Q&R on FB LIVE Tuesday, January 21

We’re off and running!

Tune in to Brent’s official Facebook page at 1:00 pm PST on Tuesday, January 21 for the first Question & Response video of 2020. Bring your hard-hitting questions!

To answer a few FAQs right off the bat:

  1. Brent is currently writing an early draft of a new novel set in Midcyru
  2. No plans for a screen adaptation (movie, TV, or video game) of either of Brent’s series
  3. No plans to develop a Nine Kings game

Thanks everyone, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Real Life Fantasy: The Sunmirror in Rjukan

A lovely little town in Norway, nestled into a bucolic valley, is home to an array of giant mirrors that bring sunlight to its people for nearly half the calendar year. Without the array, Rjukan receives no natural sunlight from September to March! 

The Sun Mirror in Rjukan

Rumor has it that if you visit, you can see a bit of 400-year-old graffiti on the east-facing outer wall of the library that says, “L-DONI WAS HERE.”

from the New York Times

THE BLACK PRISM is a Kindle Daily Deal, Dec 26

Happy Boxing Day, y’all! Amazon is offering THE BLACK PRISM as a Kindle Daily Deal for $3.99. A steal at twice the price! (The above is also Brent’s affiliate link.)

This smokin’ hot deal won’t last long–open up that Amazon app and buy a copy–your brain will thank you.

Reasons to buy a(nother) copy of Lightbringer #1 for Kindle:

  1. Christmas Day was yesterday? Yikes! I forgot to get a gift for Grandma!
  2. You want to protect your [signed] hardback copy
  3. Your friend/parent/coworker/cousin/roommate/sibling borrowed it months ago & refuses to return it
  4. It’s your bookworm friend’s/parent’s/coworker’s/cousin’s/roommate’s/sibling’s/partner’s birthday
  5. Someone you care about/random stranger asked for a book recommendation
  6. You’ve read Night Angel 5000 times and need a new series to get into
  7. You want to read along while you listen to the dulcet tones of Simon Vance narrating the audiobook
  8. You’re starting a Lightbringer reread now that THE BURNING WHITE is out and want a fresh copy

You’re welcome!

Nine Kings Fan Art: Featured Entries

Y’all sent us some stunning fan art! I know earlier I promised a mega-post with everyone’s entries, but there were just too many to put in one place. So I’m sharing some of our favorites here. Because I can.

Please note: SPOILERS abound for all Lightbringer books!

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“New Ferrilux” by Nicole Wiekierak

“The Ex-Priest” by Jennifer Johnson

“Heresy” by Megan Steadman

“Turtle Bear” by Jessica Dugan

“Black Luxin” by Alli Ryan

“Hellstone Dagger” by Melissa Wallis

“Mist Walker” by Jan Pasik

“The Guile” by Thomas Bernfeld

“Samila Sayeh” by Wilma Jacobs

“Turtle Bear” by Andrew Pulis

“Multicolored Spectacles” by Jerris Heaton

It was an absolute joy to see each submission we received (including all the ones not featured here). Thank you to everyone who participated. It’s obvious that you all worked hard and put your hearts into your work. You each did a magnificent job!

Nine Kings Fan Art Contest Winners

Hi friends,

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”:

Our runners-up are as follows:

“Unbreakable” by Morgan G.

“Andross the Red” by Mankin Studios

“Commander Ironfist” by Tim Hoffman

and “Lightbringer” by Alex Untoria.

Congratulations, everyone!

Fan Art Tuesday: The Creator

This is the last Nine Kings Fan Art entry before the deadline this Saturday. We’re featuring a card submitted by Rianna Stahl–one that’s not canon, per se, but it’s fitting nonetheless.

Everyone on Team Weeks LOVES the entries y’all have sent in, and we’re super excited to see what else you’ve got!

Here’s the link to the list of cards mentioned in the books.

And FYI, this is the last week the Brent Weeks webstore will be open, so get those shirts and books while you can!

Real Life Fantasy: The Eyes Have It

Fans have sent us a couple of awesome pics of eyes recently. Granted, one is a gnarly eye disorder and the other is a symptom of a liver disorder, but they’re at least cool to… uh, see.

First (and most spectacularly) we have pigment dispersion syndrome–also known as going red wight! I’m resisting the urge to find out if this guy’s name is Andross:

From an article in Ars Technica (link in photo and above)

Next up are Kayser-Fleischer rings:

From the Wilson Disease Association website

A fan (who is also a medical student) sent us an email about it, saying, “In some types of liver disease, the body absorbs too much copper and can start depositing it into tissues. One susceptible tissue is the Descemet’s membrane, which is part of the cornea between the iris and sclera. It results in a discoloration near the iris that forms a ring, kinda like this:”

We also have a slightly more optimistic bit of news about mammalian vision to share with you: turns out we have three photoreceptors in our eyes, not two (rods and cones)!

Granted, the research surrounding this particular revelation started in 2002, and the Nature article is from 2011, but still. From the article:

“Foster and his collaborators had done nothing to treat the woman’s blindness. Instead, her awareness of light owed itself to a class of light-sensitive cells discovered in 2002. Studies of these intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) have since revealed many surprises. Scientists initially thought that, rather than contribute to vision, the cells simply synchronized the circadian clock, which sets the body’s 24-hour patterns of metabolism and behaviour, with changing light levels. However, recent work suggests that ipRGCs have been underestimated. They may also have a role in vision — distinguishing patterns or tracking overall brightness levels — and they seem to enable ambient light to influence cognitive processes such as learning and memory.”

And, in case the title of this post sounds familiar to you, it’s thanks to Uncle Philip. Until next time, friends!

Fan Art Tuesday: Andross the Red

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.

And remember, the deadline for the contest is NOVEMBER 30!

THE BURNING WHITE: Bestseller Lists & Award Nom!

First, we’re proud to share the New York Times Bestseller List:

THE BURNING WHITE also hit #11 on the NYT Hardcover fiction list:

It hit #3 on the Publisher’s Weekly Fantasy list:

And #10 overall for Hardcover Books on the week ending November 4:

Topped the charts over at Barnes & Noble:

Landed at #6 on USA Today:

And fared quite well on the Amazon sales list:

As well as Amazon’s Most Read list (so many of you DEVOURED it!):

THE BURNING WHITE also hit #9 on the Toronto Star list, officially making it an international bestseller!

And finally, TBW is a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy 2019:

This wouldn’t have happened without each of you! Team Weeks is honored by all of your support and love. Thank you all.