Dragonsteel Prime was Brandon's seventh novel and was written as part of his Masters Thesis when working towards a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. Five copies are currently held in the Harold B Lee Library at Brigham Young University, four of which are available for circulation.
Brandon has stated that it was not his best work. He plans to rewrite and publish the series after the completion of The Stormlight Archive. Sections of the book, including locations such as the Shattered Plains were later re-purposed in The Way of Kings, but Brandon considers some of the other events to be canon. He had some trepidation over removing the Shattered Plains because, though it was not as essential to the story, he felt it was the part of the book that worked best.
The Liar of Partinel and The Lightweaver of Rens were later planned as prequels to the main Dragonsteel story arc, occuring several hundred years earlier. Brandon has indicated that when a reworked Dragonsteel Prime is published, he will likely call it 'Dragonsteel: Book 1' and expect the readers to connect it to the previous two books to avoid the confusion of starting his story arc with 'Dragonsteel: Book 3'. The story takes place on Yolen and focuses on Jerick, but also includes other viewpoint characters such as Topaz, also known as Hoid.