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Robert Jordan

Newest release - Towers of Midnight - Wheel of Time Book 13 - in hardcover November 2, 2010. Also, The Gathering Storm - Wheel of Time Book 12 in paperback on September 28, 2010.

The final book, A Memory of Light, has been converted into a trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, as there is too much material for one book. The name has been preserved for the final book in the series. See the series chronology and book summaries below.

December 7, 2007 - Tor Books has announced that fantasy author (Mistborn series) Brandon Sanderson will complete the final book in the series, to be entitled A Memory of Light. No release date yet.

September 16, 2007- After a long battle, Robert Jordan has passed away. May he rest in peace.

Robert Jordan is one of America's best selling fantasy authors - based entirely on the phenomenal success of his Wheel of Time series, which follows a group of young people as they grow into heroes and heroines fighting the Dark One to save their world.

Extremely bright (his degree was in physics) and a life-long avid reader, Robert Jordan sought to create a satisfying fantasy world to please himself - and in turn has pleased thousands upon thousands of discerning fantasy readers.

We just recently came to read Robert Jordon and, to quote my husband, he writes "pretty darn well." That's a compliment, since we're both quite picky readers (so many books, so little time). Personally, I love this series and highly recommend it.

The following Wheel of Time bibliography includes very brief plot summaries for each novel.

The Wheel of Time is one of the best fantasy series ever - don't miss out.

If you're already a fan, we recommend the fan site http://www.linuxmafia.com/~garrett/jordan/ - they have a great FAQ where fans discuss the "clues" and characters and what's going to happen next.

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
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The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
by Robert Jordan

Set in the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, young shepherd Rand begins a quest to unite the people against an Evil Shadow that threatens to destroy their world. As an introduction to the series, this novel richly details the cultures and characters (Rand and his buddies, Perrin and Mat, among others) who will feature prominently in the series as a whole. To me, The Eye of the World was somewhat reminiscent of the Sword of Shannara - young men and women, forced to their destiny when they would have preferred to remain in their quiet backwater.
The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
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The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, Book 2) by Robert Jordan

The great Horn of Valere is found and then stolen and the chase is on! This book is fast-paced and very exciting, while moving us along in knowing the characters and watching them grow as they pursue their chosen tasks, with a particular emphasis on the adventures of young Rand, user of the One Power - and possibly the Dragon Reborn. Jordan hits his stride with the The Great Hunt. The finale is smashing!
The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
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The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, Book 3) by Robert Jordan

The city of Tear holds the Heart of the Stone containing Callendor, a magical sword which only the Dragon Reborn may wield. Rand heads there to claim the sword, while Perrin (with Moiraine and Lan) is concerned that he's turning into a wolf. Mat, in company with the girls, is healed of his wound. Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are sent after the Black Ajah. Eventually, they all converge on Tear to witness the drawing of the sword. Less about Rand, much more on the other characters, particularly the women.
The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
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The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, Book 4) by Robert Jordan

As the Forsaken are now loose in the world, Rand travels with Mat to the Aiel Waste. The Shadow Rising and the book following cover Rand's rise to rulership, his acknowledgement by the Aiel, the unification of the peoples against the foe, and tells much more of the background history of the world - making many things come clear. The Shadow Rising also features the adventures of Perrin as he returns to the Two Rivers with Faile.
The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan
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The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, Book 5) by Robert Jordan

As Rand, the Dragon Reborn, gathers his friends and allies together, the final battle is close to hand - for the Dark One is just about to break the bonds that are keeping all heck from breaking loose. Will they be ready in time? In The Fires of Heaven Mat is revealed as another reincarnated hero, and a new heroine, Birgitte, arrives on the scene, shooting arrows in a league with Legolas. Along with book four, considered by many readers to the be the best of the series. One of the most humorous, as the girls "battle" each other and the Wise Ones, as well as the Black Ajah and the Forsaken.
Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
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Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, Book 6) by Robert Jordan

In Lord of Chaos, Rand begins his project to restore magic to men, aided by his allies and friends - and perhaps enemies. Many of our favorite characters see a great deal of personal development here, but the big battle is still on the horizon, as the Dark One remains (temporarily) imprisoned.

