I know you always want to know exactly when the next book is coming out, but I'm allergic to commitment, so how about a rough plan instead?
Now that Bloodline has been tossed out into the wilds of Amazon to fend for itself, I'll be working on Cradle 10. I can't be sure when I'll finish that, because the Parrot Who Sees the Future will no longer speak to me, but typically Cradle books tend to come out about 6-7 months after the last one.
That's not a commitment on my part, just an observation. Don't mark your calendars just yet.
After that, depending on how much time Cradle 10 took me, I'll either immediately dive into Cradle 11 or start something shiny and new.
It's been five years since I've written a new series, and I'm looking forward to it!
Either way, it's looking like Cradle 12 will be the endpoint, after which we abandon Lindon and company to their own devices. I'd like to have a new series begun before then, but if that doesn't work, oh well.
If the "new thing" is the second Traveler's Gate trilogy, then great! Whatever I begin after that will be more original.
If it isn't, then I'll go back to Traveler's Gate afterwards.
...at least, that's the plan.
But without the divine support of the Parrot Who Sees the Future, how secure can any mortal plans be?
4/16/2021 07:15:50 am
I'll take whatever comes, as you well know. I'm looking forward to Cradle 10-12, or Travelers Blade or that paranormal detective romance set in Victorian London that you keep hinting at!
4/16/2021 07:21:44 am
I have your parrot. He just keeps squawking, "the end is near!" And demanding oreos.
4/17/2021 09:54:30 pm
yeah i can hear him from accross the street. can you quiet him down a bit? thanks.
4/16/2021 07:26:32 am
I cannot wait to read your new work! <insert fan girl screaming> Cradle 11 in 6-7 months</end fan girl screaming>
4/16/2021 07:36:45 am
Do you know if the story you write will be within the Willverse/Wayverse? Also, goodluck with the next book.
4/16/2021 01:56:56 pm
I think that so far all of Wills books are in the Willverse. So the next ones he writes will most likely be as well
5/6/2021 12:29:22 pm
I'd love to see a 'origins of the Abidan' series or something of that nature...rise of the vroshir?
4/16/2021 07:37:09 am
I don't think I'll ever be ready to say goodbye to Lindon, Yerin, and the gang. :(
4/16/2021 08:58:16 am
I feel the same way!
4/19/2021 09:48:35 pm
yes I am prepared to hold said parrot hostage for more cradle books. I just love them so much!
4/20/2021 10:13:52 am
I know. Weve grown so much with them. Sign of a great story when you want to stay with the characters forever
4/22/2021 04:57:08 pm
I'll be sad to see Lindon go although I'm honestly that attached to Yerin. I'd say reorder that statement as "I'll miss Lindon, Mercy, Ethan and the gang." Yerin is just the +1.
4/16/2021 07:53:34 am
Travelers Gateeeeee sequeeeeel ! Also thanks for the update
4/16/2021 07:56:29 am
Bittersweet news. As with all good series, you want to see the characters' story explored and detailed, their adventures richly imagined and ongoing. So, y'know, adding another book or five to the Cradle plan won't get much pushback from us washed, well-read, and polite masses.
4/17/2021 12:03:02 pm
I really hope that after Lindon's story is told, Will returns to Cradle to continue more characters' stories. We've met so many fascinating minor characters over the years, it would be really neat to see them grow and develop as well. Has Cassius's path ended? How will the Emperor manage to spin everyone's accomplishments in the tournament into strengthening the Empire in the future? Is that nameless girl from the restaurant who was actually observant enough to realize immediately that picking a fight with Lindon and Yerin is bad going to do anything interesting? Over the long term, not just as short term refugees, will the people who were saved from Sacred Valley be able to adapt a more honorable culture?
5/18/2021 10:42:08 am
Exactly on point Madeline. We respect the creative need to explore, but please do not abandon Lindon et al forever
6/21/2021 08:39:40 pm
I say At the end of cradle they all have send and join Azriel and help him fight against the Avedon and brochure that way we get at least 10 more books out of it. I never want this series to end it is my absolute favorite series in the world I even love it more than Robert Jordan‘s wheel of time. And I read it 15 times every book. I was wanting to write a book like this before I read this one and this one makes me want to write my own even more you are an excellent writer Mr. well I am blind and I read or listen to Audible constantly every minute of every day and I’ve read your cradle series at least six times already please keep up the good work and don’t Ian credo let them see Ende and let it go on further. They have to go and fight fury after all.
