DAW Books’ newest author…

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Well, me, I suppose. Last week my agent, Russell Galen, closed a deal with Betsy Wollheim for a new epic fantasy trilogy called The Song of the Shattered Sands. It’s a story set in a powerful desert city that controls the flow of trade and spice through otherwise impassable terrain. There are echoes of both A Thousand and One Nights and Thieves’ World.

It’s a story about Çeda, a woman who fights in the pits to scrape a living from the cruel but beautiful city she calls home. As the story opens, she discovers that the book her mother left her before she died holds the clues to the unraveling the mystery of her mother’s death, which was tangled up in the story of the Twelve Kings of Sharakhai, men who have ruled the desert with an iron fist for nearly two hundred years. As Çeda begins to unlock the secrets hidden within the poems in the book—as well as what her mother was trying to do before she died—the Kings learn of her, and they will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried in the desert where they belong. And so the chase is on. Çeda must unlock the hidden riddles of her mother’s book before the Kings find her. She had better hope she does, for she is the last hope for the people of the desert.

I’m very pleased to be working with Betsy Wollheim. I’ve known her for a while, and she’s published many, many authors whose work I’ve admired and two authors who’ve had a great effect on who I am as a writer: Tad Williams and C.S. Friedman. From talking with others and speaking with Betsy herself, I’ve always liked the way they do business. I know it’s a business, but there’s also a family atmosphere, and that’s rare these days.

I got the news last Friday, and let me tell you, there was a point when I was reading over the email from my agent that I literally thought I was dreaming. You see, writers get so good at imagining that for a moment I thought I was. And then, when reality slipped back into view, the email was still there.

I’m both excited and nervous. A *good* nervous, though. I’m eager to return to the project. I’ve got a few things on my plate, not the least of which is wrapping up Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories, but once that’s done, I’m diving back into this tale.

I can’t wait!


  1. J. Kathleen Cheney

    February 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations! That’s fantastic ;o)

  2. Tim Ward

    February 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Congrats! Very interesting story, too!

  3. Brian H

    February 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Congratulations, that’s great news! Can’t wait to read the new series :-)

  4. Tina Connolly

    February 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Wow! Major congrats, Brad!

  5. Ryan Leduc

    February 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

    That is awesome! I was hoping you would get picked up by Daw. Congrats.

    I believe I heard an excerpt from the first book at world fantasy con in Toronto, I I liked it very much.

    I look forward to reading the full book!

    Congrats again!

  6. Mary Robinette Kowal

    February 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    That is FANTASTIC news. Congratulations!

  7. Paul Weimer (@princejvstin)

    February 14, 2013 at 11:55 am


  8. neth

    February 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    That’s great news! I look forward to reading them (eventually)

  9. Nathan

    February 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Excellent! Big ups to you, Brad!

  10. Carol Berg

    February 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    That’s fabulous, Brad! Congratulations!

  11. Qwill

    February 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    This is wonderful news! Congratulations!

  12. Brad

    February 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks so much, everyone. The show of support and the huzzas and the congrats is overwhelming and wonderful. I appreciate it very much!

  13. Shaun Brammer

    February 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Wow, that is cool. Congratulations!

  14. Paul Genesse

    February 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Dear Brad,

    You deserve this and I’m so proud of you. CONGRATULATIONS!

    Paul Genesse

  15. Brad

    February 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks, guys!

  16. Fabien Lyraud

    February 15, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Is it the same universe of the novella “of the spices of Sanandira” ?

    • Brad

      February 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

      It’s a *similar* universe, but not the same. The new books were definitely inspired by the Sanandira story, but I wanted to re-envision it because the backstory I’d already set up wasn’t quite working for me for the new tale I wanted to tell. I kept the sand-skimming ships, though! I love those.

  17. Rachel Klees Andersen

    February 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Congratulations, Brad! That is big, bold, wonderful news! (So glad you didn’t wake up with dead leaves under your bedspread…)

    • Brad

      February 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! And also, I’m sure there’s a reference I’m completely spacing with the leaves under my bedspread…

  18. Matthew MacNish

    May 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Very excited for you, Brad. This sounds most excellent.

    • Brad

      May 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Cheers, Matt! I’m very excited about it. The writing (in some ways) has been a breeze so far. I.e. when I get into the groove, it’s been *really* fun to write.