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Brandon Sanderson Books (Non-Stormlight)

Discussion in 'Books & Comics' started by Use the Falchion, Mar 8, 2021.

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    Update time! Sunreach is out, and it's time to talk about it.

    First up is the Progress Bar. Evershore's final draft is now at 100%, meaning the book is finished. It will be recording next, and that should only take a day or two at most.
    Skyward 4 Pre-Writing is at 20%. I'm pretty sure it'll be finished by the end of the week and we'll see a major update in next week's update video alongside an official Reddit update, but we'll have to wait and see.

    Next up is the Newsletter. There isn't a lot that's new mentioned in the newsletter, but there are apparently some new cool Mistborn playing cards and a reminder for other things. Mainframe - Brandon's audiobook publishing company that he co-founded - is apparently getting their own newsletter soon enough. The link provided doesn't work though, so I'll wait to link that until the link itself works.

    Onto the Weekly Update. No new information here, but Brandon and Janci come on and talk a little about the inception of the novellas, and the best order to read them in:
    Skyward
    Starsight

    Sunreach
    ReDawn
    Cytonic
    Evershore

    And as one who has read the first three on that list, that is indeed the correct order so far.

    Brandon and Janci also talk a bit about how the novellas were structured this way, with Evershore being built to be read after Cytonic. This goes a little against what Brandon said a few months ago, but it's also not surprising either - when plans don't work out, you can either change them or have them fail. Sanderson and Co. went with the latter.



    Speaking of the novellas, my spoiler-free review for Sunreach is as follows:
    It was a good read, and did well to compact the story it told in as small a format as it did. Although it's different from the first two books so far in a lot of ways.

    Sunreach has a larger focus on a romance subplot that was brought up in Skyward (one directly, one indirectly and almost so subtle that I didn't catch it on my first readthrough) and then quickly forgotten by the time Starsight rolled around. It makes the novella feel "cute" in a way that the books are. It also makes the novella feel more YA, for better or for worse.

    Next up is the plot. This feels more like a continuation of plot threads in Starsight than it does expanding the universe. It feels like watching Black Panther or Spider-Man: Homecoming after watching Captain America: Civil War - you know these characters, their main gist, and some of their relationships; now go explore it in-depth. Meanwhile I was expecting it to be more like Doctor Strange or Shang-Chi or even Black Widow, where we explore a different part of the world in-depth. THAT BEING SAID, Sunreach told the story it needed to tell, and I'm happy it did. ReDawn is offering a bit more in terms of worldbuilding, and I'm really liking Janci's influence on the Cytoverse, so I'm very excited.

    Overall, this is a vital read for fans of Starsight who wanted more Skyward Flight, and just for fans of the series who were upset with how Starsight ended.

    Other than that, we have the latest episode of Writing Excuses (in which Brandon and Dan say what I would consider a swear), and that's it! I'll probably see y'all next week for the Skyward 4 update. Other than that, Journey Before Destination!

     
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    I hope you all had a Happy Halloween! November is here - where did the time go? Anyways, let’s get into the Sanderson update!

    First off, let’s talk about Skyward stuff. ReDawn’s cover was released at the end of September/beginning of October, and it’s pretty stinking nice. This last Tuesday the novella itself released, so let’s get into the review for that:

    I liked Sunreach, I LOVED ReDawn. I does everything you'd expect from a Sanderson novella with a manipulative and compact twist, making for a fun adventure that leaves me more excited for Evershore than even Cytonic itself! Because of that, it's quite shocking to me that ReDawn is less liked by 17th Sharders and even those on Reddit than Sunreach. I can partially see why - ReDawn follows up on plots laid out in Starsight rather than giving us more of Skyward flight, which Sunreach does. Sunreach also was the relief after a two year wait, so there's that factor as well. Regardless, I think ReDawn not only lived up to its name better than Sunreach did, but it progressed the plot and the world in a far more interesting ways than Sunreach did (even if Sunreach's ramifications are larger). Still, both are great reads for fans of Spensa and Skyward Flight.


