After a few days of early speculation from book fans, Tor Books has officially confirmed a release date for the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time installment, "A Memory of Light". The publisher also confirmed that final book "Memory" will be split into three separate volumes, the first of which will be called "The Gathering Storm" and will hit book stores on November 3, 2009.
After Robert Jordan passed away in late 2007 due to a rare blood disease, Harriet McDougal, Jordan ’s wife and editor, chose Brandon Sanderson to complete the WoT series from Jordan ’s notes and materials.
You can check out Harriet's thoughts on wrapping up her late husband's popular series here.
Brandon Sanderson also published his thoughts behind the monumental task and decisions at his official website.
Here's the official Tor press release;
Tor Books is proud to announce the November 3rd, 2009 on-sale date for The Gathering Storm, Book Twelve of The Wheel of Time and the first of three volumes that will make up A Memory of Light, the stunning conclusion to Robert Jordan’s beloved and bestselling fantasy series. A Memory of Light, partially written by Jordan and completed by Brandon Sanderson , will be released over a two-year period.
Robert Jordan, one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th and early 21st centuries, passed away in 2007 after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis. Brandon Sanderson , the 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 Wheel of Time series has sold over 14 million copies in North America and over 30 million copies worldwide with translations into 28 languages. The last four books in the series were all #1 New York Times bestsellers, and for over a decade readers have been eagerly awaiting the conclusion to the epic story.
Harriet McDougal said on the process behind A Memory of Light: “The scope and size of the novel was such that it could not be contained in a single volume. It was a piece of marvellous good fortune that Brandon Sanderson undertook the work. He is a great pleasure to work with, as well as a wonderful writer.”
President and Publisher of Tor Books, Tom Doherty, also expressed his happiness with A Memory of Light, saying: “It is a magnificent closure to a great American epic fantasy whose journey began almost twenty years ago. There is no way Robert Jordan would have squeezed it to a single volume, and somehow it seems fitting that what began as a trilogy will also end as one.”
The first ever JordanCon will take place this April 17th – 19th, 2009 in Alpharetta , GA. Harriet McDougal, Tom Doherty, Brandon Sanderson , and other members of “Team Jordan ” will attend as featured guests and speak personally on The Wheel of Time and The Gathering Storm and the stories behind the rich literary legacy of Robert Jordan. JordanCon will also include a special preview of The Gathering Storm.
This year will also see major publications of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time comic books and graphic novels with the launch of The Eye of the World comics in May and the New Spring graphic novel with bonus material in November. The Dabel Brothers will be releasing the comic book series, which will then be collected and published as graphic novels by Tor Books.
Universal Pictures acquired the movie rights to The Wheel of Time in August 2008, and currently plan to adapt The Eye of the World as the first movie.
For more on the process behind completing The Wheel of Time series, click here.