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Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella | [Brent Weeks]

Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella

Discover the origins of Durzo Blint in this original novella set in the world of Brent Weeks' New York Times best-selling 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."
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Discover the origins of Durzo Blint in this original novella set in the world of Brent Weeks' New York Times best-selling 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-fitted 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.

Listen to the Night Angel Trilogy.

©2011 Brent Weeks (P)2011 Hachette

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    Dillon TURLOCK, CA, United States 10-21-13
    Dillon TURLOCK, CA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    This is a must-have for anyone who is enthusiastic about the Night Angel series. That being said, the narrator really distracts from a great plot. I really wish he had done his homework and listened to the previous books, names were mispronounced, weird accents were assigned ect. Just grit your teeth and try your best to enjoy the content and prey Weeks writes more Night Angel goodies with a new narrator on the payrole.

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    Tara 04-09-12
    Tara 04-09-12
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    "nice to get some background on the hero"
    What made the experience of listening to Perfect Shadow the most enjoyable?

    getting more of the history of this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    short stories can tell a great story with out the clutter of too much detail and still satisfy


    What three words best describe James Langton’s voice?

    annoying english accent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    from hero to assassin.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 10-22-11
    Paul United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Thanks for more insight into Durzo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but only after listening to the Night Angel Trilogy. It feels like a prologue and gives you insight into my favorite character of the trilogy.


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    Jeff 06-21-11
    Jeff 06-21-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Nice addition to the Night Angel Trilogy"

    If you've read the Night Angel Trilogy, this is a nice addition to round out some of the details hinted at in the books. If you haven't had a chance to read them, they are excellent. I would recommend reading the trilogy before listening to this novela as it has some information that is more enjoyable to discover as you work through the books.


    The narration was very good although I'm always aggravated that a new narrator (or the producer) can't take the time to listen to the previous work and pronounce names the same. It's a minor gripe becuase this is a really good narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Atkinson 07-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good writer bad bad bad narrater"

    After listening to the series, I thought this would be a nice follow up. This would allow me to know how Durzo got started. I started listening to this book and the narrater's voice had such poor reflections that it was putting me to sleep. What a shame to have such a good writer waste a good book on someone that can't bring the characters to life. Not sure why he went away from Paul Boehmer but it is just a shame. Well it didn't cost much and I'll go buy the paperback book when it comes out. I will not attempt to listen to this again. That is how bad this narrater is.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm 09-21-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Great prequel"

    A great prequel to The Night Angel trilogy. Well narrated by James Langton. Tells the story of Gaelan, one of Durzo Blint' s past lives. A great listen and read.

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    Machi 08-22-14
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    "Listening Vs. Reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Perfect Shadow the most enjoyable?

    The pacing and voices of the reader made the action come alive, and gave the book new life and new detail. Parts that may have been difficult to understand were brought to life, and given a new context. This made me even more excited after listening to the book.


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    I loved the voice changes and the pacing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Shadows from within Emerge


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    Richard S Downers Grove, IL United States 04-29-13
    Richard S Downers Grove, IL United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Best of them all"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I love short stories. This prequel is the best of the series. Makes me wish there was another book in the series.


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    Kenya 04-17-13
    Kenya 04-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Full little thing"

    Should have gotten the same reader for the other book. Not that this one was bad but I liked the other. The story was a fun little tidbit, not a necessity and not worth a credit, but if you see it on sale its not a bad listen

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    Brian 10-04-12
    Brian 10-04-12
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    A decent enough story, but this is information I felt would have been better served to be included in book two or three of the series. It feels like an after thought.

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  • Sam
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    12/24/12
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    "A nice add on"

    This is a nice little Novella. Brent Weeks is a good writer who properly balances pace and description. It gives a nice extra insight into Durza, someone who demands more attention after the Night Angel Trilogy.



    The narrator has a lovely voice, contributing to the audiobook - however he is starkly different from the narrator from the Night Angel Trilogy, giving it quite a different 'air' to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
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    12/21/12
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    "An entertaining, if very brief, ammendium"

    If you enjoyed the original Night Angel Trilogy it's worth a listen, otherwise i'd would likely give it a miss. At least until you've given the original trilogy a read/listen.



    It sheds some light on Durzo from shortly before he took the name Durzo Blint to what I'd guess to be about 10-15 years prior to the start of the Night Angel trilogy. It has a little of "Batman: Year One" about it at times as he embarks on his first paid kill. There is a small bit on him before becoming Durzo Blint, and disappointingly even less on his origins around the time of Emperor Jorsin and Ezra. Much regarding the ancient history of Midcyru that people, or at least myself, wanted to know more about is irritatingly absent.



    The recurring characters, having a sizeable trilogy's worth of fleshing out, are solid. A few of the supporting characters from the trilogy are given some deserved page time, a child Hu Gibbet and younger Scarred Wrable chief among them. However, I felt the newer, bit-part characters were a little shaky. The narration, while nothing special, does a good enough job with various different characters .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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