    Speaking of Skyward, earlier this month we had a stream with Skyward novella co-writer Janci Patterson. Check it out if you have time! If not, the most interesting tidbits to me were:

    Alcatraz 6 is shorter than Sunreach - it has fewer than 50k words. ...which also ironically means that the “novella” is the length of a short novel, and the novel is technically a novella.
    Alcatraz 6 has also been moved to Fall 2022. I doubt this will interfere with Mistborn 7’s release date, but it’s a surprising change to say the least.
    The Purelake was originally called the Everlake.
    Now we have the novella Evershore.
    Brandon considers his co-author slate full for the moment. I have no idea if this is just books and novellas, or if it affects other things, like the Dark One graphic novel and show stuff. This also may be why Brandon’s co-written book Songs of the Dead with Peter Orullian has been sidelined. The list officially consists of Steven Bohls, Dan Wells, and Janci Patterson. Brandon wants to collaborate on Cosmere stuff eventually
    (Isaac is welcome to write in the Cosmere any time he wishes, according to Brandon.)
    Brian McClellan is Brandon’s “heir” to finish Stormlight 5, if Brandon is “hit by a train.” Brian has yet to be told this officially.
    Janci also has permission to name a slug Hoid. (This makes sense in context.)





    In the Skyward subreddit, Janci also alluded to more potential novellas before Skyward 4’s release. Well, her hint was more of a “I can’t talk about this, but given that there’s something I can’t talk about, you all can infer from there,” sort of hint, but I think there’s a very high chance we’ll see more novellas. Janci and Brandon seem to vibe creatively, the novellas are doing incredibly well in terms of reviews (and probably sales), and revising these may give Brandon a slight breather during Stormlight writing season. If these do release in the months leading up to Skyward 4 (and if Stormlight 5 and the Horneater novella are published on time), then 2023 will be an absolutely jam-packed year for Brandon.*




    This past Saturday was the second signing of the month, as mentioned before. It was all about opening fan mail with Brandon’s wife (or rather, as his “sugar momma” as he affectionately called her in the previous stream) present, and it was a fun way to spend the Saturday. Granted, I wasn’t able to catch it all live, since I had some family stuff (all good things) to attend, but I did watch it later that night. There were a few interesting tidbits also, although nothing that could be construed as a hint for the future (outside of some weird implications about Denth’s feelings for Vivenna).





    The fourth Skyward book (still tentatively titled Defiant) has officially started its first draft! (I was so worried that it wouldn’t! Y’all don’t know how many revisions I went through for this sentence to be true.) We don’t have an official update post just yet (assuming we get one at all), but one will probably drop soon.We do, however, have a “SandoWriMo” announcement in this week’s update.




    So yes, Brandon delayed starting Skyward 4 in order to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. He finished Wax & Wayne 4’s second draft back at the end of September, and then spent a month editing something else. Then he was sort of evasive about what he was working on for the past two weeks. In the Halloween Q&A, Sanderson more or less stated that he dallied until November in order to participate. I’m VERY torn on this choice. Waiting two weeks may not seem like a lot of time, but that’s several writing days Brandon could have used to lengthen the book by another 10-20k at minimum. Unless Brandon used those few weeks to complete more than just one revision for one project (which he may have done**), I’m not happy with this choice. Still, it’ll be cool to see Sanderson participate in NaNoWriMo (I refuse to call it SandoWriMo). However, based on some of Brandon’s comments, we can surmise that Skyward 4 will be roughly 100k words, so every thousand words will be a percentage. Using that information, we can plot out Brandon’s progress via the updates he’ll give in the r/Sanderson subreddit. It won’t be 100% accurate, but it’ll be a good start. As it stands, Brandon wrote about 3300 words on his first day and is aiming for about 3030 every day. So by early tomorrow/late tonight (he writes at weird times) Brandon will be about 6% through the first draft. Catch the updates on the aforementioned subreddit.


    Speaking of that project Brandon was editing, what is it? I - along with several others - believe it’s Dark One related, based on clues Brandon has dropped throughout the year...along with some hard evidence from the co-author Dan Wells himself. Both me and another 17th Shard member (well, a 17th Shard Moderator) put the pieces together independently, but I will say that LewsTherinTelescope’s article is far more concrete in its evidence than mine.



    https://www.17thshard.com/news/brandon-news/weekly-update-2021-10-04/


    As for release schedule time for the Dark One project, I’d put it anywhere from 4-9 months from now. That’s a lot of wiggle-room, but the Mainframe projects have really varied in their releases - The Original took about nine months (it had a few delays), whereas Evershore is taking roughly 4-5 at most. Lux and Sunreach each had a shorter wait-time than the one before it, but that might have to do more with the desire/necessity to get the story out than anything else. Dark One isn’t in a rush, so we’ll see when it comes out.


