I really have to thank everyone who ordered the ebook yesterday; we assumed there would be lower first-day sales due to the preorders and the higher price of A Throne of Bones compared to A Magic Broken. And yet, the combined total of the preorders and the Amazon orders was higher than the Amazon orders for AMB; it was nearly half again as many as I'd anticipated.
Anyhow, I hope you're enjoying the book and encourage you to post reviews on Amazon when you finish it. I'd also encourage you to tell others, particularly Martin fans, about it, since it's not going to be appearing in any bookstores. If you are enjoying it, then you'll probably be pleased to hear that Kirk and I were discussing the cover for Book Two today; I can't guarantee anything, but there is a chance it will be even more striking than the one for Book One. Speaking of which, I've seen the final dust jacket and can confirm that the rest of the it lives up to the cover. I think those who have gone the hardcover route won't be disappointed; for all its size, it's shaping up to be a very attractive book.
MJS has posted the second review; here is an excerpt from it:
The novel is more meat and substance than polish and style, though even the political intrigue was well-written enough that it kept my attention, which is often not the case. Vox does an excellent job of piquing your interest and then taking developments in way you don't expect. He's also not shy about killing characters, yet does so in a way that again compares favorably to Mr. Martin's nihilistic bloodbath. This is not a book for children; there is graphic violence and unflinching presentation of evil. Yet neither is glorified, and though the world is realistically portrayed with few truly good men, there is no moral ambivalence here either.
One thing that might amuse some of you is that it wasn't until reading that review that I suddenly realized I no longer need to write a sequel to Summa Elvetica anymore. I had become so accustomed to thinking of Arts of Dark and Light as its own creature that I actually forgot the new series can reasonably be considered the oft-requested continuation of the story begun in the shorter novel.