Wednesday, 4 April 2012

News | New Sanderson Novella and Malazan Novel

New new news - according to A Dribble of Ink and Tachyon Publications, we're going to be seeing a new Sanderson novel this December: The Emperor's Soul. However, like The Alloy of Law and unlike Sanderson's previous liking for elephant-squashing doorstopper epics, this one's a shorter foray - 30, 000 words (again, thanks to Aidan for pointing this out).

And it looks like we'll be seeing a new magic system this time round. I quote: 'Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic' - so it looks like we'll be seeing a new location in Sanderson's Cosmere (the universe in which most of his books - except Alcatraz and the WoT continuations - take place. As one of Sanderson's main strengths is his in-depth and hugely original worldbuilding, I'm pretty excited!

There's more news in the world of epic fantasy, however. Adam over at The Wertzone has posted Tor USA's new announcement for another December novel: this time, Blood and Bone  from Ian Cameron Esslemont. Taking place on the previously unseen continent of Jacuruku (sensing a pattern here?), it'll feature both the Crimson Guard and the goddess Ardata. While several of Esslemont's Crimson guard novels have been disappointing, I have high hopes for this new release: both Stonewielder and Orb Sceptre Throne, his two most recent releases, were pretty great (just read my reviews!), and Ardata has been an interesting if minor figure in the main sequence.

Because manipulative spider goddesses are obviously the best. ;) But if Ardata's turning up, it suggests Mogora might also feature in the new novel - and if Iskaral Pust turns up as well, it might just make my day. He's hilarious.

So anyway, two anticipated releases!


  1. Great news with The Emperor's Soul - I'll gladly take a taste of Sanderson to hold us over until the next elephant-squashing doorstopper.

    Completely agreed on the new Esslemont too - great setting and a great goddess to explore, and if that means more Iskaral Pust, so much the better.

  2. Absolutely - and I'm rather developing a taste for Sanderson's shorter fiction after The Alloy of Law, which was a UF-style fast paced novel. Still, can't wait for the Way of Kings sequel - as supposedly we'll be getting a lot more from the Shallan plotline.

    Always good to hear from another member of the Pust Cult ;) Esslemont's been improving very rapidly, so hopefully we should get a great Ardata-centric novel - or that's what I'm hoping, anyway.