a little rushed (there is a lot of story here). It reunited me with Kylar and Durzo, it feels like forever since we spent those long nights together and it smelt like the Dungeons and Dragons Handbook. What's not to like? If you're on the fence about it, don't be, buy it. Although I would recommend reading The Way of Shadows first, if you haven't already, because it's so damn good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    It's clear early on, that this graphic novel adaptation can't cover everything that the original does. The story of the young wetboy Azoth, the tragic tale of his master Durzo Blint, and the politics of the realm are just a few of the things it has to relate. Pages feel like snapshots, and while they present a coherent tale, the gaps between them are noticeable; the story doesn't feel complete without these tantalizing pieces. Matters aren't as black and white as the art is, characters have powe It's clear early on, that this graphic novel adaptation can't cover everything that the original does. The story of the young wetboy Azoth, the tragic tale of his master Durzo Blint, and the politics of the realm are just a few of the things it has to relate. Pages feel like snapshots, and while they present a coherent tale, the gaps between them are noticeable; the story doesn't feel complete without these tantalizing pieces. Matters aren't as black and white as the art is, characters have powerful motives for their actions, therefore they often do bad things for good reasons. There is plenty of violence (the ink is heavy on the blood splatters, but has little detail otherwise), and some nudity (this is always concealed). All in all a decent adaptation.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert Hudder

    I didn't realize this was an adaptation. It makes me want to keep my eyes peeled for the novels. I worried that maybe this was some D&D homage or a way to cash in the world building fantasy novels that have been rediscovered with LOTR and GOT but this stands on its own. Yes, castle intrigue, blah blah but the main set of characters are centered around assassins. So, I guess this has more in common with some video games that traditional fantasies. As an entry into the world and the main character I didn't realize this was an adaptation. It makes me want to keep my eyes peeled for the novels. I worried that maybe this was some D&D homage or a way to cash in the world building fantasy novels that have been rediscovered with LOTR and GOT but this stands on its own. Yes, castle intrigue, blah blah but the main set of characters are centered around assassins. So, I guess this has more in common with some video games that traditional fantasies. As an entry into the world and the main characters, it did its job well. You can tell that the novel would have more subplots and some of those could be interesting. If I am ever in want of another set of quick paced suspense novels, I may turn to these.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    I enjoyed this, but it jumped around a little too much and I was sometimes confused as to what was going and why. It would have been better if it had been 2 or 3 times longer. The story moved so fast that I didn't have time to get to know the characters very well, so betrayals or the death of a character didn't mean much to me. And I didn't get immersed enough to feel nervous during some of the more tension-filled scenes, where I could tell I was meant to. I could see this story filling a dozen o I enjoyed this, but it jumped around a little too much and I was sometimes confused as to what was going and why. It would have been better if it had been 2 or 3 times longer. The story moved so fast that I didn't have time to get to know the characters very well, so betrayals or the death of a character didn't mean much to me. And I didn't get immersed enough to feel nervous during some of the more tension-filled scenes, where I could tell I was meant to. I could see this story filling a dozen or more volumes as a graphic novel adaptation, if it was fleshed out the way it should have been. I will definitely read the sequel, if one gets made.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ed Mcgee

    Missed a few critical things but a good read. It was an interesting read and nice to see others views of the characters, I never would have given Vi such a scandalous dress at prince ailenes birthday party. However I feel as th i ugh they missed many critical elements. While I do understand that graphic novels are a different medium to express a story I am sure they could have fit in sarah, kylars hand injury when he fought durzo and have durzo actually sign his letter A. Thorne rather than just Missed a few critical things but a good read. It was an interesting read and nice to see others views of the characters, I never would have given Vi such a scandalous dress at prince ailenes birthday party. However I feel as th i ugh they missed many critical elements. While I do understand that graphic novels are a different medium to express a story I am sure they could have fit in sarah, kylars hand injury when he fought durzo and have durzo actually sign his letter A. Thorne rather than just D.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diego

    As a fan of the series, I truly enjoyed it! Took me down memory lane, and the art was amazing. Only quibbles I had were that the transitions between scenes were EXTREMELY abrupt, a lot of the terminology and names were lost on me, and from time to time I had no idea what was going on (What side are we on? Why do we hate the other side again? Where did that prince come from? Why did the king make Logan his heir?) Despite it's flaws, I enjoyed myself tremendously. But that's mostly because I'm such As a fan of the series, I truly enjoyed it! Took me down memory lane, and the art was amazing. Only quibbles I had were that the transitions between scenes were EXTREMELY abrupt, a lot of the terminology and names were lost on me, and from time to time I had no idea what was going on (What side are we on? Why do we hate the other side again? Where did that prince come from? Why did the king make Logan his heir?) Despite it's flaws, I enjoyed myself tremendously. But that's mostly because I'm such a fan of the series. I would recommend this book to other fans, but not to beginners.

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