The Stormlight Archive
Cover art by Ben McSweeney
|Publication date||November 5, 2020|
|Preceded By||The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Edgedancer, Oathbringer|
|Followed By||Rhythm of War|
Dawnshard is a novella that follows the story of Rysn, the Thaylen merchant, whom readers have seen before in interludes of The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer of The Stormlight Archive series. The novella also follows the story of Lopen, the once one-armed Herdazian and a member of Bridge Four.
Readers should know that it involves the mysterious island of Aimia.
The novella was previously titled Wandersail. The name was changed as Brandon felt that the title would be misleading as to what the novella is about. In Brandon's latest Rhythm of War update, he confirmed that the ebook for Dawnshard was planned for a mid-October 2020 release.* The ebook novella was indeed released before Rhythm of War, and physical copies came later. An audiobook release date is not currently known.
FROM BRANDON SANDERSON - AUTHOR OF THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE AND ITS FOURTH MASSIVE INSTALLMENT, RHYTHM OF WAR - COMES A NEW HEFTY NOVELLA, DAWNSHARD. TAKING PLACE BETWEEN OATHBRINGER AND RHYTHM OF WAR, THIS TALE (LIKE EDGEDANCER BEFORE IT) GIVES OFTEN-OVERSHADOWED CHARACTERS THEIR OWN CHANCE TO SHINE.
WHEN A GHOST SHIP IS DISCOVERED, ITS CREW PRESUMED DEAD AFTER TRYING TO REACH THE STORM-SHROUDED ISLAND AKINAH, NAVANI KHOLIN MUST SEND AN EXPEDITION TO MAKE SURE THE ISLAND HASN'T FALLEN INTO ENEMY HANDS. KNIGHTS RADIANT WHO FLY TOO NEAR FIND THEIR STORMLIGHT SUDDENLY DRAINED, SO THE VOYAGE MUST BE BY SEA.
SHIPOWNER RYSN FTORI LOST THE USE OF HER LEGS BUT GAINED THE COMPANIONSHIP OF CHIRI-CHIRI, A STORMLIGHT-INGESTING WINGED LARKIN, A SPECIES ONCE THOUGHT EXTINCT. NOW RYSN'S PET IS ILL, AND ANY HOPE FOR CHIRI-CHIRI'S RECOVERY CAN BE FOUND ONLY AT THE ANCESTRAL HOME OF THE LARKIN: AKINAH. WITH THE HELP OF LOPEN, THE FORMERLY ONE-ARMED WINDRUNNER, RYSN MUST ACCEPT NAVANI'S QUEST AND SAIL INTO THE PERILOUS STORM FROM WHICH NO ONE HAS RETURNED ALIVE. IF THE CREW CANNOT UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE HIDDEN ISLAND CITY BEFORE THE WRATH OF ITS ANCIENT GUARDIANS FALLS UPON THEM, THE FATE OF ROSHAR AND THE ENTIRE COSMERE HANGS IN THE BALANCE.
There is an article about Dawnshard on tor.com here.
*According to Brandon, in a Facebook post dated 11/5/20, "Dawnshard is ready! BackerKit is currently sending emails with download information to those who backed the Kickstarter campaign. Right now, it's only available for those who participated in the Kickstarter - but we expect the retail release to go up on the ebook websites within a few days."