Preordered, so exciting!
Already pre-ordered .I remember when I bought house of blades and it had no reviews and like 20 copies sold. Congratulations and I hope you become as big as Brandon Sanderson.
Im so excited. I pre-ordered as soon as I found out!!!!
Thanks for sticking with me so long, Jaime!
I don't know about Brandon Sanderson, but I'll be happy enough if I can make it as far as his less-successful clone, Brindle Sinderson.
I actually bought House of Blades the first month it came out, and I remember thinking "What have I done? I just started the first book in a series by some no name random author. It's probably going to suck and even it it's any good this 'Will Wight' guy will probably disappear long before writing the final book in the series. Best case scenario and the sequel comes out in four years."
I'm glad you proved me wrong.
I am quite fond of preorders. I have already preordered my copy and I’m glad we got the option this time.
What about of kings and killers? :'(
The Consultants sent Gardners after it. It got... clipped.
If only it was OKAK
It's a good question, and I'll copy the answer I used in a reddit thread:
It’s going to be a few more months. Because of the complexity of the project, and because I’ve been trying some new processes to make my writing more efficient, I don’t know if that means more like 3 months or more like 6 months.
I realized a couple of months ago that at the current rate, it was likely to be a whole year since Ghostwater by the time OKAK came out, and that’s a big gap in releases. I have assistants to pay now. So I wrote Underlord, because I basically knew how long that would take to do and that I could use it to cover the long gap between releases.
I was reluctant to do that, though. I’d like to finish OKAK, both to get it off my plate and because I want to write the ending as much as its fans want to read the ending.
Congrats on having assistants to pay! One of the trappings of success .
Look at this man employing people. Going to think he's a clan patriarch soon. Now take my money!
Thanks for the update and explanation!
It actually makes me happier about the cradle release since despite much preferring okak series I like having more books and less wait time. And I’ve liked every cradle book more than the last so def looking forward to it
Tell the truth will
Ur having too much fun writing cradle now
So much that it's kind of become a hobby or guilty pleasure.
While okak fells like a job or ur second best child :)
I only check in occasionally, so I'm not sure when OKAK got replaced with another Cradle book (or at least, Underlord snuck in first), but I'm super happy to hear it. Cradle is definitely my favorite of your series.
March 1'st? Good. Good! That is the day I shall leave my secluded meditation.
Are you going to be reading the first chapter of the book on discord again?
Because that would be awesome.
Wait, there's a discord server for Will? That's so cool! Any idea where I can find a link?
Somewhere on reddit... It's called a discord of dubious intent, but I can't seem to get an invite link for you... I found it somewhere on reddit atleast
I like pre-orders. I shall now wait in a trance, until something of note happens on March 1st.
I don’t intend to pre-order when I can get the book for no cost with my kindle unlimited subscription
If you go on to Wills Facebook page Travis (narrator) says he will give us the first chapter but instead he rips out our hearts mercilessly. All we get is a video of him in a squid had.So I ask both Will and Travis: WHY. Why must you be so cruel to your desperate fans? I'm just going to sit in a corner and cry myself to sleep over and over until March finally comes. Then I will read Underlord and take Will hostage so that he may write Cradle books for me until the end of time *cackles evilly*.
There does not seem to be a reason to preorder it since I read on kindle but I did so... not sure why.
If you pre order a book, you will be notified the INSTANT it becomes downloadable and readable. Which isn't always the same thing as midnight on the day it was released, I spent about half an hour growling at Amazon tech support until Words of Radiance finally appeared on my Kindle.
Hey I'm sorry if this is a little early but, how is progress on the book after underlord.
...this guy. This guy right here.
I’ve got to admit that is either great comedy, asking about the book after underlord, or the begings of the downfall of society! It gave me a chuckle so I’m going with comedy! That’s gold Eric! Gold!
I got a chuckle out of this as well! I can relate; it's hard to wait to see where the Cradle crew will go next, but it never disappoints!
I gladly buy every book Will puts out there, and am looking forward to OKAK as well, but Cradle is my favorite
What about Cradle 9? I've been waiting since FOREVER! :D
I have kindle unlimited, I still pre-ordered Underlord. I use my unlimited account to find new authors that I might enjoy. I've enjoyed all of Will's books so I make sure I purchase them all to better support an author I enjoy. If he had to get a second job, the books would come out slower!
I pre-ordered yesterday. When I woke up today the pre-order was gone and I had a confirmation for the box set. Something is up with Amazon.