4/16/2021 07:57:52 am
Sounds like someone needs to get more golden walnuts to brine the parrot
4/18/2021 06:15:17 am
I wonder if brining the parrot is how we ended up in this situation.
5/4/2021 11:40:33 am
You don’t have to get all salty on the parrot like that.
4/16/2021 08:07:17 am
I'm a bit sad that we will only get 3 more books, but on the other hand I'm glad that you have end in sights.
Mother of Chickens, Goddess of the Kitchen
4/16/2021 08:21:25 am
Wait, only 12 Cradle books?! Those are weak numbers!!!
4/16/2021 08:38:06 am
With all the cradle fanfic that has come out in the past year; have you considered officially opening up the cradle world for other authors to publish books?
4/27/2021 07:45:02 am
I had the same thought. The world is so well flushed out, it could be the center for dozens of storylines.
4/16/2021 08:41:27 am
Appreciate the update!
4/16/2021 08:49:36 am
Well I'm thoroughly excited now! I've been waiting for more Traveler's Gate for a long time and also waiting for Cradle to finish so I can start it. Excellent news on both fronts! Here's to all your successes so far, and hopes of more to come! Thanks for everything :)
4/16/2021 09:22:21 am
One of the things that I love so much about the world of Cradle is how the variations in the sacred arts are very different magic systems and have always been impressed with how you have them all interact. It reminds me of one of the reasons that I've always loved Brandon Sanderson, it's why I loved Rothfuss... visiting their worlds always felt new. You seem to have a gift for this and I'll continue to come back for any book you write because of it. Thank you for all your effort.
4/16/2021 09:41:26 am
Let's be clear, when you say leave Lindon and company behind, that obviously implies that after book 12 of Cradle we will have Book One of the Most Epic Saga of Dross the First, which will be quickly followed by a plethora of more Dross books (it would mean a lot to the fans).
4/16/2021 11:40:09 am
I think crossover series in same "universe" as Cradle and OKAK is logical next step? :)
4/16/2021 02:24:53 pm
Assuming you and the Gnomes aren't sleeping right now, I'm just going to think out loud.
4/17/2021 12:14:42 pm
There are other authors that have written their series into oblivion. Honestly, I'd love more books set in this series, the problem with the world he's created is that it's based on constant power leveling. I love it, and I would love any book based in this world, but it may be hard to reel in the big tuna on this one for a new series. You never know until you try though
4/18/2021 09:52:27 am
The majority move forward or back in time. It might be fun to explore the first batch of Abidan to ascend from Cradle. Or to explore the Angler's ascension.
4/18/2021 04:11:35 pm
God i hope not, there are so many authors that have diluted a great story, or at least one with potential by not letting it end.
4/18/2021 06:19:17 pm
Writing is a tough business. There are definitely authors that have had several success parallel projects. Others have only had one and can't find a stride. Others that used the same theme and cranked out dozens of books. One of my favorite books was a one-trick pony. He managed 3 very different plotted books but two were pretty awful and he stopped publishing. Even if you have the skills, you have to have an audience. I'm sure he'll find the balance that works for him.
4/20/2021 01:14:04 pm
This. Totally agree with everything said above. Aside from the wealth of stories that could be told as part of the larger Abidan Universe, Cradle itself has the potential for so many spin off stories. As @Colbaltdog mentioned, the story of the original Abidan rising from Cradle would be a great read. Same with Ozriel and his story. A collection of short stories like Will did for the Traveler's Gate books would be neat. I know in past blog posts, he's outlined some other paths, so follow up stories about characters using those would be interesting. I'd pay to see how someone with a seemingly non-powerful sacred art could use their powers in interesting ways. I think there was one path that was about...cooking I think? I can picture a scene where a talented practicioner is being bullied and suddenly uses a ruler technique to.....I don't know...make their saliva suddenly taste like sewage or something.
