The Apocalypse Guard

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by: Kelley Harris
Concept art commissioned by Brandon
The Apocalypse Guard is a forthcoming YA trilogy set in the same multiverse as The Reckoners. It is being published by Delacorte Press and the first installment is expected to be released mid 2020.[1]

Publishing rights have been acquired by Delacorte Press (also the publishers of The Reckoners), and the first book is arranged to be released in the spring of 2018,[2] written between Stormlight 3 and 4.[3]

The Apocalypse Guard series is set in a world parallel to that of the Reckoners, and an organization of superpowered individuals is at its center. Their collective objective is to save doomed planets, until the day something goes horribly wrong and it is up to one young member of the guard to fix things before time runs out for her and the planet she calls home.
Publication of the first book in the series is planned for mid 2020.
—From Delacorte Press's press release[1]


Emma is an intern for the Apocalypse Guard, an organization that travels through the multiverse to avert world-ending events. While dealing with one of these threats the Apocalypse Guard itself is attacked and Emma lands on a planet shortly before it will end. She must either find a way off-world or put in to action the Guard's plan with no training, no powers, and one person as tech support.[4][citation needed]


The main character. She is a summer intern at mission control for the Apocalypse Guard when it is attacked. As a result of the attack she is thrown into a doomed world and must find the Guard or another way off the world before it is destroyed.[5]
An entity that appears to be made of stone and fire.[6]
A human woman serving on an Apocalypse Guard team.[7]


The Apocalypse Guard takes place in a multiverse where only a relative few worlds are stable, with the vast majority are mere possibilities. Unfortunately these stable worlds are constantly facing world-ending events. The Apocalypse Guard is an organization of scientists, engineers, and individuals with extraordinary abilities dedicated to creating an enacting plans to avert these events if possible, or evacuate the planet if not.[5]

Emma lands on a world surrounded by an envelop of water in eminent danger of collapsing and flooding the planet.[citation needed]


Brandon first mentioned the series at the release party for Shadows of Self.[citation needed] It was then obliquely referenced in the 2015 State of the Sanderson as a "New YA Series".[3] He currently plans for it to be his next project, following the completion of Oathbringer with an eventual 2018 release.[4]

Brandon is planning to write all three books in the series before their release, similar to what he did for the Mistborn series. The release is currently planned for mid 2020.[1]


  1. a b c Oathbringer's Final Step
    Brandon's website - 2017-8-31#
  2. Apocalypse Guard announcement - Mar 1st, 2016#
  3. a b State of the Sanderson 2015
    Brandon's website - 2015-12-18#
  4. a b State of the Sanderson 2016
    Brandon's website - 2016-12-18#
  5. a b The Apocalypse Guard
    Brandon's website - Mar 3rd, 2016#
  6. Concept Art for Zoba
    — DeviantArt - Mar 4th 2016#
  7. Concept Art for Oracle
    — DeviantArt - Mar 4th 2016#
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