After a year of several delays—most of them of a personal nature within my own life and one of them due to the printer—The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence has arrived in stock!
I am really excited about this book. When I approached Mark about it last year, he was very open to the idea, especially when artist Jason Chan joined the project. I wanted to produce a beautiful book as dark and grim as its story. A massive tome. As edgy and unpredictable as its main character, Jorg Ancrath.
A side story for those interested. I attended the University of Washington and I loved visiting its rare book room, where books were as varied and interestingly put together as any fantasy land. I wanted that for The Broken Empire. I made some unconventional but literary choices for its physical form that I hope will resonate with fans.
First, I put a white dust jacket on the book. The story is dark. The character darker. And the white dust jacket contrasts with that, a very different approach than most people would think. Second, the first Nate Taylor image of thorns—the one on the signature page—features thorns that are not barbed/hooked, since the image takes place before we learn of Jorg’s history, before those barbs change his life forever. And third, the interior illustrations are not equally spread out, because I like the chaos of Jorg’s life set against the reader not knowing when the next illustration is going to take place.
Here are three pictures of The Broken Empire upon its arrival:
I’ll post more pictures on Grim Oak Press Facebook Page. As you can see, it is a massive book, just like Mark asked for. And I’m super happy with how it turned out.
I will begin shipping books out tomorrow. It will take me about six days to complete shipment. So expect your order soon! And if you have moved since you placed your order, please notify me of your new shipping address if you haven’t done so already.
You can buy a copy here if you haven’t done so:
Thank you for your patience in all of this!
It means the world to me.