Brandon Sanderson has completed
the first draft of Oathbringer
, the third novel in The Stormlight Archive
sequence, following on from The Way of Kings
(2010) and Words of Radiance
The novel will require extensive rewrites and editing before publication, which is currently scheduled for November 2017. The novel currently clocks in at 461,223 words, which is actually too large to be published in one volume. Sanderson anticipates the word count to come down in the edits, so the novel is reduced to something more easily publishable.
If the current word count stood, it would make Oathbringer
one of the longest fantasy novels ever written, behind To Green Angel Tower
by Tad Williams (520,000 words), Ash: A Secret History
by Mary Gentle (493,000) and The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien (473,000) but ahead of A Storm of Swords
by George R.R. Martin (424,000) and Sanderson's own Words of Radiance
(just over 400,000).Oathbringer
is the third of ten planned novels in The Stormlight Archive
sequence. Sanderson's original plan was to release the books at 18-month intervals, but the actual release dates are working out at between three and four years per book. If Sanderson is able to release each future book at precisely three-year intervals, that means that the series will not completed until 2038, or twenty-two years from now. However, it would be considerably longer than this since Sanderson plans to take a long break between Books 5 and 6 to write the Mistborn II
trilogy, pushing the completion of the Stormlight
series comfortably back into the 2040s.
It'll be interesting to see if Sanderson (who turns 41 next week) starts making the books shorter or reduces his other projects to get Stormlight
done faster, or if he accepts that this is just how long the books are going to take.
The writing time of the Stormlight
books may also become problematic if DMG Entertainment's planned film adaptation
of Sanderson's Cosmere
mega-series (which Stormlight
is just one part of) is a big success and they want to start cranking the films out faster. But we'll see how that goes.