When Shawn Speakman and Grim Oak Press released the first Unfettered anthology in 2013, the epic fantasy collection included “River of Souls,” a deleted scene from Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s A Memory of Light. However, “River of Souls” was one of two scenes left on the proverbial cutting room floor during the revisions process. “The second, I assumed, would never see the light of day,” Sanderson wrote on his official website today before announcing that the second deleted scene will appear in Unfettered III in early 2019.
The as-yet-untitled deleted scene involves Perrin traveling into the Ways. Sanderson writes:
I’ve long been fond of this sequence, and it was quite difficult to cut from the book. (In the anthology itself, I’ll explain why we eventually decided that the sequence needed to go.) I do have to warn you that—unlike River of Souls, which we consider canon to events in the Wheel of Time—this as-of-yet untitled sequence is NOT canon. You’ll want to read it in the same way you’d watch an unfinished, alternate film scene that ended up not being used.
Still, I think it’s an exciting and interesting chunk of writing. It’s quite big, as long as a novella, and it addresses one of the big unanswered questions we left hanging at the end of the Wheel of Time. So I think you’re in for a treat.
In the official announcement on Grim Oak Press’ website, Speakman shared his delight at being able to publish the second scene from A Memory of Light: “[W]here once I thought Unfettered would have the last Wheel of Time fiction published, it turns out that Unfettered III may carry that distinction and all for a great cause.” He further revealed that Unfettered III will also include a new Dune story from Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
Unfettered III will be available March 19, 2019 from Grim Oak Press.