Title: The New Watch.
Author: Sergei Lukyanenko.
Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).
Publisher: Arrow Books (UK).
Format: Available in hardback, an ebook, and an audiobook. (This book will probably be available in paperback at some point in 2017)
Cost for Hardback (RRP): £16.99 (UK).
Age Range: 16 and, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents before reading.
This book is the sixth book in a series called The Night Watch.
Several years have passed since Anton locked Arina into the Sarcophagus, and the Tiger was satisfied that his job was done. Now he has taken a much quieter job within the Night Watch and heads up the schooling of new ‘Others’. He is happy with this, and has no plans to head back out into the front line. That is until a vampire starts attacking people with a curious link to him, their initials spell out his name.
Fearing that a vampire, who should already be dead after he had killed him already, is going to attack his family for revenge, Anton is forced to go back to the front line of the battle between Night and Day.
Only Anton’s initial conclusion couldn’t be further from the truth, though he and his family are in grave danger. Something is happening to the Twilight; the source of all magic, and even his daughter, the most powerful ‘Other’ alive is not yet in a position to do anything about it.
The only option is for an ancient ‘Sixth Watch’ to meet and offer a sacrifice to the Twilight. Only it is so ancient that even amongst the potentially immortal ‘Others’ there is very little knowledge of what the ‘Sixth Watch’ even is. Anton however has his suspicions, and seeks help from those he once thought of as enemies to save the lives of every single person on earth. But in the process, he losses more than he was expecting, and life for him will never be the same.
This series is full of very rich, and very real, characters, and often makes you question what is good and evil. Anton started of as a hero like Superman; holding himself up to the high morals of being a ‘Light Other’, but his fight against the dark has turned him into more of an anti-hero like Batman. He has seen that there is often a very fine line between good and bad, and that people can not be defined as entirely good or entirely evil. He see’s two of the most powerful ‘Others’ in the world (his boss at the Night Watch, and his counterpart at the Day Watch) are far more similar to each other than many would realise, and that he too shares a lot of their qualities that define them. Anton is a ‘Light Other’, but the line between Light and Dark has never been so clouded, but isn’t that often the case in real life?
I am not sure if there will be a seventh book or not, as the books always end in a way that leaves it open for more. I personally hope that there will be.
“It has been rightly said that nothing is unimportant, nothing powerless in the universe; a single atom can dissolve everything, and save everything! What terror! There lies the eternal distinction between good and evil.” Gerard De Nerval.