Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive 4 Title Officially Revealed!

Well, this is something that is both pleasing, yet not altogether unexpected. For several months now, fantasy author Brandon Sanderson updated on his progress on Stormlight Archive Book 4. This is a fantasy series that is set to span two five-book arcs, with each book clocking in at well over 1,000 pages apiece. So it’s epic stuff, to be sure.

Initially, Sanderson himself referred to the fourth entry in the series as Rhythm of War, but soon after, simply referred to it as Stormlight Archive 4. The reason for this simple enough. As with all creative endeavors, things change over time, and Sanderson has a history of changing titles. Perhaps most famously, Words of Radiance was originally to be called The Book of Endless Pages. This was before Sanderson’s publisher convinced him otherwise.

However, it’s now been a couple of months since Sanderson has completed a first draft of the book (and he has since completed another), so why not settle in on a title? Sanderson revealed via that the book is indeed called Rhythm of War. Here’s what Sanderson had to say in a statement:

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“The time has come! Though I’ve had an instinct for many months that the title of Book Four would be Rhythm of War, I had to make certain it fit into the last chapters of the book as I wrote them.

“Indeed it does, and I feel comfortable announcing this at long last as the official title of the book. Like previous titles in this series (The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer) this one is taken from the title of an in-world volume of text. To tell you more would, of course, be a spoiler. Let’s just say that this is the first of one of these in-world books that has involved the writings of someone who is not human.

“I’m hard at work on revisions, and am excited for the end of the year—when I can finally share Rhythm of War with you all!”

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Rhythm of War will follow The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer. As Sanderson has stated, it continues the tradition of these novels being named after in-book texts. If you want just a few more details about the story, there is a synopsis that recently surfaced on Amazon.

“After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage. Now, as new technological discoveries begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength.”

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