4/29/2021 04:03:05 pm
There is something to be said for meal ticket series but I can't imagine how boring it must be for those authors to keep writing the same characters over and over again.
4/16/2021 05:37:18 pm
Great news Will! I can safely say I’ve enjoyed every series you’ve written. Cradle is my favorite for now, but I don’t want our crew to overstay their welcome. I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re excited to see what you come up with next. Whatever your new passion is, we’ll be on board. It’s more important for us to keep reading what you’re passionate about writing. Loved Bloodline, but I for one really miss Amalgam. Traveler’s Gate was my first foray into the Willverse. And maybe Travis can narrate the new Amalgam series too? In the immortal words of Dross “Not that I think he's better than you, or anything. Of course not. But uh...could you think about it?”
4/16/2021 09:47:29 pm
12 books... only 12 books.... I got a little sick to my stomach reading that.
4/17/2021 12:18:58 am
But how could a true path end?
4/17/2021 12:58:12 am
Pretty sure that's Shuffles not a parrot, and he only wants to announce your Doom and eat your fish...
4/17/2021 02:28:09 am
I'm not writer, but I think it's a smart decision to end Cradle at book 12. For me, Uncrowned followed by Wintersteel were the peak of Cradle in many, many ways. These kinds of books don't need to have the main character end up as the strongest guy in the multiverse to make a point (though I realize that's kind of where it's headed now). For me, it's about excellence. Lindon and gang achieved excellence at the end of Wintersteel, and it's hard to put into words how I felt as Eithan carved out the badge during his conversation with Lindon at the book's end.
4/17/2021 05:37:22 am
12 books %100. Unless I'm wrong. I'm wrong; it cannot end. I want to see the end. No I don't want it to end. One can wish! Lindon make a wish, no 2 wishes; end but do not end.
4/17/2021 07:26:47 am
12 books, it will be interesting to see what you do with that.
4/18/2021 10:06:09 am
There is so much on the other side of ascension from Cradle that hasn't been explored. So much.
4/18/2021 06:56:44 am
I am sad that the cradle series will only have 12 books...
4/18/2021 05:35:20 pm
Things I would like to see answered in other books, if they aren't answered in Lindon and Yerin's story:
4/20/2021 12:33:02 am
I understand the need for a story to end at some point but I am still sad to see lindon's story end in 3 more books. I really hope you don't move away from the world of cradle even if you end his story, we still haven't seen so much T-T
4/20/2021 12:29:53 pm
I just got a notification from audible saying there was a revised version of bloodline available and that I should delete my current version and install this one. I just finished the book yesterday, what's this new one?
4/20/2021 02:24:53 pm
Great Anime has a very finite story to tell and when it's the end, it's the end. Cradle is much the same - tell the story that needs to be told and that's all. Who knows? It might go to 14 books; it might be 12. Whatever the output, it's going to be great. Something new also sounds exciting! TG is also exciting - there have to be more rooms to explore in Valinhall, new powers to gain and a second shelf of dolls for Simon to pal around with.
4/22/2021 07:11:19 pm
Just like everyone else in the comments section, I'm sad we'll see the end of the series.
4/22/2021 08:59:48 pm
Regarding Cradle #12 being the endpoint, will that be the endpoint of the Cradleverse or merely the Lindon series? Is there any reason a pre- or post-Lindon series wouldn't be of interest to readers?
4/23/2021 10:55:40 am
Or a character who is TRULY loved by all. Lindon wasn't loved by all, he was considered annoying and useless. It would be interesting to see a character who is lauded as their family's young genius realize, say, that the perfect Iron body their family wants to give them will make getting to Underlord impossible, which might not bother a family that thinks a Truegold young genius at best is perfectly acceptable and has no ambition to produce something greater, but would bother a kid who's just found a text saying there's a dead end in their future. Or realize that the Remnant their family has found for them to advance to Gold has a hidden downside, or some other flaw within an existing structure that the main character is attached to.
4/24/2021 07:12:31 pm
12 ? Noooo 😔 I don’t want it to end !
4/25/2021 06:23:08 pm
So will we not have a bid an continuation story?
