The Day Watch
Written with V. Vassilyev
Alice, a young but powerful Dark Other, attends a planning meeting with her comrades in the Day Watch. The team is on a mission to apprehend an uninitiated Other, a practising Dark witch who has so far eluded the bureaus responsible for finding and initiating unlicensed practitioners of magic. It seems routine, but when they arrive, the Night Watch team has already made the arrest. A fierce battle ensues, during which Alice almost dies. Drained of her powers, she is sent to recuperate at a youth camp near the Black Sea. There she meets Igor; the chemistry between them is instant and irresistible… But then comes a shattering realisation: Igor is a Light Mage. Suddenly Alice remembers him as one of those involved in the battle that left her crippled. There is no alternative to a magical duel, a battle that neither of them wants to win.