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This page lists all of Brandon Sanderson's works, written or unwritten, that have not been published. Some of these are written novels that have been "trunked", some of which have been re-written or cannibalized from. Some are ideas Brandon has talked about briefly but it is unknown if they will ever actually be written. The remainder are forthcoming works that, while unwritten, will come out eventually.

A list of those works that have been published can be found in the Bibliography article.

Forthcoming Works[edit]

Cosmere works[edit]

The Stormlight Archive
Book 5
Book 5 will end the first arc and feature flashbacks from Szeth.[1] It was tentatively titled Stones Unhallowed, but will almost certainly be changed, likely to make the initialisms for the first five books symmetrical, rather like a ketek.[2]
Books 6-10
Book 6 will feature flashbacks from Lift, Book 7 from Renarin, Book 8 from Ash, Book 9 from Taln, and Book 10 from Jasnah.[3] They will not be written until after the Mistborn Era 3 trilogy.[4]
The tentative title of a novella about Lunamor, the Unkalaki also known as Rock.[5] It is set post-Oathbringer, involving him returning to his homeland.[6] It is currently planned to be written between Rhythm of War and Stormlight 5.[7]
untitled Lopen novella
A novella about Lopen, the Herdazian from Bridge Four, set between The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance.[6]
Mistborn Era 2[8]
The Lost Metal,[9] the final Wax and Wayne novel. This was pushed back due to various side projects but is one of Brandon's top priorities.[10] He is currently writing it with plans to finish it in mid 2021 and release it by fall of 2022.[11]
Mistborn Era 3 trilogy
Takes place in an urban setting with a 1980s technology level and is like a Cold War era spy thriller. To be written between Stormlight 5 and Stormlight 6.[12][9]
Mistborn Era 4 trilogy
A space opera, with interplanetary travel. Sanderson has confirmed Hoid to be a main character in this Era.[13] The 1980s trilogy and the space trilogy are "cornerstones" of the Mistborn story and will have wide-ranging consequences in the cosmere.[14][15]
A series of books that will only be written after the Stormlight Archive is completed.[16] The number of installments has changed over time but it was most recently stated to be three books.[17]
The Liar of Partinel/The Lightweaver of Rens
Hoid's origin story.[18] They are likely to be folded into the Dragonsteel sequence, as the series needs to be almost entirely reworked.[19][18]
Elantris trilogy 2-3
Takes place ten years later with an all new cast.[20][21] Need to be written before the third, 1980s-esque, Mistborn trilogy. and likely to be written between Stormlight 5 and 6.[22][23][24]
Elantris sequel
Follows Kaise, Daorn, and Adien as ambassadors to Fjorden.[20][21]
Elantris finale
Sequel to Warbreaker.[25] Although Brandon does not necessarily like to write prequels,[26] he has mentioned that the backstory of several Nalthian characters could be explored in the book;[27][28] he considers this an exception due to the circumstances around the writing and release of Warbreaker,[29] and may also introduce new characters.[30][31] Will be written sometime after Stormlight 5, possibly after Stormlight 6; Mistborn Era 3 and Elantris sequels are likely to come first.[32][33][25]
The Silence Divine
A novella set on Ashyn in the Rosharan system, where diseases grant magical abilities.[34] At one point, it was likely to be renamed, as Brandon had recently written another novella with "Silence" in the title, though it has been several years since then.[35] Unlikely to be written anytime soon, as Brandon needs to research more about immunology and has limited time.[36]
Aether of Night
A rewrite of Brandon's tenth novel, as various elements of the original were cannibalized for other works (such as Decay becoming Ruin). No longer is trunked.[37] Brandon has said this will be drastically different from the unpublished novel and will only retain the location in the cosmere and the magic system.[38] Brandon is still unsure when he will fit this story into the overall cosmere timeline, but it is planned to be three novels.[39]
untitled Threnody novel (The Dust Brigade)
A novel set on Threnody has been part of Brandon's plan for the cosmere since before he was published. Originally planned to be the story of the people who fled to the Forests of Hell after the Evil destroyed their Homeland. He has recently considered changing the story to that of an expedition being sent back to the Homeland.[40] A tentative title is The Dust Brigade, but Brandon more commonly refers to it being untitled.[11] It would be darker than other cosmere works[41] and have some relation to Silverlight.[42] It is not considered a core cosmere book and could be cut if Brandon does not have time to write it.[43][27] It will feature a cosmere group that Brandon wants mentioned before the cosmere sequence ends.
untitled Silverlight story
A novella set in Silverlight.[40] Would need to follow the Threnody novel, if it is written.[42]
untitled Sixth of the Dusk sequel
A novella[44] with a planned setting in the Cognitive Realm.[45] Brandon read an excerpt for the Rhythm of War virtual release party.[46]
untitled The Emperor's Soul sequel
a story set in the Rose Empire on Sel.[11] Initial plans were for a story not centered around Wan ShaiLu[47] except perhaps a cameo role.[48] However, Brandon later came up with a story idea for Shai that is more of a direct sequel.[49]
White Sand omnibus
An omnibus collection of the first three White Sand graphic novels with a new prologue added is in the works.[11]

