The rumour is floating around some The Wheel of Time Message Boards that some indie bookstores have The Gathering Storm in stock and are disregarding the official street date established by Tor (October 27th) and selling it early.
From past experience, this may well be true, and this may just be a ploy by pranksters to validate their fake reviews of the book in the next days.
For most of us who will get the book on its official release date only, that isn't such a good news, as it means spoilers, real or false, will likely abound next week.
Rules for posting or not posting spoilers and readers's reviews before the 27th will vary a lot on each website in the WOT online community, but it will take only one of them allowing it for the spoilers to spread, so we'll take no chance.
As we've made the commitment to our readers and forum members that this site would not allow spoilers before the book's official release date, we're taking the following measures:
We are wishing everyone a great (and spoiler-free) last full week of wait for The Gathering Storm (or good reading if you get your hands on the book early!). Don't worry, we'll do our best to keep you occupied until then with many more The Storm is Coming articles until the 27th.