Night Watch, by Sergei Lukyanenko

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Sergei Lukyanenko’s Night Watch series, recently concluded with the publication of the sixth and final volume, Sixth Watch, is a unique take on the whole “urban fantasy” genre, not least because it takes place in Moscow rather than in London or Chicago.
Urban fantasy has rather been done to death, so much so that it rather surprises me when I find a series that feels fresh and different. Lukyanenko manages it; which I suppose shouldn’t surprise me given that the first book in the series, Night Watch, was first published in Russian in 1998, well before the birth of the Dresden Files in 2000.
In Lukyanenko’s world, there are two kinds of people: normal people like you and me, and Others. Others are human beings who have supernatural powers ranging from the trivial to the god-like (note the small “g”), and they come in two basic flavors: the Light and the Dark

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