The End, for Jordan and the Wheel

The End, for Jordan and the Wheel

“The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills,” as is said in the popular book series called “The Wheel of Time“. Since Eye of the World was published in 1990, Robert Jordan and his books have gained a dedicated following. Now these fans once again want more. After many long years of waiting, anticipation is growing. Hopefully, the upcoming finale of the series, A Memory of Light, will meet fans’ expectations.

The entire story of The Wheel of Time, a sum of 15 books, is a giant battle of the Light against the great powers of the Dark One. To prevent him from destroying the world and the Wheel of Time, the Dark One was placed in his prison in Shayol Ghul and meant to be kept there for eternity. This long and epic battle has been going on since the Creator crafted the world and Lews Therin Telamon, the Dragon and champion of the light, sealed the Dark One in Shayol Ghul.

In 2005, a couple months after finishing the eleventh book, Knife of Dreams, Robert Jordan was diagnosed with primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy, which is a terminal heart disease. Though Jordan had intentions to finish his last book, he kept a stack of notes in case of his death. If worse really came to worse, the notes would go to his fan and fellow fantasy writer, Brandon Sanderson, who had agreed to finish the novel under desperate circumstances. On September 16, 2007, Jordan died with his series uncompleted. Jordan’s wife, Harriet, took control of the books and worked with Sanderson to complete her deceased husband’s work.

With Jordan’s untimely unfortunate death, there were many loose ends for Sanderson to tie up.

But in 2009, Sanderson finally finished The Gathering Storm, the first of the last three books he would write to finish the Wheel of Time series, because the conclusion was too long to put into one novel. The last book published was The Towers of Midnight and the conclusion is on its way to bookstores.

The release date for Sanderson’s final book, A Memory of Light, has finally been set for January 8, 2013. After over two years of eager anticipation since the release of the last book, it is time for Tarmon Gai’don, also known as the Last Battle, and the finale of “The Wheel of Time”.