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Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella par [Weeks, Brent]
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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 : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 80 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit (1 juin 2011)
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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
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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.
14 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Spoiler free review 14 octobre 2011
Par Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks - Publié sur
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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

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not feeling the love for this work 4 juin 2011
Par Geode - Publié sur
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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 Much better than the average rating here! I greatly enjoyed it. If you're a Night Angel fan, don't hesitate. 5 septembre 2011
Par Matt - Publié sur
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I don't get the negative reviews of this novella, especially from readers claiming to be a big fans of the trilogy. Yes it's short - it's a novella - you knew that when you bought it. I for one am very grateful to have this additional taste of Night Angel story and history. It's as well-written as the Night Angel trilogy, and for as short as it is, it contains a lot of history. There are several time frames but it's not jumpy. There are a few short-story type segments, going forward in time with each clip, and then the majority of the novella is done in the same time frame, which is the most interesting part. There is more history here than just Durzo's too - Gwinvere (Momma K) is a young working woman during the last segment, and we're treated to their first meeting.

We're given some insight into what has made Durzo Blint the man he is, and a little more personality of the black ka'kari itself. There are several conversational bits between man and ka'kari. We also see another ka'kari in action, and see its fate.

This novella probably started out as some research-type writing on the author's part. Then at some point he realized hey, the fans might like to read this stuff. So here we have it, and I'm glad this didn't just end up sitting dormant in a hard drive or the editor's archive files. I too am anxiously awaiting the next Lightbringer novel, but this was great. And as far as the price - yes it costs more per page than a novel. But come on - how much do you think the author would make if this were $0.99? Almost nothing. He deserves our support for his fine work. $2.99 is less than the cost of a beer at a bar, it's not unreasonable.

If you're a new reader to the Night Angel trilogy, I would definitely say DO NOT read this before reading the trilogy. It won't ruin it or anything, but I think discovering things as they are laid out in the trilogy is best, and this additional history afterward is great backstory. Backstory is always best once we know and care about a character.

If you're a Night Angel fan, don't hesitate to read this, you'll enjoy it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Taste Of Durzo's Past 5 juin 2011
Par Avid Reader - Publié sur
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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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