Earlier this week, we reported that Brandon Sanderson, the creator behind the interconnected universe of fantasy novels often known as the Cosmere, had launched a Kickstarter to fund the discharge of 4 new novels he’d written in secret over the previous few years. Sanderson has a status for astonishing his followers in nice methods, and this sudden announcement that he’d written additional books is one thing that was extraordinarily in character for him. It’s just a little like how again in 2014 the creator wrote an additional novel in his Mistborn sequence with out telling his followers. He’s filled with surprises.
From ending The Wheel of Time sequence after creator Robert Jordan’s premature loss of life to persistently delivering new unique books like clockwork, Sanderson has impressed a degree of belief and confidence from his readership that’s unequalled in at the moment’s publishing world. And now, it’s paying off in a giant method.
Sanderson’s Kickstarter launched on March 1, a mere three days in the past. Today it formally grew to become the best funded Kickstarter of all time, overtaking the Pebble Smartwatch, which beforehand held the report at $20.3 million. As of this writing, Sanderson’s Kickstarter has raised over $20.7 million and the quantity continues to develop at a dizzying fee. (It raised over $150,000 within the time it took me to jot down this text.) By the time the Kickstarter finishes three weeks from now, it’ll doubtless be a lot larger, setting a brand new benchmark for crowdfunding on the platform.
Brandon Sanderson reveals particulars for Secret Project #1
One of probably the most spectacular issues in regards to the success of Sanderson’s Kickstarter is that followers don’t even know what books they’re getting but; it’s constructed fully on religion that regardless of the creator has written, it’s going to ship. In addition to the books themselves, backers may also purchase a month-to-month subscription field for all of 2023, which can embody merchandise for quite a lot of the creator’s initiatives. He’s outlined the theme for every month’s merch field, however as for the books themselves, he’s solely revealed a handful of particulars.
That veil is lifting a bit although. Sanderson teased the primary of those “Secret Project” novels, which is due out in January 2023, on his YouTube channel on Thursday. The creator learn by means of the primary 5 chapters of the e-book in addition to revealed its title: Tress of the Emerald Sea.
Sanderson additionally confirmed in his newest publication that Tress of the Emerald Sea is a narrative that’s being informed in-world by Hoid, the storyteller character who has appeared in each one in every of Sanderson’s interconnected Cosmere novels. If you’ve learn the most recent Stormlight Archive e-book Rhythm of War, then consider it sort of like a novel-length work within the vein of that e-book’s “The Dog and the Dragon” chapter. Sanderson cites The Princess Bride as an inspiration for Tress, and the primary few chapters positively do have that fairy story tone.
The creator additionally stresses that the occasions of Tress of the Emerald Sea occur within the Cosmere. The story is just being informed with a little bit of Hoid’s typical storytelling aptitude. Tress of the Emerald Sea is “[a] tale of pirates, dangerous spores, and (because Hoid is involved) occasional self-important monologues,” the creator wrote in his publication. What we’ve been capable of learn of the e-book sounds fairly enjoyable up to now.
Sanderson might be revealing particulars about every of the remaining Secret Project books each Thursday this month on his YouTube channel.
Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter runs by means of the top of March, so if you wish to get in on these secret books there’s nonetheless loads of time. It’s a historic second, and superior to see fantasy novels as soon as once more crushing the mainstream information cycle. From all of us right here at WiC, congratulations to Sanderson and his group at Dragonsteel Books on this big milestone!
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