    This month will be the Dragonsteel Mini-Con and release of Cytonic (and The Wheel of Time...and the live action Cowboy Bebop...and then Hawkeye…), so we’ll have A LOT to talk about.


    Brandon’s also done some nice video reviews like a “real” YouTuber, so check those out!








    After that, we have the Intentionally Blank podcast episodes.












    My current favorite of this bunch is Episode 18 - In which Brandon and Dan come up with a cool limited series idea with a very fun potential board-game tie-in.

    If this was turned into a five/six episode audio-drama, I can see Mainframe releasing one episode every other month for a year. The other months could be filled in with something like Adamant...OR, Brandon and Dan could have this one year (with the announcement of a board game at the end of the year) and then have Adamant the next year, and then a different project the year after that. The months where there is no project is where we can get other Mainframe or general Sanderson releases.


    And lastly in tangentially Brandon news, we have two new trailers for the new Wheel of Time show. Brandon is a producer on the show and has even read the scripts for Season 2 episodes, which he is under a very strict NDA for. Enjoy the trailers if you haven’t seen them already! The second one came out the day after ReDawn released. (Last week was a very good week!)





    On my end, I’ll just do a little schedule update. We’re a little off-schedule, as ReDawn’s review was supposed to be up last week, and I had expected Skyward 4’s Draft 1 Update to arrive weeks ago. So instead of running to play catch-up or worry about schedule slippage, I’m going to combine December’s posts into one. Any Skyward 4 updates will be posted alongside my State of the Sanderson breakdown and my review of Evershore. Honestly I’ll probably post my big game/comics/books/manga/movie/music breakdown of the year that day too.


    Anyways, that’s it for now! I’ll see you all at the end of the month when it’s time to review Cytonic and talk about Dragonsteel Mini-Con! (Unless something awesome is announced beforehand, of course.)


    *If the two are indeed working on more novellas, and Brandon is able to write everything in time, then the 2023 schedule will looks something like:

    Skyward novella(s)
    Skyward 4
    Words of Radiance Kickstarter
    Lux Physical copy release
    Kickstarter Sanderson Curiosity (either Dragonsteel or Aether of Night)
    Horneater novella
    Stormlight 5


    And that’s not even counting other potential things whose schedules would fit that time frame, such as Dark One Volume 2 (or the potential show in the works), or a sequel to Lux being released. And those aren’t counting other surprises Sanderson could pull out of his hat.

    If any or all of that ends up happening, well, let’s just say I had planned on buying a PS5 in 2023 as well...


    **Brandon did have a Stephen Leeds/Legion novella that was apparently turned in. I hope he worked on this, or the Songs of the Dead book, or even the ending for The Apocalypse Guard during that time. We’ll probably find out during the State of the Sanderson.
     
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    I'm back, and ready to procrastinate on stuff due tomorrow! ...I mean, post an update!

    November came and went in a flash, and December is really rolling along. So, what's new with Brandon? Very much, and yet, not a lot at all.

    First up, Brandon had a book released! Cytonic came out Tuesday, and I was able to read it between panels at the Mini-Con.

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    I finished about 97% of it by the time I went back to my hotel, and only had to stay up an extra ten minutes to finish the book.
    What did I think of it? Well, Cytonic is interesting. It's very much a side-adventure to the main quest, but it also matures Spensa into the young woman that she started to become way back in the first book. This book is very introspective, and very trippy with time; it also doesn't have a lot of tension, but that's one of the points - for the first time in her life, Spensa feels like she can be who she wants to be, rather than trying to prove something to someone or have her threatened. It's comforting for our protagonist - but comfort is the enemy of progress. Overall, this book is good if you like how Brandon has viewed the Cytoverse, but sort of fails if you don't like his direction for the series. The novellas really help both cases, and I still recommend the series, even if the series hasn't quite captured the magic of the first book.



    The second major piece of news is Dragonsteel Mini-Con. Overall the event was really amazing and super fun! I got to do nearly everything I wanted to do there, talk to some cool fans, and even ask some of the questions I've been trying to ask FOR MONTHS to Brandon and his team. So, what were those questions, and what did they lead to?

