Durzo Blint Novella Coming Soon!

It is with great pleasure I announce my new novella, Perfect Shadow, featuring Durzo Blint. Here’s the blurb:

The Foul, Unnatural Murder of Gaelan Starfire & the Birth of Durzo Blint

 

“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 just you. Durzo Blint.”

Durzo Blint? Gaelan had never even heard the name.

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Gaelan Starfire is a farmer now, 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.

I’ve had a lot of fans ask for more about Durzo Blint, and much as I love Durzo and as intimately as I know his story, I’ve always resisted. The story’s dark and gritty–and I’m in the middle of a completely different trilogy right now! My brain is full!

But finally I could hold out no longer. Perfect Shadow is the story of how an idealistic hero became Durzo Blint. I had intended to dash off a short story quickly and move on, but I became deeply enrapt with the story, revisiting Durzo and Momma K and the ka’kari and even more minor characters like Scarred Wrable. Not surprisingly, my quick “short story” swelled to a long short story, then a novelette, and finally it bumped right against that novella demarcation–with enough plot and subplot that I seriously considered making the whole thing a novel.

Instead, I’ve kept it a novella, because I want every word to tell. I want to reward re-reading, and I think this story does that. Perfect Shadow does, I think, all I hoped for it to do: 1) gives fans another dose of a great character, 2) allowed me to experiment and stretch myself as a storyteller, 3) gives a ton of Easter eggs for the attentive fans who’ve read and re-read the Night Angel books, and 4) advances the main stories that I didn’t wrap up at the end of the Night Angel trilogy and to which I shall return after the Lightbringer Trilogy. If you can’t tell, I’m really proud of how it turned out.

I’m also excited about how we’re releasing this book. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to give more details, but here’s what I can tell you now: Orbit will be releasing Perfect Shadow for all major ebook platforms in June for a mere $2.99.

And for all collectors, I’m very pleased to announce that Perfect Shadow will also be coming in a limited print run special edition from Subterranean Press, signed and numbered by me. Subterranean Press is taking pre-orders now!

*UPDATE: a note of explanation*

I see that there’s been some confusion, some excitement, and even a bit of outrage, strangely enough, about the above. Publishing in ebook only is unusual, so I wanted to explain how I decided to do that. Some people seem to think I’m holding the story hostage or something, and my intent is exactly the opposite.

I knew the story I wanted to tell in Perfect Shadow, and I wrote it exactly as long as it needed to be to tell the story as well as I could, and that is 17,000 words–which is too long to publish in the magazines that do SFF short stories (usually, they top out at 7,500), and it’s too short to be published as a novel. If I had wanted to cash in and exploit you, I would have filled the story with fluff and published it as a novel. But I believe I should always publish only the best I am capable of, so my choices were to cut half the story and publish it as a short story or to wait a number of years, write some more novellas, and publish it in a collection.

I chose a third option: to publish the story electronically. I know from looking at the numbers that a large number of my fans do have e-readers, so this was by far the best way to get out my story to the largest number of fans inexpensively, without making artistic sacrifices that I wasn’t willing to make, or ripping you off.

If I can, I will make the story available other ways in the future, too. And I will announce those when and if they happen. I love the story, and I want to share it with you. So please don’t impute bad motives where none exist–we’re all doing our best in a rapidly changing market!

* UPDATE 2: ‘limited’ vs ‘lettered’ & what are the limits of ‘limited’, anyway?

I’ve had questions about what ‘limited’ means and what ‘lettered’ means. The limited edition novella will be leather-bound, signed by me, and numbered 1 to 1,500. It may have interior illustrations as well. No artist for those or cover artist has been signed yet. The lettered edition is A-Z, and is very expensive, for the super-enthusiasts out there. This will be bound in different leather, have different and more elaborate foil stamping, have a leather traycase, may have more interior illustrations, and will of course be signed. Subterranean has always had the rights to make the lettered edition, but they overlooked that when they put up their initial post announcing the acquisition. I’m sure they would have corrected it once they put up the full post with cover art, and pictures, and more details.

The next thing is something you have every right to be ticked off about. Subterranean is well on its way to selling out of the limited edition–before they even have cover art or anything. In other similar cases they’ve encountered, they find their books on eBay on the day after publication sometimes for four times the list price. So they asked me if they could increase the print run from 1,000 to 1,500. I said yes. If you’re buying this book purely to profit, I’ve just diluted your stock price–and I understand if you’re mad at me for that. If you want a refund, you can email subpress@gmail.com and get it. But against the interests of investors who want to sell the book on eBay, I was thinking of fans who just want to get the book. If they sell out ridiculously early, some fans aren’t going to be able to buy it at all. I mean, heck, the limited edition already IS expensive without someone’s eBay markup. I also understand that a person can be a fan and also an investor… so again, if you’re mad, I’m sorry, and please feel free to ask for a refund. I do my best to write great stories, but I don’t always get things exactly right, and I do my best to balance the interests of my fans and those I do business with, and if I don’t always get things exactly right here either, that doesn’t surprise me too much. An apology and a refund is the best I can do for you.

