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Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella [Format Kindle]

Brent Weeks
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Présentation de l'éditeur

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 : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 239 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 80 pages
  • Editeur : Little, Brown Book Group (1 juin 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0051GY5EU
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Word Wise: Non activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Brent Weeks, né dans le Montana, passa quelque temps à parcourir le monde comme Caine, le héros de Kung Fu, à s'occuper d'un bar et à corrompre la jeunesse (mais pas en même temps), avant de commencer à écrire sur des serviettes en papier de restaurants. Enfin, un jour, quelqu'un décida de le payer pour ça.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent complément à la trilogie Night Angel 23 janvier 2012
Par Sylvia
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Charmante nouvelle qui raconte les premiers pas de Durzo Blint en tant que wetboy. L'histoire se situe donc quelques années avant sa rencontre avec Kylar, mais je conseille de la lire après la trilogie, pour être familiarisé avec les notions de Sa'kagé, ka'kari, etc.
Le récit n'est aucunement indispensable, mais c'est un plaisir de retrouver Durzo et de découvrir des facettes de sa longue vie. Et on croise des personnages qui auront leur importance par la suite.
L'écriture est maîtrisée, le style tonique. J'ai trouvé cette longue nouvelle particulièrement plaisante.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Unsatisfying and Brief 13 juin 2011
Par mmedina - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As a huge fan of the Night Angel Trilogy, I was very disappointed with Perfect Shadow. At around 17,000 words, it is about a 42 page long prologue that does not satisfy the reader.

This is not a short story to delve into the mind of Durzo Blint. This novella will skim over Durzo's history and leave you wanting more. This novella is lacking.

No Depth:
There is no depth to this story. At 17,000 words, this novella skims over Durzo Blint's previous life as Gaelan Starfire and how he meets Momma K. As a reader, I felt nothing propelling me forward to finish this emotionless story other than my love for the series.

Terrible Narration:
The narration in Perfect Shadow is not as smooth as the NAT. This story is too short to keep jumping back and forth in narration. We are even told that some parts of the narration are not true! Whats the point?!

Too Short:
Brent skims over the origin of Durzo Blint to the point that this work does not do his own character justice. Even the Black Ka'kari barely has an appearance in this story.

If you are a hard-core NAT fan like me, then you will buy this novella regardless of the reviews. But for the rest of you on the fence, you might as well search Durzo Blint on the Night Angel Trilogy wiki.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Spoiler free review 14 octobre 2011
Par Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Disclaimer-If you read the review and feel there is a spoiler in it, please let me know and I will remove that section. Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Thank you.

Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks is a short story that details some of the beginnings of Durzo Blint from the Night Angel trilogy. Before becoming that beloved character, he went by the name Gaelan Starfire and he has a story to tell.

I really liked this story. It felt refreshing to return to the world in the Night Angel trilogy and read of past exploits. My only real complaint is which the jumping around and the changing from first person to the third person POV. The jumping back and forth breaks up the flow of the story and at times can become confusing.

This story is raw and gritty there is a lot of profanity throughout. For me this is not a problem as I liked it that way and felt it helped make the story more real as the language is fitting for these types of characters. Once again, for me, I really enjoyed this one and those who are a fan of the Night Angel trilogy may also enjoy it.

Happy reading

-Dimndbangr
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not feeling the love for this work 4 juin 2011
Par Geode - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the night Angel Trilogy as a 5 star story, I was very disappointed in this work. I preordered this Novella and anticipated its release. The story was touted as the origins of Durzo Blint, and I found out that is not the same as the origins of Acaelus which is what I hoped for and expected. This fact however did not influence my review in any way.

What did influence my review was the way this work was written. Brent constantly shifted perspectives and time periods so it became very confusing. One moment the reader hears Acaelus thinking as himself, the next he might be trying to think as another of his character identities, then he might be hearing the Ka'kari in his thoughts. One moment Acacelus is in the present, the next he is envisioning the past. There was just too much movement between time, perspectives, and thoughts.

My next issue with this work is how shallow it is. This work is nothing more than a long prelude to the Night Angel trilogy. I expected more reading time, this was really short. There was still a great deal of story to be told and yet this, although a Novella, is still just unsatisfying for the cost.

Fans of the Dark Angel Trilogy will read it for the love of the trilogy, but this work is not much in itself. Sorry Brent, I am a fan, but just did not feel the love for this work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Taste Of Durzo's Past 5 juin 2011
Par Avid Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The whole time I was reading The Night Angel Trilogy I wanted to know more about the past, the past lives, of Durzo's Blint. The Perfect Shadow provides a nice morsel of history. In The Perfect Shadow we learn how Durzo joined with Momma K and became a wet boy. My only complaint would be that it wasn't long enough. We're given only a taste of Durzo's past as Acaelus Thorne and his time with Jorsin Alkestes. Hopefully this just a taste of what's to come and Weeks will someday gives us the full history of Durzo Blint.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 1/10 Would not bang. 8 décembre 2012
Par Mitch Hedberg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Let me start by stating that the Night Angel trilogy is probably my favorite series of all time. They are not particularly well written but the concepts and the characters more than make up for the style. Perfect Shadow is the Durzo Blint background story and it had a lot of potential to be incredible. It could have been 300-400 pages, depicting an in-depth look at the early years of Acaelus Thorne and how he became the ultimate wetboy but a broken man. I would have read the s*** out of that story.

Instead, Weeks rushes through the tale like a whore rushes to make an ugly john climax. He barely touches on Acaelus's early years, he smashes through Durzo's elimination of the city's other wetboys, and he fails to connect the reader with the soul of our favorite antihero - the reason we bought this book in the first place. I cannot speak for everyone, I'll make that clear. But if I could unread this book, and keep it from tarnishing my image of the best goddamn trilogy I've ever had the pleasure of reading, I would.

Use discretion before deciding to subject yourself to this hop, skip, and a jump of a back story on one of the most badass characters to ever be drawn into existence.
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