Skyward 3 Title and Release Date, Skyward novellas, Warbreaker giveaway

This post will contain spoilers for both Skyward and Starsight. 

Skyward 3 cover and title reveal

As announced by Brandon himself, The Book Formerly Known As Nowhere now has a real title, description, release date(s) and no less than two covers, as Brandon's American and British publishers decided to announce them both at once.

So without further ado, here comes Cytonic.

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Alongside it we have the UK release; if you've been following the leaks, you might've seen this one pop up before, but now it's official!

cytonic UK cover.jpg

As with the previous books in the series, the American cover was created by Charlie Bowater, while the British art is the work of Sam Green. Preorders for both versions are already up on your bookseller website of choice; per Brandon's tweet, the book will release on November 23rd, 2021 in the US, and on November 25th in UK.

To round up the Cytonic goodies, we also have the description for the book and it's... not very heavy on the actual plot.

Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell—the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home.

Now, the Superiority—the governing galactic alliance bent on dominating all human life—has started a galaxy-wide war. And Spensa’s seen the weapons they plan to use to end it: the Delvers. Ancient, mysterious alien forces that can wipe out entire planetary systems in an instant. Spensa knows that no matter how many pilots the DDF has, there is no defeating this predator.
Except that Spensa is Cytonic. She faced down a Delver and saw something eerily familiar about it. And maybe, if she’s able to figure out what she is, she could be more than just another pilot in this unfolding war. She could save the galaxy.
The only way she can discover what she really is, though, is to leave behind all she knows and enter the Nowhere. A place from which few ever return.
To have courage means facing fear. And this mission is terrifying.

We actually did a predictions podcast for Cytonic (though we didn't know its name then) back in March which might interest you:


Skyward novellas

Alongside Cytonic, we will also be getting three Skyward novellas! They're co-written by Janci Patterson (who is also collaborating with Brandon on the final Alcatraz book), and they will be released as ebooks and audiobooks simultaneously, with maybe a physical release later down the line. While we have no date for any of them yet, two of those novellas have popped up on Brandon's progress bar on his website already, and they are definitely coming along nicely.

  • Sunreach: the final draft for this one has been completed, meaning it's basically done as far as writing is concerned; of course, there's still much that has to happen before it's ready for release. This one will be written from the perspective of FM, one of the Skyward Flight pilots who survived the first book to later be largely absent from Starsight.
  • ReDawn: As of this writing, the second novella is sitting at 43% of its first draft. We don't know whose point of view this will be following, but ReDawn is the home planet of the comatose alien Alanik, so...

Wax & Wayne 4 progress update and Warbreaker leatherbound giveaway

Yes, we do have non-Skyward news for you today. First: Wax & Wayne 4, or The Lost Metal, is currently sitting at nice round 30%. Second: to celebrate two hundred thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel, Brandon will be giving away a signed copy of the Warbreaker leatherbound. All you have to do to participate is send an email to [email protected] before Firday 28th of May - so there's little time left. For more information, check out the video on Brandon's channel.

So, what do you make of it all? Would you rather the title of the book remained Nowhere? Which cover do you prefer? Hyped for the novellas? Tell us in the comments below!


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Ugh, not a fan of this title - I have a hard time imagining how this would be the best unique title for this book as opposed to any other book in the series. While I understand the publisher’s issues with the Nowhere title, it’s too bad Brandon and co. couldn’t come up with anything better. (Though FWIW I didn’t totally love Nowhere as a title either.)

The US cover art is nice, better than the awful Skyward art and maybe a little worse than the Starsight one, but the UK cover is once again far, far superior. 


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I like the title! It's not entirely special, but it keeps the theme of Sanderson's YA books having snappy titles, and it keeps the /s/ sound for the series (even if Book 4 is set to ruin that with Defiant). I also like both the American and U.K. covers this time around. Starsight's U.S. cover...wasn't as cool as Skyward's IMO. This one strikes a nice balance between the two. And while the U.K. covers were cool, they never really did it for me. This one definitely does. 

In terms of the blurb not really revealing anything, I'm more amused at this point than annoyed, or even surprised. Starsight's blurb was just as vague, if not more so. To me this is starting to mean that "the plot isn't something that can be seen in pre-release chapters," and I'm fine with that. 

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I like the title and cover!  The color scheme looks really good, the pink and orange look stunning against the gray of Spensa's outfit in my opinion, and I like the way Cytonic sounds when you say the three titles together.


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I am so happy the title is not Nowhere 

Cytonic is much better even though it is stretching the naming conventions 

Covers great, not as good as Skyward in my opinion but still great


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Hopefully Suzy Jackson will narrate the audiobooks. Some authors will have a different narrator do the novellas than the main series (see Brian McClellan etc). She is the perfect voice for this series. Indifferent about the title name; I read the first two and will buy it whatever it’s called.


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