Reading: Way of Shadows

Have been reading The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. You may recognise these books as the covers ripped off from Assassin's Creed.

Firstly I just want to say I also brought The Name of the Wind because I saw Robin Hobb had written a very nice recommendation about it. I didn't enjoy it much. In fact, I didn't finish reading it and it's sitting somewhere in the house. This is the first time I've brought a book and did not finish... but that's a tale for a different Reading review.

With the Way of Shadows, I am actually enjoying it. It's a light read, and not stressful on your head the same way Janny Wurts or George Martin is. The premise is simple, street rat turned assassin's apprentice. The main character Azoth is a pretty natural, easy going kid and I have no particularly strong feelings about him. His assassin mentor is the typical Rogue with the Heart of Gold.

Certain plot elements I find contrite, such as that deal with the Doll Girl heading down the childhood sweetheart road, but overall I have no problems with it.

Except. One. Thing.

These assassins are not just assassins... what separated them from their lower brethren is that they possess magic. They have a different name that they call themselves, like a man with a Phd is not a Mr. but a Dr.

The name is:



If it were not for the fact that I cringe every time I have to read this stupid title, I would enjoy this book a whole lot more.

I discussed this with my brother and he offered up, in the span of 0.5 seconds 'Nightblade.' Hey, I can deal with that. It's a clichéd, but at least it doesn't make me groan in pain when I see it. If you are an assassin with fucking magic, would you want to be called Wetboy or NIGHTBLADE?

I am going to get a pen and just... cross out Wetboy when I see it and replace it with Nightblade.