News Roundup for April 8th, 2022: Bastille vs. The Evil Librarians Cover Reveal! Also, Skyward Flight Collection Is Out + Series's Future Explained (New Trilogy!)

Publisher's Weekly has revealed the cover for Bastille vs. The Evil Librarians, the final entry in Brandon's Alcatraz series! Bastille is cowritten with Janci Patterson, co-author of the Skyward Flight novellas, and is due to release September 20th. Additionally, the print collection of said novellas is out, and Brandon and Janci shared a bit about what Skyward will look like going forwards.

A terrified Alcatraz (a young boy with black hair wearing a suit) and determined Bastille (a young girl with a combat vest) hold onto a shark as it jumps over a pool of other sharks, which is surrounded by swirling clouds as if in the eye of a storm. In the background, a golden airship with a front reminiscent of an inhuman face flies towards them. At the top of the image, the title reads "Bastille vs. The Evil Librarians", with "Bastille" blocking out the word "Alcatraz". Below the art, text reads "Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson". A smaller font beneath that reads "Illustrations by Hayley Lazo".

Additionally, their article contains release dates for the new editions of the previous books in the series, which are receiving new covers by Justin Gerard to celebrate Bastille finally coming out. (In case you missed it, the new cover for the first book in the series was revealed back in December!)

  • May 3: Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians
  • July 5: The Scrivener’s Bones and The Knights of Crystallia
  • August 20: The Shattered Lens
  • September 20: The Dark Talent and Bastille

And now, we venture skyward! Specifically the Skyward Flight collection released this week! If you've been waiting to buy these in print, you can find links to do so on Penguin Random House's website. It also includes a few sweeteners like character art and deleted scenes.

FM (a woman with white hair in a white uniform), Jorgen (a man with cropped hair and a dark blue military uniform), and Alanik (a purple-skinned humanoid with ridges on her cheekbones, silver hair, and a purple uniform) stand shoulder-to-shoulder with solemn expressions in front of a galaxy of stars. The two women look at something in the distance, while Jorgen's head is turned to stare directly into the camera.

Unfortunately, Skyward beta reader and Janci's friend Darci Cole was originally supposed to help write the next trilogy, but had to step down from the project for personal reasons. Janci and Brandon will both continue to be involved with it, however.

Oh, did I not mention the next trilogy yet? Well, on the most recent stream, Janci and Brandon spoke about the plan for the future of the Cytoverse after Defiant (the fourth Skyward novel) releases next year. The current goal is to co-write a second trilogy following characters we already know (they can't confirm which, though we know from the Mini-Con that Kimmalyn is likely in the running). They intend for the books to be dual PoV, with one primary character getting major viewpoints in all of them, and a different second character getting their own plot and main viewpoints each time. However, this is subject to change, as they are still early in the outlining phase.

Oh, and of course, we have progress bar updates from the latest Weekly Update video!

  • The first draft of Stormlight Five is about 6% completed, which is about on-track for where Brandon expected it to be.
  • The third draft (which takes into account beta reader feedback) of Secret Project 1 is about 80% completed, meaning prep work for publishing it next January can soon begin.

Speaking of the Secret Projects, the Kickstarter raised $41,754,153 from 185,341 backers, easily taking the crown for most-funded Kickstarter with more than double the second place. (However, Exploding Kittens still has it, and every other project, handily beat for the most-backed position, with 219,382 backers.)

Who do you think the next Skyward series's viewpoint characters will be? Why are there sharks in the sky on the Bastille cover? Is it just me, or does that airship look like Darth Vader? Find out... uh... whenever the books release, I suppose, but until then, share your guesses in the comments below!


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Use the Falchion

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That was my question that led to the trilogy discussion! I was so happy it was asked! Although, I did notice that Adam (and by proxy Brandon) skipped over my question of whether or not The Rithmatist is one of the worlds of The Apocalypse Guard...

(Also, I usually just pronounce it "Fal-Shun," but I've heard it pronounced a lot of ways.)


Bastile is punching a shark because punching sharks is tight!

As for who the characters are for the Skyward trilogy, I'd bet that Kimmalyn is the main character, and the rotating list will be: 


Ned or a secret spoiler character



Jorgen (he's Janci's favorite after all) 

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5 hours ago, Use the Falchion said:

Jorgen (he's Janci's favorite after all) 

I really want Jorgen to be one (or even the persistent one), but tbh my gut feeling is that Defiant will wrap up his main internal arcs and he'll be more of a side character going forwards. Hoping Vapor is one of the rotating ones, figment book would be cool.


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