Unsouled - Released!
EDIT #2: It's live!
EDIT: It's uploaded! The book is in Amazon's hands now. Leave me a comment here or on Facebook when/if you see a working link.
Ladies and gentlemen, I'm currently preparing my newest novel (Unsouled) for upload! I'll be putting it up in just a few hours, which means it will be available tonight.
Unsouled is the first book in a series I'm calling simply Cradle, and I'm trying a few things differently with this story.
For one thing, I'm primarily following one character in chronological order. There are a few sections from a different POV, but 90% of the book is told from the perspective of the protagonist, Lindon. In Traveler's Gate I had Leah and Alin take up about a third of each book, and in Elder Empire I jumped around in time, but I'm keeping those things to a minimum here.
Second, I'm trying to fill in some details and progress a little more steadily than I have in the past. In House of Blades, for example, I skip some things I could have shown in scene, and Simon progresses very quickly from "completely powerless" to "murdering dozens of Travelers." In Cradle, Lindon will be moving at a more measured pace. If you wanted my books to fill in the books a little more and take it one step at a time rather than jumping ahead, this is the story for you.
Third, while I wrote this book primarily for fun, the series has room to grow as long as I want. In the TGT and EE, those series had planned ending points. This one doesn't.
It's about Lindon growing, exploring the world, and slowly becoming absurdly powerful.
If that sounds interesting to you, or if you enjoyed the preview I sent out over my mailing list last month, then check it out in a few hours!
Also, Unsouled is (by a little) the shortest novel I've written so far. I think it works better if the books are relatively short but they come out often, though I'm open to feedback on that.
Let me know what you think!
P.S. For those of you waiting for word on this month's mailing list story, I'm on it! I was in Central America, and then sick because I went to Central America, and then releasing this book. But it's coming very soon! Prepare thyself!
P.P.S. Also, House of Blades is on sale for free this week! Check it out!
6/13/2016 06:42:03 pm
I know we're all super fans, but this is kind of spoilery if you didn't come in with BLADES.
I don't really feel too bad about people spoiling themselves when they're choosing to go on the author's blog. Especially not when it's a spoiler like "Simon progresses quickly."
12/3/2017 08:51:39 pm
GRRRR! Curse you to the deepest depths of the void Will! I thought for sure Simon was going to continue to be powerless throughout the story, and that his true character arc would be him coming to terms with the fact that he's not the hero!
6/13/2016 06:44:19 pm
I'm so excited!
6/13/2016 07:33:45 pm
This book is going to be great
6/13/2016 08:35:07 pm
Hey, its up on amazon
6/13/2016 08:55:36 pm
Do not worry. We shall be certain to punish you thoroughly for your crime.
6/13/2016 09:38:56 pm
Awesome cant wait, this is perfect got a long flight coming up and now i have something to read.
6/13/2016 09:46:01 pm
Cant wait to read it and cant wait anylonger for my monthly short story
6/13/2016 10:19:00 pm
Just bought it on my Kindle app. Yes!
6/13/2016 10:28:07 pm
It's up! Just purchased. Link is in original post.
6/13/2016 11:00:00 pm
Just bought it I can't wait! I'm sure I'll be able to leave a great review!!
6/14/2016 02:02:44 am
Just finished. I like! So, which iteration is the Traveler's gate world?
6/14/2016 10:34:20 am
I keep looking for similarities in the characters in your different series, I actually held out on buying elder empire books because I was worried it would be more of the same from traveler's gate just in a different setting but I am continually blown away but just how unique each story you craft is. It isn't just the characters (although that is my absolute favorite thing about your writing they're just all so different), it's how each world is so well crafted and not just a recycled version of your last book. Unsouled was amazing and I cannot WAIT for your next book. Keep it up!!
6/14/2016 10:44:29 am
Ahhh, it felt so short but it was so good. Can't wait for the next one. Lindon is great.
6/14/2016 03:08:42 pm
I have a super nerd/man-crush on Simon, and Shera is my favorite. Your characters get better with every series, and I'm looking forward to reading about Lindon.