While the general consensus among fans beginning with book six is that Jordan needs to begin moving along a little faster, I disagree. The characters are fascinating, the plot complex, and the humor a joy. If he needs 20 books to complete the story, I'll still be along for the ride.
A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
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A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time, Book 7) by Robert Jordan

It's hot. No, not the book - the weather. Rand, wearing A Crown of Swords, and company continue to battle an unnatural heat wave and continue to gather the forces and skills needed to defeat the Dark One. Enlivened with a great deal of humor, this lengthy novel puts the final battle on the back burner while following the stories of Egwene in the first half and Mat, Nynaeve, and Elayne in the second as the girls search for the Bowl of the Winds and Mat...well, let's just say Mat is fantasy's "Boy Toy" of the year. Very funny, very good.
The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan
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The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time, Book 8) by Robert Jordan

Still involved with lesser battles, mostly with the Seanchan, Rand continues to consolidate his power, while Egwene moves forward in her quest to prove herself Amyrlin. Nynaeve and Elayne are on the run, while Mat is hardly mentioned. Look for a big change in the weather. And what's up with those Windfinders? They make the Aiel Wise Ones seem humble and modest. Possibly the slowest of the series, The Path of Daggers has Jordan's usual good writing, but not a lot of movement towards resolution of the story.
Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan
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Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time, Book 9) by Robert Jordan

I'll quote Paul Hughes' review for Amazon on Winter's Heart, as he says it so well: "Elayne's still waiting to take the crown of Andor; the noticeably absent Egwene is still waiting to go after the White Tower; Perrin gets ready to pursue the Shaido but then disappears for the rest of the book. About the only excitement comes with the long-awaited return of Mat Cauthon and a thankfully rock 'em, sock 'em finale in which Rand finally, finally changes the balance of power in his fight against the Dark One." A fantastic ending - in more ways than one. Maybe the best of the series to date.
Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
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Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time, Book 10) by Robert Jordan

As twilight descends on the world, each of our heroes and heroines face challenging tests - Mat is pursued (figuratively and literally - he has met his match in the Daughter of the Nine Moons), Elayne fights for her throne, Egwene lays seige to the White Tower, Perrin may sell his soul to rescue his wife - while Rand has cleansed the male True Source but has yet to convince anyone that male magic is clean.

Fans were highly disappointed at the lack of action and any resolution in Crossroads of Twilight. We personally enjoy the characters and cultures in and of themselves, and are willing to take the time to savor the lengthy tale Jordan is spinning. However, one does wonder if and/or when he will pick up the pace - the story has to end someday.
Knife of Dreams Book 11
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Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time Book 11)
by Robert Jordan

"The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes...Now Rand, Perrin and Mat, Egwene and Elayne, Nynaeve and Lan, and even Loial, must ride those storm winds, or the Dark One will triumph." - book description.

Jordan promised some excitement and surprises in this one - plus a tying up of many loose ends and subplots. Well, he certainly tied up a lot of loose ends - in a very workmanlike and efficient manner. He moved so quickly, he was sometimes reduced to a long-term mystery being resolved in a one-line bald statement.

The surprises weren't there, however - things pretty much went the way we all expected. The only part of the book that lives up to Jordan's best work is a small sequence about Nynaeve and Lan - that's not to be missed.

Even with the progress made in Knife of Dreams, there's still much to be done before the final battle. One wonders how fast-paced by the final book will be. It seems to be either feast or famine with Jordan - too slow or too fast.

