We have notified the winners of the contest, and we’re here to showcase the five winning entries! There were nearly four dozen entries, each brilliant and beautiful in their own way. A warm, heartfelt thank you to everyone who submitted.
Please note there are SPOILERS for all Lightbringer books in the images below.
Our grand prize winner is Ellen Archer, with “Shimmercloak”:
Today’s Nine Kings Fan Art Contest entry comes to us from Shea, who created a lovely rendition of Andross the Red.
As described in THE BLINDING KNIFE: “It was a young Andross Guile, handsome, strong, a warrior, a white dagger in his hand, tattered cloak billowing around him, three young boys behind him, one to his right, the other to his left, one barely visible in the distance. Orholam, he looks like a hero.”
If you enjoy Shea’s work as much as we do, and want to see more, she’s on Twitter @fairy_Fort and has a webcomic, Magefront.
This card appears in THE BLINDING KNIFE, though there’s no description of how it looks. Which means Caitlin came up with the design entirely on her own. Bravo!
We’re also here to share the description of another Nine Kings card. This one is Gunner’s:
Captain Gunner: a lean, night-black Ilytian man, bare-chested under a fine royal blue waistcoat. He has a scattered dark beard, and his wiry black hair is in a thick ponytail. He wears tattered loose trousers cut off just below the knee.
Remember, the deadline is now November 30, and the contest is open to fans all over the world!
The White Hot Book Tour is officially over. It was exhilarating, and exhausting, and inspiring, and resplendent. One for the ages.
And it included some really lovely artwork from fans. Like this fun illustration of Gavin:
A fan gave this to us at Powell’s. I snapped a picture to share here.
“So CAPSLOCK, who exactly was this fan? Does she have any other work online?”
Ummmmmm, I forgot to ask. Ever true to form.
Any way, this is my segue into a reminder that we are holding a Nine Kings Fan Art Contest, and you should enter! Click through for details.
Also, I’m here to remind fans in the US and the UK that you still have two days to enter the Orbit Loot Giveaway, if you haven’t already. The ONLY WAY to get this prize–an exclusive Lightbringer hardcover box set–is to enter the giveaway. All you need is an email address!
This little guy is here to remind you that the deadline for the NINE KINGS FAN ART CONTEST is November 15. Winners are chosen at random, and you can enter more than once! We will be featuring submissions over the next few weeks.
See you over on Facebook tonight around 7:30pm PDT!
I KNOW. It’s because you’re looking for directions to one of the bookstores hosting the White Hot Book Tour, right?
Wrong AGAIN? Dangit!
Is it maybe because you want details regarding the NINE KINGS FAN ART CONTEST?
Oh! Well why didn’t you say so?
We are hosting a contest, right here in our tiny corner of the interwebs, for one month. Design your favorite Nine Kings card from any book in the Lightbringer Series, and email your submission to us. The grand prize will include your Nine Kings card design on the back of a custom deck of standard four-suit playing cards, and a stack of debut novels from Orbit’s 2019 New Voices. (WHOA!)
ONE (1) Person will receive:
A standard four-suit playing card deck with their winning design on the backs of the cards
A signed copy of THE BURNING WHITE
A stack of awesome debut novels from Orbit’s 2019 new voices:
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’keefe
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
FOUR (4) Additional People will receive:
A signed copy of THE BURNING WHITE
An exclusive Lightbringer t-shirt of your choice (design choices will be shared in the next few days)
1. Entries may be submitted starting TODAY (Tuesday, October 15) until SATURDAY, November 30 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).
2. Each entry must include:
An image file (JPG or PDF; no layered files please) showing your depiction/interpretation of a Nine Kings card from Lightbringer
Your contact information
Please make sure the email subject includes “NINE KINGS FAN ART”
3. International entries are allowed and encouraged!
4. Image may be digital, hand-drawn, or some combination thereof. A life portrait or photograph interpreting a card is also allowed.
5. Keep it PG-13, artists. (This means no graphic depictions of violence or sexuality. So if you’re considering “The Butcher of Aghbalu,” be mindful of our audience, please.)
6. You may submit multiple entries, but note that you can only win once.
7. Please email your submission(s) to the Dread Pirate CAPSLOCK, admin @ brentweeks [dot] com.
8. The winners will be chosen at random, by me.
9. Other: You must be 18 or older to win (younger participants are welcome, but by law we can’t give you a prize). No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries, but definitely higher if you submit. We will notify winners via email. You must respond to our notification within 7 days, or another winner will be chosen. That would be sad for you. They’d be happy. So maybe the net happiness would be neither increased nor decreased. We could try it out if you win.
10. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
HERE is a nearly-complete list of cards mentioned in one or more books in The Lightbringer Series.
CAPSLOCK here to let y’all in on a fun project I’ve got going to celebrate Jefe turning 42 in March. Since it’s his Answer Birthday, I thought it appropriate to celebrate by giving away stuff!
Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to create a piece of hybrid art that celebrates NIGHT ANGEL or LIGHTBRINGER and THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE. Take your favorite bit from one of Brent’s stories (a character, or concept, or object) and add it to the HHGG Universe. Or vice versa.
Think whale and sea demon fighting over a pot of petunias. Andross playing Nine Kings against Marvin. Zaphod holding a ka’kari. Durzo stealing the Heart of Gold. Karris and Ford playing Krikket against Kylar and Arthur. Or keep it simple and come up with a quote that merges a line from each author.
Use whatever medium you love most: cross stitch, cookies, paintings, photography, cosplay, ceramics, woodworking, digital art, words… Heck, you wanna send us a [short] bit of hybrid fanfic? Have you often wondered how a conversation between Dorian and Zaphod would go? Make it happen!
The prize for FOUR lucky winners (other than knowing you’ve made your favorite author’s birthday super-duper-extra amazing) will be either a signed copy of one of Brent’s books, a t-shirt, and/or a bookmark made by none other than Instagram’s @kylarguile.
Send photos of your masterpiece to ME [firstname.lastname@example.org] by March 31, 11:42pm PST. We’ll announce the winners on April 4, 2019.
And, as usual, you have to be at least 18 years old to win.
I’m so excited to see what y’all come up with!
P.S. If you are thoroughly confused by this, and you have no idea whattheheckTheHitchhiker’sGuide is, it’s totally okay. Brent has still only read the first book in the series–and that was recently!–so you’re not alone. And if you’re a hoopy frood who had the words “DON’T PANIC” in friendly green wooden letters above their crib, NO SHAMING. We are all friends here.
We are about 15 HOURS away from the official release (in the US; UK fans have ~32 hours… And I suppose if you live in a different time zone in the US, 12-14 hours. You get the idea) of the Astonishing, Spectacular, Resplendent, Death-Defying, Super Special, Blacker-Than-Black, 10th Anniversary Hardcover Night Angel Omnibus. *cue [REDACTED] music* (that we didn’t license)
The entries have been examined, contemplated, and discussed. You all have sent your beleaguered books into battle, and not all of them have returned from the fray. They have been well-loved and well read. They have been covered in blood, sweat, and tears (literally, as you’ll see).
Fans the world over have been anxiously anticipating this moment.
Drum roll, please!
The five runners-up are below, in no particular order–
Kevin Jones, who posted on Twitter:
“My copies of the Night Angel Trilogy were bought used at my local bookstore and through many rereads and their eventual passing down to my oldest daughter they’ve been through a lot.
Tried to depict Kylar with some of the ka’kari.”
Jared Stonecypher, who emailed us:
“I wanted to introduce some friends to the Lightbringer Series and Night Angel Trilogy. My Night Angel omnibus made it home safely, but my Black Prism hardback was far from unscathed when it came home. Their dog is a huge bookworm I guess!”
Blayne McGuire, who posted on Facebook:
Here is my #BattleWornBooks story for the last book in the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. This book has survived at least 7 moves, 1 rainstorm in a car with open windows when I was carrying it around while reading it, being loaned out once, and generally being abused during the 5+ times I’ve personally read it while owning it. The 2nd novel gets an honorable mention since it is MIA after being loaned out to an old coworker. So now I just have the 1st and 3rd of the series.
Aereal McQu, who posted on Facebook:
When your dog gets a hold of book 2 and 3, you only buy a new Shadow’s Edge because you’ve memorized the destroyed bits of Beyond the Shadows.
Daryl Duda, who emailed us:
In 2015, 2 friends and myself quit our jobs to set out into the Canadian wilderness to do some survival camping with nothing but around 70 lbs of “things we would take into the apocalypse”. The only reading material we had were the Night Angel series, and we continually speed read the hell out of them nightly in our hammocks; almost in a competition to finish whichever book you had first so you could berate the guy who had the following novel to hurry the hell up. There were never more than 2 days between finishes as we were hungry for our entertainment. Not sure to this day what happened to book 1 and I contrasted the old with the new.
P.S. The paperbacks also make a pretty decent pillow if you’re wrapped up tight in a hammock…
And now, the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 BattleWorn Books Contest:
Kellie Speedy, whose book was in a car crash!
A few years ago, I let a good friend borrow a series of books that I love. Not the Wheel of Time, but instead The Night Angel by Brent Weeks. The weekend after I lent the books, he and his girlfriend were in a horrific accident that thankfully both survived. But my books did not. This is my entry to #BattleWornBooks.
(Kellie also mentioned that her friends are both doing spectacularly well, and are expecting their second child in a few months. I have some name ideas, if you’re interested…)
Thank you all for your fantastic, creative entries this year. I couldn’t ask for a better group of fans!