    The first question of note was asked to Lux coauthor Steven Michael Bohls, and it was about sequel locations. The gist of it is, while Brandon and Steven have plans for a trilogy (well, mostly Brandon), they needed some paperwork to come in first. By now the paperwork should be complete, and they can start to work on the second book for a late 2022 release, if all goes according to schedule. Bohls wants the book to take place in New Orleans, in the Bayou/Deep Swamp area, and plans for it to be closer to 100k than the 150k book that Lux was. I'll give an ideal schedule of releasing stuff at the end of the update.

    Next, I was able to ask Brandon about Soulburner, that ever-mysterious project of his. I asked Brandon if Soulburner and Starburner were the same project, and if could give an update. Brandon confirmed that they are indeed the same project, progress is going well, but he can't talk about it. To me, this screams videogame. If Brandon was in charge of the project, he could state what it was, even if he wanted to keep the details a secret. If it was a movie, he could give us a general idea and then warn us that nothing may come out of it, like he has in the past. But a videogame? That is something he could contribute to and still be bound by larger NDAs.

    He said this on Monday. On Tuesday, Brandon confirmed he was working on a videogame, something he mentioned in an interview last year and in a post during SandoWriMo right before the Mini-Con (more on that later). As such, I think this Soulburner project IS a videogame. Now, is it Forspoken, as theorized earlier this year? I think that's still a possiblity, but a smaller one than before. Other people who have worked on Forspoken have had the chance to speak about it, or at least be recognized for their work, but Brandon has neither spoken about this, nor has he been recognized for his work on the game if he has indeed worked on the game. So yeah, a less likely chance than before. There are other details as well, but the point is that Soulburner is alive and kicking.

    Also on Tuesday, Janci Patterson unofficially and then later officially confirmed more Skyward novellas. I'm not sure about the details, since I wasn't at this particular panel, but I believe they're taking place post-Book 4, now officially called Defiant, and will cover other characters than Spensa. Kimmalyn aka Quirk is a highly likely character, given her popularity (something Janci didn't know about before writing that she does now), and will most likely be interested in girls (a hint towards this may have been given in ReDawn, but it's not official until it's confirmed).

    I was able to ask Isaac Stewart about the Dark One graphic novel too. Quoting Isaac "it is going well and it's gonna be cool." No word on when we'll see it, but I have a feeling it'll be in 2023. The White Sand Omnibus is also looking to come out sometime in 2022, so it looks like we'll be seeing one graphic novel a year for a little bit.

    Dan Wells also confirmed that he is currently working on the noveilzation of Dark One at the moment (and it's why we haven't seen any more of his Zero-G novellas for the time being). It's not really following the outline, so don't expect it to be like the graphic novel. Dan had about 30k words written at the time and was aiming for a 100-120k story by the end, so we'll see what happens when he gets to the end.


    Brandon and Janci (and other authors) also did a few readings. Brandon read the first two chapters of Mistborn 7 aka Wax & Wayne 4 aka The Lost Metal. He read the first two chapters, and they were both cute and hilarious, and I cannot wait for this book next year.
    Janci then read the prologue and first chapter of Evershore, the Skyward novella coming out later this month. The first chapter was later released during Sanderson's newsletter, but it was still awesome to hear Janci read it. Speaking of Evershore, we have a cover! And even better, we have a BETTER picture for Jorgen for the Skyward Flight novella collection coming out April 5 next year!

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    Brandon's SandoWriMo was also a surprising (to me) success. There were several members of Brandon's team and cohorts that participated and shared updates, as well as various other aspiring authors. It was a joy to see, even if I couldn't participate myself. Brandon gave us some good information during these updates every now and then too. The motherload of information was given during the 11/19 update, where Brandon talked about all the things he did that day. Read it below.



    So, we've got a Mistborn movie, a SECOND thing being worked on by a screenwriter, AND A VIDEO GAME. That, my friends, is a LOT to information, even in passing. The Mistborn movie information isn't new - Brandon's been trying to get this work for years, and even had a treatment progress bar on his website last year. He has since taken it down, however. Last year Brandon was also very open about talking about several of the changes. Find some of them, along with some fun discussion, at the link below. However, Brandon's recent openness about the project leads me to believe we'll be hearing an announcement sooner rather than later.
    https://www.17thshard.com/forum/topic/90551-mistborn-screenplay-news-information/

    The second adaptation is both surprising and not. Dark One is a likely property, since Brandon was working on that with J Michael Straczynski. Soulburner is another option, but I think that's more in-line with the videogame talks. Still again, this is reconfirming that a video game with Brandon's name attached is in the works, even if we don't see it for a while.


