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
I enjoy Sci-fi, fantasy and History books.
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.
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 .
"Good, but not great."
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.
"nice to get some background on the hero"
getting more of the history of this series.
short stories can tell a great story with out the clutter of too much detail and still satisfy
annoying english accent
from hero to assassin.
"Thanks for more insight into Durzo"
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.
"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.
not as good as trilogy but that's a lot to live up to. I still loved it.
"Poor narrative for an amazing series."
Wrong voice for characters. Wrong pronouncements. Overall not a narrator I would listen to again.
"Brief intro to past"
Great to know something more of Durzo, therefore worth the listen. You know how he becomes Durzo and the love connection in the future novel. Enjoy.
"Not a fan"
I liked the original books. This just wasn't as good. I honestly was a little upset. I wouldn't recommend to other lovers of the trilogy.
"Same class ass the trilogie, but......"
Bad choice to use a different narrator than in the trilogie. But the story is good.
"original narrator was better because I got used"
Miss the original narrator...but this guy did an good job...hope there be another story line from this "theme"
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