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Cień doskonały (Night Angel 0.5)

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Poznajcie początki historii Durzo Blinta, które zostały opisane w tej oryginalnej mikropowieści. Akcja „Cienia doskonałego” jest osadzona w świecie trylogii „Anioła Nocy”, stworzonej przez bestsellerowego autora Brenta Weeksa.
Gaelan Gwiezdny Żar jest farmerem, szczęśliwym w roli męża i ojca; wiedzie żywot ostrożnego, spokojnego i prostego człowieka. Jest także nieśmierteln
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by MAG (first published December 2011)
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Emily (BellaGrace) Yeah, there are massive spoilers in it about Durzo's past and the ka'karis... although it's mostly information just thrown at the reader with no…moreYeah, there are massive spoilers in it about Durzo's past and the ka'karis... although it's mostly information just thrown at the reader with no explanation, so there will be some sense of discovery. You'll still enjoy the books, but some key/important things will be spoiled. Definitely should not read this before the main Night Angel books.(less)
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Petros Triantafyllou
This still gives me goosebumps.

"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."

seak
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Assassins going to assassinate people all assassin-like. Add crazy awesome magical abilities, immortality, love, shadows, betrayals, and constant action. You may just have Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella.

I don't think I'd recommend diving into Perfect Shadow without having already read the rest of the Night Angel Trilogy, or at least the first book, The Way of Shadows. It's a great series especially if you want a book/series that's really hard to put down. With all its faults, it's so muc
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Peter
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing beats snacking on delicious Blintses.
Jean ~ Kindle Queen
Brent Weeks is the master of the twist you don't see coming, and he usually does it more than once in a book. This is a prequel focusing on Durzo Blint, but it's definitely important to read The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) by Brent Weeks Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2) by Brent Weeks Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3) by Brent Weeks first. It would have been disorienting to read Perfect Shadow A Night Angel Novella by Brent Weeks first, and it'll spoil some of those twists I loved in the Night Angel trilogy. The switches between point-of-view was a bit disconcerting at the beginning, but once I figured out what was going on, I settled nicely into the story. I also wish I had read t ...more
Athena Shardbearer
I read the Night Angel Trilogy about two to three years ago and loved it then. This book is centered around Durzo Blint...one of my favorites from the trilogy(the other one was Logan.)

This just gives insight to Durzo, before he was Durzo Blint, before he met Momma K(Gwinvere) and how he became a wetboy. Reading this seriously makes me miss Azoth/Kylar and all the other characters. I may just do a re-read of the series soon.

There is no heroism
There is no justice
There is no heaven
There is no sixt
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TS Chan
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A glimpse of Durzo Blint's back story. In short, highly entertaining but do read this only after finishing at least Shadow's Edge, ideally post Beyond The Shadows. I'll just leave this review with a Durzo gem below.

I let him finish his business. Never say I’m not a gentleman.
I was once the avatar of retribution. Now I just try to be polite.

A moment later, the baron disappeared down the privy without a trace. When his soldiers grew suspicious and checked, he was simply gone. You’ll forgive me if
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David Sven
This is a Durzo Blint origin story. Add a fantastic GraphicAudio production with 15 voice actors and fist pumping music and sound effects and you have two hours of pure assassin badassery as The Night Angel stalks the warrens.

Most of the story focuses on Gaelen Starfire just before he becomes Durzo. We see the rise of Mama K and how Durzo came to meet and work for Gwinvere Kirena and the Sakage. We also get a little back story on Acaelus Thorne and how he became The Night Angel.

You'll probably n
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Chris
Nice little return to the world of Night Angel. I will say that though it's a prequel to the main series, one should avoid reading it first. It goes into background information that would spoil key parts to the books.

That said, it would also be confusing to a Weeks novice. The terms, history, relics, and organizations in the story are not explained here, as they are so well in the series. In fact, it has been awhile since I read the books, so I felt a little lost with some of it. Most of it came
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Vanessa
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Brent Weeks' immensely popular Night Angel Trilogy was published in quick succession. Readers had all three of his debut books on hand, devoured them, and then had to wait for his next novel. While imperfect, it was easy to see Weeks' potential for spinning a good yarn. THE BLACK PRISM has been released since then, but Weeks did take a little time to go back to the world he started out with, and gives us a novella about the assassin Durzo Blint.

Durzo is a character with a lot of back story, but
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Scott  Hitchcock
I didn't like The Black Prism so I gave Weeks and this novella a shot but sadly no more.
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Weeks continues with his juvenile drivel.

It looks like he discovered the word feces and had to look up all it's synonyms and write a scene that beat such "adult" subjects to death. Not realizing that he could have put it to good use by naming his book "Fecal Matter".

Next Weeks enters 12 year old pervert mode and introduces one of his female dichotomies, namely all women are either virgins or whores, as the main charter meets a whore who of course wants to have sex with him for free. Juvenile dia
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Jim
This was well read, but not well suited to reading since it skips back & forth through time a lot. The narrator made no indication of such breaks (They never do for some unknown reason.) so I got a bit lost at times.

This seems to be the introduction & history of the main character of the series. Considering that it was basically a big info dump, it was quite interesting & very well done. Still, it was an info dump, a character sketch. A very interesting character & an interesting
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Dawn
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
Short, entertaining, nothing spectacular, but a nice post Night Angel treat. We get a little more Durzo history / back story, see a little more of what makes him tick. I'd love to see more.. Like a full on prequel of his early history.. But for now this was a nice Night Angel fix.
Laura P.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Wow this was powerfully badass and full of wonderful action. I loved it!
Marc Aplin
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Night Angel Trilogy fans
Brent Weeks is author of what I consider the best fantasy trilogy of all time. The Night Angel trilogy really seemed to have it all. You had a complex plot, multiple subplots, hot women, incredible and vivid action, intense relationships and all was contained within an enjoyable style of writing.

