Some more exciting news this week: first, Sunreach is out! Also, the next revision of Wax and Wayne 4 is finished, Skyward 4 has been started, and Mistborn playing cards are up for preorder! Additionally, all orders have been shipped for the tenth anniversary Kickstarter for The Way of Kings. (Summary's a bit late, due to school stuff, but this turned out to be fortuitous, as Brandon's newsletter today contained some announcements of its own to put in.)
You heard that, Sunreach, the first of the Skyward Flight novellas written by Brandon and his friend and former student Janci Patterson, is officially out in both eBook and audiobook formats! It takes place around the end of Starsight and start of Cytonic, from the viewpoint of FM. You can find links to order it on Penguin Random House's website, alongside the rest of the series.
In case you missed the previous announcements, ReDawn (the second novella, which follows Alanik) will release October 26th, Cytonic (the third full novel, which of course follows Spensa) will release November 23rd, and Evershore (the third novella, which follows Jorgen) will release December 28th.
The update also clarified a point of minor confusion: the recommended reading order is release order, and even if you wait on the series for the print collection of all three novellas to release next year, it is suggested to start with Sunreach and ReDawn, and then break to read Cytonic before continuing on to Evershore.
Publisher's blurb for Sunreach:
When a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion, Spensa, figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won’t be so easy next time.
The forces of the Galactic Superiority will be back—and if the Defiant Defense Force can’t figure out a way to escape the planet, humanity’s destruction is only a matter of time. Spensa’s mission to infiltrate the Superiority unveiled the secret to their hyperdrives—a cytonic slug species called the Taynix. Now FM’s flightleader, Jorgen, has found a large group of Taynix hiding in the caverns far below Detritus’s surface.
FM and Jorgen must work together with the engineer Rig to awaken the mysterious alien Alanik and unlock the powers of the Taynix, or humanity will be trapped. With Spensa’s friend Minister Cuna of the Superiority stranded at the outpost of Sunreach, they need to figure out how to rescue her—or the Superiority government will be in the sole clutches of those who want to wipe out Detritus once and for all.
That's not all, though–the Cytoverse train continues full speed ahead as Brandon has started outlining Skyward 4 (which he hopes to title Defiant). The goal is for the first draft of Defiant to be finished by the end of the year, and for the final book to release spring 2023.
But wait, wasn't he working on something else already? Well, turns out the second draft of The Lost Metal is now complete! From here, the book will be sent to Brandon's editors and to the beta readers, and he will return to revise it with their feedback in the spring. The book is planned to have a fall 2022 release date.
While we'll have to wait for a while yet for that book, we do have new Mistborn products in the form of the Mistborn playing cards by Kings Wild Project. A full article about those will be forthcoming [edit: it's up!], so for now I'll leave it at a link to their site, where you can preorder a set.
As one preorder opens, another finally comes to an end: shipping for the The Way of Kings 10th anniversary Kickstarter campaign is now complete. While some packages are still in transit, most people should have received theirs, so Dragonsteel Books recommends that if you haven't, you should check your email (including spam or junk folders) to see if they contacted you about any problems shipping, and to reach out to your postal service.
Let us know what you think of the novella in the Sunreach Spoiler Forum or the #sunreach-spoilers channel on our Discord server, and be sure to drop a rating and review on whatever platform you used to purchase it!
The latest Weekly Update video (featuring special guest Janci) can of course be found on Brandon's YouTube channel, and a transcription will be able to be found on his blog in the coming days. You can also sign up for his newsletter via the form on his website, and the newsletter for Mainframe (Brandon's audiobook company, co-founded with his friend Max Epstein) via its MailChimp page.
(You may have noticed this week's title is a bit different—originally this series started as just me summarizing the videos in a quick article format. However, I've more and more been adding other things, whether it's news Brandon didn't get to in his update or convenience improvements such as putting the book blurbs right here in the article body, and so I figured the title should reflect this.)
Edited by LewsTherinTelescope