6/14/2016 03:23:28 pm
Hey will trying not to be to asking of spoilers or anything but if you had to put a release date on part three of elder empire books what would it be and I hope Shera gets a good nap in there.
6/16/2016 08:50:26 am
If you want this you have to earn it. Right here, right now. Also, it may help to awaken it. A self aware book, that might be trouble
6/14/2016 03:51:17 pm
Please please please tell me you're already have the next part in the works (by this I mean you're thinking of how the story will progress and have the some of it planned out)!!!
6/14/2016 04:19:49 pm
Really liked this book, read it all in one day.... When does the next one come out?
6/14/2016 05:24:10 pm
Will you directly deal with the Abidan in your other series?
6/15/2016 04:14:57 am
Oooh - so I was looking for info on the next instalment of EE and I find out you've written another book. Thanks.
I set the pricing myself, and as long as it's between $2.99 and $9.99, I get about 65% of what you pay.
6/20/2016 09:44:21 am
What do you get when people are getting your book from kindle unlimited ? I bought it myself (and enjoyed it immensely) but was wondering how does that model work.
6/15/2016 07:19:04 am
Wait, could people use madra outside of Cradle and intent outside of the Elder Empire world?
6/15/2016 01:02:28 pm
So when is the monthly mailing list story going to be sent out?
6/18/2016 05:58:36 pm
Any update on the monthly mailing list story? I devour any and all of your stories as soon as they are available and I am going into withdrawal with no new stories.
6/15/2016 04:55:40 pm
Loved the book. Read it in one sitting.
6/15/2016 06:21:25 pm
Quick question: if we post a theory and it happens to be correct, do you change the plot so that it is not so? If so, I'll keep quiet.
6/15/2016 08:48:28 pm
Keeping quiet won't work... He changes the plot before we even think of the theories.
6/16/2016 12:50:19 pm
I bought this a couple of minutes after release and after rationing this as much as I could I finished this yesterday. I reviewed it on amazon (5 stars - congrats), and put up a reddit post regarding your free house of blades (hopefully you can snare a feww more new readers from that sub reddit).
You know, I held off responding to this, because you gave me a review and I felt you deserved a well thought-out response.
6/16/2016 02:00:56 pm
My theory (spoiler-free)is that this occurs BEFORE the Traveler's Gate books, and that certain characters are connected, if not actually getting mentioned by a different name.
6/19/2016 03:40:53 pm
I have to admit, I was hoping you'd go full Sanderson Cosmere.
The Cosmere is way beyond me. They're sharing a solar system and a magical plane of existence, which sounds like it would be impossibly difficult to plot out. Only Brandon Sanderson could even attempt it, because he deserves the golden statue I have of him in my living room.
6/23/2016 04:52:46 pm
1. An underdog main character
6/17/2016 02:34:35 pm
Somewhere before 50% in the book, either the word "whole" is written instead of "hole" or vice versa. I didn't want to put it down to point this out at the time and now I can't remember which of the two it was but it is there.
6/17/2016 03:08:55 pm
Found it. Thanks for pointing it out, i'll relay it to him.
6/17/2016 09:31:03 pm
Read the book in a day. Really enjoyed it. I definitely see how it would have worked well as a web serial. My least favorite of your works however as I'm not generally a fan of that genre and the magic system seems the least interesting, but despite all that your writing kept me engaged as always.
Thanks for reading, Emily!
6/18/2016 06:31:34 am
I completely agree in the sense that Lindon has to change the rules in order to win. A satisfying failure for me would be when even after changing the rules of the engagement and still doesn't win.
6/18/2016 02:45:41 pm
This would be interesting, because he has been told before that just being clever isn't enough to take him as far as he needs to go. He needs to be clever, and to work hard.
6/19/2016 12:13:26 pm
Thanks for the thoughtful response! And I can't wait to see what the more fleshed out magic system will reveal.
EMILY: You've been very insightful, which helps me a lot. I can do risk.
