Magic: Children of the Nameless
Posted on Dec. 11, 2018, 1:52 p.m. by cdkime
This just in, Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn; finishing Jordan's Wheel of Time) will be writing a Magic: the Gathering novel.
The story will be following a young girl with immense magical power named Tacenda from Kessig, Innistrad after tragedy befalls her hometown There will also be a new planeswalker, Davriel, created by Sanderson.
I'm SUPER freakin' excited!!! I am looking forward to Skyward as well!
December 11, 2018 2 p.m.
I am. So. Excited.
I have not read Mistborn or the Wheel of Time, but I know quite a bit about them because my father LOVES Sanderson's (and Jordan's) work. He and I talk frequently (dad and I, not Sanderson and I), and he's been a great help to me (writing a fantasy series myself), and that is at least partially due to us talking a LOT about what Sanderson and Jordan do and what I ought to learn from them. I might just read the two series (okay, maybe just Mistborn, the Wheel of Time is SOOO LONG) to get a feel for what I'm dealing with here, and I will absolutely point Dad to this upcoming release.
Thanks for the heads-up, cdkime!
December 11, 2018 2:05 p.m.
I started Sanderson's Cosmere with The Stormlight Archives trilogy, and have dabbled in the short stories of Arcanum Unbound which was a delightful dip into each planet. The Mistborn series, and Elantress are next in line, as well as his non-Cosmere related works like Legion and Skyward.
My older brother has been obsessed with the WOT series since it first released, and had religiously collected each novel up until the final book in 2013. I'm only just sinking my teeth into the series (it is long, and I'm only on book 3, but it has certainly captured my attention).
December 11, 2018 2:24 p.m.
ZendikariWol - Nonsense! Jump off the deep-end and go right into Wheel of Time! It's a brutal slog, but ultimately worth it.
Those books hold a special place in my heart--my aunt got me the first couple books when I was 8, so they have a touch of childhood nostalgia. However, as a child, I gave up around book 4, mostly because, even at that age, I could tell Jordan is about as bad at being an writer as he is fantastic at being a storyteller. It wasn't until later in my life that I decided to revisit the books. I have been in love with them since, despite their flaws.
I highly recommend reading the books with a friend though. I can't stress how hard they are to get through--Jordan clearly read the Lord of the Rings and thought Tolkien's verbosity was what made them literature (ignoring the fact Tolkien was a master linguist who, though verbose, carefully crafted each and every word). Having a friend provides encouragement to slog through the very, very slow parts.
The books also get better once Sanderson picks them up, as he fixes a couple of the organizational issues that make the mid-to-late novels a bit of a chore.
Also, I made a typo on Gattison's name in my first post, so I'm not sure it provided a notification. Re-tagging now.
December 11, 2018 2:37 p.m.
Great news! Not been a good day for me so definitely a nice pick-me-up
December 11, 2018 5:05 p.m.
This is gonna be good! Sanderson is my current favourite alive author, second only to Jordan.
December 11, 2018 6:20 p.m.
I'm probably the "WoT-slacker" around here. I have to admit I never finished the series. I think I read up to book 9 or 10, then by the time he released the next book, I had completely blanked on it. I did, however, one day go and wiki a bunch of spoilers on how it ended. Because I had to know.
Regardless, I can't WAIT to see characters like Lan and his heron-mark blade and Matrim Cauthon and the dice in his head, and Padan Fain and Baazlamon with his fiery eyes and Shaidar Haran come to life! It'll take FOREVER for them to introduce the Super Fade, but still... he's one of my favorite villains ever.
Hell, I used "rp" as him back in Rhy'Din. lol, remember Rhy'Din? No? Well, anyway....
BTW, I think I read a synopsis somewhere that looked like Moiraine will actually be the main character. Though I assume it'll inevitably evolve into an ensemble cast type thing.
Oh and the Aiel! Ha! Yeah, I'm stoked. =D
December 11, 2018 6:39 p.m.
I don't think I've ever not understood so many proper nouns in such a short period of time.
December 11, 2018 8:07 p.m.
Anyway, felt I should link you folks to the text so... here y'all go.
I am having problems loading WotC's website atm, maybe that's just me, but yeah this link does work but the WotC website is being weird rn.
December 12, 2018 1:56 p.m.
Update: I don't know how to edit comments and the WotC site is up and running once more. Read away!
December 12, 2018 2:28 p.m.
I just finished it, it's a lot better writing then most magic lore stories.It definitely felt a lot like the Stormlight Archives. I wonder what Davriel will be able to do, maybe: +1 create a 2/2 demon token -2 until end of turn, steal target ability from a creature or non-ultimate planes walker planeswalker ability, if it's a creature it gets -2/-2 til end of turn and if it's a planeswalker Davriel deals 2 damage to it -10 destroy all other permanents you do not control besides basic lands
Maybe at 5-6 CMC in U/B and with 3-4 starting loyalty.
December 12, 2018 2:56 p.m.
Yes, Davriel does seem UB, or maybe WB. Certainly, his scholarly interest in demons lends itself to U. Maybe he’ll have a “+0: ~ gains a copy of target PW ability” or something to capture that cool flavor. Maybe we’ll get an Aura called The Entity that only enchants PWs... #wishlist
I also thought our heroine was rather compelling. Maybe she’ll be a Spirit tribal planeswalker.
Best of all, though, were Miss Highwater’s disparaging comments about Griselbrand’s hook hands! I laughed for way too long at that.
December 12, 2018 10:26 p.m.
I read 2/3's of the Mistborn Trilogy, and this has me hyped. Something tells me Davriel isn't the antagonist but something far more sinister is. Another prominent demon maybe?