The final volume of the Wheel of Time, "A Memory of Light," was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor -- his wife, Harriet McDougal -- to complete the final book. Read more...
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The final volume of the Wheel of Time, "A Memory of Light," was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor -- his wife, Harriet McDougal -- to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so Tor proudly presents "The Gathering Storm" as the first of three novels that will make up "A Memory of Light." This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era.
In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward -- wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders---his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.
Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower -- and possibly the world itself.
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Putting together 'The Gathering Storm,' book 12 of the Wheel of Time® series
When fantasy writer extraordinaire Robert Jordan died in 2007, his best-selling Wheel of Time series was left in limbo. His widow and editor, Harriet McDonald, selected novelist Brandon Sanderson to write the two final books using Jordan's extensive notes. Here, Sanderson explains how it feels to step into the shoes of a giant.
In a word, it's been daunting. Imagine stepping into a room and seeing an enormous chalkboard filled with equations, then being told that Einstein wrote them all out before he died. At the very end is a small blank spot, the apex of the entire formula, and a glaring 'equals' sign right before it.My job has been to sort through all of the notes, the equations, the bits and pieces of shattered glass in an attempt to reconstruct what was going on in the genius's mind during those last months. There are parts that were scratched out, others that ran into dead ends, others where logical leaps were made that aren't explained. There are hints, tidbits and guideposts. In places, the way is clearly marked. It's been the most challenging, rewarding and reverent literary experience of my life. Here is just a glimpse into the astounding detail behind Robert Jordan’s notes and materials for the Wheel of Time:
And meet the team—“Team Jordan”—who was with me all the way through The Gathering Storm:
Brandon Sanderson is currently hard at work on book 13 in the Wheel of Time series, Towers of Midnight, and preparing for a national tour to support The Gathering Storm. You can find more information on the series and tour dates here or on Sanderson's own website.