We have exciting news to share with all of you (and who doesn’t need a bit of good news right now?!) regarding the Lightbringer Series and THE BURNING WHITE.
Throughout the month of August, we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of THE BLACK PRISM being unleashed upon the world, as well as the trade paperback release of THE BURNING WHITE–the stunning finale to the series.
Patrick Heffernan (of Mysterious Galaxy infamy) made this striking board and vinyl case that perfectly holds all five Lightbringer hardcover books.
Not much else to say about this one, except well done, Patrick! He gave this one-of-a-kind case to Brent during his book tour stop in San Diego last year.
Ahhh, I remember book tour events… And bookstores… Book signings… Book festivals… Author speaking engagements… Browsing library stacks… Eyeballing tchotchkes and board games and socks at Powell’s… Lurking among the packed and crooked shelves that made the too-narrow aisles in my favorite used bookstore, petting the shop cat while I chatted with the staff, the smell of old paper lingering on my shirt after I left.
Sorry, I wandered off there.
Any way, hold fast and stay the course, friends. We’re all doing this quarantine thing for each other.
Every year, Goodreads runs an awards competition. Basically, Readers’ Choice Awards. I’ve been a finalist before (thank you!), but as Goodreads has tweaked which books are counted into which genres, it’s gotten significantly more difficult for my kind of work to land on the list. When hugely-popular crossover writerslike Nora Roberts (400 million copies sold!) show up in your pool of competitors, a win simply isn’t going to happen.
Which is fine. Ms. Roberts works incredibly hard and has earned every fan she has.
Additionally, this year, THE BURNING WHITE published just a couple weeks before the end of the eligibility period. And as you may have noticed, THE BURNING WHITE also happens to be a rather lengthy novel, so it didn’t surprise me in the least that I didn’t appear on the longlist.
But then something happened that did surprise me.
Some of you wrote me in.
ENOUGH of you wrote me in that I made the Semi-Finals–despite not even showing up on the longlist!
Very, very cool. Thank you.
Now, two things: one selfish, one not. First, I’m not winning this thing regardless, but it WOULD be sweet to be a finalist again, especially if Joe Abercrombie isn’t.
Second, even if you don’t vote for me (which is totally fair, so long as you don’t vote for Joe), the list is a great place to find books that OTHER readers are loving. Not just in fantasy, but in all genres. So it’s worth clicking through to find some great books for your TBR pile–and look up readers’ reviews of ones that sound interesting.
This round of voting ends Sunday, November 17, so check out all the Semi-Finalists HERE. And thanks again.
Also remember: there’s still time to enter the Orbit Loot contest for a chance to win a unique Lightbringer box set, including a hardcover copy of each book and a letter from Brent! The giveaway is for US and UK residents only.
*Deadline to enter is Oct 31. We encourage you to wait patiently to hear who wins, because sitting on the edge of your seat with all your fingers and toes crossed sounds stressful. Also, your butt would go numb eventually. Also, that can’t be good for your back. Also, you can’t eat Halloween candy with crossed fingers.
We know there are some of you who aren’t into social media (FB, IG, & Twitter), so we’re posting this question here:
What’s your most favorite scene from Lightbringer?
If you could pick one chapter from one book, which one would you pick?
And hey, please include spoiler alerts where necessary.
p.s. My (Dread Pirate CAPSLOCK) favorite is either Chapter 75 of Broken Eye… or Chapter 68 of The Burning White 😉 (you don’t HAVE to reference the chapter number, I’m just doing it to keep everything spoiler-free)