Brent’s book The Blinding Knife is now competing against Elizabeth Bear’s Range of Ghosts. Go HERE to vote!
UPDATE: As most of you have already guessed, this post was an April Fools’ Day announcement. We’ve just posted the alternate masthead (above) and here’s another book cover (below left) that we thought about using. Big thanks to Lauren Panepinto for her genius cover designs for the prank!
I’m delighted to finally be able to announce why my forthcoming Lightbringer novels have been delayed, perhaps indefinitely. I’ve been working on a delightful new series for children, called Ninja Kitty. I’ve already signed on with Rover, a new imprint of Orbit, for six books. While I understand that some fans will be disappointed to hear that it will be 6-7 years until the next Lightbringer book comes out, I’ve always felt that it’s important for an artist to be brave enough to go in new directions, even if he is, unfortunately, in the middle of another series. I believe that the Ninja Kitty series will also be a great way to introduce young children to my work, so that by the time they’re 10 or 11, they’ll be ready to be introduced to the themes of cannibalism, prostitution, and murder that are so central to the Night Angel books. In addition, kitties give me a great way to tie my work to existing memes. Think of any kitten pic you’ve ever seen on the internet. Now think, NINJA KITTY printed over that. Great, huh? That’s actually how my agent pitched it. Being an artist is great, but at the end of the day I’m here to make money. Lots of it. And I’m not supposed to say this, but there have been some really exciting preliminary talks with a certain director who brought the much-beloved movie about bending air *cough cough* to the big screen.
I’ve answered some questions about the book below:
Why did you decide to write a children’s book?
Well, six books, and that’s just to start. 1) Children’s books are easy. 2) Have you seen the crap parents will buy for their kids? Why not get in on that? 3) Market synergies. I’m not going to leave a dollar on the table.
What’s it been like to write in an entirely new genre?
Easy, and my assistant fixes all the minor details, like when I forget the kitties names and or the plot. I find I can write one of these in a couple days, max.
When will the book be published?
As soon as we can get all the media tie-ins organized.
Oh, and I suppose that I should post the official press release from Orbit:
“Orbit is pleased to announce their new children’s imprint, Rover. The launch title, by New York Times Bestselling Author Brent Weeks, will be One Kitten, Two Kitten… Ninja Kitten! and leverage synergies with Orbit’s many corporate partners to create a multilateral bifurcated print/digital/collectible platform. Senior Editor Devi Pillai says, ‘Rover seemed like a natural next step fr us. As a part of a corporate mega-conglomerate, Orbit feels a duty to monetize as much of its customers’ lives as possible. We realized we’d been shamefully neglecting early childhood thus far. Plus, kitties.’”
The second book in The Lightbringer Series is publishing July 4th in Spanish. Check out the awesome cover below!
La Daga de la Ceguera is also part of a brand-new fantasy imprint from Spanish publisher Random House Mondadori. Featuring established authors like Terry Pratchett and Trudi Canavan, as well as debut authors like Jesus Cañadas and G. Willow Wilson, the Spanish-language Fantascy imprint will launch June 6th with China Miéville’s Embassytown and Paolo Bacigalupi’s short story collection, Pump Six and Other Stories.
Go HERE for more details on the new fantasy imprint, and HERE to read more about La Daga de la Ceguera! (La Daga de La Ceguera not available for pre-order yet, but we will update this page when it is.)
Really love brackets? Want a second chance because you didn’t see that Harvard game coming? The Blinding Knife has been drafted into the March Madness craze by BookSpot Central’s 7th annual book tournament. In Round 1, The Blinding Knife faces off against The Tainted City by Courtney Schafer.
You can vote:
There’s nothing really at stake here, just bragging rights. However, if you know Brent at all, you know he really likes bragging rights! Go HERE to vote!
If you’re Polish, in Poland, or love someone who is Polish, speaks Polish, would like to speak Polish, needs to brush up on their Polish, or thinks that having a book cover in a language that they don’t understand will impress their friends and/or romantic prospects… be sure to pick up a copy today!
I don’t usually write reviews, much less post them, but this is something of a special case. Peter V. Brett is a friend of mine, and as you probably know, he too writes epic fantasy. We entered the club at nearly the same time and met early in our careers.