215 Responses to “Durzo Blint Novella Coming Soon!”

  1. Jason

    A friend of mine recently got me interested in the Night Angel trilogy, when I went in to get the book, I realized from the memorable cover it was actually a series I had looked at previously, but at the time I had left it in my maybe pile, and grabbed another book from a series I was already reading instead.

    I just finished the first novel, and I was floored. I loved the story, the twists and turns, all of it. So when that same friend came to me and said you were releasing a novella about Blint, I was immediately elated. Then came the news of it being sold for eReaders, or in expensive collector’s editions, and I came crashing down.

    Yes, I can download an eReader application and read it on my computer, that is probably true. But I am classic. My primary fear is that in my lifetime, I will see hard copy fall to the wave of new technology. To Kindles, and iPads, iphones and the like. To me, nothing is better than a bookshelf stacked with all your favorite old novels. The more classic they look the better. I love collecting old books of poetry that are still hard bound, leather, nothing flashy, nothing fancy. Nothing better then pulling a favorite book from the shelf, and pulling it open and jumping back into a favorite world you’ve visited before, and will visit again.

    So my lack of appreciation isn’t just because I can’t afford an eReader, or the collector editions of the books. It’s because I see a novella released purely for eReader as a sign that we’re just one more step toward losing hard copy altogether. And while I also love my technology for some things, in others I feel it is stripping our identity away. So on principle, I will not buy this novella for an eReader or eReader program, and monetary constraints prevent me from buying a collector’s edition, though if I had the money I would have no qualms about buying a leather bound edition. In fact I can imagine no better book for my aesthetic tastes.

    I’m sure that it’s a fantastic story, as you’re a fantastic author, but I suppose my only option is to wait and hope that the book is indeed released in another format. In a collection of shorts, or a less expensive, more mass produced collector’s copy that I stand a chance of being able to afford in the near-to-distant future.

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    • brent

      Jason,
      I can totally respect that. I personally love e-readers, but I understand the pang of loss at not having the physical edition. For this story, at this length, and at this point in my career, it’s just not possible to do that. But I plan to keep on writing, and to keep trying to get my stories out in as many ways as possible.

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      • Ian

        I just wanted to take this opportunity to say “THANK YOU!” haha. Your Night Angel Series was amazing. The characters mesmerizing, the plot engaging, really it’s the first book I’ve ever read that made me profoundly sad to be finished (not because the book wasn’t great, but bc I know I’m going to miss the heck out of it if I don’t re-read it again and again)

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      • Drew

        Brent I must say amazing job on the Night Angel Trilogy it was great. I must ask are you planning on writing any more books set with the same characters and location, because I really felt like the story didn’t wrap up in the end. There were many unanswered questions and options left on the table for another book, however I wasn’t sure since it says it’s just a trilogy? Thanks again and I look forward to more of your novels.

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    • jason

      i absolutely agree i guess i’m old fashioned nothing like holding a book hope it comes to print and is affordable

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  2. Jon S.

    All I have to say is: Thank you

    I enjoyed The Black Prism and can hardly wait for it’s follow-up and conclusion books but I have been waiting and hoping for another glimpse into Midcyru. I’m purchasing a limited edition copy (first time I have for a book) and to be honest that’s because I was too slow to get a lettered edition. I’ve told many of my friends about your books (Jason was one actually) and I’ll be telling many more.

    For anyone here browsing who is unfamiliar or unconvinced let me just say that this is the author for you. Brent Weeks is a fresh new author who not only measures up to the bar his predecessors have set but does so showing exactly why his name deserves to stand alongside names such as: R. A. Salvatore, Steven Erikson and Robert Jordan.

    In the Night Angel trilogy Weeks combines classic fantasy elements with a new and unique system of magic, creating a world unlike any other. A world in which politics, sex, war and assassination are simple currency and the underground sa’kagé are the benefactors of all. 

    The books are written with multiple points of view and each character, while unique to themselves, have qualities about them that one can’t help but find enthralling (if even to only discover their purpose). With multiple paths and plots one might think Weeks would lose focus, but (over the series) not only does he give each character their own moments to shine and amount of depth but the world he has created gives true meaning to the terms: ‘Butterfly Effect’ and ‘Six Degrees of Separation’.

