Defiant (book) - The Coppermind (2024)

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by Charlie Bowater

Skyward (series)
ReleasedNovember 21, 2023[1]

Defiant is the fourth book in the Skyward series and the sequel to Cytonic. It was released November 21, 2023. It is the last novel in the initial Skyward arc, although Skyward Legacy will include some of the same characters.[2]


  • 1 Synopsis
  • 2 Summary
  • 3 Cover Gallery
  • 4 Interior Art
  • 5 Notes


Spensa made it out of the Nowhere, but what she saw in the space between the stars has changed her forever. She came face to face with the Delvers, and finally got answers to the questions she's had about her own strange Cytonic gifts.

The Superiority didn't stop in it's fight for galactic dominance while she was gone, though. Spensa's team, Skyward Flight, was able to hold Winzik off, and even collect allies to help with the cause, but it's only a matter of time until humanity--and the rest of the galaxy--falls.

Defeating them will require all the knowledge Spensa gathered while in the Nowhere. But being Cytonic is more complicated than she ever could have imagined. Now, Spensa must ask herself: how far is she willing to go for victory, if it means losing herself--and her friends--in the process.

The final book in the Skyward series will free humanity, or see it fall forever.

—Blurb from Kobo[3]


For a chapter-by-chapter summary, see /Summary.

Cover Gallery[edit]

For a cover gallery of Defiant, see /Covers.

Interior Art[edit]

For a gallery of the book's interior art, see /Interior art.


  1. Dragonsteel 2022
    Arcanum - 2022-11-14#
  2. Miscellaneous 2023
    Arcanum - 2023-01-01#
  3. Kobo
    — Kobo - 23.02.2023#

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Skyward (Cytoverse)
Skyward · Starsight · Cytonic · Defiant
(Defending Elysium · Sunreach · ReDawn · Evershore)
CharactersSpensa · M-Bot · Doomslug · Jorgen · Cobb · Kimmalyn · FM · Rig · Hurl · Nedd · Arturo · Ironsides · Morriumur · Vapor · Hesho · Brade · Cuna · Winzik · Jason Write · Alanik · Chet · Peg · Becca Nightshade
GroupsVarvax · Figment · Kitsen · Dione · Taynix · Delvers · Skyward Flight · Defiant League · Defiant Defense Force · Superiority · KRELL
PlacesDetritus · Igneous Cavern · Alta Base · Flight School · Starsight · Platform Prime · Nowhere · Earth · ReDawn · Evershore · Evensong
OtherCytonics · Lifebuster · Human Wars · Battle of Alta · Battle of Alta Second · Phone Company · Cytoverse
Published works of Brandon Sanderson
(Bibliography · Sample material · Unpublished works · Media rights · People)
The Stormlight ArchiveThe Way of Kings · Words of Radiance · Oathbringer · Rhythm of War
(Edgedancer · Dawnshard)
MistbornEra 1: The Final Empire · The Well of Ascension · The Hero of Ages
Era 2: The Alloy of Law · Shadows of Self · The Bands of Mourning · The Lost Metal
(Mistborn: Secret History · The Eleventh Metal · Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania)
Other Cosmere WorksArcanum Unbounded · Elantris · The Sunlit Man · Tress of the Emerald Sea · Warbreaker · White Sand · Yumi and the Nightmare Painter
(The Hope of Elantris · The Emperor's Soul · Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell · Sixth of the Dusk)
Alcatraz Versusthe Evil LibrariansAlcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians · The Scrivener's Bones · The Knights of Crystallia · The Shattered Lens · The Dark Talent · Bastille Versus the Evil Librarians
The ReckonersSteelheart · Firefight · Calamity · Lux
LegionLegion · Skin Deep · Lies of the Beholder · The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds ·
CytoverseSkyward · Starsight · Cytonic · Defiant
(Defending Elysium · Sunreach · ReDawn · Evershore · Hyperthief)
The Wheel of TimeThe Gathering Storm · Towers of Midnight · A Memory of Light
(River of Souls)
Dark OneDark One Book 1 · Forgotten
Infinity BladeAwakening · Redemption
Other StoriesFirstborn · The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England · I Hate Dragons · Heuristic Algorithm and Reasoning Response Engine · The Rithmatist
Dreamer · Perfect State · Snapshot · Children of the Nameless · The Original
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