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Graphic Novel Update: First Character Sketches


Brent’s publisher has just released the first two character sketches from The Way of Shadows graphic novel! Go HERE to see them, and feel free to guess who they are in the comments. If you “like” the Brent Weeks Facebook Page, you’ll be able to stay up-to-date as they post more images and details about the book.


Graphic Novel Update


Though he can’t share the images with you yet, Brent wanted to let you all know: he has just received rough draft sketches of the characters for The Way of Shadows graphic novel. They are awesome.

We will keep you updated as things progress!

(Also, new poll!)

A Graphic Novel Adaptation of The Way of Shadows

I’m so happy I can FINALLY share this! This afternoon, at their annual San Diego Comic-Con panel, Yen Press announced their upcoming adaptation of The Way of Shadows. The Way of Shadows graphic novel will be a single-volume adapation, and is slated for release in 2013.

Yen Press is a leader in the field of graphic novels, having adapted works like Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gail Carriger’s Soulless among many others. Their publishing schedule this year includes adaptations of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Chronicles of Nick, Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story. Yen Press was founded by Kurt Hassler, the man many credit with bringing graphic novels and manga into the mainstream in the United States (in 2006, he was named #1 Most Powerful Person in American Manga Publishing). If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out

I’ve already been discussing artists with Kurt whom we believe will bring a unique and bold vision to The Way of Shadows. I’ll announce who we’ve contracted and release samples of their art as I am able to do so.

(Click any of these titles to learn more about them directly from Yen.)

New Interview & Poll


Michael Araujo of The Subtle Chronicler is throwing a Birthday Bash for his blog (which turned two years old on May 13). As part of the festivities, Brent has done an interview with Michael, and there’s a free copy of The Way of Shadows up for grabs. Go HERE to check out the interview, and HERE for the book giveaway.

Also, there’s a new poll at right!

Number 1!

Thank you so much to everyone who spread the word on Thursday about the e-book promotion for The Way of Shadows. And if you’re new to my work, thanks for giving me a shot! I don’t have any numbers yet from all the other major e-tailers, but I am beyond delighted to say that I had a few golden hours in the sun.

And I’m a redhead. So really, a few hours is all I can handle. Wonder if I can get The Help to hand me my SPF 75?

Again, thank you so, so much. And hey, check out that other book too. I hear it’s got ninjas.

In Hungarian: Az Arnyak Utjan

Ok, ok, so the above doesn’t have all the cool accents etc. that the REAL Hungarian title does.

For those who can actually read Hungarian – or just like seeing the Trilogy in all its polylingual glory – here’s the Hungarian cover of The Way of Shadows:

So, what IS GraphicAudio?

A graphic audio book of The Way of Shadows (part 1 of 2)  is coming out in April, with installments following it monthly.

But Brent, I thought you already have an audiobook.

Yeah, I do. But GraphicAudio does something different. GraphicAudio performs books with actors and sound effects and a sound track. The books ARE abridged: say if I wrote “It was raining,” instead of hearing someone narrate those words, you’d hear the sound of rain. In my mind, abridging or adapting is a creative work in itself. For example, remember that Leonardo DiCaprio movie “Romeo + Juliet“? A bit different than Shakespeare probably imagined the action–and yet totally cool in its own way.   That’s how I feel about adaptations. GraphicAudio will bring its own vision to this book. And I, for one, am eager to see what they’ve come up with.

One geeky bonus: If you want to know how _I_ pronounce everything, this should be the authoritative source. As an author, I try to make my made up words look different on the page–among other considerations, of course–but I don’t care too much how you pronounce them. Take Vi. Pronounce it Vie, or pronounce it Vee. Your call. You might even think one is cool, and the other sucks. Naturally, I’d like you to choose the one you think is cool. To me, this is part of the co-creation of a world that happens between a reader and an author. I’m just an architect, folks. You get to pick out the drapes yourself.

A graphic audiobook has different demands, so I was delighted when the director called me up and went through a list of names and places and recorded how to say every single one of them. We had a great chat. He even asked my opinion on some of his creative ideas for music, accents, and the whole nine yards. This doesn’t always happen–once he buys the rights from my corporate overlords, he can do WHATEVER he wants with those rights. That’s how it works. So I appreciate the level of craftsmanship and passion he showed. It makes me eager to see the result. If you want to get a taste of what it’s like, they’ve posted THIS SAMPLE which is the first nine minutes/the first chapter of the book. Go ahead, you can go listen.


I’m pleased to announce that Tantor Media has purchased the rights to produce audiobooks of the complete Night Angel Trilogy. They have contracted actor Paul Boehmer to narrate. Work is already underway and the audiobook of The Way of Shadows will be available July 16th, followed by Shadow’s Edge on August 13th, and Beyond the Shadows on September 13th. Audio samples should be available on the linked pages soon. The books will be available both as audio CDs and mp3 CDs. They’re also available for pre-order HERE at and doubtless elsewhere as well.