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Brandon completes A Memory of Light


Jason Denzel

Brandon Sanderson has completed A Memory of Light, the fourteenth and final Wheel of Time novel. He posted a touching blog entry on his website describing his feelings on the subject, as well as his plans for the future.

 

"I've reached the end of the journey and set down my burdens. It's wonderful, relaxing, and solemn all at once. I love the Wheel of Time. It's also great to be done."

 

Brandon has completed and turned in the final major revision of the book to Harriet, Robert Jordan's widow and editor. She and her staff will complete final revisions and copyediting.

 

The hardcover and audiobook editions are scheduled to be released on January 8, 2013. The eBook will be released on April 9th.

 

I remember speaking to Brandon almost five years ago by phone. The first time we talked, he sounded excited and a little shell-shocked. He had yet to fly out to Charleston to meet Harriet, so he had no idea what was in store. He'd not read Robert Jordan's ending or other notes. I remember how nervous he was about whether or not Wheel of Time fans would accept him, or support him.

 

I talked to him again yesterday by phone, and I could hear the relief in his voice. The passion for the final book was still there. He's eager for people to read it, and seemed even more eager to finally be able to share Robert Jordan's final scenes with all of us.

 

There's no doubt in my mind that all Wheel of Time fans owe an enormous debt of gratidue to Brandon for his hard work in completing the series. Like you, I look forward to reading the book, and look forward to having him be a part of our community for years to come.

 

Thanks, Brandon.

 

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    Anyone else catch this line:

     

    "I will never cross back over that line—whatever else happens, I will have written three books in this series."

     

    Does he mean THIS series, like there is a possibility of some sequels or prequels that are technically in a different series? Or does he mean that these won't happen period? Or does he mean that they may happen, but not with him writing?

     

    So many questions, but very excited about the end. It has been a long time coming!

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    There are no plans to make more prequels, sequels, outriggers, or anything else. The Wheel of Time is complete.

     

    You can look forward to the Encyclopedia, which will come out in the years following AMOL. I suspect (but have no official info on this) that it will include some interesting additions, but certainly no full more full novels.

     

    Don't forget about the movie and video games that are being developed. When we have news about those, we'll post it.

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    I feel so lucky to have been a fan of this series through the death, drama and delay. It has enriched my experience in the books as a whole in such a way as I can not explain. I carry WOT very close to my heart.

     

    Bravo, Brandon. Your comments on the completion of AMoL are as eloquent as the eulogy you wrote for Jim. God bless you for your integrity and hard work on these books.

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    "The stories of Mat, Rand, Egwene, and Perrin are now done."

     

    Why is Egwene there? and not Nynaeve?

     

    Does it imply that Nynaeve dies or is it just to continue the Egwene wonderwoman bullshit?

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    "The stories of Mat, Rand, Egwene, and Perrin are now done."

     

    Why is Egwene there? and not Nynaeve?

     

    Does it imply that Nynaeve dies or is it just to continue the Egwene wonderwoman bullshit?

     

    I'm guessing because Mat, Rand, Egwene and Perrin were the 4 young people who left Emond's Field at the very beginning of the series. It started with them, and Brandon wanted to come full circle and end with them. Dunno, just a thought.

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    I am so looking forward to finally being able to see the end of the series! Thanks Brandon for taking the time and effort to finish it for us!

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    Without spoilers, about the only one that could be considered not a major political power in those four would be Perrin, and even then he's basically in charge of the wolves at the very least. Nynaeve, I'm sure, -is- important, but she's not a world leader. When you say "You and what army?" The other three can say "Mine" Nynaeve, at best, can say "My husband's"

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    To Ireond,

     

    Well technically Lan's army is Naynaeve's as the marriage ceremony was completed under the sea folk ways, in which the decision between the two of them was that Naynaeve would essentially be the "boss" of the pair.

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    @Ireond If Nynaeve was asked "you and what army?" she could respond "Only the largest amount of Saidar anyone alive can channel unaided." Don't go dissing Nynaeve, girl.

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    @ Semirhage666: First off, We'd kindly appreciate if you didn't use language like that. You're not making any impression other than a poor one.

     

    As for the need for the additional months, that's a valid thing to ask (nicely). The answer is that the book isn't FULLY done.There's still at least dozens of small decisions that need to be made. Continuity needs to be checked. New icons need to be designed. 450,000 words need to be read and re-read for spelling and grammar. The book needs to be designed in layout. Early copies need to be produced for quality assurance, early reviews, etc. Printers have to be reserved and scheduled. Shipping (on a slow boat from China) needs to happen.

     

    For normal authors... when they hand in a new book, they wait 12-18 months before it comes out. For the past 6 WoT novels, they rushed it into production as quickly as possible and the books were loaded with typos and easy continuity issues. Harriet (rightly) wants the book to be perfect. Hence, nobody is rushing.

     

    Hope this answers your question.

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    jason, you are very clear and right about it but please try to understand us, we've been waiting it for 20 years:) Brandon did very good job, but it would be the best if RJ were alive and signed our books.. We've only 5 months and it's very exciting to create many theories about the book, after we have read it, there will be no more books which frightens me. The best novels have been written along with the LOTR and congratulation for ROBERT JORDAN, Brandon and Team Jordan. I hope there will be movies or tv shows about it.

