It’s been two years since The Way of Kings came out. A Memory of Light won’t be released until 2013. We got The Alloy of Law last November, but that was a quick read and left us wanting more. For those Sanderson fans impatiently awaiting his next book and for those who are looking for a less intimidating introduction to his works than his standard epic, we’ve got good news!
In 2012, two shorter books by Brandon Sanderson will be released: Legion and The Emperor’s Soul.
Legion, an 88-page science fiction novella published by Subterranean Press, is scheduled to be released in summer or fall of 2012 and is now available for pre-order (click the links underneath the cover) in either cloth bound trade hardcover or leather bound limited edition. You can also listen to a reading of Legion here.
Here’s the blurb:
Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith. Resonant, intelligent, and thoroughly absorbing, Legion is a provocative entertainment from a writer of great originality and seemingly limitless gifts.
The Emperor’s Soul is a bit longer novella, at 192 pages. Set in the same Cosmere as Sanderson’s epics and on Sel, the same planet as Elantris, it is available now for preorder (again, click the links underneath the cover) and will be released on November 1, 2012.
Here’s the blurb:
Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Though condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Despite the fact that her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead from the attack of assassins.
Delving deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that her forgery is as much artistry as it is deception.
Skillfully deducing the machinations of her captors, Shai needs a perfect plan to escape. The fate of the kingdom lies in one impossible task. Is it possible to create a forgery of a soul so convincing that it is better than the soul itself?
But that’s not enough, you might say. Still hungry for more Sanderson? He collaborated with Ethan Skarstedt to write a short story in Armored, a science-fiction anthology focusing on power armor. Armored is available now. There will also be a novella by Sanderson in the cross-genre Dangerous Women anthology edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, which does not yet have a release date.
From Sanderson in 2013 and beyond, we’ll be getting A Memory of Light, the final volume in the late Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series. And Sanderson’s own epic Stormlight Archive will be continuing as well, with books two and three planned for the next few years, followed by an Elantris sequel. We can one day expect Warbreaker and Mistborn sequels, too. Said Sanderson, “For Stormlight, I’m planning a pattern of two [books] every three years, with a different epic—a standalone, or one of the sequels mentioned above—in between.”
In addition to all these epics, a young adult gearpunk, The Rithmatist (formerly named Scribbler) is currently in the works from Tor, and while there’s no official announcement of its release, Sanderson’s assistant Peter Ahlstrom confirmed on Twitter that it will be in 2013. There’s also no official blurb yet, but Sanderson described it in an interview with Leigh Butler:
“It’s very whimsical; it’s about a boy who goes to magic school, which you’ve seen before, except that he doesn’t have any magical powers, and it’s not something you can learn in this world. He only gets in because his mother is a cleaning lady who works at the school, so he gets free tuition.
So he goes to get a world-class education, but he doesn’t go to the magic classes, just all the other classes. It’s like a private school that also happens to train wizards. I don’t want to get too much into it, but the magic is chalkboard-based; you draw these very elaborate designs that do certain things, and you kind of duel with it. It’s kind of like playing magical chalkboard Starcraft, in a gearpunk world, told through the eyes of the unmagical son of the cleaning lady.”
For more information on Sanderson’s projects, see Another Long and Rambling Post on Future Books from his blog.
Update: Superhero YA Steelheart has been announced! See our article for more information.
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