Once more set in the former USSR, The Day Watch showcases yet another episode in the eternal struggle between the two factions of the Others. Agents of the Light -- the Night Watch -- and agents of the Dark -- the Day Watch -- continue to oppose one another, yet they must maintain a precarious balance between Good and Evil due to the Treaty which is enforced by the Inquisition.
Alisa, a powerful Dark Other, is seriously wounded and drained of her powers during a violent clash with members of the Night Watch. Sent away to recuperate in a camp on the Black Sea, she will unwittingly fall in love with a Light Mage, setting in motion portentious events at the turn of the millennium. Meanwhile, the Twilight seems to be manipulating events to restore the balance between Light and Dark.
As the title implies, this novel focuses on the Day Watch. Though many familiar faces from The Night Watch return in this sequel, the author demonstrates that there are many layers and complexities to the "bad guys," and that very little is as it seems. For forcing two would-be rapists to suck each other's cocks as punishment, Alisa made quite an impression on me!;-)
Once again, the book is comprised of three distinct novella-length portions. Although each part is composed of its own storylines, they nonetheless form threads in a larger, more convoluted tale.
In the first volume, I found Sergei Lukyanenko's writing style to be very concise, with no flowery prose, nothing overwritten. The author's prose has improved in The Day Watch, without losing its edge. Lukyanenko's has a very distinctive voice. The more you read, the more addictive it becomes.
I can't quite believe that we don't hear more about this talented international bestselling author. The Night Watch series is sure to please most SFF fans out there. Lukyanenko is definitely an author worth discovering, so do yourself a favor and check him out!
Hard to put down!
The final verdict: 8/10