Non-cosmere works[edit]

Cytoverse works
The third and last of the Skyward Flight novellas, told from the perspective of Jorgen. Will be released concurrently as an e-book and audio original on December 28.[50][51]
Skyward Four
Working title Defiant; Brandon began writing the first draft on November 1, 2021.[52]
The Apocalypse Guard
A follow-up of The Reckoners for Random House. It was originally set in the Reckoners universe[53] and even had the potential to cross over into the Cytoverse,[54] but the current setting is unknown. Features a team that goes to alternate universes to prevent world-ending events.[55] Planned as a trilogy, initial attempts at writing the first installment "did not work".[38] Brandon attempted a somewhat unusual collaboration with author Dan Wells to try and fix the project.[56][57] The collaboration progressed with additional revisions and "[got] weirder".[10] After the revisions, neither Brandon nor Dan was totally satisfied and the project was shelved.[58] It has not been abandoned, and Brandon plans to work on it after Skyward 4.[11]
The Reckoners sequels
Brandon developed an idea to follow a different group of Reckoners than the one seen in the original trilogy. Cowritten with Steven Michael Bohls, the story was developed as a trio of novella-length audio originals.[11] Due to pacing, the novellas were combined[59] and became Lux, set to be released in 2021,[60] with a print version coming at some point in the future.[61]
Standalone Mizzy book
In the world of The Reckoners.[40] Has not been written, but is still in the long-term plans.[22]
Legion audio dramas
Brandon always envisioned Legion as a TV series; because that has not happened yet, he is instead developing a series of audio dramas. The showrunner is his partner in Mainframe, Max Epstein.[11] The first of these audio dramas is titled Stephen Leeds: Death & Faxes.[62]
The Original (prose)
A prose version of the audio original is expected after the exclusivity period with the audio publisher ends.[11]
The Rithmatist sequels
Two sequels are planned, tentatively titled The Aztlanian[63][9] and The Nebraskian.[64] Writing a sequel to The Rithmatist has proved to be difficult.[22] Brandon still intends to wrap the series up, but has various other projects that will be worked on first.[10][11]
Alcatraz Bastille versus the Evil Librarians: The Worldspire
Sequel to The Dark Talent to be "written" by Bastille, as Alcatraz refuses to continue writing.[65] The book was completed with Janci Patterson and should be released in early 2022.[11]
Dark One sequels
Two sequel graphic novels are planned, as well as a possible TV show and two audio originals.[66][67][11] The audio originals are titled Dark One: Forgotten and Dark One: Prophetic Histories.<[62]> The graphic novels may also be released in prose form.[11]
Adamant, formerly The Lurker[9]
Planned as a sequence of six novellas, two of which will be written by other authors. Brandon wants to wait until all four of his novellas are written before finding co-authors. Only one episode has been written, but he has had a breakthrough in some visuals and worldbuilding. The second novella could be written at any time.[40] There was some consideration of a shared universe with Skyward, but this is not likely.[68] It remains in limbo due to other projects taking precedence.[39]
Songs of the Dead, formerly Death By Pizza
A novel originally featuring a necromancer pizza deliveryman.[63] Was on hiatus for years.[38] Progress is now being made, but the main character's job has been changed to heavy metal singer.[69] Brandon decided to collaborate with Peter Orullian due to his knowledge of heavy metal culture.[10] A draft was completed in 2018.[10] It was further revised in 2019 and 2020; it is not quite completed, but is expected to be published in the next few years.[39][11]

Potential Works[edit]

These are projects that Brandon has mentioned as possibilities but there are no firm plans in place.

