I’ve made no secret that I’m a Brandon Sanderson fan. His writing reminds me why I fell in love with fantasy, but without the tropes and clichés that often plague the genre. (Plus, he’s local, and we share our alma mater, but that’s neither here nor there).
Fresh off the success of finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series with A Memory of Light, Sanderson and his publisher Tor have announced the title to the sequel to Sanderson’s The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive). Sanderson explained how he came to Words of Radiance for the second in the ten volume series, narrowly avoiding a more awkward title:
The Way of Kings was Kaladin’s book. He will have a lot to do in Book Two, of course, and you can expect some great sequences within his viewpoint. However, the flashback sequences in Book Two belong to Shallan. In my notes for the series, I had planned for Shallan’s book to be named after the tome she is given at the end of the first novel: The Book of Endless Pages. On Roshar, that is a book of knowledge that can never be completed—because people should always be learning, studying, and adding what they’ve learned to it.
I don’t always think out book titles with marketing in mind, and a title isn’t set until the book is finished. In this case, once I mentioned the prospective title to my editor, he grinned and said, “Uh, are you sure you want to name a very long, very thick fantasy book The Book of Endless Pages?”
Catch Sanderson’s full post on how he decided on Words of Radiance. Release is tentatively set for fall 2013.
- The Title for Brandon Sanderson’s Second Stormlight Archive Book Has Been Revealed (tor.com)
- Michael Whelan to Return as the Artist for Stormlight Archive Book 2, Words of Radiance (tor.com)
- Review | A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (attackofthebooks.com)
- Watch Brandon Sanderson Write the New Stormlight Book in Real Time (tor.com)