Stormlight Archive 5 will mark the halfway point of the Cosmere.
This may slightly depress some readers, but we are nearing the halfway point. Many readers may have only just recently gotten introduced to Brandon Sanderson and his work, but the man already has the end in sight. For those who don’t know, the Cosmere is the fantastical universe he’s created for his stories. Book series that take place within this universe are Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive among others. When his career is over, this will likely be the superfranchise Sanderson will be known for.
As it turns out, Sanderson already has something of an endgame in sight. More recently, we’ve reported on the novels Sanderson hopes to finish in completing the Cosmere.
“The last chronological book of the Cosmere Sequence is the final Mistborn book,” Sanderson said in a signing last month. “So the way that the structure works right now [is]: Elantris, Mistborn Era One, Stormlight Archive first five, Mistborn Era Two [and Three], Elantris 2 and 3, Stormlight Archive 6-10, then the final Mistborn Era.
“Era four of Mistborn will be the last chronologically,” Sanderson continued. “We will have the flashbacks to Dragonsteel after Stormlight 10 but before Era four of Mistborn. If I manage to get that all done before I die, then there’s a decent change I will write other Cosmere books…probably during this timeframe. Unconnected or only tangentially related. But I do intend that to be the final book of the Cosmere sequence and I have no plans for anything chronologically after that.”
So, that’s all well and good, but that’s a lot of titles being thrown around. It’s hard to gauge just how deep into the Cosmere we really are. Well, Brandon Sanderson took to Reddit on Tuesday this week to give an update on his writing schedule. In doing so, he confirmed that we are approaching the halfway point of the Cosmere.
“After [Dawnshard novella] is done, I owe Skyward 3 to my very patient YA publisher, who has been sitting in the wings waiting for eighteen months or so for me to start it,” Sanderson wrote. “Wax and Wayne 4 will follow, with my goal being to start it January 1st. Skyward 4 (the final book of that series) will follow starting about a year from now. After that, it will be time (already) for Stormlight 5, final book of this sequence of Stormlight novels. (Whew!) That will mark roughly the halfway point of the cosmere [sic].”
To be clear, this seems to only include the main books in the Cosmere. It doesn’t even include books like Warbreaker. Plus, should he still be alive and kicking following the conclusion of the Cosmere, Sanderson has expressed interest in continuing with side stories. However, as far as the core narrative goes, Stormlight Archive 5 will be the end of the first half or so.
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