Cosmere Works[edit]

Cosmere world guide
A potential illustrated companion for the cosmere novels. It would not happen before Stormlight 5. It has not progressed past the idea stage because Brandon has concerns about the amount of effort that would be needed in order to meet fan expectations for the artwork.[70]
White Sand
prose rewrite
There may be a rewrite of the original prose version of White Sand that would better match the events of the first three graphic novels.[11]
Second Set of White Sand graphic novels
These would be set on the Darkside of Taldain, and would also be a trilogy. They would not, however, be prose.[71]
Parallel Mistborn novel from Hoid's perspective
Like Back to the Future Part II.[72]
1940's Mistborn
Potentially more short adventures set before Era 3.[9] Could be a novella.[73]
Near-future Cyberpunk Mistborn
Potentially more adventures set between Era 3 and 4.[74] It is not a cornerstone of the overall Mistborn story, and could be done as a novella or not at all.[73][14]
a young adult novel set on First of the Sun. It would not feature Dusk.[11]
YA book set in a minor shardworld
It would follow one of Hoid's apprentices, set in the future of the cosmere (between era 3 and 4) stranded on a minor shardworld and trying to figure out their kite-based magic system.[75][76][11]
Cosmere picture books
Based on cosmere folk tales such as "The Dog and the Dragon" and "The Girl who Looked Up".[11]

Non-Cosmere Works[edit]

Mulholland Homebrew's Sinister Shop of Secret Pets
Middle grade/YA humor, about a girl who accidentally apprentices herself to a guy who runs a fantasy pet shop.[77]
Zeek Harbinger, Destroyer of Worlds
Middle grade sci-fi humor, potentially a follow-up to the Alcatraz series.[78] About a young man who whenever he visits a planet, the planet blows up shortly after for various reasons (such as a nuclear catastrophe). Each book would be set on a different world and tell the story of how it blows up.[77]
A space opera/fantasy hybrid.[37] Only an outline was completed.[79] It may be a good fit for a video game, and could be renamed Starburner.[10] Brandon continues to reference it being worked on (albeit cryptically).[80][11]
The King's Necromancer[12]
The Eyes
A space opera novella inspired by Fermi's Paradox.[40]
Non-cosmere picture books
Brandon is currently shopping a non-cosmere picture book. He would prefer to gain some experience in this area before publishing a cosmere picture book.[11]

"Trunked" Novels[edit]

These are works that are unlikely to ever be published either because elements have been co-opted for use in other books (as with Mythwalker and Aether of Night) or because the book has been re-written from scratch (as with White Sand Prime and The Way of Kings Prime).

White Sand Prime
Brandon's first novel, later re-written as White Sand (prose).[78]
Star's End
Brandon's second novel, a short alien-relations/sci-fi story.[78]
Lord Mastrell
Brandon's third novel, a sequel to White Sand Prime.[78]
Knight Life
Brandon's fourth novel, a fantasy comedy.[78]
The Sixth Incarnation of Pandora
Brandon's fifth novel, a far future sci-fi involving immortal warriors[81]
Dragonsteel Prime
Brandon's seventh novel, served as his Master's thesis. Will be rewritten for the main cosmere sequence.
White Sand (prose)
Brandon's eighth novel, a complete rewrite of the first. This later served as the basis for his graphic novels.
Brandon's ninth novel, a book that included the characters Vivenna and Siri [82]
Mistborn Prime
Brandon's eleventh novel, elements were later combined with Final Empire Prime for Mistborn: The Final Empire.
Final Empire Prime
Brandon's twelfth novel, elements were later combined with Mistborn Prime for Mistborn: The Final Empire.
The Way of Kings Prime
Brandon's thirteenth novel, later re-written as The Way of Kings. This is being published as part of the Way of Kings 10th edition kickstarter in hardcover form and is available as an ebook for free on Brandon's website.