Mr Weeks earlier this year took a break from his current 'LightBringer' series in order to bring to fans a short story about stand-out character from The Night Angel trilogy; Durzo Blint. Obviously fans
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Honza
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To the best of my knowledge, every fan of Durzo Blint's character will love this. Brent Weeks takes us on a trip to master assassin's heart before it became a barren wasteland. We can see the contours of the wetboy persona forming - his cynicism and embrace of violence in process of dealing out justice.

What intrigued me about this book is the character of Gwinvere Kirena (later known as Momma K). Brent Weeks has taken every Western reader's erotic fantasy, draped it in positive hero-defining tra
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Heather
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed
Mini-Review

Perfect Shadow is a nice addition to The Night Angel Trilogy. It gives great backstory for Durzo and Mama K. You get to feel a better connection to why they act a certain way. There's more of a connection with Durzo when you read this novella before The Way of Shadows because you know more about him once you start the trilogy. The story can be a bit confusing at first because it's not entirely clear what is going on, but after a section or two, it's easy to figure out what's happening
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Lexie
Prelim Review: I love Durzo. I love Graphics Audio. I love the fact I got a little over two hours of listening enjoyment from Graphics Audio about Durzo and who he was before he met Kylar. NIGHT ANGEL TRILOGY was so much about Kylar (as he was the focal character mainly) and for me I wanted to know more about the man who trained him. This hard man who had lived for so many years, through so many guises, who loved and lost and loved again and fought hard to just be normal once more.

This frelling
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Erica Anderson
My major complaint with this novella was that it was too short and hurried. Durzo deserves a fully developed story, rather than a quickly sketched outline of how he came to be involved with the Sa'kage. If Weeks ever finds the time to write Durzo's story, I'll be first in line to buy it. This novella gives the reader just a hint of what could be, and so was ultimately unsatisfying. Because Weeks does such a fine job with his full-length novels, anything less is bound to fall short.

So, if you're
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Traci Loudin
Decent enough overall. Nice to see Durzo again. But even knowing this was a novella, I felt shortchanged. I think I would've been less disappointed in the length if a full 20% of the eBook weren't an advertisement for the author's other books. 5%, great. 10%, I feel a little irritated. 20% of a book that's already short as-is? Downright disappointed.

On the other hand, maybe the device should only count the % of the actual story, not including the extras.
Governor
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A welcomed insight in the world of Durzo Blint.
I liked this short story, because I could spent some more time with Durzo and the young Momma K.
There are a lot of hints at the trilogy, therefore it's important tor ead those books first.

Just a few open thoughts, whose name was on the scrap of paper in the end, and what happened to the son of the wetboy-couple?
Kami
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love learning more about Durzo Blint!
Rossana
Durzo was never my favorite, but I really missed this world and it was cool to know the details of his origin story!
Leather
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Novella opaque and too unstructured, Perfect Shadow bears his name well.
This reading was not very pleasant, despite some good passages.
I will not read Brent Weeks again in english. Too complicated for me.
Joel
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing: 4.5
Story/Plot: 4
Depth/Detail: 4
Enjoyment: 4.5

Let me preface, as I always do with Brent Weeks reviews, by saying I'm a huge homer fan of his and think he's brilliant and handsome. That said, Perfect Shadow was a quick and dirty little prequel to the Night Angel Trilogy. It followed Durzo Blint before, well, he was Durzo Blint. It gives a bit of backstory into how he meets Momma K, how he gained and 'destroyed' the red ka'kari, how he came to have the name of Durzo, how he was trained to
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terpkristin
Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella was a good, bite-sized bit of back story for one of the main characters in the Night Angel trilogy, Durzo Blint. The novella tells the story of how Durzo came to possess the black ka'kari and how he came to work in Midcyru with (and for) Gwinvere Kirena. It's interesting and engaging, and was a pleasant way to take a break between larger books. I also think that Brent Weeks probably wrote it after writing the rest of the trilogy. If I had one complaint about ...more
Robert
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Benjamin Thomas
A nicely done novella in the world of the "Night Angel" trilogy that serves well to fill in the backstory of Durzo Blint. While largely a tale of assassinations, plenty of them and very cool in their description, I appreciate even more Mr Week's ability to write short crisp scenes that depict much larger themes. It is harder to write short pieces than long ones and this is an example of the short novella done well.

Even though this is a "prequel" to the Night Angel trilogy I would recommend read
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Matt Clooney
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never would have thought that a novella could be this good. To me, this is an example of the potential of ebooks. Brent Weeks stated that as he wrote this story he knew that to give it a conventional publication he would have to add a lot of "fat" to it to turn it into a novel. When his publisher offered to distribute it as an ebook novella he loved the idea because it allowed him to write exactly the story he wanted instead of trying to fit it into a publishing mold. Love the story exactly th ...more
Salva Jiménez luzzy
No conocía a Brent Weeks, asi que para probar a ver si me gustaba o no decidí leerme este relato introductorio a una de sus sagas más conocidas. Y me sorprendí. No es perfecto, pero es un pedazo de relato de fantasía. Sobre todo me ha sorprendido el uso de las voces y los puntos de vista, que creo que el autor ha sabido encajar a la perfección a la hora de narrar la historia. Puede que no sea original desde el punto de vista de ideas, magia, etc, pero es muy efectivo y sabe a nuevo, a diferente. ...more
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“There is only one question: Does what you do, every day, have meaning? Acaelus had thought his actions did, once. For centuries, he’d put his faith in Jorsin Alkestes. A long dead king. A madman who’d sworn he would return. Even from death. A madman who’d left madness everywhere in his wake.” 5 likes
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