    Without giving anything away, these are books that will make you laugh, cry, furious and even hopeful. 

    Well done to Mr. Weeks and his lovable (yes, even the ones I love to hate) cast of characters. You sir, have raised the bar and made it quite difficult for me to find new books to enjoy.

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  3. salyer999

    Mr Weeks, I first read the Night Angel Trilogy right after the 3rd book came out. I could not believe you’d never written anything before. I love your characters, writing, humor, magic mythology, all of it. I’m currently re-reading the trilogy right now for about the 8th time. I love The Black Prism too, and cannot wait for the next one to come out. I will definitely be getting the novella too. I have a kindle, and for people that like to gripe about them, tell them I can’t take 5 books on a plane with me. Anyway, I’ve gotten several people to read your series and they all love it too. I never write in to authors to let them know how much i appreciate their work, but hearing about the novella, I felt i had too. Please keep up the good work.

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  4. Tyler

    is there a relese date for the collecters edition yet? I purchased one and want to read it so bad!

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    • brent

      They tell me “late summer,” and I know they’re working hard on it to make that be as soon as possible–but a physical book with illustrations and stuff just takes longer to put together than an ebook.

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      • Tyler

        good things come to those who wait, and i cant think of anything better to wait for. your books are simply amazing.

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      • Weston

        “late summer” is a welcome estimate. I pre-ordered my copy early (back in March I believe) and have been wondering this same thing myself. I love your books, and look forward to both the limited edition of Perfect Shadow and the next installment of the Lightbringer series

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  5. Mike J.

    Brent,

    Firstly, thank you for such awesome novels! My brother turned me onto the Night Angel trilogy about a year ago and I have reread it countless times and just recently finished Black Prism. I am so stoked to finally be able to read Perfect Shadow! Your works have been a great read and I greatly look forward to more of the Lightbringer series. Keep up the great work, you have made an avid fan out of this reader.

    Secondly, I was curious if you had any plans for turning any of your current or future works into graphic novels?
    -Mike

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    • brent

      Thank you, Mike. Yes, I have put thought into graphic novel adaptations. I honestly only know a little bit about the whole market–I didn’t grow up reading comics or anything, though I’ve been educating myself. We have had interest, but the deals haven’t been right so far. I hope that will change though, and would really love to have a graphic novel that I could be proud to show to people. I mean, how cool would that be?

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  6. Zach

    So what happens if we already pre-purchased the book? Is that void now, or what?

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    • brent

      Zach, No, you’re good. Nothing is void unless you want it to be. I was just saying that IF you’re upset that the print run was increased, you can get your money back. Otherwise, it’s all good. Books are due to ship in “late summer”, and I know they’re working on it as fast as they can.

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  7. Lorrae

    Hi! I love your work and I was so excited for your new novella coming out. I bought one for myself and one for a friend of mine’s 20th. I know you have been asked this question multiple times but when will the physical book be released? Will they be shipped out at the same time or will there be a delay if it has to be sent to Australia?
    I was introduced to the Night Angel Trilogy by the friend I am buying the copy of Perfect Shadow for and I am so glad he did.
    Thank you so much for allowing me to add another great author to my bookshelf 🙂

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    • brent

      “late summer” is all I know. There won’t be any delay for Australia or anywhere else, they send them all out as soon as they’re done.

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      • The Kelvinator

        Sweet (on the no delay to Australia). Can you please please please please tell us when “late summer” is? Trying to guess that has been driving me crazy.

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  8. Alex C

    So to start, I’m happy and sad at the same time, I’m happy because the night angel triligy was amazing, and Durzo was my favorite character in the books, (even compare to other series, I have a list called, “favorite characters of all books ever read”, and his second place last time I checked) I think I passed around those three books so many times the cover itself is basically riped off :P. The fact that theres a Durzo Blint novella is making me jump around 🙂 Yet I’m sad, because I only found out like an hour ago, si pre order for limited edition is most probebly to late, and I don’t have a e-book 🙁 But I’ll find a way.

    second, I got a question, since there’s only around 17 000 pages in the perfect shadow, why not just add it in the second book of the lightbringer as like, bonus features at the end of the book? or is it to long for that?

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    • Tim

      I think you’re getting pages and words mixed up. 17,000 pages is A LOT of pages. Perfect Shadow is, from memory, 96.

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  9. Frodey

    Mr. Weeks I’d like to tell you a little story.

    there once was a university student suffering with heavy debt from university costs. He had gone below zero, he had gone passed what the banks thought was “quite far enough” and sadly had no more money, and no more credit. Yes, it is very sad (don’t be ashamed of the tears) however, all was not lost! the poor student found himself a job in a kitchen and worked and worked for weeks and weeks to make friends with the bank again. And then, on one sweltering Sunday afternoon he finally earned the last of the money that he needed before the bank would even look at him again!