    Brandon's final SandoWriMo update gave us a little information, but not too much. Basically, Brandon's planning for Defiant to be about 100k words long, so the same length as Cytonic. This is something we more or less figured out from Brandon's earliest SandoWriMo statements. I'm still not a fan of this series getting shorter and shorter in its word count, but the novellas more than make up for it, considering that they're all 60-70k in length. I also suspect that Brandon is doing this in order to practice compacting information, so future Stormlight books aren't 500k-600k words long and don't take more than 9-12 months to write. (I mean, we're fine with them being that long, but it does mean longer wait-times between books.)
    What was even more interesting was Brandon's schedule and monthly word goals for next year. Brandon wants to achieve 32k words a day while doing revisions of Defiant and The Lost Metal. Add in the other Skyward novellas, Lux sequels, Dark One novilzation and audionovella, and Brandon's got a lot of work on his plate. And the toughest part? Those 32k words won't get Brandon to the 400k he's aiming for. 32 x 12 = 384. That's close, but it's not there yet. If Brandon can squeeze in an extra thousand words per month, however, he'll be a lot closer. If he can make it 34k per month, then he'll be slightly over. Or he can just add those extra few thousand words in during the revision process. Still, whatever happens, I have faith Brandon can manage his time well enough to get what needs to be done, done.




    Lastly, we have The Wheel of Time. Head over to the thread in the Television section to discuss the show with us!
    https://thecantina.starwarsnewsnet.com/index.php?threads/wheel-of-time-tv-show-is-at-amazon.55007/


    While Brandon is working on Stormlight 5, what will 2022 look like for us? The State of the Sanderson in just about two weeks should give us the most accurate view, but if I had to guess:

    Skyward Flight Novella Collection - March 5, 2022 (confirmed)
    Dark One: Forgotten (Dan's edit is in, unconfirmed publishing date)
    Legion: Death & Faxes (writer's edit is in, unconfirmed publishing date)
    White Sand Omnibus (finished, waiting on publisher)
    Alcatraz 6 (finished, tentative date of September 11 or 13, 2022)
    Lux sequel (currently planned, tentative ideal of Late 2022)
    The Lost Metal (Draft 1 finished, planned November 2022)

    Everything else, like the extra Skyward novellas, Dark One novelization and Dark One Vol 2, Lux 3, Defiant, and possibly the Mistborn movie (and video game Brandon is working on) are either planned for 2023 or shouldn't be expected before then. But as I said above, we'll have to wait until the State of the Sanderson for the clearest update.


    Overall, Brandon's schedule for next year is looking very tight, but also very exciting. For us. For Brandon, it's the beginning of Stormlight Season, and there won't be light at the end of the tunnel until mid-2023 for writing, and late 2023 after the release. Still, the journey is worth the destination, and I'm sure the sheer masses at Dragonsteel Mini-Con next year and in 2023 will make it worth it. (And the paychecks too.)








     
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    The end of the year is here, and what a year it was to be a Sanderson fan. We had multiple interviews, a new podcast, several new novellas and a new book, and the first Dragonsteel Mini-Con of hopefully many. But the year wasn't done after Cytonic's release. We still had two big things come out, and they're here now, so let's talk about them.

    We'll do the latest released first - this Tuesday, Evershore, the last of the first bunch of the Skyward Flight novellas released.

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    And how was it? Pretty darn good! Each of the novellas has done something a little different and has improved in really cool ways, culminating the character study that is Evershore. Here, Jorgen must face his personal and cultural past in order to find a way forward for himself and his people. There's some fun prose, cool battles, and wicked abilities that make for a quick and fun read. I'm currently giving this an 8.7-8.9/10, but that may change. If you're a fan of the Skyward series, I highly recommend checking this and the other novellas out. But for those who like hardcover books, fear not! The Skyward Flight novella collection is coming out April 5, 2022. But more on that later.

