“Night Watch” Is Urban Fantasy With a Very Russian Twist
I love foreign movies because they resonate so different tonally from what’s constantly being churned out of Hollywood. Same with books translated from a different language, the words in English are still beautiful and register logically, but there’s always a hint that the heart of it is unfamiliar territory.
Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko is the perfect example of that. It should have been something like the Russian version of Harry Potter had HP taken place in a corporate office rather than a school, but Night Watch is too intense and on too epic a scale for that comparison.
What happens when a mid-level Russian magician faces morally ambiguous choices that could destroy the world? Well, first he drinks vodka, then he takes the blackest of the Dark Side and the purest of the Light Side and starts painting grey. You’ll have to read the rest to find out more.