The Night Watch

The Night Watch Sergey Lukianenko
Pub date 1st January 1998
Original publisher AST (Russia)
Publisher (UK) William Heinemann
Publisher (US) Miramax Books
International publishers Ciela Norma (Bulgaria),Shanghai 99 Reader’s Cultural (China), Triton (Czech Republic), Into Kustannus (Finland), Albin Michel (France), Alliance (Georgia), Random House (Germany), Arnoldo Mondadori (Italy), Minumin (Korea), Wydawnictwo MAG (Poland), Penguin Random House (Spain), Eurasian Press (Taiwain), Pegasus (Turkey)

All that stands between the darkness and the light is The Night Watch…

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are The Other. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy world that exists in parallel to our own, each owes allegiance either to The Dark or The Light. The two factions, having long before realised that an open struggle can only create chaos and disaster, coexist in an uneasy truce, each side aware of, and keeping a close eye on, the other’s activities around the city. Despite their leanings towards good and evil, their aim is not mutual destruction, but rather the maintenance of the precarious balance between the two.

Anton, an young Other, who owes allegiance to the Light, is a Night Watch agent, patrolling the streets and Metro of the city, as he protects ordinary people from the vampires and magicians of the Dark. On his rounds, Anton comes across a young woman, Svetlana, who he realises is under a powerful curse that threatens the entire city, and a boy, Egor, a young Other, too young to have committed to either The Dark or The Light and as yet unaware of his own enormous power, whom Anton narrowly saves from vampires.

Anton is assigned a partner, Olga, a powerful female Other who is in the form of an owl in punishment for a past error of judgement. Together with their colleagues in the Night Watch, they struggle to remove Svetlana’s curse and to protect Egor from the vampires that pursue him.

Set in a vividly realised post-Soviet Russia, where vampires operate under license and Good and Evil exist in a Cold War-like balance of power, The Night Watch is a page-turning fantasy thriller, an international bestseller that represents the most original writing in its genre since Anne Rice’s “An Interview With A Vampire”…


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