    The bank greeted him like an old friend, with wide smiles and cheers and booming applause.

    Oh what a happy scene it was. All was forgiven, all was forgotten, credit was returned to the woe begotten student, who in the wild hazey elation that followed in the hours that laid the day to rest, heard tell of this novella of yours. with great excitement the student was swift and eager to state claim on a hard copy! and so he ventured forth to the supplied link and was quick to surrender his details and send forth the newly gotten credit and Huzzah! Transaction approved! a huge relief breaks over the student similar to the sensation of waves washing over bare feet at the beach.

    This elation was to be short lived as the bank was quick to hear of this, and he was not pleased with the student, whom he thought fickle and irresponsible. and so the bank sent him a long winded, very boring letter, which, when broken down came to something like this THE END

    (Really looking forward to the book even though Im back in my overdraft! Durzo is one of my favourite characters to have come across in your amazing books! Thank you for revisiting so soon after the Black Prism! (again, amazing book, looking forward to the sequels =D

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    • Frodey

      it would appear links are a no no, to anyone wondering it was the “are you f***ing kidding me” meme face =]

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  10. Mary

    I have read perfect shadow. Love the details.
    I only wish you made another book of Kylar, his child, Vi, Momma K, Durzo, Logan etc. And how life goes on for them.

    Maybe another entire series of Kylar becoming a hero like Acaleus is. Maybe even Vi getting a ka’kari and with him forever. I don’t know. I just really want your “The Night Angel” books to continue. I was really sad when it finished like that. So many cliffhangers. Cliffhangers are good too, but I’m personally just not a fan of them.
    Gah! Anyway, I’m a huge fan. I re-read the books so many times. Keep up the great work! I will be checking out Black Prism as well.

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  11. Troy C.

    Mr. Weeks.
    first off Thank you for writing “The Night Angel” trilogy. It’s my favorite books. As I’m sure you know “The Night Angel” Trilogy was adapted by Graphic Audio. I’m a Truck driver and I don’t get a lot of time to read to I listen them from Graphic Audio. Do you know if “Perfect Shadow” will be coming out on Graphic Audio as well? Thank you for your time.

    P.S.
    I agree with Mary’s post from July 21, 2011, about how i would like to know what happens with everyone at the end of “The Night Angel” Trilogy. Please continue with the Story of Kylar and everyone else. I know I’d greatly love to hear about them.

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  12. Amanda

    I LOVED the night angel trilogy, my fiance is reading/writing challenged, and we read them one chapter at a time, together. it was wonderful for us to bond over, and something that held his desire to read. by the end of the second book he was reading the chapters, not me. you’ve given us a wonderful gift with this trilogy and i sincerely hope that you will continue on where you left off, or perhaps years down the road in the storyline? please, dont hold back.i promise to own every book you publish.

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  13. Irfan

    I read the Night Angel Trilogy because of recommendation from my friend. Night Angel Trilogy was the first English-language novel that I read. I am from Indonesia and never read a novel in English before. After I read it I immediately loved it. The story is absolutely amazing. Unfortunately very few people here who read English-language novel. I hope Night Angel Trilogy was published in the Indonesian language so that others can read it too. And I think this series should be made movie. I am glad that there are additional stories about Durzo Blint.

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  14. Viridiana

    I love Night Angel Trilogy!!!. I’m very happy we will have more about Durzo Blint, because this is an amazing character. Like Jason said in his comment , there is nothing like holding a book, but I must confess that electronic editions have some advantages . I bought the Night Angel Trilogy for the first time on the kindle edition, just to make sure it was good. Even when I’m old fashioned too and I have a big collection of hard cover books I think the eBooks come handy if you don’t want to spend a good amount of money in a bad book. Of course like I really love the Night Angel Trilogy, after I finished reading the first book I looked for a hard cover first edition and bought it. The other good thing is that my physical edition remain untouched so I can read all the books on my ipad and keep the physical copies new. Oh! and by the way like Mary and Drew I wish you could make another book about the Night Angel Trilogy …after all .. does it have to be a trilogy? cmon Mr. Weeks you have to many fans asking for it 🙂
    I just got the Black Prism kindle edition, and I’m just dying to find out if I would have to buy the physical edition for this one too :).
    Thanks!! Mr. Weeks for all your work and I’m really looking forward to the “Perfect Shadow”

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  15. Rick

    Any chance of getting Graphic Audio to turn the novella into an audio book? I have the Night Angel Trilogy from them and it is fantastic.

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