6/28/2016 05:00:20 am
Will I agree with what you said, and by the rules of his world the only time he fought an adult, instead of a cocky child he spoilers died
6/17/2016 10:30:28 pm
MILD SPOILER ALERT
Glad you enjoyed it, Jason!
6/18/2016 06:22:33 am
This is what I get for commenting at 1:30 AM. Let me try this again with a little more intelligence.
That helps a LOT, thanks!
6/19/2016 12:19:07 pm
Will, Apparently I drastically underestimate how quickly you look at and reply to comments, that's awesome and I should check the blog faster.
6/17/2016 11:16:16 pm
Huh, what's this? A book, again? Okay, I'll give it a shot.
I was going to start releasing poems instead of books, but I decided to stick to what I knew.
6/18/2016 11:02:51 am
6/18/2016 11:10:15 pm
Not only only would we lynch you we give you a full Rasputin treatment (stabbed,drowned,shot,poisoned,lynched,suffocated,and I think like two other things as well)
6/18/2016 10:52:27 pm
Lynching is sooooo final. I was thinking maybe a couple years at git-mo getting water boarded, followed by a half a decade in Mexican prison. Get you a transfer to an Iranian prison where they threaten to kill you on a daily basis and water board you. Once you finished going through all that a few years in Arkham asylum would almost certainly be a welcome respite where you could get all those creative writing energies together and get back to work. See, that is sooo much better and less permanent than lynching and you would get all that life experience to write about in the process. Heck, you may even meet that special cell mate.
6/18/2016 11:12:55 pm
Actually scratch the Rasputin thing Brian S is a genius and his idea would work as long as he doesn't die in Mexican or Iranian prison but otherwise it would work
6/19/2016 10:14:26 am
I think y'all have gone just a LITTLE too far on the whole coming-after-will-wight-for-not-writing-fast-enough thing. He's not Patrick Rothfuss, who abandons his readers and just kind of stands around going to writing cons. Right? O.K, Patrick Rothfuss gets a lot of heat, and he's making sure it's all just right, but I would happily take a part one and two deal so I could at least get a fix. DON'T ABANDON US, WE HAVE FAITH IN YOU!
6/19/2016 12:36:16 pm
I don't think we've gone fast enough. If Will Wight doesn't have his next book released in 28 days, all that he loves will perish in a sea of flames.
6/19/2016 01:12:33 pm
Loved the book. Now I can't decide if I like this series or Traveler's better. Guess I'll have to wait and see where it goes from here. It was really well done though. I think what I enjoyed most was that I couldn't accurately predict what would happen next. The style was unique and all of the characters were very interesting. I look forward to the next one.
6/19/2016 09:01:24 pm
I just got the book the night it came out and finished Unsouled yesterday. I would have finished sooner but I work graveyard shift. I loved this book. I got it on Kindle Unlimited but it was so fun I might read it again and buy it for 3 bucks on its own. No offense will, I got used to the Elder empire style and it certainly had interesting world building, but I bonded with this character a lot faster than the protagonist of either sibling series of the Elder Empire. I look very forward to the next book.
Why would that offend me?
6/20/2016 03:16:43 am
Just finished your new book after randomly finding it while checking to see if you released any new TG stuff! Loved the heck outa it!
You won't BELIEVE what happens next, when Lindon gets a pet rat and meets Beirut, the Sovereign of Trolling.
6/21/2016 01:47:46 am
Hi Will loved Unsouled! I literally couldn't put it down untill 2am and suffered the consequences. I loved this book almost as much as house of blades and think that you should make the next book at least 3 times bigger! (and yes I read your comment about why you do short books and found it really insightful and understandable but really wanted to make a Zoolander reference). I enjoyed how quickly the world expanded. It reminded me a little of Gurren Lagann (which you should watch if you haven't seen it already). Keep up the amazing work. I think you are getting better and better as an Author!
6/22/2016 01:00:49 am
It's full title is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It starts small and the world keeps expanding and expanding. It's completely ridiculous but also epicly awesome! I've watched it a few times.
You didn't go to my link, did you Keith?
