Skyward Three Update! (and other tidbits)


That's right folks, more book news! Brandon took to Reddit this evening to bring us the FIRST in a series of updates on Skyward 3! You can read the update in the r/BrandonSanderson subreddit. Let's break it down.

Though the Skyward series was originally announced as a trilogy, he reported a few years back that it would require an extra novel. Brandon explains in his update that he didn't really sit down to thoroughly outline the entire series until he was writing book 2, Starsight. Through that process, he decided the story was best told through four books rather than three: a standalone starter book with a follow-up trilogy. Sound familiar? Yep, the same thing happened with Mistborn Era 2. Though hopefully we can expect this particular series to wrap up in under a decade. ;)

Sanderson reports that he'll be taking the next week to update his outline for novel, which is in pretty good shape. After a quick break to finalize Dawnshard, he plans to begin the writing the book on October 1st. With the book targeting 100k words, Brandon plans to be finished with the first draft by the end of the year! So, after the revision process over the first half of 2021 he hopes that we'll have the book in hand next November--two years after Starsight.

The novel doesn't have a title yet. Though he previously mentioned the tentative title "Nowhere", Brandon later reported that the publisher wasn't very fond of it. He has also mentioned that the book will have a second PoV character alongside Spensa's, but we don't know much more than that. We can expect the next status update in November, so perhaps we'll come up from the depths of new Stormlight content for a breather and find out more then!

5f62d943f404c509671784.gifAs always, Brandon made sure to profusely thank us, his readers, and to apologize for the long delay since Starsight was published. If you've got a Reddit account, go show this man some love because we don't deserve him!

For those still crying ever since my joke about the looong road that Wax & Wayne book 4 has been on, rest assured that Brandon has previously expressed that it should be the NEXT thing on his list after Skyward 3 (yes, before Skyward 4). If everything goes according to plan, it sounds like we can finally expect it sometime in 2022. Though we've got a lot on our plate until then, so let's take it one book at a time!

A few other minor items of note...

  • The Original, the audiobook novella co-authored by Sanderson and Kowal was released just two days ago. Make sure you tune in to Brandon's livestream tomorrow at 6 pm MDT for a guest appearance with his award winning co-author and friend, Mary Robinette Kowal. You can submit questions for the pair to answer on Twitter.
  • Dawnshard, the new Stormlight novella, is on track to be released in October. It will be going out to Kickstarter backers first, but there should be an opportunity for others to purchase the ebook before Rhythm of War is out. It looks like Brandon plans to spend one more week on the final draft of Dawnshard so that his part is over by the end of September.
  • As we wait for Rhythm of War, the weekly chapter previews continue to sustain us until its November 17th release date. But progress toward the release continues. Some may be interested to know that the audiobook recording wraps up tomorrow!

And that's it for the time being. Now don't you have a book or preview chapter to be reading?

Edited by Jofwu

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Sounds great. Do we know anything about Dawnshard being available as a stand-alone book for non-kickstarter backers?

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3 hours ago, thorongil said:

Sounds great. Do we know anything about Dawnshard being available as a stand-alone book for non-kickstarter backers?

Brandon has said they're hoping to make it available for general purchase before RoW releases, but not until after they've sent it out to Kickstarter backers. So hopefully it will be up for purchase very late October or early November for anyone.

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Sounds good; probably going for e-book and the shelf-version later when it comes out. It's just impossible to skip a book for weeks or maybe even months, just because these pesky print-versions are delayed :)

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Will The Original have a print release?  It sounds really interesting, but I can't focus on audiobooks.

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Wait, where did Brandon say there would be another POV character?! I'VE BEEN ASKING THAT FOR EVERY SIGNING Q&A  AND HE JUST CASUALLY MENTIONS IT SOMEWHERE ELSE??? :blink::(

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It was a livestream back on February 29, according to Coppermind. Unfortunately I'm not seeing anything in the event, so I'm not sure if it was a missed snippet/transcription or if the wrong livestream is referenced.

I DO have a vague memory of it, but not enough to remember where it might be hiding...

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35 minutes ago, Use the Falchion said:

Wait, where did Brandon say there would be another POV character?! I'VE BEEN ASKING THAT FOR EVERY SIGNING Q&A  AND HE JUST CASUALLY MENTIONS IT SOMEWHERE ELSE??? :blink::(

Found it :)

It was just a casual mention tucked in a writing advice question.

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1 hour ago, Jofwu said:

Found it :)

It was just a casual mention tucked in a writing advice question.

Thank you so much! (...now I feel so silly asking it so many times...)

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