Went to the link from this post instead of from the email and it seems to be working correctly. I'm not sure if the email link was messed up or if I was so excited about Overlord that I didn't pay attention to what I was buying.
Yeah, I checked the Underlord link from the email when I read this comment, and it's working correctly for me. However, I did also link the collection separately, so maybe I accidentally baited you!
Seriously? #1 Best Seller in Asian Myth & Legend? You didn't even sell any yet!
The rankings go up as pre-orders come in, which is cool to watch!
Pre-ordered as soon as I could. Can't wait. I was actually just about to comment on the Asian Myth & Legend thing lol. How does Amazon decide which category to put you in?
I don't know why but I really like that cover. It speaks to me... Must be going crazy; oh well I knew the day was coming.
You know they always say never judge a book by its cover.
But what else are u supposed to judge it by??
I mean if eyes are out that leaves touch taste and smell , that isn't any help either .
I remember looking up house of blades quite a few times and not starting it cause and I hate to say it the cover looked bland and generic but I liked the synopsis , so I must have changed my mind several times and finally read it on a friends Kindle.
So am happy now that even the covers have become eye-catching.
Sorry for the rant.
lol Underlord is #1 before it sold https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/6809432011/ref=zg_b_bs_6809432011_1/ref=pd_sim_351_bsb_1?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07NJ3B6HN&pd_rd_r=c1444e06-2d85-11e9-9615-bffc858cf82c&pd_rd_w=FSMo9&pd_rd_wg=cudqj&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=NGPRK9X9QA2319H9A94T&refRID=NGPRK9X9QA2319H9A94T
18 days. How it is possible, that every day now fell like it has timespace of whole month?
11 days to go! Already re-read all previous books and ... and ... well ... I want the Underlord now. :-)
I hope I can read this one slower than the last one and make it last more than a few hours. I hope I can make this one last a week. Maybe read no more than 1 chapter at a time.
If it helps a little, it's the second-longest in the series so far (next to Blackflame)! It's about 13% longer than Ghostwater.
Nope it doesn't really.
It will still be finished in a single session and it will still feel too short , but hey that's the mark of an interesting read.
Do u really love a series if u didn't wanted it to be longer and longer ,think back to all ur favorite reads.
You and I both know that isn't going to happen. We all lack the self-control to not immediately devour the book. Then, when we're done reading we shall collectively look around in a daze thinking 'where's the next one?'
After the click bait post from Feb 8, I decided it was time to prepare my core for underlord, and began my visit to cradle for the 5th time. Only 7 days have come and gone and all 5 books have been devoured again... I too feel your pain.
FANTASTIC! I have preordered my copy of Underlord already. Having enjoyed the Skysworn audiobook (mr travis baldree doing a fine job, thank you very much) I wonder if he is hard at work on Ghostwater yet?
I found it curious that only Blackflame continues to be unavailable on whispersync for kindle - but I hope that with time it will be made available for purchase.
I have great hopes for Underlord...thanks for continuing this entertaining series!
yay - blackflame now in whispersync, so the whole cradle series (except ghostwater) is now affordibly enjoyable in audio as well as written format!!
thank you very muchly!
Thanks for working so hard and getting these out so fast.
Now work harder on the next Cradle book please :)
Do you know if the audiobook for Ghostwater will be up before Underlord comes out? I want to listen to the series for my re-read so I remember what's going on before I jump to Underlord.
It does not seem likely base on the turn around of the last book but I wouldn't be surprised if it is not done and just waiting for audibles review before Underlord is out.
Well, how was Hamilton?
Hi, Will. Here’s a completely random question that just occurred to me as I was reading people’s comments, although it really has nothing to do with them at all.
Ahem, my question is…
Will you see Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 in theaters? If so, will you give your opinion on your blog? Pllllleeeeaaassseee?
That’s all I have to say…ask.
P.S. Computer keys loves to be whacked, so keep making them happy! :-)
I will be seeing both opening night, and I really should review them. I see most high-profile movies in theaters, and I break them down for myself anyway. Plus I just enjoy writing quick reviews.
why isn't your comment in blue like "your" comments usually are? are you the real will? the games afoot!
I was wondering the same thing…
And Will, that’s excellent news for me!
Did u see Alita
I think preorders all depend on how much people like the book. I read kindle, and have unlimited, but I love the books you write so I preordered. Can you say how many preorders have come through?
I'd like to take the Ozriel pre-order option, which includes all the future books.
Ah look into the WAY my friend
Join the Abidan Wolf division and become a guardian of destiny.
