It’s that time again, time to purchase your membership for JordanCon 10! This is a milestone year, and a celebration you don’t want to miss, including the 20th anniversary of Dragonmount. If you've been waiting for a good year to attend, this is the best one yet. Come meet Team Jordan, discuss the intricacies of the Wheel of Time, learn new things about Robert Jordan, and take part in various contests and events. There's also panels on writing and the publishing business, with editor and literary agent guests in attendance. JordanCon 10 will take place April 20-22, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. This year’s Author Guest of Honor is our own Jason Denzel, and the Artist Guest of Honor is the very talented Stephanie Law. Aubree Pham, an integral member of The Wheel of Time fandom, will be serving as the Toastmaster. Other exciting guests include Brandon Sanderson, and Team Jordan—Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons, and Alan Romanczuk. JordanCon is an amazing way to interact with other fans of this wonderful series, as well as meet the amazing people who made it all possible. Three-day memberships are $55 until March 25th. Check out more at the JordanCon website or Facebook page.
Mystic Dragon, the second novel in Dragonmount founder Jason Denzel's Mystic Trilogy, will be released July 17, 2018. Here's a quick blurb about the book, but beware of spoilers! As you're waiting for this release next summer, you can read Mystic if you haven't already, you check out Jason's website, and you can follow him on social media for all the newest updates!
In an interview with Brandon Sanderson about the recent release of Oathbringer, the third novel in his Stormlight Archive series, Brandon threw Wheel of Time fans a hinting tidbit: This little statement blew the minds of many of us. This fandom has been dedicated to answering all the questions regarding the ending of this series. For Brandon to mention something that no one has even asked about seems so far fetched! But here it is. Now everyone has begun to speculate over what this missing question might be. Could it possibly be about the Horn of Valere? Maybe about Egwene and her Flame of Tar Valon counter to balefire? Androl and his wonder gateways? The True Power and its abilities now that the Dark One is sealed again? I'd even suggest something about Nakomi, but I think we asked every question possible about her and her origins. What else could it be? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is an old audio clip of Robert Jordan speaking to a crowd of fans at a signing in Toronto, during the 2003 tour of Crossroads of Twilight. Though relatively short, this clip is amazing to hear. Mr. Jordan obviously had a flair when speaking to a group, and his humor really gets the gathered fans going. The audio quality is not the sharpest, but the transcript—compiled by three fans, Rose Kraftick, Michael Seefeldt, and Canute Peterson—is posted as well.
Are you interested in writing about The Wheel of Time? Dragonmount is currently looking for contributors to discuss all aspects of The Wheel of Time and its fandom. Do you know a lot about Wheel of Time trivia? Do you frequent websites that display the latest fanart? Do you spend a lot of time conversing with other fans at conventions? Let us know by emailing FrontPage@dragonmount.com.
Oathbringer, the third novel in Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive, is now available! Check out Brandon's website to see the locations of the book tour. Hopefully there's one by you. If not, you can purchase Oathbringer from Dragonmount’s DRM-free eBook store!
This month’s “Fantasy Review” is for Brandon Sanderson’s YA novel The Dark Talent, the fifth in the Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians series. Slight spoilers follow. Synopsis: Alcatraz saved Mokia, but in doing so, broke his Talent and those belonging to nearby Smedrys. Now he must try to stop his father with his wits alone. With Grandpa Smedry, Kaz, Draulin, Cousin Dif, and Shasta, Alcatraz sets off for the Highbrary, the root of the Librarian’s power in the world. But Biblioden, the original Librarian, isn’t as dead as history says. The evil mastermind needs Alcatraz’s bloodline—which means he needs Alcatraz’s blood. Pros: When I first learned Brandon Sanderson was going to finish The Wheel of Time series, like most fans, I ran out and found some of his books to read. I read Elantis first, then the Mistborn series, and after that I read Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians. When I had the opportunity to have dinner with Brandon as a Storm Leader at the release of The Gathering Storm book tour in Scottsdale, Arizona, I gushed over the Alcatraz book. So unlike his other novels, but still so amazing! This is a long way to say I have been waiting for this “final” book for a very long time! With that in mind, this addition had all the same silly antics of the earlier books—a huge draw for me. Alcatraz as the narrator is hilarious and such a delight to read. Plus, the more serious plot line of trying to stop his father from giving every person a Smedry Talent makes it engaging and keeps up a fast pace. There’s a lot of emotion here. Alcatraz’s narration deepens as certain truths are discovered about himself, his family, and his ideals of the world. Despite the comical nature of the whole series, there are some incredibly deep thoughts in these books. Cons: The ending was not very satisfying. I hate to say that—and I do believe that the feeling of being unresolved is exactly what Alcatraz wanted—but I did hope we’d get more answers out of this volume. Brandon has revealed that there is still another in the series (if you don’t mind spoilers, you can see more details in his post here), but I’m not a big fan of cliffhanger endings. Still, the prospect of seeing more to come gives me hope and I will wait patiently for the next release. Conclusion: This whole series is worth a read. It’s an amazing hybrid of fantasy, sci-fi, and humor. As it’s geared toward children, some of the humor can be lowbrow, but much of it is clever, and likely to go over the intended audience’s heads. Despite the lackluster and abrupt ending of this book, I will sing the praises of this series to anyone who will listen. It is one of my favorites of Brandon's works—behind The Wheel of Time and Legion. Rating: 4 out of 5 You can purchase this book, and the others in the series, at Dragonmount's DRM-free eBook store!
Some exciting new (and favorite) products from Ta'veren Tees! Happy Halloween, WoT Fans! We're excited to announce the release of a monstrously cool new product just in time for All Hallow's Eve: the Trolloc Cup, on sale now at TaverenTees.com/trolloccup! This cup is microwave and dishwasher safe, holds approximately 16 oz, and is hand carved - no two mugs will ever be exactly alike. Check out the product page for more information. All of our mugs are handcrafted by Sean Robinson, an independent artist from North Carolina who takes great pride in creating these mugs for fans of “The Wheel of Time,” as he is a fan of the series himself. So far, Sean has created mugs featuring the icons of the Ta’veren, the White Flame, and the Dragon’s Fang. All mugs are approved by Team Jordan and can be can be found at www.TaverenTees.com/featured. And, if you are shopping for the holidays, remember all mugs take 7-14 business days to ship and the last shipments for Christmas orders will go out no later than December 15, so get your orders in early!