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    Arcanum - 2018-11-06#
  2. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-11-15#
  3. Skyward Houston signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-19#
  4. The Great American Read: Other Worlds with Brandon Sanderson
    Arcanum - 2018-10-25#
  5. State of the Sanderson 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-12-19#
  6. a b General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-05-28#
  7. General Reddit 2020
    Arcanum - 2020-03-21#
  8. Two More Mistborn Novels
    Brandon's website - Oct 29th, 2013#
  9. a b c d e State of the Sanderson 2014
    Brandon's website - 2014-12-18#
  10. a b c d e f State of the Sanderson 2018
    Brandon's website - 2018-12-18#
  11. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s State of the Sanderson 2020
    Brandon's website - 2020-12-18#
  12. a b Another Long and Rambling Post™ on Future Books
    Brandon's website - Oct 12th, 2010#
  13. Alloy of Law release party
    Arcanum - 2011-11-07#
  14. a b Travis Gafford Interview
    Arcanum - 2020-11-12#
  15. Calamity Seattle signing
    Arcanum - 2016-02-17#
  16. Idaho Falls signing
    Arcanum - 2018-12-29#
  17. FanX 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-09-06#
  18. a b Hal-Con 2012
    Arcanum - 2012-10-30#
  19. General Reddit 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-12-21#
  20. a b Phoenix Comicon 2013
    Arcanum - 2013-05-24#
  21. a b Berlin signing
    Arcanum - 2019-05-14#
  22. a b c The Great American Read: Other Worlds with Brandon Sanderson
    Arcanum - 2018-10-25#
  23. State of the Sanderson 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-12-18#
  24. Arched Doorway Interview
    Arcanum - 2015-09-04#
  25. a b State of the Sanderson 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-12-18#
  26. Goodreads Fantasy Book Discussion Warbreaker Q&A
    Arcanum - 2010-01-18#
  27. a b Skyward Seattle signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-10#
  28. FanX Spring 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-04-19#
  29. Rhythm of War Preview Q&As
    Arcanum - 2020-10-01#
  30. Oathbringer Portland signing
    Arcanum - 2017-11-16#
  31. White Sand vol.1 release party
    Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
  32. State of the Sanderson 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-12-19#
  33. Skyward Houston signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-19#
  34. State of the Sanderson 2017
    Arcanum - 2017-12-19#
  35. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-03-13#
  36. General Twitter 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-04-12#
  37. a b State of the Sanderson 2015
    Brandon's website - 2015-12-18#
  38. a b c State of the Sanderson 2017
    Brandon's website - 2017-12-18#
  39. a b c State of the Sanderson 2019
    Brandon's website - 2019-12-19#
  40. a b c d e State of the Sanderson 2016
    Brandon's website - 2016-12-18#
  41. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-12#
  42. a b General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-05-28#
  43. YouTube Livestream 9
    Arcanum - 2020-05-28#
  44. Stormlight Book Four Update #4
    — Reddit - 2019-06-20#
  45. Miscellaneous 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-12-19#
  46. RoW Release Party
    Arcanum - 2020-11-17#
  47. Words of Radiance Philadelphia signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-21#
  48. Idaho Falls signing
    Arcanum - 2018-12-29#
  49. ICon 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-10-15#
  50. YouTube Weekly Updates 2021
    Arcanum - 2021-08-16#
  51. Gollancz to Publish Skyward Flight Novellas
    — gollancz.co.uk - Sep 20, 2021#
  52. SandoWriMo + Weekly Update
    Brandon's website - 2021-11-01#
  53. Brandon's Blog 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-03-03#
  54. LTUE 2020
    Arcanum - 2020-02-15#
  55. Brandon's The Apocalypse Guard announcement
    Brandon's website - Mar 3rd, 2016#
  56. Orem signing
    Arcanum - 2018-03-10#
  57. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-04#
  58. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-10-28#
  59. General Twitter 2021
    Arcanum - 2021-06-24#
  60. Cover Reveal for Lux: A Texas Reckoners Novel
    Brandon's website - 2021-06-24#
  61. Peter Ahlstrom on Twitter
    — Twitter - 2021-06-24#
  62. a b JABberwocky Catalog & Rights Guide
    — awfulagent.com - 2021-06-14#
  63. a b State of the Sanderson 2013
    Brandon's website - 2013-07-24#
  64. Holiday signing
    Arcanum - 2015-12-12#
  65. Brandon's official reveal of Alcatraz 6
    Brandon's website - Oct 5th, 2016#
  66. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-08-02#
  67. Comments on TV series and audio originals
    — Reddit - 2020-6-22#
  68. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-04#
  69. Skyward Denver signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-15#
  70. YouTube Livestream 16
    Arcanum - 2020-08-20#
  71. DragonCon 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-08-31#
  72. 17th Shard Forum Q&A
    Arcanum - 2012-09-26#
  73. a b General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-12-10#
  74. Salt Lake City Comic-Con 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-09-04#
  75. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-01-02#
  76. Sanderson is working on a "non-Stormlight Cosmere novella"
    — Reddit - 2019-04-27#
  77. a b Galley Table Podcast interview
    Arcanum - 2012-07-09#
  78. a b c d e Hero of Ages Q&A - Time Waster's Guide
    Arcanum - 2008-10-15#
  79. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-04#
  80. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-12-20#
  81. Elantris Annotations
    Arcanum - 2005-08-30#
  82. Warbreaker Annotations
    Arcanum - 2010-07-15#

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