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The Broken Eye Book Reviews

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The book reviews are already coming in!

Publisher’s Weekly says: The “plot feels like an orchestrated chess match between genius grandmasters, but [Weeks] also leavens the logic with humor. His characters are charming even as they are threatened with being swept off the chessboard.”

Assistant Peter Recommends: “Books like this are why I read epic fantasy.” 

Fantasy Book Critic notes: “Almost impossible to put down… The Broken Eye starts where Blinding Knife ends and continues the story in the same fast, take no prisoners, twists and turns manner – including another jaw dropping “I can’t believe this” one… The Broken Eye is really worth reading once to find out what happens and once to appreciate its finer points…meets my huge expectations…”

Whedonopolis: “Curse you, Weeks, for your addictive, endorphin-inducing prose! …The only down side to this series is having to wait for the next installment.”

Elitist Book Reviews: “This is what you’ve been waiting for… There was tension, excitement, surprises… the conclusion, as in past books, was amazing and game-changing. I’m eagerly anticipating The Blood Mirror.”

Pronunciation Guide

You know what’s irritating about fantasy novels? All those names and terms. Just how the heck do you say “Gra’knagr’aknag’arth*”? Well, I’m here for you.

To celebrate our website relaunch — ooh, pretty colors! — we’re also launching an Audio Guide. Go to THIS page, click on any term, and hear multi-Audie Award winner Simon Vance pronounce each of the names and terms in The Lightbringer Series. Simon is also the narrator for The Blinding Knife and The Broken Eye (available in Audio HERE).

Note that each list has one term at the top in big font, i.e. the A-B Glossary has “ABAYA” at the top. You don’t have to listen to every term from “Abaya” to “Burnous” in order to hear the pronunciation of “Burnous”. Just click directly on “Burnous”. This is a limitation of Soundcloud.

The eagle-eyed among you might notice we have some other things in store for the future. We’ll announce those as soon as we can!

(Also, new poll!)

 

*Not a real name

Social Media Apocalypse

Folks, this may be the beginning of the end. I have now joined Instagram.

Turns out my real name — and my usual internet aliases (characters from my books) — are taken, so on Instagram, I am: AndrossGuile. Naturally.

I plan to update you daily with a little snapshot while I’m on tour. Otherwise, I probably won’t be using Instagram very often. I make no claims to photographic talent or skill. Filters will probably feature heavily. 😉

If you attend one of my signings and take pictures, tag them with #BrokenEyeTour. We plan to do a big round-up of our favorites from The Broken Eye tour and can use all the help we can get! So go crazy: pics of you with the book, with me, with your friends and the book, in front of the bookstore, etc. etc. We’ll even give a free Lightbringer t-shirt to one of you. (Apparently, legally, I can’t just give it to the best. It has to be random. I hate being legal.)

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Also. New poll. Check it out. —->

U.S. Author Tour

I know you can often save money by buying online, but if you can, please consider buying the book at the bookstore that is hosting me–or their online portal. The host store goes to the effort of coordinating the event, spreading the word about the event, putting up signs, ordering extra books, and keeping over-worked staff late! If they go to all that work and then everyone buys the book online, they get discouraged and they also lose money. Don’t do that to our friends.

Because the practice of buying elsewhere has become so widespread, at a few stops, the store requires you to buy THE BROKEN EYE there. (Their house, their rules, sorry. I’m their guest.) In most cases, you can pre-order from the host store, (get pre-order goodies from me!), pick up the book on release day, read the whole thing before I arrive, and just keep your receipt. In some cases that will even put you in front of the line.

You can click the links to go to the Facebook events pages for each event, featuring maps, the bookstores’ FB pages where you can see if your friends are already going (or hector them into doing so!), and get more information.

Powell’s at Cedar Hill Crossing, Beaverton (near Portland), OR
Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? There are (free) signing line tickets the night of the reading.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? A purchase at Powell’s is preferred, but not required.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

University Bookstore, Seattle, WA
Wednesday, August 27 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No. We appreciate it when patrons buy the book in store, but we do not turn away guests from the signing line if they bring a book from somewhere else. 
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign?  In past Sci-Fi events, we have asked anyone with more than three book wait at the end of the line, which tends to work well. We only cap the number of books if the author requests us to do so. 

