So the Novella is Called Dawnshard


If you're out of the loop, Brandon always planned to write a Stormlight novella between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, which is now a Kickstarter reward. It was going to be Rysn novella, and it was going to involve traveling to Aimia. The name that was floating around for it was Wandersail, but Brandon didn't like that title since that wasn't what the story was about. 

Well, what is the story about? A freaking Dawnshard

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Cover by Ben McSweeney and Isaac Stewart. Art and design are not final.

Maybe check out our Coppermind article on Dawnshards, but I'll give you a quick rundown. Dawnshards are mythical objects to modern Roshar. In Jasnah's notes on the Voidbringers in The Way of Kings, she noted that talk of Dawnshards were prevalent in early mythologies. The Poem of Ista said: "Taking the Dawnshard, known to bind any creature voidish or mortal, he crawled up the steps crafted for Heralds, ten strides tall apiece, toward the grand temple above." As far as powers go, that's most of what we know about them.

Honor, in the vision at the end of book one, worried how mankind would survive the struggle against Odium without Dawnshards, which sort of suggests they were inaccessible. Then there's this quote from the Stormfather in Oathbringer:

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But in the days leading to the Recreance, Honor was dying. When that generation of knights learned the truth, Honor did not support them. He raved, speaking of the Dawnshards, ancient weapons used to destroy the Tranquiline Halls. Honor … promised that Surgebinders would do the same to Roshar.

In other words, we know so little about Dawnshards, but they are very important, and subject to intense speculation. There were theories like that a Dawnshard broke the Shattered Plains, and much more, some involving the Unmade. There was a Dawnshard in Aimia in the past, which was why it was protected so well. And in Shardcast, we sure joked a Dawnshard was in the undersea caverns of Aimia. Maybe we'll get to just see that. 

I'm hyped, let's go. 

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thejopen27

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But it's still the Rysn story about her journey to Aimia right?

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Intriguing is not the right word. This is epic on so many levels!! What mysteries shall we unfold? What ancient powers will be relearned? 

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Rysn isn't my favorite, but this made me crazy hyped to read the novella.

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Gilphon

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So. Brandon really knows how to toss grenades at the fanbase. That's a much more 'sit up and take notice' title than Wandersail, isn't it? 

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Chaos

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You all were so interested in Dawnshards and Aimia that you broke the Coppermind for a bit. I think it seems better but I'm monitoring this now :)

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Wax

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There was also a comment in WoK/WoR, that without a Dawnshard, it’s going to be impossible to win.

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i was wondering about the chronological order of the novella Dawnshard and Rhythm of War. So for reading order one would read dawnshard first correct? although we wont get that until a month after RoW release. If so, i wont be waiting lol.

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11 minutes ago, FinitePatience said:

i was wondering about the chronological order of the novella Dawnshard and Rhythm of War. So for reading order one would read dawnshard first correct? although we wont get that until a month after RoW release. If so, i wont be waiting lol.

It goes

 

the way of Kings

words of radiance

edgedancer

oathbringer

dawnshard

Rhythm of war

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That's unfortunate. Wish I could get dawnshard before rhythm of war. But it is what it is I'm not gonna complain lol

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Straw

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12 minutes ago, FinitePatience said:

That's unfortunate. Wish I could get dawnshard before rhythm of war. But it is what it is I'm not gonna complain lol

The Kickstarter seems to say that people will be able to get it before Rhythm of War:

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Brandon has not written this yet. His current plan is to have this novella available in ebook form by mid to late October. He will let everyone know if anything comes up that will change this plan.

The physical copy of this book will ship as soon as we can get it printed-- after it’s written, edited, copy-edited, laid-out by Isaac, and submitted to the bindery.

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Is that a stylized version of Chiri-Chiri on the cover? 

Chiri-Chiri is a Dawnshard! As I've always thought :) 

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Me: You know, maybe I should wait a few more days before backing the Kickstarter. . . 

Also me: Holy Stormfather, it's called Dawnshard?! That's it, guys, buckle up and get your freshly infused spheres ready. We're going to Aimia!

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The ebook should be available before RoW.

25 minutes ago, Child of Hodor said:

Is that a stylized version of Chiri-Chiri on the cover? 

Chiri-Chiri is a Dawnshard! As I've always thought :) 

Yes that is a picture of a Larkin.

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Chaos

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1 hour ago, FinitePatience said:

That's unfortunate. Wish I could get dawnshard before rhythm of war. But it is what it is I'm not gonna complain lol

Brandon intends it to be out before RoW:

 

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I’m kind of shocked that he’s getting into this now. As @Chaos made clear, Dawnshards has barely been touched upon. 

Since they were used as part of the trashing of Ashyn (Tranquiline Halls) and at least 9 of the 10 Heralds were born on Ashyn per Brandon, I resigned myself to Dawnshards not being explored much until the back 5 which Brandon said would focus on the Heralds much more.

Super pumped to find out what exactly the Sleepless have been hiding so fiercely (see Kaza’s interlude in OB)

 

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Chaos

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30 minutes ago, Child of Hodor said:

I’m kind of shocked that he’s getting into this now. As @Chaos made clear, Dawnshards has barely been touched upon. 

Since they were used as part of the trashing of Ashyn (Tranquiline Halls) and at least 9 of the 10 Heralds were born on Ashyn per Brandon, I resigned myself to Dawnshards not being explored much until the back 5 which Brandon said would focus on the Heralds much more.

Super pumped to find out what exactly the Sleepless have been hiding so fiercely (see Kaza’s interlude in OB)

Well, I sure wasn't expecting the Sleepless in Edgedancer given how cagey he was regarding the people who wrote the back of the books prior to that release. It's not out of character!

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3 minutes ago, Chaos said:

Well, I sure wasn't expecting the Sleepless in Edgedancer given how cagey he was regarding the people who wrote the back of the books prior to that release. It's not out of character!

That’s true!

Or Odium popping up in Oathbringer to have conversations with Dalinar, Venli and Taravangian (little man

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Blightsong

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The hype is immeasurable! So close to new Cosmere content, and juicy stuff at that.

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7 hours ago, Clarity-Art said:

Me: You know, maybe I should wait a few more days before backing the Kickstarter. . . 

Also me: Holy Stormfather, it's called Dawnshard?! That's it, guys, buckle up and get your freshly infused spheres ready. We're going to Aimia!

I'm thinking along these lines as well. Off to Aimia! We set sail *checks when Kickstarter ends* the 6th of August! 

... I don't even own the Stormlight Archive books yet. But I'm not waiting for the library on this one :P 

And so the book collecting begins.

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I am hoping right along with the rest of you!

But ...

My initial impression was that "Dawnshard" will just be the name of Rysn's ship (instead of Wandersail) - - like, the Thaylens named a ship after some legendary thing that they didn't really understand but that seemed cool.

However, even if that's true, it doesn't mean that the ship's name won't prove to be irony or foreshadowing! and that she really will encounter a Dawnshard on Aimia.

So glad I backed the Kickstarter! CanNOT wait!!:D

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Trizee

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Will it be available as an ebook independently from the Kickstarter, or can you only get it through the Kickstarter?

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ccstat

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@Trizee

What I gather from the comments on that Reddit thread is that it will be available independently, but not before the release of RoW. So if you don't mind waiting then you can safely do so, but if you want to be sure that you read it in order, then Kickstarter is the way to go.

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Neturo

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I'm so hyped

Everyone had clues of the plot of the Rysn Novella, and Wandersail was a good title.

But Dawnshards!

Brings anticipation to a different level and tells anyone who hasn't been paying attention what to expect.

Cant wait!!! right now i feel like i want to write this novella. 

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