Hold up, who’s that guy hanging with Harry Potter? Hey look everybody!
Granted, it’s a book about Harry Potter…. So maybe I’m not hanging with his Pot-ness Himself, but I’m hanging with someone who’s hung out with Harry? That could be cool!
Or it could be Dolores Umbridge. Ok. Less excited now.
And still on the list the next day! Well, la di da, who do I think I am, hanging out with Harry and Hillary Clinton?
I can’t help but notice she pushed me down a spot. Excu–Secreta–I– Never mind.
Yes, I live near Portland, so yes, I can see there’s a Bernie Sanders joke nearby, but I’m not touching that with a ten-foot poll. (You didn’t think you were getting out of here without at least a pun, did you?)
Seriously, though, thank you so much for your excitement about this novella. I know the time between my novels seems long for many of you (2 years each so far, and I’m striving to keep that pace!), but I want you to know it’s a long time for me too. Seeing readers connect with these stories and be eager to dive back into these worlds (albeit briefly this time!) is really affirming. Thank you for putting my work on such a list at all. It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to write, and a rare gift to get to do it full time. Thank you!
In case you missed it before, you can find the limited signed edition of PERFECT SHADOW HERE. Or pre-order a (non-signed) hardcover from your favorite vendor:
The novella prequel to the Night Angel trilogy, PERFECT SHADOW is now available for pre-order in a beautiful new hardcover edition! This novella–it’s not a full-length novel!–has previously been available as an ebook and audiobook, so this edition is meant for those of you who prefer to read a book on paper, and enjoy another gorgeous cover gracing your shelves and completing your collection. (If you prefer digital or want to check out a sample before the November 7th publication date of the hardcover, the digital versions remain available, and still for the same low prices.)
Also included will be a bonus short story (“I, Night Angel”) that’s never before been published in physical format. If you’d like to hear more about why I chose to publish this now (or, heck, at all!), fill in your email in the banner above to get my newest newsletter and hear all the gory details. (I send only about 4 notes each year.)
Here’s the blurb:
Discover the origins of Durzo Blint in this original novella set in the world of Brent Weeks’ New York Times bestselling 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-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.
(Because I’m weird, PERFECT SHADOW is set before the events of The Night Angel trilogy, but is best read afterward.)
For those of you who love books defaced by the actual physical pen of the author, in the US, Barnes & Noble is doing a special print run of signed copies, and I’m delighted that Barnes & Noble is going to be offering these for no additional cost! (To you. My hand is really tired.) These will be available exclusively through BN.com–so please don’t haunt your friendly local B&N asking for copies if you miss out! Pre-orders start today, but stock is limited. (Those will ship on publication date, November 7th.)
(Collectors outside the US: because BN only ships domestically, this offer is exclusively for the United States, but keep your eyes here for more news soon.)
To pre-order this hardcover at your other favorite vendors, click below:
Wow, check this out: I made the list of the Goodreads Top 50 Fantasy Books… twice! And it’s thanks to you!
Of course I had to dive in to the methodology, because at times my eyebrows did funny things at who wasn’t on the list. Here’s the official word: “These titles were chosen based on reader reviews, so every single book had to meet at least a 4.0 average rating from the Goodreads community. Then, for good measure, we looked at how many ratings each book has received. We also decided to select the first book in a series…”
(It’s always helpful to remember that Goodreads only went live in January of 2007, so books written before then are often scored lower–kids assigned to read a book may score it lower than their teachers would! Also, books that appeal to less tech savvy crowds who are less likely to use Goodreads will certainly have fewer reviews, and thus a lower placement on a list like this.)
BUT, caveats aside, I think this is a great place to find other great (and GREAT!) fantasy to read–and a nice place to complain that your favorites got overlooked! 😉
Go HERE to see the whole list, and to let your feelings be heard.
After nearly 10 years, we have decided to close the Ning Forum, as most of our activities–and most of you!–have migrated to other social media platforms. For those of you who were active on Ning (or are just curious, you lurkers you!), Brent has a short note.
1. Buy 2 Get 1 Free: The Way of Shadows is part of a Barnes & Noble sale. “Paperbacks from your Favorite Authors”. It will run until July 25! Purchase the Way of Shadows HEREand check out other books in the deal HERE.
2.Nook books under $5: The Black Prism is available for just $2.99! Purchase HERE.
A kind reader (proprietor of the blog Flyv med Mig) from Denmark reviewed Som en Skygge (The Way of Shadows) — and posted some wonderful photos too. Go HERE to read the review and HERE if you need the book in Danish!