6/26/2016 08:29:01 am
I don't know why people seem to have problems with Lindon winning his battles. He pretty much only picks battles he can win! On the flip side of the argument, I kind of hate when a protagonist loses in some contrived way. I can't believe people were saying there was no tension either. SPOILERS That final battle had a darth vader vs emperor ending. How can you claim you saw that coming?
You know, I see their point. I didn't at first, because Lindon's not grossly overpowered (he's underpowered) plus he does lose a couple of fights AND the ones he wins are close. Like you said, I was okay with it because he's the kind of guy who is constantly looking for a way he can win. If there isn't a decent chance of winning, he's not going to do it.
8/16/2016 11:44:45 am
You know, I understand where people are coming from with the "but all of his plots work!" angle. On the flip side, that's what an effective plotter /does/. As you point out, he only picks fights that he can win, and even then it's usually by redefining victory. Very Ulysses.
That's exactly what I thought, Joshua.
6/27/2016 12:13:34 pm
Do you know how you plan on releasing other Cradle books (I.e. After u finish elder empire, or the new travelers gate, etc.)
7/1/2016 12:53:48 pm
Woohoo! Will Wight comes in clutch!
6/29/2016 08:19:13 am
I have to say I've read everything you've put out, and you're really coming into your own. My wife is a writer although not yet published(I think the one she's currently working on will be published), and I've watched her grow as well. It seems like each time you come out with a book series, it's better than the last. I think this one holds great promise. I love your "magic system", and can't wait to see how it all unfolds.
7/2/2016 05:36:14 pm
It feels like your worldbuilding has really developed, and you're taking bigger risks. That's what I've enjoyed.
Yeah, it's a long journey. For what it's worth, I do recommend Kindle Direct Publishing. You finish a novel (which is the step most aspiring writers never reach), then you put it up, and you get feedback from real readers. It's a live-fire exercise, and you're learning and growing under real conditions.
7/3/2016 06:49:03 pm
What's interesting is watching the growth and the plateaus that go along with the growths. It's almost like a video game, where you level up and then you gain these new abilities, but then you plateau for a bit until you level up again. It's been hard on the plateaus to keep striving forward. She's been writing for 5 years but then we moved to Mexico where she was finally able to go for it full time. And she's on her fifth novel and this current one *I* feel is better than some drivel I read on Amazon(she leveled up). I'm a voracious reader, and I read 3-4 novels a week(after starting 6 or so). I alpha and beta read for my wife and her writing group.
It's not the feedback.
6/30/2016 06:40:04 pm
Good! There was SO MUCH unanswered in the Traveler's Gate trilogy that really could have been expanded on. That being said, can we get some swearing/adult themes? We've got guys getting cut in pieces, but god forbid someone says something!
10/13/2016 12:39:45 pm
I was wondering when book 3 of the cradled series was coming out (when i read the description of 1 and 2, I bought them immediately, KNOWING they would be good books, and after that, I couldn't put them down).
11/13/2016 07:34:37 am
I loved the travellers gate books (still want more of simon) now I'm loving the cradle books I need book 3 and I might as well say it now book 4 to. Thanks for all the great books.
3/1/2017 03:09:15 pm
Finished Unsouled in January. Liked it. Read some other books by various authors and spent 3 weeks on my last book as it was quite boring and poorly written. Then read Soulsmith in 3 days. ABSOLUTELY loved it! Book 3 can not come soon enough! :-)
5/30/2022 07:18:32 am
Utterly random comment but I find this series’ humble beginnings really fascinating to learn about. It makes me feel some kind of awe and I can’t really be much more eloquent about it than, “Oh isn’t it absolutely amazing how well loved and known these books are now, that a huge number of other writing blogs and reader discords and novels shout out Will and Cradle?” A little sad I couldn’t see history in the making - I only discovered Cradle last year through aforementioned recommendations - but it’s still absurdly, incredibly satisfying to be able to peek at pieces of it in these old blog posts. Anyways, really glad you wrote what’s become one of my favourite series of all time, Will.
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