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.
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 enjoyed The Black Prism well enough, but I’ve not read Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy, but this prequel novella has me somewhat interested. More than anything, I like the idea that Orbit Books will be releasing an eBook edition of Perfect Shadow (an awful title, but whatever) both as a treat for fans of the series and as incentive for skeptics like me to give Weeks’ successful series a closer look. Plus, I’m a sucker for peerless-in-the-art-of-war-immortals-turned-farmer character archetypes.
Also, Weeks is an awesome interview.