Book cover - The Way of Shadows - Author Brent Weeks

The Way of Shadows

Author Brent Weeks

  • Release Date: 2008-10-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 381 Ratings


The Way of Shadows - From NYT bestselling author Brent Weeks comes the first novel in his breakout fantasy trilogy in which a young boy trains under the city's most legendary and feared assassin, Durzo Blint.
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art--and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly--and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics--and cultivate a flair for death.

Devour this blockbuster tale of assassination and magic by Brent Weeks, which has delighted readers all over the world--with over one million copies in print!

Night Angel
The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the Shadows

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy (omnibus)
Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella (e-only)
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel
For more from Brent Weeks, check out:

The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White


  • The book that started it all

    By Hannahbone
    I read this book in 2011 and was instantly hooked on Brent's style and the worlds he created. I'm a fan girl for life. Even if he makes his fans temporarily homicidal.
  • Couldn't blink!

    By wildchild2644
    I feel like I've been searching for this book my whole life! Incredible story written by a pure genius. Complex yet easy to follow.
  • Excellent

    By Xjxjse
    A very well done fantasy that grabs your attention early and keeps it. Full of very likable yet very flawed characters. Terrific action.
  • Enjoyable but could use some polishing.

    By Jamesford31
    This book is definitely an enjoyable read. However, it could use some polishing. It was as if Brent Week's editor grew tired of editing his work, and skimmed through the rest of it without bothering to correct some issues. I hope this review doesn't scare anyone from reading this book though! The plot and the characters were very interesting!
  • Favorite series ever!

    By Basque_chick
    I found the first book in a bookstore, then I had to have the others. I re-read them over and over and even got my boyfriend hooked on them. Took them to Europe with me for any down time too. Definitely recommend reading!
  • My favorite book

    By Mista Finn
    Finally an author with the balls to write with style and grace but, with a dark plot so much so it gives you chill between the ways he portraits heartless villains to our possible heros
  • A Dark Marvel

    By Lyn Forester
    The Way of the Shadow is a superbly written novel, delving into the dredges of what it means to be human, to walk away from life or to accept and fight for what is right and what should not be allowed. The characters introduced are not inherently good, nor are their reasons morally right, but there is enough in their character that shows that in life there is a line, and when it cannot be crossed, the decision made will define who the character can be and whether redemption is possible. There are many crucibles in life for these characters and the following books will surely drive them to the breaking point. Some will come out alive and some will be broken beyond recognition. Brent Weeks is a master at character and world building. The history and characters are fully realized and beautifully described, making it easy to be drawn in and lost in The Way of the Shadows. **Originally posted on goodreads
  • Best book ever

    By DurzoBlint2014
    Best book ever
  • Amazing

    By D'shiz
    I've been reading fantasy for 20 years and never come across anything so hypnotizing as this. Best book I've ever read.
  • Fantastic

    By Tobias812
    Read this series numerous times. Definitely a must read for the fantasy book readers out there.