A Sighting

Got an email telling me that some Borders bookstores ALREADY have Shadow’s Edge in stock. (What? I haven’t even got MY copies yet!) So if you really can’t wait for book two, give your local Borders a call. Heck, you could call Barnes and Noble, and Powells, and Waldenbooks (and Blackwell and Waterstones if you’re across the pond), just to build buzz, but if you’re not looking to be part of a nefarious grass-roots marketing effort, thanks, you just want the stupid book…well, call Borders. Sheesh. Sorry.

You do realize, however, that if you get Shadow’s Edge early, you’re still going to have to wait a full month for Beyond the Shadows, right? And that’s assuming that your Borders also gets book three in early, which they may not. So you may have to wait SIX weeks while the cool kids laugh at you because they only have to wait four weeks. Well, Mom always said patience is a virtue. (Yeah, I hated that too.)

32 thoughts on “A Sighting

  1. Keith J. says:

    Brent, I love you, man! I so follow your logic here. Ever since I saw that I can order your book from Barnes&Noble.com, I’ve been so tempted, but then I think….could I really handle likely having to wait another 6 weeks after reading book 2 to get book 3? That’s not a risk I’m willing to take. I just can’t take that much waiting between books (Look at me, I’m complaining when I only have to wait a month, and not a year or years). Just so you know, even now, I pick up the Way of Shadows quite often just to open to a random section, and start reading for fun. I always get engrossed and have to make myself put it down no matter where I read. I’m catching more of the detail though, and it helps ease the pain of waiting. Thanks for helping me learn patience. 🙂

  2. brent says:

    Keith, oh sure… I get the books released 4 weeks apart, and you tell me I’m teaching you patience. Some people… j/k

    Oh, and had a guy who works at Waldenbooks say they got copies in, too… which makes sense, b/c if I remember correctly, Waldenbooks and Borders are owned by the same people.

  3. Alex says:

    Hey, I just got finished reading the first one and it is amazing. Took me less than a week to read this book at work and it was unforgettable. As soon as I saw this book at Chapters/Indigo, I had to pick it up. I’m glad I did, too, because I wasn’t disappointed with this book. Out of authors like Robert Jordan, R.A Salvatore and many others, this book, as well as the author, Brent Weeks, has taken my vote for #1 for myself. I can’t wait until the second one coming out on Nov. 1st (For Canada anyways).

  4. Heather says:

    Well I can’t tell you how excited I got about the posssiblity of reading the second book this weekend if it was on shelves early…so I called the Beaverton Borders-it is on its way and B&N won’t sell it before the 1st! So after getting way too pumped up I am now stuck here tying to decide if I want to read the Reincarnationist that is on my desk here at work or if I want to see if Powell’s has an early copy
    but I could not even find The Way of the Shadow there two days ago. I really can’t complain much…I will have this awesome trilogy in my hands in the span of three month verses three years…My real wish is that one day Orbit would put them in hardback so I can add that to my FAVORITE BOOKS shelve (the ones I don’t let anyone borrow)–I let everyone read my paperbacks—there is just something precious about a hardback.

  5. Heather says:

    By the way…I will be handing the first book to my sister who I know will fall in love with it and then give it to her coworkers to read and they will give it to others…I have a good track record at getting people hooked on books I find amazing…so I guess I am part of that grass-roots movement. Thank you!

  6. Ajahli says:

    PFFF no way dude I’m waiting for it to be released. I was at B&N yesterday and they didn’t have it, plus in this tiny little town I’m in it will prolly take a bit longer to get it anyway.


    And force everyone else with Durzo Blint ferocity to read it.