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    The second thing Brandon released this month was his annual State of the Sanderson, where he breaks down what he worked on this year and gives us glimpses into what the next year will bring. Each year this update has gotten longer and longer, and we're always thankful for it. This year's State of the Sanderson gave us some pretty juicy clues too!

    https://www.brandonsanderson.com/state-of-the-sanderson-2021/

    Since we're on the topic of Skyward, we'll talk about that first. Brandon mentions two major aspects for Skyward going forward. The first is that there will be more novellas and that Darci Cole will help write them! Darci is a beta reader for Brandon and a writer in her own right, so it'll be interesting to see what she'll bring to the series. They're going to release these novellas post-Book 4 and are actively working on how the series will look post-Defiant. That also may mean more Skyward books after the fourth one. There is some phrasing that Brandon uses in the State of the Sanderson that have led people to believe that there will be more Skyward/Cytoverse books down the line...and I'm inclined to believe them. I wouldn't look for a release date until around 2025 or so, since Janci and Darci will have next year to plan out and write the next set of novellas for a 2023 and beyond release schedule, meaning that any series beyond that will have to wait a little bit.
    As for what that series may be over...there are some thoughts, but my desire would be to show what a different human colony might look like.


    Next up we have Mistborn. Mistborn 7 aka Wax & Wayne 4 aka The Lost Metal has just about finished its beta read, and it's time for Brandon to start Draft 3.0 in the new year! Brandon mentions in the State of the Sanderson that this final book is about 50% longer than the previous W&W books. Going with previous updates, he means that this book is about 50% longer than the first book of the Wax & Wayne series, not the latest. It'll be about 150k words long, making it a nice, meaty book to read on the way back from Dragonsteel Mini-Con next year, Lord willing. (I don't plan on reading the entire book in one day, mostly during the off-hours of the convention like last year.)

    After that, we have Stormlight news! Stormlight Season will hopefully start on January 1 (aka tomorrow) when Brandon wakes up and starts his workday. It may be a day or two later, depending on whether or not Brandon has finished writing Defiant's first draft by tonight, but we'll just have to wait and see. Regardless, Brandon plans on spending January pre-writing the book and starting the actual prose on February 1, so he has time. No hints about a title just yet, but the Rock novella is still planned for 2023. Brandon also warned us about Stormlight 5 being moved to 2024 if it needs time and work, so just be prepared for that as well.

    Next up we have Alcatraz news. Alcatraz 6 is coming out this year! As mentioned previously, Alcatraz is getting a rerelease for the new year, with each book getting new covers leading up until the release of the new book this summer! Alcatraz 6 has been in a sort of limbo for a while now, but it's great to see that it's finally going to be released. Also, fun fact, the Skyward novellas are actually longer than the sixth Alcatraz book, according to co-author Janci Patterson.

    After that, we have the White Sand Omnibus releasing this year! Woot Woot! There's no release date yet, but I'll be sure to inform y'all when there is one.

    Lux was also mentioned, but with no planned sequel mentioned here. I still think it will happen, but if it does, it definitely won't be released until 2023.

    Lastly, we have Mainframe news. The Original, an audio-exclusive novella cowritten by Brandon and one of his podcast collaborator and longtime friends Mary Robinette Kowal, is getting an eBook release in January! I'm a fan of the audio version weirdly enough, so I may wait on picking this up. But for those who disdain audiobooks like I usually do, then rejoice!
    After that, a new Steven Leeds/Legion story will be released in the spring, titled Legion: Death & Faxes. The State of the Sanderson post doesn't actually tell us who wrote or cowrote this, but it has Brandon's seal of approval on it. And even later in the year, Dark One: Forgotten will be released. The part of the post that mentions this is written by Mainframe co-owner Max Epstein, and he notes that the story is planned be six episodes long with a full cast and audio effects, all things I'm a BIG fan of, and sometimes dislike when they're missing from audiobooks (of the very few I've listened to). Max also mentions that the Dark One novelization will probably be released in 2023. (As I predicted!)