Because we share many of the same fans and are each writing multi-volume epic fantasy, a review on one of his books really gives me a chance to share my views on the genre and on architecture of storytelling.
In this review, I avoided covering many of the topics that I felt other reviewers had hit at length and instead focused on only a few points where I disagreed with other reviewers, or where I wished to talk about endings and multi-volume epic fantasy specifically. The review is without spoilers, though my points are clearer if you’ve read the book. If you’re into this sort of thing, it’s over HERE.
“So when’s the next book out, Weeks?”
When I was on my book tour a few months ago, I expressed my hope that the next book in The Lightbringer Series might, might be out in a year. (I was careful not to promise: I’ve learned from others’ mistakes!) So now, of course, with fans having patiently waited for five whole months (!) I’m getting more emails asking, “Hey, when can I further fund your lavish lavish lifestyle, O Master Weeks?”* (*actual quotes may bear no relation to reality)
Neil Gaiman might tell you that you haven’t any right to ask. I gave you a good story, o book buyer, so shut up.** (**Not an accurate paraphrase) But as I made the mistake of publicly disagreeing with an SFF icon, it seems to me I should put up or shut up. So here’s the word in brief: No New Lightbringer Book from Weeks in 2013.
For those of you who want to know a bit of the why, continue reading.
You epic fantasy fans may be familiar with Tolkien’s quote that “the story grew in the telling.” So it’s been with The Lightbringer Series. I’d planned for book 3 to be a bit shorter. (By which I mean 600+ pages, about the length of The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge–not short books.) I’m a fairly consistent daily producer of pages, and if I’d made this book as long as I’d planned it to be, it would indeed have been published late this year. But… it’s longer. It’s longer than The Way of Shadows. It’s longer than Shadow’s Edge. It’s now longer than Beyond the Shadows. It will likely be longer than The Black Prism.
The work? It’s going well. I’m really pleased with the progress of this one. Where I was proud of The Blinding Knife because the story flew–high tension to high tension to surprise, with the world expanding and characters deepening all over the place–in this next book I’ve chosen to deepen the resonance while keeping a breakneck pace and not adding any fluff. (Title still to be determined. I’ve been calling it The Blood Mirror just to call it something, but that works better as a title for book 4, and my editor hasn’t liked any alternative titles I’ve proposed yet. Nor, to be honest, have I.)
It’s been my philosophy to write the best books I can, as fast as I can. To be honest, where I am in my career, I could make the most money by cranking out books faster.
But I’m making a living writing–that is my wildest dream, and you fans have given that to me. I have no interest in “cranking out books” to put as much of your money in my pocket as possible. I believe I owe my fans and myself the best stories I have it in me to tell. In this case, that means some more waiting for all of us. I’ve had long talks with my agent and editor about this, and they are both successful enough and wise enough that they’ve told me to get it right, to have fun with it, and to make it the best book it can be.
The writing is going brilliantly. I haven’t been stuck once. (Well, not for more than a day or so.) Yesterday, I finished a scene I think will stick with you, maybe forever. There are loose ends to be tied. There are hints to add about the series resolution. There’s a finale to write. I’m productive, having fun, and writing as well or better than I’ve ever written in my life.
I understand if that isn’t happening fast enough for you. I simply hope that when I give you the final product, it will more than make up for the wait.
You can expect another longish update on or before September 2013.
We’re very pleased to announce that The Blinding Knife (or rather, Le Couteau Aveuglant) will be published in French on March 29, 2013. You can pre-order HERE.
UPDATE: The digital version of Le Couteau Aveuglant will be released on April 5, 2013, just after the print release.
And here’s the cover!
And the blurb in French: Gavin Guile se meurt. Il croyait encore avoir cinq ans de répit avant de succomber au sort de tous les Prismes. En vérité, il lui reste à peine une année… À travers le monde, la magie des couleurs devient incontrôlable et menace de destruction les sept satrapies. Les anciens dieux reviennent à la vie, levant une implacable armée de spirites. L’unique salut pourrait se trouver du côté du frère renégat de Gavin. Celui dont il a volé la liberté il y a seize ans…