    Plus… the more time I have to wait, the more time I can finish drawing fanart for the first book 8D;

  7. Elisa says:

    So hey – being part of that grassroots thing, I’ve definitely made sure people are able to see this awesome book every time I go into a different bookstore! But last night I was in the GINORMOUS B&N at Union Square in Manhattan, and lo and behold – one of the employees must love your stuff, too, because there were not one, not two, but THREE separate shelvings of your book under the “New Paperbacks” section! Glad to see I don’t have to do ALL the work on this island! 🙂

  8. Nick says:

    Yay! I got the second book today and am just about to start reading. I can’t wait to be amazed……I hope….Jk…

  9. Engel says:

    I just bought the book this morning.
    I’m already fighting the urge to skip dinner to read more. But I must stay strong(that’s what mother tells me) and resist the urge to jump on the cookies offered by the dark side(your book). It’s amazingly captivating and enticing, I would say; it’s another check mark on the list of things inspiring me to finish writing my crappy piece of literature I can’t call a book.
    Thank you.
    Thank you.
    Thank you.
    And I will wait patiently for the official release of the second one.
    Now I have to go read more.*run*

  10. Nick says:

    You have not let me down. I am about a quarter of the way through and it is better then the first. This book is awesome thanks for writing it. You are by far up their with my favorite authors. Thank you.

  11. Heather says:

    Strike 2-So i went into the Beaverton Borders again today in hopes of grabbing the second book but alas…I was foiled again! Tried to look up some other Orbit authors but most of the ones I want to read are on the other side of the pond.
    So I bought Devil You Know by Mike Carey…
    If anyone here in the Portland area has gotten the second book yet…can you please tell me where you got it so that I can call in sick and drive like the rest of the crazy people here to go get it? Thanks

  12. Chet says:


    It’s very nice to see others who have read your work and are in the process
    of building a very loyal fanbase. Keep up the good work.

  13. Chet says:

    BTW, waiting 6 weeks for the final book is a lot better than waiting 2 years.

  14. Aaron says:


    Powell’s has the 2nd book in their warehouse. I went in and played dumb and said that I saw copies online, but could they transfer it up… and cha-ching I got a copy. Now my Buddy Boxy is reading it while I work the grind for a few more days and pick it up after him. I’ve never tried to scam for a book early before, nice work Brent.

  15. Nick says:

    Yeah I just finished it last night and wow…. Did not see that coming…Very good twists and turns…always keeps you guessing. I loved it. And Kylar is a f*%king beast!

  16. Heather says:

    Thanks Aaron! I will try that. I am really fighting to not read anything else until I get the second book…I have the Devil you Know and the Reicarnationist sitting on my pc here at work…

  17. Heather says:

    So Beaverton Borders now has the second book out on shelves…I was so stoked that I spent the next fifteen minutes comparing the conditions of each book so that I made sure I got the least damaged one!

  18. Ajahli says:

    I had hoped I would get lucky and find the second one today but.. to no avail. DARN. Guess I can’t cheat this time~

  19. Ryan says:

    Hey, so the Borders here in Albuquerque, New Mexico just got Shadows Edge. As much as I wanted to resist, I was far too excited! I picked it up and I’m already a fourth of the way through. You’re a genius! I hope you have other works planned after the Night Angel Trilogy!

  20. Heather says:

    I can already tell I am going to have a withdrawl issue once this series is done.
    I am on page 211—reading at work…I know BAD GIRL but I need to
    know what happens…I love this story. Thanks

  21. bryon says:

    Hey i just finished shadows edge and am now waiting for the third book. So far the series is amazing i really don’t know what to read after the third book but i can’t wait.

  22. brent says:

    Hey all,
    Just got back from a conference. I’ll try to catch up on all my correspondence and update the site tomorrow.

  23. Peter Sung says:

    [SPOILERS OF BOOK 2 in this comment–ed.]

    Hi Brent,

    First, I want to say that you have a great series here. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and have just finished reading your second. I will definitely be reading the 3rd.

    Saying all that, I was disappointed with your second book. I thought it was a little “unbelievable” how you built Kylar up as a almost a super hero and he died 2 times so casually. Kinda took the whole believability factor of the book out for me. Also, I did not like how you made a very minor character Vi, into a major one. The Star Wars homage was also pretty lame, about the “I’m your father bit”.

    But still, I did enjoy your first book, so I will wait until the 3rd and at least complete the series. I do like the character Kylar and your other MAIN characters you’ve established thus far.