    And that's all the major information! In terms of book anyways. We do have three more interesting tidbits. The first and most exciting is that Brandon is working on a Mistborn movie AND a Stormlight television adaptation. Neither of these will occur for a while, but Brandon is confident in the Mistborn movie for the first time in years. So, who knows? We may see a Mistborn movie announcement by this time next year! The Stormlight adaptation will take a little while longer still, but there is hope. (And Rebellions run on hope.)
    The second interesting thing is that Brandon has officially announced he's working on a game! It's not anything that's been announced yet (so no Forespoken) and it's not based on a property of his (so no Stormlight or Mistborn games), but the guessing can commence! Sanderson also mentioned that it may be announced this year, so keep your eyes peeled! (Although an announcement thihs year may mean we still have a year or two until release.)
    Lastly is something a lot less exciting but does hold some potential - Brandon's schedule. Next year Brandon is trying out something new with his writing schedule. As you may or may not know, Brandon writes in two sessions, one in the afternoon and one at night. This year, Sanderson will try to write Stormlight prose in the afternoon and do revisions for his other projects that night in the second session. If this works, Brandon may be able to revise more projects, which may mean more collaborations. But we'll have to see if this works.

    And that's really it for the State of the Sanderson this year! Our release schedule will look something like:

    January - The Original (eBook)
    February - Dawnshard physical release (NOT CONFIRMED)
    March - N/A
    April - Skyward Flight Collection
    May - Alcatraz 1 Paperback rerelease
    June - Legion: Death & Faxes, Alcatraz 2 Paperback rerelease
    July - Lux (Reckoners) eBook, Alcatraz 3 Paperback rerelease
    August - Alcatraz 4 Paperback Rerelease
    September - Alcatraz 5 Paperback Rerelease, Alcatraz 6 Hardback, eBook, Aduiobook release
    October - Dark One: Forgotten Audionovella release
    November - The Lost Metal release


    2023 is a lot more nebulous, but we have we will probably have:
    Defiant
    Skyward novellas (maybe)
    Dark One novelization
    Dark One Volume 2
    Lux 2
    Dragonsteel Prime (for the Words of Radiance 10-year anniversary leatherbound Kickstarter)
    Stormlight 5 (Lord willing)
    Rock novella

    Sure, that doesn't seem as filled as this upcoming year, but remember that a lot of 2022 is rereleases, and we're still getting a LOT of things over the next two years combined. At the end of the day, we have a LOT to look forward to, so let's look forward to it! See you all in the new year!






     
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    Happy Thursday!

    There were no new updates on Monday, since Brandon apparently took it easy over the holidays. However, we did get two exciting pieces of information yesterday that create a bit of fan fun. The first is the knowledge that Brandon started Stormlight 5 over the break! See the Stormlight Archive page for that update. The second piece of information is that since Defiant wasn't finished over the holidays, Brandon decided to finish it. In one night. And he did.





    The other updates were fun to read about as well, including one he claims might be the "most pivotal in the entire series," as well as other fun details, like how the climax will be more like a Stormlight climax with multiple POVs.






    The next piece of news is the frontrunner choice in the Stormlight 5 title - Knights of Woeful Truth. See the Stormlight thread for more details about the book and opinions there, but it gets into the larger shift coming. The Skyward Season is over, and the Stormlight Season is here. That means that the other thread will be receiving just as much, if not more attention than this one for the time being. I'll still be posting things related to non-Stormlight stuff here, such as the audio novellas, Alcatraz' rerelease (if I get around to them), and The Lost Metal, but my posts here may be more infrequent as things get going, since many of the updates will be about Stormlight. But all that means for y'all is that you have to read BOTH threads to get the full picture! Muwahaha!

    Anyways, that's it for now!




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    Happy Wednesday! It's a light week in terms of Sanderson news, but we do have a few interesting things. The first is this week's update - Brandon "officially" starts Stormlight 5! He'll also be revising Mistborn 7 at the same time, and we're all anxious to see how Brandon's new work strategy works (heh) in actuality.



    Next up, we have some of the recorded panels from Dragonsteel Mini-Con! Last week Brandon's release party presentation was dropped, and this week we got his Non-Spoiler Q&A (which happened after the presentation IIRC) as well as a reading from a previously mentioned but not well-known project known as Kingmaker. This book is/was planned to be a YA book set within the Cosmere, on the planet where the novella Sixth of the Dusk takes place. Brandon mentioned this quickly in the 2019 State of the Sanderson (where it went untitled) and 2020 State of the Sanderson (where it briefly got a line). Either way, don't expect anything from this book outside of what was read for quite some time.




    Other than that, we have our weekly Intentionally Blank episode, also from Dragonsteel Mini-Con. Warning, while I know there's some Q&A stuff in the episode, I haven't actually watched/listened to it yet (I'll do so later today). So please be wary of spoilers!

     
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