Written by Brandon Sanderson
On May 13, 2014, Tor Teen is proud to be reissuing the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. The book will be a trade paperback, with a brand new cover. To celebrate this new edition, we went back into our newsletter archives to October of 2008, when Brandon wrote about what it felt like to finish writing the story of Vin, Elend, and the rest of their crew. Enjoy this blast from the past, and we hope you like our new edition of Mistborn!
One of the things I wanted to do with the Mistborn trilogy was make it internally cohesive. I wanted each book to have its own story and climactic moments, but it was even more important to me that each book be part of a whole. When I’m reading a series, few things bother me as much as getting a sense that the author doesn’t know where he/she is going with the books. I really like a strong sense of building tension, of interconnection between volumes, and a hint of a master vision.
This presented a problem. You see, I’m an outliner. I like to plan and plot quite a bit before I start writing a book. However, even an outliner like myself can’t nail down every little point in a story. Beyond that, the experience of writing is a supremely creative one. One has to be ready to toss out entire sections of an outline if something better, more evocative, more interesting comes along. This has happened in every novel I’ve written so far, and I understood that if I didn’t have the same flexibility when writing the Mistborn series, the books (particularly the later ones) would feel stiff. However, if I didn’t make and stick with an outline, I wouldn’t be able to foreshadow events in the third book appropriately and give the series the cohesive feel that I wanted.
At that point, I began to realize something very daunting: if this series was to become what I wanted it to be, I was going to have to write all three books straight through in a short period of time. I would have to work furiously and intently enough to get the third book done before the first book went to press. If I could manage that, I knew that I would have flexibility to write all three books with the creativity they demanded, but also be able to revise the first book so that it would be a proper introduction to the following two.
So I sat down to write. It was a grueling eighteen months, but I did manage to get a rough draft of the third book done before the copyedit (the last chance for me to make substantive chances) of the first one was due in. That was late 2004.
Four years later, it’s finally time to release Mistborn: The Hero of Ages, the third and final Mistborn book. I’ve now been working on this series for five years, tweaking the text of the second two volumes, creating the cohesive—yet individually separate—trilogy of books that I originally imagined. It turned out better than I had even hoped that it would. There are hints and clues about the climactic events of the third book foreshadowed in the first few paragraphs of the first book. And they’re not just dropped in; they’re a substantive part of the original volume. All three books form one larger ‘super-book.’
It’s hard to explain how excited I am that people can finally read this last volume. Those of you who know my books may be familiar with the fact that I love endings. I want them to be explosive, imaginative, and shocking—yet at the same time expected, without unforeshadowed twists. I focus a lot of my energy on making my endings satisfying to those who have invested so much time in reading my books.
Mistborn: The Hero of Ages is an entire book that is, in a way, an ending. It’s the climactic sequence to half a million words of build-up. I feel that it’s the best book that I’ve written to date.
If you think you know what is going on in these books, just wait for this final volume. Remember what Kelsier always says:
There’s always another secret.
From the Tor/Forge May 5th newsletter. Sign up to receive our newsletter via email.
More from the May 5th Tor/Forge newsletter:
- Who Are the American Craftsmen? by Tom Doyle
- What’s Changed in Twenty Years? by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Celebrating LOCUS Magazine’s Best Publisher for the 26th year in a row!
Once again Tor (Booth# 2707) continues our wildly popular *in-booth signings and giveaways, offering you a chance to meet your favorite authors up close and personal and pick up free books.
We’ve got a great line up including appearances by CORY DOCTOROW, BRANDON SANDERSON, and a special appearance and celebration for beloved Tor author JAY LAKE, author of Mainspring, Escapement, Green, Pinion, Endurance, and Kalimpura.
The big news this year is Summit Entertainment’s showcase for the highly anticipated film adaptation of
Coming to theaters November 1, 2013!
Summit will present never-before-seen new footage, appearances by cast members and filmmakers, and several massive, interactive fan events. A full slate of activities related to the film to be unveiled at this year’s Comic-Con, including:
Hall H Panel – The studio’s panel on Thursday, July 18th 3:50-4:50pm will feature ENDER’S GAME filmmakers and cast, including producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, and cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.
Exclusive Fan Experience – Attendees will be able to visit an elaborate, specially constructed ENDER’S GAME exhibit outside of the Hilton Gaslamp, featuring 8 unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender’s world, complete with original film props and set pieces used in the movie. Throughout the experience, attendees will be able to see exclusive film footage on LED screens, interact with new digital content, integrate photos of themselves into the highly anticipated Battle Room, and register to win a home make over.