  24. Peter Sung says:

    oh one more thing. Please don’t pull another George R. R. Martin. His last book where he featured NO main characters was a total sham and he got slammed pretty hard for it.

  25. Nick says:

    (Minor SPOILERS if you haven’t read book 2, don’t read if you haven’t read book 1–ed.)

    Personally I thought that this book was great. If Kylar has a magical object that makes him immortal then of course he is a superhuman. I have to agree with Peter about Vi though. I mean now I am torn between Elene and Vi….Damn you!!! Oh and the Stars Wars bit was actually pretty funny, I guess it depends on who you ask… Basically your books are the shit….They by far almost Rival the Deathstalker series by Simon R. Green. Keep up the good work and am Looking forward to the 3rd and your next series.

  26. Kifah says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, Patience….how long does that take? You’ve created a monster, and I don’t mean your characters. Geez, I bought the first book last week after walking by it in the book store probably half a dozen times. I needed something to read while trapped in nowhere-ville, at work. I couldn’t put it down. So I drive back into town (it’s a 5 hours drive), after working a 12 hour night shift and do I head home for sleep and laundry? No. I head straight for the nearest Chapters. No second book. Tragedy! I have to go back to work on Friday, the 29th and the book isn’t due for release until the 1st! What passes for a bookstore in 100 Mile House, BC, is a pharmacy….yeah. ‘Nough said. So I’m going to have to suffer until I get home again. And to top it all off, I’ve been conned into doing NaNoWriMo in November. Aaaagghhhh. I foresee NaNoWriMo procrastination full speed ahead!

  27. brent says:

    Hey, everyone, sorry I haven’t kept up with posting responses to everyone. I went to a conference and sort of got a deluge of fan emails at the same time, plus I’ve been putting together my pitch for my next book or trilogy to Orbit…

    Kifah, man, that is some dedication. Thank you for the implicit compliment, and sorry I couldn’t get the Canadians to release the books faster. On the bright side, I think the Brits are even slower… As soon as I get some clout, I’ll work on those guys.

    Nick, glad you’re torn. You’re supposed to be. Tell me if you like how things work out in the end.

    Peter, sorry that you didn’t like a couple of the story decisions I made. When you’re willing to kill off major characters–like I am–the good thing you get is after that, every time you threaten a character with death, a reader knows it could really happen. One of the problems is that if you kill off major characters, you have to promote minor ones. Some people aren’t going to connect with those characters. It was a risk I was willing to take. If it really ticked you off, heck, wait until you can get book three free from the library or a buddy. I mean that seriously. I don’t want to be an author who forces readers to read book 3, then book 4-12, just so they can see how the story ends. I hated that when authors did it to me. It’s a rip-off and I’m doing my best not to do it to you.

    Aaron, very devious. I admire that.

    Engel, remember Oscar Wilde, who said, “I can resist anything except temptation.”

    Elisa, thanks. Love the guerilla marketing. Soon we shall take over the world. Muhaha.

    Alex, wow, man. Thank you.

  28. Jessica says:

    Yes… I’ve discovered the pain of waiting a month for the thrid book and it’s killing me. My Barnes & Noble doesn’t even have the first one in yet…

  29. jeff says:

    The B&N in my town had Way of the Shadows in September and Shadow’s Edge around mid October. Hopefully, they’ll get Beyond early, too. It’s been a fun series! Thanks Brent!

  30. David M says:

    Just finished Shadow’s Edge. Fantastic. Couldn’t stop reading it (including staying up till 5 am one night). Cannot wait for Beyond the Shadows.

    Read an interview you gave and one question had to do with cover art. I have to say that the art is great. It was what drew my eye to the book in the first place. Despite the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, I often find its what attracts my eye to new novels.

    Anyways, keep up the great work.

  31. Bethany M says:

    So you say that we have to wait for book three well Ha ive seen the book and touched it and was this close to buying it but hey why wait next week im getting it.

    love the angel…

    Durzo Blint Favorite

  32. Bethany M says:

    Please NO More SPOILERS its ruining me please dont ruin the next amazing book ive ever read….>.<

    New Found Night Angel Fan

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