Abuse ur authority and task ur presence to calculate and compile the most likely version of the future books to come and read the hell out of it.
And if the future changes due to tinkering be plesenty surprised by the subtle difference in the tale that makes it reading a new joy
- requirement ad for bibliophiles
Pre-ordered. Read everything you sold. Keep 'em coming!
Yeah great but when's my next oreo review, huh!? This is completely unacceptable!
I like pre-order for books I know I will be buying.
On better news... Blackflame audiobook is now out on Whispersync and discounted price for those owning the Ebook!!!!!! finally!!!!!
Yeah, finally! My assistant has been on the phone with Amazon every weekday since right after Blackflame came out, and it has taken FOREVER for her to get Amazon to move Whispersync forward. And Skysworn was linked almost immediately -_-
But hey, at least it’s finally up!
ghostwater has now joined its brethren in my audible corral - yippee
Pre-ordered, ive been following you sense house of blades and own all your kindle books, i have all of your audible books but crimson vault and wanted to ask a question... are we going to get a time jump in underlord? or are we gunna get more fast paced advancement thru challenge? I would love to know what happens just after ghostwater with the fall out from their "trainers"
Based on the page of Underlord that Will updated we get to see the aftermath of Ghostwater. I don't have the link to it but it's on his Facebook page. It's the Monkey one.
Im gonna preorder it for both my US and Australian accounts. I started an account in Australia because last book, Ghostwater, it came out first in Australia. LoL.
Hahaha good stuff ;)
I love pre-orders! Why? Because now I have the book safely locked into the Kindle delivery system and if I for some reason don't make it back to the authors website for however long...I still get a surprise one Tuesday evening after midnight! Hip Hip Hooray!
There are few things worse (in proportion that is) in a day than to go to the website of an author your rather and enjoy and *BAM* WTF!! What do you mean the book has been out for two months!!!
So while I don't often read the forums for my favorite authors and only post once in a while, being able to pre-order is awesome!
U know u think it would be a joy if the book got released before the time but all u can fell is the crushing feeling that u could have been reading it already if u had checked the author's site more frequently.
That's what happened to me when ghost water (or was it blackflame) got released early and I found after 4 days
Random possible spoiler question.
Don't know if Will is even going to check this thread anymore, but if you do Will, I was wondering in Soulsmith, during my reread, I came upon Yerin talking about how many Sword Paths there are. She states "There's enough path manuals to pave the streets from here to Phoenix Height."
Where or What is Phoenix Height?
It’s a mythical location at the top of a sky-piercing mountain where phoenixes go when their cycle of death and rebirth is over.
Really excited for the next book Will! I'm re-reading Ghostwater right now in preparation.
Weirdly enough, I started reading your books about the same time I started at UCF. Small world. Anywho, Go knights!
Am I the only one who wants more travelers gate references like in the bloopers for Ghostwalker except actually part of the story?
Not that I'm bored with what you're doing cuz I'm not, but are you considering any new stories at this point?
Don't listen!!! Don't do it! That's one of my biggest beefs with Brandon Sanderson these days; he keeps getting distracted with new writing ideas that, while enjoyable, continuously diminish our chances of ever finishing the series he already started. At his current pace, words of Radiance (all 10 books) won't be finished for something like 30 years, and that's IF he sticks it out
I'll never stop writing new stories. Tbh, it's hard for me to stick with an old concept and not just do something new every single time.
Will! Do you know if the audiobook for ghostwater will be up before underlord? Im listening to the audiobooks for my re-read.
Hey, Will. I've recently sogned up for your mailing list, but I haven't received the compilation of short stories yet. Could you please send them to me?
Try going in under say hello and sending him a message
There is a link floating around on the subreddit. You might get it faster there.
The Ghostwater audiobook just went up for sale. You can buy it now if anybody is looking for it.
10 days... almost to single digits
Awesome!!! Looking forward to it! :)
I've been meaning to ask this since the first book and I thought of it more after reading Chinese xanxia novels, how long do sacred artist cultivators live depending on their levels?
This is left a bit vague, but it depends on a host of factors from my perspective. It seems like Sages age super slowly, while Heralds are ageless alongside Monarchs. On the other had it seems to depend on the life aura in your body, going up a stage naturally strengthens that life aura. There are other ways to augment your life aura like elixers such as the one Lindon and Orthos used.
Once you're past your prime you reverse age once you strengthen your life aura such as how Orthos re-youthenized. This, in my opinion, is what would have happened to Jai Daishou (did I get that right?) had he advanced a stage.