( An apologetic note. When I wrote the review of this book, I had no idea that Mr. Jordan was ill. )
The Gathering Storm Book 12
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The Gathering Storm (The Wheel of Time Book 12)
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson does a remarkable job taking over the wealth of characters and information left behind by Jordon in continuing this series. The main focus of The Gathering Storm is Rand's encroaching madness and rage as he struggles with who he is - Lews Therin and Rand al'Thor - while at the same time his power grows tremendously (he learns to use the True Power, just as Moridin can). The last battle is fast approaching - will they have a leader who can rise to the challenge or an enraged killer no better than the Dark One himself?

The second major thread in The Gathering Storm details Egwene's struggles to take control of the White Tower and become Amyrlin to all Aes Sedai, their unity and strength is obviously a critical factor in the upcoming struggle with the Dark One.

Sanderson's focus in this book, and the one that follows, is not only on shaping the world and it's nations into a united weapon against the forces of evil, but rather highlights the need for each of our heroes and heroines to forge a strength and oneness within themselves so that they utilize their powers and their leadership to the full when the Last Battle comes. Rand and Egwene are reforged into who they must be.

Many of us had concerns whether or not Sanderson could handle his task - his two main drawbacks being a struggle with the really in-depth characterization which is a hallmark of the very best fantasy writers, and, of course, his inability to write humor. He overcame the first, and we shall forgive him for the second. He is not Jordan, but is just as fine a writer, or will be one day very soon. His task is difficult and he is doing a wonderful job. As a fan of this series, I am grateful to him for his efforts.
Towers of Midnight Book 13
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Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time Book 13)
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

This book is huge and every word is gold. The main story line is the forging of Perrin Aybara into a non-reluctant leader ready to support Rand in besting the Dark Lord. Perrin must find the balance within himself between wolf and man. It is no accident that Sanderson uses the metaphor of blacksmithing to illustrate the creation of Lord Perrin Goldeneyes - the Hammer of al'Thor. While Perrin creates his own weapon, Neald steps up to help heat the metal and discovers a new Talent for creating Power-infused weapons, a sure way to help the cause (just as Aludra's dragons will also factor into the Last Battle and the new age to come.

Meanwhile, Mat and Thom prepare to enter the Tower of Ghenjei to rescue Moiraine - and again Mat will learn much. Egwene consolidates her hold on the White Tower and forges alliances with the Wise Ones and the Windfinders, uniting all channeling woman against the Dark One and the Seanchan. She also hunts Mesaana to rid the Tower of the Forsaken and her minions. This is a broad book, meant to gather the threads needed to move us forward to battle, so there are many minor story lines.

Not only does Rand unite the nations, aside from the Seanchan, but others unite in their personal lives. Just as Sanderson has shown us nations coming together, and our heroes and heroines finding the strength and assurance within themselves, so also he does not neglect the need for love and trust in personal relationships. We see this with Perrin and Faile, Egwene and Gawyn, Morgase and Tallenvor, Lan and Nynaeve, and more. In Rand, Light begins to shine once more in the world, lending its beauty and its love. The Light is Love, after all, and this is the way the world will win.

Sanderson does a tremendous job with this novel. Mat is spot on. We may not laugh aloud, but we smile and ruefully shake our heads at his attitude and his antics. The characters are rich and full and true. We are ready for the Last Battle. Bring it on!
A Memory of Light (The Wheel of Time Book 14)
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Late 2011 or early 2012 (hopefully).
New Spring by Robert Jordan
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New Spring (A Wheel of Time Prequel Novel) by Robert Jordan

New Spring is the first in a projected prequel trilogy about Lan and Moiraine with a lot more information about their backgrounds, their meeting and bonding, and the beginnings of their quest to find the Dragon Reborn, including run-ins with the Black Ajah. Based on a short story published several years ago in the Legends 3 anthology.
The World of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time
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The World of Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time

This is an encyclopedic companion volume that details the characters, history, mythology, places, etc., that comprise Jordan's world. Includes fulll-page reproductions of the cover art (ouch! personally, we feel it's got to be among the worst cover art in fantasy, though some people love it). A book for hard-core fans published in 1998, it covers books 1 - 7.