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Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella

Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella [Kindle Edition]

Brent Weeks
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Discover the origins of Durzo Blint in this original novella set in the world of Brent Weeks' New York Times bestselling Night Angel trilogy.

"I got a bit of prophecy," the old assassin said. "Not enough to be useful, you know. Just glimpses. My wife dead, things like that to keep me up late at night. I had this vision that I was going to be killed by forty men, all at once. But now that you're here, I see they're all you. Durzo Blint."

Durzo Blint? Gaelan had never even heard the name.

Gaelan Starfire is a farmer, happy to be a husband and a father; a careful, quiet, simple man. He's also an immortal, peerless in the arts of war. Over the centuries, he's worn many faces to hide his gift, but he is a man ill-fit for obscurity, and all too often he's become a hero, his very names passing into legend: Acaelus Thorne, Yric the Black, Hrothan Steelbender, Tal Drakkan, Rebus Nimble.

But when Gaelan must take a job hunting down the world's finest assassins for the beautiful courtesan-and-crimelord Gwinvere Kirena, what he finds may destroy everything he's ever believed in.

Word count: ~17,000

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051GY5EU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brent Weeks studied at Hillsdale College, before brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung-Fu, also tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on napkins and, eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Durzo's beginning 28 July 2011
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"My way is hard, but I serve unbroken. In ignobility, nobility. In shame, honor. In darkness, light. I will do justice and love mercy."
So speaks the Night Angel, Durzo Blint, as he heads towards a meeting of the Nine to set Gwinvere Kirena as Shinga.
In this novella Brent Weeks takes us back several years to when Durzo - as readers know him in the Night Angel trilogy - stalked the world as Gaelen Starfire. The man once known as Acaelus Thorne, one of the closest friends of the powerful Jorsin Alkestes, owner of the black ka'kari is in a bar talking with Yvor Vas about what has led to him avenging the death of his wife and daughter at Chateau Shayon. A story of a deal with the beautiful Gwinvere, Sa'Kage, Mistress of Pleasures, to bring her to power and to gain him pre-eminence in the city as the best wetboy. Whilst Gaelen/Acaelus/Durzo learns at the hands of Ben Wrable he hunts and kills the other wetboys. His reward is the name of the man who killed his family. His future is as Durzo Blint.
This is pleasant addition to the Night Angel trilogy. Whilst it is a prologue, it should not be read before the trilogy as it gives away spoilers that are key in creating anticipation in the main novels. As readers who have devoured the books about Durzo and Kylar, this ties off some unanswered questions and explains much about the politics that are already in motion in Night Angel. We come to understand better the motive of Durzo, his beliefs, his training, the centuries that lie behind him. Weeks allows us to see into the enigmatic character and realise the weary humanity that Durzo clings to in the Night Angel. He is impassive, he is lethal, he is remorseless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect buy for the perfect killer fan 3 Mar 2014
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The perfect killers story was one of thought to be lost in time.
With this book the shadows have been lifted and the origins of Durzo Blint are discovered. It shines a new light upon the night angel trilogy for me and is worth a buy if you are a fan of the wet boy like myself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Jun 2011
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Well worth a read if you're into Brent Weeks and the Night Angel trilogy. A nice little back story for Durzo and the Ka'kari.
It might not make too much sense if you haven't read the Night Angel books, but it's a nice sample of what Weeks has to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars short but good! 19 May 2014
By Laura
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It's a good little story of how Durzo Blint came to be and fills some interesting plot holes from the other books. It would be great if the author could dedicate a trilogy to this awesome character since he's so interesting with so many tales to tell!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Shadow 11 May 2014
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Nicely feeling in blanks from the Night Angel Trilogy. Perfect for that last Durzo fix. Can highly recommend it as a really good read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good two hour read 3 Jun 2011
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It was good, far from the up and down exciting story telling of the last one though. It took me roughly two hours to get through which was a suprise. Worth getting if you've read the trilogy, but if you didn't realise how short it was (my fault, it does say after all) but as someone who was a fan of the first and downloaded indiscriminatly, it was a little dissapointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect shadow 29 Jun 2014
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any book by brent weeks is a joy to read and this novella is no exception. durzo blint's beginnings are fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice add-on for the series 22 April 2014
By David
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Good read. It was a nice add to the series, not everything is the same as the series but it made for a good read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by mr peter minto
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god
Read this series!! if you have read it again if you haven't... buckle up! Fantastic trilogy and have reread them numerous times.....!
Published 6 months ago by rmpharoah
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
An excellent prequel to the trilogy. Good to see how the character Durzo Blint was created and how met the other side characters.
Published 9 months ago by Darren Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars Night Angel?
Not as good as the nightbringer series but a good introduction into the world of magical assassins and underworld politics
Published 11 months ago by scott lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Short read.
I found it hard to remember the background story of the world. Which reduce my enjoyment a bit. Therefore, it is a book to read not too far apart from the night Angel trilogy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by tommy
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect shadow
A good insight into the origins of Durzo Blint but would be confusing if you haven't read the trilogy. An excellent read for fans of the series.
Published 12 months ago by BEN R
4.0 out of 5 stars A great short story that paints a history
This novella paints the picture for one of the main characters for Brent's weeks shadow series , though a great short story in its own right
Published 13 months ago by Mr. R. Stocks
4.0 out of 5 stars And so starts Durzo Blint
I enjoyed Perfect Shadow, really enjoyed it. However i feel that it was too short for any big story to develop - it left plenty for a new trilogy to springboard from, and i am glad... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elizabeth Berry
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