4/25/2021 07:08:01 pm
please please please don't end Cradle so soon, deep sadness invades me...
4/27/2021 07:04:29 am
You should go after the One Piece record! Keep Cradle going!
4/27/2021 12:51:59 pm
I was hoping Cradle would be at least 12 books, leaning towards 16ish. But at this point in the story, I understand wrapping it up in 3 more. I'll be heartbroken, but relentlessly grateful for your work. That said, next project HAS to be an anime Cradle series. I mean sure, a heavy CGI movie would be legit. But if we're honest, anime is the strong play.
4/30/2021 12:55:57 am
I will be really very sad indeed to have Linden's story end. Its honestly my favourite series in so very long. I hope at some point we can at least come back to that world.
4/30/2021 05:08:46 pm
I read the entire cradle series in a few weeks. I absolutely love it, finished the final book today. Now I'm seeing that there may only be 3 more 😓 so sad.
5/2/2021 08:45:21 am
You have changed my brother's and I's life. This series has created a special bond between my brother and I. We devour them and spend hours talking about them. Thank you for sharing your creative genious with us. I look forward to anything you produce.
If I’d read this after reading Wintersteel, I’d have been upset, because I never want the stories I really love to end. After reading Bloodlines however, then I say you should probably finish the series as fast as possible.
5/3/2021 10:28:24 am
I definitely see why you didn't like it, but to me, it made sense. For all Lindon's dreams of impressing his family, and Yerin's dreams of revenge... I've spent the entire series expecting an eventual moment where the heroes come home and realize how cheap, tawdry, and petty everything is, and I was not disappointed. Of course the Heavens Glory arc was resolved in such a disappointing manner. Were you really expecting a dramatic climactic fight when Lindon and Yerin are a Sage and a Herald? Were you expecting the same girl who scolded Malice for swatting the gold dragons like gnats to crush Heavens Glory like a bug under her heel? It doesn't make sense.
5/3/2021 01:06:11 pm
I sort of agree.
5/4/2021 12:23:16 pm
It was interesting, and it showed the limitations Lindon, Eithan, and even Mercy still have to grow through. Eithan was limited because he assumed a greater intelligence level on the part of Heavens Glory than they actually had, Mercy was limited because she WANTS to live up to her namesake, even when that's not possible. Lindon was limited because as much as he's grown, it's funny how when people who have grown into being adults return to their parents/family, all that growth goes away. In a way the Phoenix did him a massive favor. It rendered a return to Sacred Valley impossible. All his dreams of saving everyone, and then his newly grown dreams of helping everyone rebuild, only served as a distraction, and he needs to firmly put Sacred Valley behind him to continue his path. Sometimes the near impossible is actually impossible, and at least the people he has grown to care about in the Blackflame Empire have been spared.
So.. Here's how into these books (I've listen to the whole series on Audible.. I'll be super sad if you go with a different narrator for Vol.10 btw) .. Anyway.. Yesterday I was visiting my mom and was telling her about some tough stuff I need to work through and I was like.. "I'm fine! I'll just cycle my made a and it will be fine!" She was like "uhh..??" 🤣🤣 can't wait for 10!!
5/4/2021 05:04:40 pm
Don’t listen to anything he says. Will is the father of lies. 10 is done and Lindon dies. Why you ask? Because he is sick of writing the name Lindon.
5/16/2021 05:09:51 pm
I don't think I can handle the end of the cradle series... I'm not emotionally equipped for such things...
5/24/2021 03:50:03 pm
I my head read "don't quote me, but 6-7 months until the next book", my heart heard "it'll really only be 2-3 months", but I know that I'll be checking back next week to see if Reaper is released yet.
5/26/2021 01:41:40 pm
I just recently became a subscriber to Audible. Cradle has easily become one of my top favorite worlds to dive into. The person who narrates these books is wonderful! I've cried, laughed, and smirked in satisfaction on numerous occasions listing to these books while I work. I have blown through the first 6 books in a week, and I'm about a quarter through the seventh. This story, the characters, and everything about this world is amazing. I Just needed to let you know that I am now a HUGE fan, and plan on reading/listening to all other books of yours for the rest of your career (and hopefully its a very long one :) ) Thank you!
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