Title: The Last Watch (sometimes called The Final Watch).
Author: Sergei Lukyanenko.
Year of Publication: 2009 (UK).
Publisher: Arrow Books (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £8.99 (UK).
Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This book is the fourth book in a series called The Night Watch.
The Last Watch is my favourite book of the series so far, and unlike the first three, it focuses almost entirely on Anton and his part in the story. Now one of the most powerful Light Mages in the Moscow Night Watch, he has grown cynical of the whole system because he sees how blurred the line between good and evil is.
At the beginning of the book Anton is sent to Edinburgh (my most favourite city in the whole world) to investigate a murder at the request of Edinburgh’s Night Watch. He realises that a vampires is involved, and the more he investigates the more he digs up.
Anton realises that three ‘Others’ have joined forces (one Light, one Dark, and one Inquisitor) to find the fabled ‘Crown of All Things’, a legendary object created by none other than Merlin, which has been hidden in the seventh level of the twilight.
After the trio trying to find he ‘Crown of All Things’ kidnaps Anton, he is forced to help them in finding it. But the only person who can help Anton reach the seventh level of the twilight (which only a handful of people throughout history have been able to do) is the one person Anton doesn’t want to involve in the battles and games of the Watches.
In the end Anton figures out just in time what he needs to do, only he has to convince everyone else that he’s right. All in all, this has become one of my favourite series of all time, because the characters in it are very real life despite the fantasy setting.
The next book in the series is called The New Watch.
“Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.” Cale Yarborough.