From what I gather
1. The greater ur cultivation level the greater is ur life span or life aura if u will .
Suppose hypothetically a gold lives for 200 yr so at 180 he's near dead.
But on advancing to lord he gets a lifespan of 1000, now his 180 years are nothing he's a teenager in terms of age and vitality.
2. Orthos was a special case as he drank a .Unique/rare elixer which recharged him kind of like he was at 10% battery and now he's at 80% his overall life expectancy value is same but it got reset.
3. Jai daishou used an artifact to escape death and that's all it did not increase his level or life aura , he will still die in a year or so as before.(based on what was written till now)
I think you misunderstood what I meant, I mean Jai Daishou would have undergone a similar transformation to Orthos reverse aging.
I think at any given stage, be It Copper- Archlord. There are hard limits to how far you can stretch your life span via elixers. Jai Daishou had likely stretched his lifespan as far as he could seeing as he was vastly rich and still dying. What prevented him from buying life reversing elixers? The answer is nothing, he likely just stretched and stretched his life aura till he was at a limit.
Yeah ur correct but would depend on the slider.
Jai daishou may have utilised all elixer within his reach but the life water was a monarchs treasure and even a monarchs garbage was treasure for heralds let alone a lowly underlord from a backwater empire.
So the effect would depend on slider in question
If it was potent enough he might reverse age.
But I think on advanceing a level he would remain the same age but his final age would increase and his aging rate slow.
And at certain level herald or sage he might be able to control his apparent age freely
One question I can't stop thinking about it since reading Ghost Water for the 3rd time. Since Lindon has two cores advancing to Underlord, and it was stated by Harmony in Ghost Water that advancement to Underlord required a spark of Soulfire to reforge the body and soul. Would Lindon need a spark for both cores and therefore forge himself to a higher degree than the average Underlord or would it act the same way as advancing to iron where multiple advancements don't stack. In black flame during the battle between the Jai Underlord and Ethan, it was said that Ethan forged his broom to a level the Jai Underlord couldn't imagine because of the amount of Soulfire and power Ethan was channelling into it. That makes me think that the more Soulfire used to advance the stronger the out come.
I would love to here everyone else thought on this before we possibly find out after the release.
As I imagine it, the soul (with its soulfire and soule space) is different from the core. You can combine soulfire with the spirit power but it can be used on itself... but that is just my imagination.
So Lindon will gain just one place above bellybutton with the soulfire as everybody else, unless he will split it too :-)
But again, that is just my imagination.
And Ethan once told, that thanks to his bloodline power, he can easily found sources of soulefire, so he can weaved easily and quickly more soulfire for himself.
I believe you are correct in that.
But I was talking about the act of advancing to Underlord and how the amount of Soulfire used in the forging of a new body and soul for Underlord or (multiple forging as could be the case with Lindon) could effect their power.
My gut feeling is to say "of course having more soul fire is going to lead to a better advancement". Just as having a larger, purer, and more condensed core leads to a more solid advancement from copper through to Truegold. However, the truth of the matter is, even though we have the knowledge of what to do for 2 of the 3 phases you must go through to reach Underlord; we have no idea how those process's actually work. We don't know how you open a soul space or how you weave soulfire, or even what the third phase entails beyond a new body and soul being "forged". Sadly there is so little information it is hard for me to even give speculation beyond, "the more you have of something (soulfire in this case) and the purer it is generally means stronger advancement in wuxia."
See it's not exactly the amt of soul flame available , but rather the amt the newly advanced true gold's (now underlord) body can bear in the weaving/refining of the body.
Similar to how Orthos could raise Lindon to true gold immediately but his body would explode long before.
So a large amt of soul fire may end up burning Lindon instead.
Think the difference as in melting and evaporation.
Or the difference in removing impurities from metal instead & damaging it.
Ethan used a ridiculous amt of soulfire on the broom as he said he believes in making instead of storing soul fire. Most likely due to his heavenly wheel technique , like a sheet of paper may tear due to a pen but a book won't.
Now coming to advancment
Firstly as per our current available info he becomes an underlord as soon as u have a spark of soul fire
A spark by nature is the the origin.
So it suggest it's the tipping point and unlikely something that u could suppress to make more soul fire.
Secondly ,as I said in another comment even if he made a ridiculous amt of soul fire before reforging his body , his body might just burn. Cause as it was mentioned soul fire truly separate an lord from gold
And an army of true gold cannot hope to bear the weakest of underlords due to it
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