Tad Williams announced today that he has written well over 500 pages of the first draft of The Witchwood Crown, the first volume in his new series, “The Last King of Osten Ard”:
Just to let you all know, I hit a nice little milestone today — 555 pages of the 1st draft, end of Chapter 30. I’ve actually had time again to get into a rhythm, and it’s amazing how much faster it goes when I have dedicated working time and thinking time.
With 30 chapters of the first draft having been written, the manuscript may already be larger than Stone of Farewell, which only contained 28 chapters. In comparison, The Dragonbone Chair had 44 chapters and To Green Angel Tower had 60. This means that the manuscript is approaching or has already exceeded the size of previous Osten Ard books. Williams is known for long, intricate stories, and it looks as though The Witchwood Crown will be no exception.
In other news, it appears as though the publication date of The Witchwood Crown has been pushed back to Spring 2016, to allow time for editing of what is likely to be a massive manuscript. The original publication date had been set to Fall 2015. Williams writes very fast, and there likely will be no long publication delays that have been seen in other massive epic fantasies such as Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” or George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”. Indeed, The Witchwood Crown was only announced in April of this year.
Tad Williams has announced that he has written around 400 pages of The Witchwood Crown, Book One of his new epic fantasy series “The Last King of Osten Ard”:
I’ve had a lot of other things going on, so I’m only at about page 400 of the book, but I’m back into a stretch where I can work on it full-time again.
The first volume of the new Osten Ard series, a sequel to the classic “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” books, is expected to be published sometime late next year, but no concrete date has yet been set. Each new novel in the series is expected to be about the size of previous Osten Ard novels, which were between 750 and 1,600 pages each.
Tad Williams has made significant progress on writing The Last King of Osten Ard, his new sequel series to the critically-acclaimed Memory, Sorrow and Thorn fantasy series. Last week, he reported that he has already written between 150 and 250 pages of the first volume (The Witchwood Crown):
Just to let you know I’m somewhere between two hundred and two hundred and fifty pages in. (Haven’t counted lately.) Currently in Elvritshalla and the Hayholt, but also about to be in the Lake Thrithings. Themes are thick and fast on the ground. Not surprising, since I’ve been here before.
Williams had reported earlier that he was already working on Chapter Twelve. Progress on the new series has been incredibly swift, with approximately 50,000 words being written in just a few weeks.
The Witchwood Crown is currently projected to be released in late 2015, but at this point, all dates are tentative. The tome is the first of three, with the second and third volumes tentatively titled Empire of Grass and The Navigator’s Children. Each volume is expected to be around the same size as the previous books set in the same universe, at between 750 and 1,600 pages each. To Green Angel Tower, the third volume in the original series, is one of the longest novels ever written in the English language. Williams later referred to this volume as “The Book That Ate My Life”.
Williams intends to provide updates on the progress of the books on a regular basis.