The only life Tress has known on her island home in an emerald-green ocean has been a simple one, with the simple pleasures of collecting cups brought by sailors from faraway lands and listening to stories told by her friend Charlie. But when his father takes him on a voyage to find a bride and disaster strikes, Tress must stow away on a ship and seek the Sorceress of the deadly Midnight Sea. Amid the spore oceans where pirates abound, can Tress leave her simple life behind and make her own place sailing a sea where a single drop of water can mean instant death?
Gollancz are also due to publish Brandon’s three other Secret Projects novels: THE FRUGAL WIZARD’S HANDBOOK FOR SURVIVING MEDIEVAL ENGLAND (June 2023), YUMI AND THE NIGHTMARE PAINTER (October 2023), and THE SUNLIT MAN (January 2024).
‘Sanderson’s storytelling rhythm makes this a fun excursion into an ancillary world of the Cosmere, where a world-building whim — in this case, seas made of spores rather than water — grows into a full fledged adventure… An original fairy tale that will delight fans of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust’ — Booklist
Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.