Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson updated fans this week with exciting news. The next installment of the epic Sanderson series The Stormlight Archive is complete, and book 4 will be coming this year. The title of the next book will be Rhythm of War, and focuses on the Parshendi characters of Eshonai and Venli. This is the first book in the series to feature a point of view from non-human characters.
Cover Art for Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) by Michael Whelan | Image via Tor/Forge
Book 4 of The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson Will Be Rhythm of War
Sanderson made the the following statement about the title.
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!
The Stormlight Archive is the centerpoint of Sanderson’s Cosmere universe. The author has previously spoken about how he breaks down his plot into three ‘trilogy’ arcs within the overall series. Rhythm of War is book 4 of the Sanderson series, which means we are due for some new character arcs and storylines. The Parshendi race is a longstanding mystery within the series. These characters helped spark the current conflict that the series revolves around. We have learned a bit about them over the course of the first three novels. But a focus on the Parshendi in this book will certainly reveal more about them and expand on the dramatic reveal we learned in Oathbringer.
Cover Art for Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive #3) by Michael Whelan | Image via Tor/Forge
The State of Sanderson Going Into 2020
Every December, the author updates his fans on his writing progress in his annual “State of Sanderson” reports. These updates are available on his website, along with his mailing list. In his most recent report, Sanderson laid out the chronological order of what books he anticipates working on next. The Stormlight Archive novels are typically spaced three years apart as the author works on other projects. Sanderson is probably the most organized and prolific fantasy author currently working, and we look forward to seeing more of his work, both in and out of the Cosmere.
In addition to updating his fans online, Sanderson has also recently done several livestreams on Youtube. If you visit his channel, you can find videos of him answering fan questions and signing novels. Any aspiring authors might want to check out his BYU lecture series where he gives free master classes on writing sci-fi and fantasy.
Book 4 of The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson – Rhythm of War – will be out on November 17, 2020.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.