The God is Not Willing is the title for the first book in the Witness Trilogy, Steven Erikson's follow up to the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

In October 2017, Erikson announced on his Facebook page[2] that the book would be his next published Malazan work. In order to work on the book, he announced he was temporarily putting aside his work on Walk in Shadow, the concluding volume of the Kharkanas Trilogy.[2]

The story features Karsa Orlong and is expected to take place 4 to 5 years after the events of The Crippled God.[2]


  • Erikson discussed his work on the book in an essay called Life on Thin Ice: Updating my Progress on The Witness Trilogy.
  • Erikson expected to write the majority of the novel on a newly purchased Gemini PDA similar to one he had used to write several earlier Malazan books.[3] Ultimately the ergonomics of the new device did not work out and the author completed the book on a laptop.[4]
  • At least some of the book was written at the Little June coffee shop in Victoria, B.C., Canada.[4]
  • It was not until after writing the first 80 or 90 pages of the novel that he realised he had actually written the opening of the second book in the series. "I realised I was leaving too much backstory" and had to start over. Getting started on the book "took a little longer than expected, but at the same time, once it's done, I've got 80 pages of the second novel already done."[5]
  • Erikson completed the first draft of the novel on 28 February 2020.[6]

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