Skyward (series)

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Skyward is a series of novels written by Brandon Sanderson. It's set in the Cytoverse, taking place centuries after Defending Elysium.[1] The first book, Skyward, was released on November 6, 2018 and the second book, Starsight, was released on November 26, 2019.


Year Book Order Length Notes Refs
2018 Skyward #1 Novel
2019 Starsight #2 Novel [2]
2021 Cytonic #3 Novel [2]
2023 Defiant #4 Novel [3]

Skyward Flight NovellasEdit

In addition to the main series novels, there are three novellas, each co-written by Janci Patterson and each following a different point-of-view character.[4] They are set between Starsight and Cytonic. Their initial release was with ebook and audiobook versions only, but a combined print volume of all three novellas, entitled Skyward Flight, came out on April 5, 2022.[5][6]

Year Book Order Length Point of View Refs
2021 Sunreach #1 Novella FM [7][5]
2021 ReDawn #2 Novella Alanik [7][5]
2021 Evershore #3 Novella Jorgen [7][5]

Skyward Legacy TrilogyEdit

Skyward Legacy is a series of novels taking place directly after Defiant and the rest of the main Skyward series, following the same cast of characters.[8] It is planned to be a trilogy.[8] They will be co-written with Janci Patterson.


Skyward was originally planned as a YA novel set in the cosmere.[9] Brandon began working on it in October 2017 after some difficulty with Apocalypse Guard caused that book to be delayed, and updated his website to read "Mystery Project".[10][11] When he revealed the title of this new project he also announced that it was no longer planned as part of the cosmere because the story needed to reference Earth to work properly.[12][13] The trilogy was officially announced in State of the Sanderson 2017.[14] In an AMA leading up to the release of the first book, Brandon stated that the trilogy would likely become a four book series, which turned out to be true.[15]

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