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Tor Confirms Robert Jordan's STORM Split

Memory of Light will be split into three volumes.

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 01, 2009
Source: Tor Books


The late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series will be completed by his wife Harriet and her selected author Brad Sanderson.
© Tor Books

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.

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LittleNell1824 4/1/2009 9:23:43 AM

I'm really glad to hear all of this. I'm happy that it will be a trilogy (it couldn't have been finished in 1 book), I'm happy about the comics. I was really enjoying the Dabel Brothers New Spring comics until they just stopped... perhaps because of Jordan's illness - so the graphic novel will be perfect. I need to set up a subscription somewhere so I can get the Eye of the World comics on a regular basis.

Hobbs 4/1/2009 9:56:53 AM

Wow, must have been a hell of a lot of notes to be able to make a trilogy out of it.  At first I thought they were milking it for all they could until I saw your comment Nell. 

I only read the first one in that series a very long time ago.  I was never blown away by it to read the rest.  For the fans I'm happy you'll be able to put your series to rest.  Granted the style you are used to is going to be very different. I just hope you don't end up with Brain Herbert type of writer.

LittleNell1824 4/1/2009 11:30:35 AM

Hey Hobbs, yeah, I think I would worry more if Harriet wasn't the editor, but she is, so it will probably stay close to his vision.

After reading Terry Brooks when I was younger, I was pretty much done with epic fantasy until this series. I really love short stories best when it comes to fantasy and science fiction. But, we were on a long car trip, so I decided to read out loud to my husband from a book he was reading. I was blown away by Jordan's descriptions and how real his fantasy world seemed. It wasn't just "they went through the evil swamp." With his writing, I could smell the salt air and the way it feels coming in towards a coastal city from the river. It just seemed like fantasy for grown ups, and I was hooked.

I also love the mythology references (anthropology was my first degree pic, but I honestly couldn't imagine making money from it), and the whole cyclical world view... his books play in with my love of world religions and cultural beliefs, the origins of myths, and what people do when their belief system is challenged or doesn't seem to suit their current reality.

I totally understand the criticisms some people have for the series. I don't think he was milking it - I think he wanted to move on and write something else, but he was a perfectionist and he was compelled to finish it the only way he thought was best: with as much detail and as many plot detours as possible. Fans, like myself, love the minor characters. It reads like a real history of battle. Everyone knows the major battles of World War I and II, but they don't know all the minor conflicts and players that influenced the outcome. Jordan brings in the minor characters and skirmishes and makes them real. It's his love of history that makes me love the books.

DarthAndrea 4/1/2009 3:45:18 PM

Well Brandon Sanderson has projected that the full novel of A Memory Of Light will be around 800k words long (roughly double the size of a collected volume of Lord Of The Rings) so publishing that in a single volume isn't really feasiable. As far as notes go, before Jordan died he had written a good portion of the novel himself, and left extensive notes on what was to happen. In reality it's a monumental task for him to step in and finish this book.

And it's kinda of ironic that the book has to be split like this. When Jordan origianlly started The Wheel Of Time, he intended it to be a 6 book series. When He finished book 3 he relaized it wasn't enought room so he expanded it to 8 novels. by book 6 he did it again to 12. So AMOL being split expanding the full series to 14 is just honestly just another effect of a masterwork of epic fantasy.

goldeneyez 4/2/2009 5:48:42 AM

I agree with LittleNell about this actually being a good thing.  A lot of other people have been complaining on various Wheel of Time pages (Dragonmount & wotmainia.com), however there are some who agree with the descision (I guess LittleNell, myself, & I'm guessing DarthAndrea would fall into that category). There were really too many things going on to tie up in one book.  Moraine, the split White Tower, split Black Tower, Camelyn thrown situation, Borderland lords doing God knows what, Seanchan, Mat & Tuon... and that's just off the top of my head after not reading the last book for some number of years.  There's a bunch of other stuff I'm forgetting I know.  Hopefully three volumes will allow Sanderson to wrap everything up in a non-rushed way as he says he would like to do on his webpage.

I would also recommend checking out his other books in the mean time if someone is looking for something to read.  I'm on the last volume of his Mistborn series & it's pretty good.  His other novel Elantris was also a good single volume fantasy story.  I think he also has an entire novel available for free on his website called Warbreaker.  After reading some of his work, I think he's a good fit for finishing off the Wheel of Time.  I will miss RJ though.  Can't wait to RAFO.

karas1 4/3/2009 4:35:29 AM

Hobbs, I wasn't really impressed with the first book either.  It felt a little derivative to me.  But the second book quickly branched out into original territory.  The whole series is really great.

LittleNell1824 4/3/2009 6:21:55 AM

Yeah, Karas, he said he planned that. He wanted to introduce the series on familiar ground for fans of the genre and then tell his own story. I missed the whole derivative thing - thanks to the car trip, I started at book 3. I probably wouldn't have made it through 2 chapters if I started with book 1 (Yawn, same ole story, yokels from BFE save the world with the help of a wizard and a warrior.) I'm really glad I didn't miss out.

DarthAndrea 4/3/2009 10:22:45 AM

The Eye Of The World does plod along a bit at times. But it's a wolrd building book. Stylistlicly designed to be like Fellowship of the Ring so the reader has a subconcious grounding to the world. So it has certin action beats with a lot of slow parts between. However The Wheel Of Time isn't a story of people. Jordan himself said it's a Story Of A World (in this case our world) seen though the eyes of it's most importiant people at a critical moment in it's history. I said it's our world because Jordan's premise is that the events of the story are what our myths and legends are built from and our history is what their myths and legends are built from. Time being circiulare and all. Here is a link to a series of Postings I have made on Chuck Dixon's (Dc Comics Robin Writer among other works) forums. dixonverse.net/board3/index.php He is writting the Comic Adaptation of the Eye Of The World comic which is being published by Dable Brothers Publishing and starts release with tits first issue Dragonmount #0 April 29th this year.

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