Convention Floor Booth – Summit Entertainment’s booth located within the Grand Hall will highlight ENDER’S GAME footage. Premium promotional items will be distributed to the 120,000 attendees walking the convention floor, and booth visitors will be given the opportunity to win “fast passes” to the ENDER’S Game Exclusive Fan Experience, granting them entry without having to wait in line.
Thursday, July 18th
- 10:30 – 11:30am Panel: Paranormal Passion, Room 24ABC
Tor Teen favorite Kendare Blake (Antigoddess) joins Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy for a discussion with Christine Feehan (Guest of Honor), Claudia Gray (Spellcaster) and others to discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels.
- 12 – 1pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
- 12pm Tor Booth (#2707) Giveaway! The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe, a Kirkus Reviews Top Pick for 2011!
- 1:45 – 2:45pm Panel: Ode to Nerds, Room 6A
Everyone knows that published science fiction authors reign on the Geek Heirarchy charts because the Internet tells us so! Join us on this epic panel as the genre’s top names in publishing celebrate all things geeky and nerdy with Charlie Jane Anders of io9.com! Geek out with Charlie Jane and Cory Doctorow (The Rapture of the Nerds), Chuck Palahniuk (Doomed), Austin Grossman and others.
- 3:15 – 4:15pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
- 2pm Tor Booth (#2707) KENDARE BLAKE will sign advanced copies of Antigoddess
- 5pm Tor Booth (#2707) Bestselling author CORY DOCTOROW will sign copies of Pirate Cinema
Friday, July 19th
- 12pm Tor Booth (#2707) JAY LAKE has candidly documented his battle with cancer on his blog and will appear at Comic-Con thanks to the kindness of friends and family. Tor is proud to host an in-booth signing and will offer copies of Green.
- 2pm Tor Booth (#2707) Dr. Who writer, PAUL CORNELL will sign copies of London Falling
- 2:30 – 3:30pm Panel: Epic Fantasy, Room 24ABC
Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn and the Wheel of Time series) joins genre’s biggest authors as they discuss the worlds of their own creation and what fantasy has to say about our own world: Robin Hobb (Blood of Dragons), Christopher Paolini (the Inheritance cycle), and Daniel Abraham (The Tyrant’s Law) and others.
- 4 – 5pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
- 5pm Tor Booth (#2707) New York Times bestselling author BRANDON SANDERSON will sign copies of The Way of Kings
- 7 – 8pm Panel: Publishing SF/F in the Digital Age, Room 25ABC
Moderated by Timothy Travaglini (Open Road Integrated Media); authors Kevin J. Anderson (Sisterhood of Dune), Rebecca Moesta (WordFire Press), Cory Doctorow (Homeland), Andy Briggs (Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy), Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), and Nick Cole (The Old Man and the Wasteland), and bookseller Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Books, Inc) discuss impact of the digital age on writing, publishing, reading, bookselling, and the traditional book as we know it.
Saturday, July 20th
- 10 – 11am Panel: Urban Fantasy, Room 7AB
Paris, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Tucson, and cities of our own imagination come to life when tales of myth and magic are blended with the urban landscape. These stories are collectively known as Urban Fantasy, and many of today’s popular authors are adding their otherworldly ingredients to the melting pots of modern (and not-so-modern) society. Join authors Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead), Jim Butcher (Cold Days), Kevin J. Anderson (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.) and others.
- 11:30 – 12:30am Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
- 12pm Tor Booth (#2707) Giveaway of signed copies of the Ender’s Game movie tie-in novel
- 5pm Tor Booth (#2707) MAX GLADSTONE will sign advanced copies of Two Serpents Rise
Sunday, July 21st
- 12pm Tor Booth (#2707) S. M. WHEELER burst on the scene this year with her critically acclaimed debut novel, Sea Change. Meet the author and get a signed copy while supplies last.
- 2pm Giveaway of The Omen Machine
- 2 – 3pm Panel: Witches and Fey, Room 24ABC
That vamp’s a tramp; this witch is a real bitch. Pixies will pinch; and the fey go beyond fairly frightening. The ghouls are ghastly, and we mere mortals are growing testy. S. M. Wheeler (Sea Change) joins Brom (Krampus), Amber Benson (The Calliope Reaper-Jones series), Seanan McGuire (The October Daye series) and Rachel Caine (the Morganville Vampires series) to provide perspective on the monsters of myth.