Borderlands, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, August 28 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No. Numbers are handed out (for free) on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the event to mark your place in line. Attendees are then called up in groups based on their numbers.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? Though a purchase at Borderlands is appreciated, it does not require attendees to purchase books there.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA
Friday, August 29 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing?  There are signing line tickets available with the purchase of The Broken Eye from Mysterious Galaxy. The tickets are available starting at 10am on August 26th, the publication date. (If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please contact the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.)
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? Yes, you must purchase one copy of The Broken Eye at Mysterious Galaxy.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

Tattered Cover, Denver, CO
Saturday, August 30 at 2pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? A purchase at Tattered Cover is appreciated, but not required.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, September 2 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? Please do purchase one copy of The Broken Eye from The King’s English Bookshop.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? If you’ve purchased one copy from us, you can bring other books to be signed.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

Murder by the Book, Houston, TX
Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30pm
Ticket required to participate in signing? No, but they will be giving out line numbers the day the book goes on sale. After the talk is over, people will line up by the numbers to meet Brent and get their books signed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? Yes.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes, if you’ve purchased one book from this store.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No, but the first trip through the line, customers can get a new book and 3 older titles signed. There will be a second round of signing after that if you have more books to be signed. Signing policy details HERE.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Roseville, MN
Thursday, September 4 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH:
Friday, September 5 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No. There is a line letter system, but that is only for keeping the line in order.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? You do not need to buy the book from Joseph-Beth, but you will not receive a line letter if you don’t. This means you will be at the end of the signing line.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No. However, if you are a collector, you can get roughly 5 signed and then wait until the end if you have more books to be signed.

Barnes & Noble, Madison, WI
Saturday, September 6 at 3pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

The Book Bin, Salem, OR
Monday, September 8 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? Any amount can be signed.

 

Broken Eye Excerpts On Wattpad

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UPDATE: Chapters 1-9 are now available HERE!

In the lead up to publication of The Broken Eye, we’ll be releasing the first 50 pages (chapters 1-9!) on Wattpad. (Wattpad is a writing community where users can post articles, stories, poems and includes work by both published and new writers.)

The first five chapters of The Broken Eye are available today. More chapters will be released over the next few days. Go HERE to follow Brent’s Wattpad account and read the excerpts.

Barnes & Noble Signed Copies

*UPDATE* Thanks everyone who has ordered this. Still three weeks out from publication, and we hit #13 on Barnes & Noble’s Bestseller List! Corollary to that is: I have no idea how many copies are left. If you want to get a signed copy, order soon. 

A few weeks ago, I signed 500 books for Barnes and Noble. Ooohh, signature sheets. (They bind these into the front of the book.) Pretty.

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Great news, they sold out! So they wanted more. But it was too late to just do signature sheets…

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Ah, that doesn’t look so bad.

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Oof. All of them? And you need them when?

 

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(Party at the Weeks household.)


So I just finished signing 500 more books.  If you’ve been hoping for a signed copy of The Broken Eye but won’t be able to make it to any stops on my TOUR, you can order a signed copy from Barnes & Noble HERE. (And you save 35% off the list price!) There are a limited number of these signed books, so order yours as soon as you can. Also, if you preorder, don’t forget to go HERE to get two free stories and a signed bookplate.

Update: We ran out of the first 1,000 bookplates, but Orbit and I decided to extend that as well. Signed bookplates will now be available for an additional 1,000 preorders, including the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. If you already sent in your address, we added you to the front of the line this time.

Barnes & Noble Recommended Reading

Brent Weeks' Picks

Have you been looking for something to read while you wait for The Broken Eye to be released? Brent has some recommendations. Go HERE to see his Top 10 Fantasy books– classics, modern masters, upstarts, and tongue-in-cheek.

And while you’re at it, if you’d like a signed copy of The Broken Eye, Barnes & Noble is selling those HERE.