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    I feel that I owe Brandon Sanderson nothing. All he did was his job, and I bet he got paid good for it. RIP J.O.R. Even though I love the Wheel of Time with all my heart, I think that it should be thankful to me, and other fans like me. Fans that read, and re read. That wait years and years between each book, but still hang onto the story. The fans are the real hero's. Well, us and the real author. But all of this is just MY OPIONION.

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    @dammer flinn

    hear hear!!!!!!

    i agree with every word you wrote.

    we the randlanders are the real heroes,its our money,our time,our devotion and our patience.

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    Hello Jason,

     

    You wrote that the wordcount in the next book will be 450 000.

     

    Is this right ?

     

    Mr Sanderson has in his twitter said that the book will include 365 000 words.

     

    Ronneby

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    Currently in The Lord if Chaos in my re-read of the series in anticipation of the final book. Not quit sure of my feelings, happy,sad and excited to see the end of this.

     

    Next I'll have to wait for the next Encyclopedia to match the earlier book.

     

    Thanks to Brandon and Team Jordan.

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    Dear Brandon Sanderson:

     

    Thank you for taking this on. Thank you for seeing it through to the end. And most of all, thank you for HITTING IT OUT OF THE EFFING PARK! You are, officially, a literary giant. From this point on, I will read anything with your name on it.

     

    Sincerely,

    Me

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    We have reached the end of this long journey, and I can quite happily and honestly say that Brandon was the best choice to guide us down this final stretch. Though I greatly lament the death of RJ, I am comforted that through it such a wonderful artist was revealed, and perhaps even honed, to take us upon a new journey. Thank you Brandon, for all that you have done and continue to do.

     

    Kiserai ti Wansho, hei.

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    I am so glad someone brought Brandon to Harriets attention. He treated the books with the respect that they deserved.

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    I think it's mild shame about the kibosh being put on any future WoT stories. I feel there is still some room for stories to be told. There were two other prequels that RJ mused about that I was still very much interested in reading.

     

    One was about Tam al Thor and his story from the time he left Emmond's Field as a young man up to the point where he found Rand and returned home. That would have covered the Aiel War in some detail.

     

    The second was another Moiraine & Lan story, about how they came to find Rand, Mat and Perrin and arrive at Emmond's Field mere hours before the Trolloc attack.

     

    I would definitely buy those books if B.S. writes them, and probably even if Harriet hand-picks another author to write them.

     

    The Encyclopedia will be an interesting book, if it clears up all unanswered questions. I would assume that if there will be no more books after the encyclopedia, then we won't get anymore "RAFO" responses. And we can have our every question answered.

     

    In fact, if Team Jordan (B.S. included), were to embark on a sort of "WoT Q&A" tour (after the last WoT publication), and spend 90 minutes fielding questions from fans in each city without a single "RAFO," I bet that'd be pretty successful. I know I would pay $15 or $20 to attend that. Just a thought, Team Jordan...

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    This poem sums it up for me.

     

    Where do you look when the deed is done?

    For your work was on another and all others you did shun.

    You labored with your might to accomplish such a wondrous task,

    Now in the fruits of your majestic labors you do bask.

    Your work is beautiful and it makes you proud.

    We feel your enthusiasm as if you screamed it aloud

    But as the wheel turns and this age comes to a close

    You glance back at the wondrous prose.

    In your heart you feel like something is amiss

    Because this work brought you such happiness.

    The world now waits to here Jordan’s words flow

    As if he was close by to make sure it’s what we need to know.

    Alas I begin to feel your pain as I wonder on the series again,

    I look to amazing adventures and think of the opportunity it’s been

    To read his words from him and you and be able to participate in harmony

    Where your love for this masterpiece can be seen by many.

    The labor is done, you did work without delay

    Now my only wish, that I had it today

     

    Thanks for everything you have done Brandon Sanderson. I think I would have gone mad without these last books. You are truly a saint, and an awesome person. Thanks for your time.

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    I think it's mild shame about the kibosh being put on any future WoT stories. I feel there is still some room for stories to be told. There were two other prequels that RJ mused about that I was still very much interested in reading.

     

    One was about Tam al Thor and his story from the time he left Emmond's Field as a young man up to the point where he found Rand and returned home. That would have covered the Aiel War in some detail.

     

    The second was another Moiraine & Lan story, about how they came to find Rand, Mat and Perrin and arrive at Emmond's Field mere hours before the Trolloc attack.

     

    I would definitely buy those books if B.S. writes them, and probably even if Harriet hand-picks another author to write them.

     

    The Encyclopedia will be an interesting book, if it clears up all unanswered questions. I would assume that if there will be no more books after the encyclopedia, then we won't get anymore "RAFO" responses. And we can have our every question answered.

     

    In fact, if Team Jordan (B.S. included), were to embark on a sort of "WoT Q&A" tour (after the last WoT publication), and spend 90 minutes fielding questions from fans in each city without a single "RAFO," I bet that'd be pretty successful. I know I would pay $15 or $20 to attend that. Just a thought, Team Jordan...

     

    Yes, there are 20 years from the time Moiraine bonded Lan and they came upon Rand. Twenty years of searching.

     

    I keep hoping they are saying this is the end so people will buy the book and then later decide to continue it in some way.

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