- 3:30 – 4:30pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA08
Make sure to follow @Torbooks on Twitter for up to date information and last minute events!
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Our bookshelves are a little overcrowded right now and we need to make room for new books arriving soon. So, we thought we’d make room by offering up books and more to you! Comment below to enter for a chance to win this prize pack:
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We are offering the chance to win one of five Memory of Light backpacks! Each backpack will include a copy of Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Farlander by Col Buchanan, The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe, Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear, and Shadow and Betrayal by Daniel Abraham.
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We are offering the chance to win one of five Memory of Light backpacks! Each backpack will include a copy of Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe, Elfland by Freda Warrington, and Shadow and Betrayal by Daniel Abraham. Comment below to enter for a chance to win.
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Welcome to the week in review! Every Friday, we comb through the links and images we found and shared this week, and pull the very best for this post. Consider it concentrated genre goodness from all around the web.
- We’ve always known the blogger behind Cake Wrecks was wonderfully geeky, but this is just fantastic: a collection of truly strange and messed up Darth Vader cakes!
- Over on Wired.com, there’s a collection of fun self-portraits from the Mars Curiosity rover. Also, NASA has officially named the rover’s landing site: Bradbury Landing. How perfect!
- Happy birthday, Kenny Baker (aka R2-D2)!
- There’s no such thing as inertia in space: io9 has a list of 10 myths about space travel from science fiction.
- You can read the first five chapters of Steven Erikson’s new novel Forge of Darkness on Tor.com!
- Speaking of Steven Erikson…he’s going on tour in the US in September! Check out the dates and locations to see if he’ll be near you.
- I would love to have one of these beautiful blown glass retro-style rockets.
- The Science of Allomancy series continues on Tor.com. This time, Lee Falin looks at iron and steel.
- A long, but incredibly interesting (and scary), look at the coming civil war over general purpose computing, from Cory Doctorow.
- Tor Publisher Tom Doherty remembers his friend Harry Harrison. RIP, Mr. Harrison. You’ll be greatly missed.
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson (Ends 8/28)
- The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (Ends 8/29)
- Cory Doctorow Collection Sweepstakes (Ends 9/4)
- The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (Ends 9/5)
- The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Ends 9/7)
- Ironskin by Tina Connolly (Ends 9/13)
- Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Ends 9/13)
- Merge/Disciple: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion by Walter Mosley (Ends 9/14)
- Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Ends 9/14)
- Earthseed by Pamela Sargent (Ends 9/20)
- The Eye of the World: Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Robert Jordan (Ends 9/21)
- Mark, of Mark Does Stuff, reads John Scalzi’s story “Shadow War of the Night Dragons.” He has no idea what he’s in for, and the result is hilarious for all of us.
- The Suicide Girls have an excerpt up from Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross’ upcoming book The Rapture of the Nerds.
- The blog She-Wolf Reads has an interview with artist Chris McGrath, who does the covers for the Dresden Files and D. B. Jackson’s upcoming novel Thieftaker.
- Mary Robinette Kowal is a reluctant runner (and so am I). But, she’s found an excellent way to motive herself: Zombies, Run!
- An interesting essay on colonialism from critic and genre fiction author Nisi Shawl.
- Tor.com’s Lee Falin continues his look at the science behind allomancy in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. This time, he examines pewter.
- Over on BoingBoing, there’s a lovely mash-up of the X-Men and Picasso.
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Kitty’s Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn (Ends 6/19)
- The Far Side of the Sky by Daniel Kalla (Ends 6/19)
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (Ends 6/22)
- Earthseed by Pamela Sargent (Ends 6/22)
- Blackmail Earth by Bill Evans (Ends 6/25)
- The Lincoln Letter by William Martin (Ends 6/25)
- New Spring: the Graphic Novel by Robert Jordan (Ends 6/29)
- Summer Manga Sweepstakes (Ends 7/1)
- Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn (Ends 7/3)
- Seed Seeker by Pamela Sargent (Ends 7/6)
- Farseed by Pamela Sargent (Ends 7/6)
- An Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos (Ends 7/9)
Five lucky winners will receive a signed copy of The Alloy of Law. Leave a comment below to enter for your chance to win.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C. to enter. Promotion begins November 14th, 2011 at 5 p.m. ET. and ends November 20th, 2011, 12:00 p.m. ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules go here. Sponsor: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.