On Thursday for TorCon, Christopher Paolini had a lovely chat with Brandon Sanderson about writing and their new books. If you're interested in watching it, do so soon as it will just be available this weekend. They had such nice synergy, so I'd recommend it! But, we wanted to give you a quick recap of some news from the event.
First up, news on Alcatraz 6: the writing on it is all finished! Now it's just being illustrated, which is what they are waiting on right now. No release date currently, but since Brandon was having issues getting Bastille's voice right and his friend and colleague Janci Patterson took a pass on it, Brandon was happy with the result. So maybe we'll get this soon!
There wasn't much else on Brandon news. He said Rhythm of War's fourth draft was finished, and the final draft needs to be done July 1st, and he's quite sick of the book. He said the book was currently 474,000 words long, but remember, he always goes through and tightens the prose and reduces the word count by 10%. That's what he does on the fifth and final draft.
Brandon said he might some day have a story where Hoid tells about his past, kind of in a reminscing storyteller sort of way, like the Hobbit. That story might not happen, though. It didn't seem to me that he was thinking this was how he'd write Dragonsteel (which, remember, will be written after Stormlight is completed), but rather a separate thing. Lastly, he did reiterate that Stormlight is really two five book arcs, and that there is a time jump between books five and six with some character continuity. Brandon's discussed this before but I thought it'd be valuable to reiterate!
As for Paolini's stuff, Brandon seemed to like his new book, To Sleep In a Sea of Stars, which is coming out this year. That might be cool. Paolini announced that the audiobook narrator will be Jennifer Hale, who you may know as the voice of the female Commander Shepard from Mass Effect. Cool!