Battle At Orr Triggersad, over at TalkTyria posted some predictions about what he thinks the next Guild Wars novel will be about. I think they’re some good predictions, and I’m sure one of them may end up being true, or even, more than one. However I have my own thoughts on the next novel which I’ve posted a few times here and there. Mostly thoughts on who the next author could be. In summary, since Jeff Grubb, Matt Forbeck and J. Robert King all belong to the same writers group, I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone from the same group as author, or someone else familiar to Guild Wars fans like Ree Soesbee. The main thrust of Triggers post of course is the subject matter, what will it be about? Ghosts of Ascalon takes place about 1 year before Guild Wars 2 and Edge of Destiny about 5 years. All three books are meant to be a bridge between the original game and the next. The third book then must take place even before Edge. Here’s another thing I’ve always wondered about. This piece of concept art. Speculation has it that the eye-patched individual is related to the Thackeray family, and the art has been around for a while. Somewhere along the way the image was titled Battle at Orr and it seems quite epic. I’ve always thought that if Patch is a specific character then the art must be for a specific purpose. Especially since the time frame seems to be before the Guild Wars 2 era. The dwarf as well is out of place, as if to speak to a specific character. Concept art is usually vague and unspecific to allow for imaginations to run wild. I’ve always thought we’d see these two. So I think the 3rd book will be about Zhaitan and attempts to kill him. A battle in Orr. EDIT: Just by chance I searched Guild Wars at Simon & Schuster’s website. Sea of Sorrows by Ree Soesbee. Further Edit: Cheiron from Guild Wars 2 Forum added a nice comment in the post. He searched for the ISBN and found a reference to Steven Savile as co-author, perhaps a Jeff Grubb/Matt Forbeck situation. There was also this. Thanks Cheiron. Edit: Savile is no longer attached to the book apparently.