Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Book 12 Press Release

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TOR sent me a press release for the new Robert Jordan book. I thought I’d pass it along to you guys:

Tor announces The Gathering Storm, Book Twelve of Robert Jordan’s legendary Wheel of Time® fantasy series

New York, NY: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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:

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  • Paul

    This is a scam. I’m not surprised that the final installment in the seris has been split into 3 books…Tom Deherty is the son of a whore, sired by a thousand bastards!

  • Esther

    I am realy looking forword to the new books and the posibility of movies. I hope this Tom Deherty can carry on with Robert Jordan’s wrighting style so the story dosn’t leve ya wanting.

  • http://yahoo Pamela

    I am a really big fan of the whole series and have been patiently waiting for the final book. I have read the books I have at least 3 times and I have all 11 books. I am sorry for the untimely death of Mr. Jordan. He was A-1 in my book…

  • Shiggy

    Riding Jordan’s dead coat tails, hoping that people will continue to buy their books. It’s all about money and Jordan made a lot of money for them. The fact that he is actually dead and not writing these books does not mean they’ll stop being greedy bastards.

  • Linda

    I love the wheel of Time series, I have all 11 books and the first 4 books on CD’s for Traveling in my car; I have also read the Mistborn series written by Brandon Sanderson, they are alsome, Mr. Sanderson can spin a GREAT Story. I can’t wait for the story to continue….

  • Angel

    THANK GOD!!!!!!
    I’ve been reading the series for two years and had to start over multiple times and had heard that book 11 was the last and that it had a very dissatifying ending, I was thinking about stopping just because I didn’t want to read the books just to get a bad ending, I can’t wait until i finish the series

  • Adam

    I’m excited to see what can be done with the end of this great series and am hopeful about the good job that the film producers will do

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  • marlene

    I have read and reread the wheel of time so many times. I cant wait to see how it all ends. When Robert passed i was so sad. I really hope the final books are as good as the first 11. even if the writing style doesnt quite cut it at least we are not all left in the dark wondering what would have or could have happened. I have wondered many times how they were going to finish the series in one book. there was no way it coud all come together enless the book was massive. Harriet should be very proud of obert he has made my life better for having read these books. I read to get away and man do I ever when i read THe wheel of time. Thank you

  • kerry

    A scam? Have some respect! Personally, I’m glad it’s a trilogy. It would be horrible to think there was only one book. If you think the ending could encompase just one book you’ve never read Jordan & claiming you’re disappointed means you’re not a true fan. I know the economy’s tough but don’t be disrespectful because you were hoping you would only have to pay for one book!

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