Meant to post this yesterday, but hey, sometimes a bottle of wine takes priority.
The last book in Robert Jordan’s unfinished epic, The Wheel of Time series, is going to be split into three separate books under the original title for the manuscript A Memory of Light.
President of Tor Books, Tom Doherty, had this to say in the press release:
“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.”
Though there has been some outcry over the handling of the final manuscript. Seems R.J himself lamented probably having to split the final book in half because of it’s heft, but Tor is being accused of, what else, greed (or money speak: maximizing profit margin). Though no one should be surprised as this cash-cow for Tor is coming close to it’s end after 18 years and millions of copies sold.
The author working with Jordan’s manuscript, Brandon Sanderson, had a blog post as a rebuttal of sorts. Worth a read for some context.
Though I am sure that all of R.J’s fans will still buy the last three books (look at how much Scholastic milked out of the last Harry Potter book) as it’s the capstone to the whole damn thing.
The first of the final books, titled The Gathering Storm, will be published November 3, 2009.
Yes. We’ll have it.