After 20+ years, the wait is finally over. What started in 1990 with Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World will finally be concluded on January 8th, 2013.
For me, this series, along with The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire (better known as A Game of Thrones), has been the bar by which all fictional novels have been measured. Tragically, Robert Jordan passed away on September 16th, 2007 and never got the chance to see his biggest work finished. Luckily for his millions of fans, he left detailed notes and sometimes even complete chapters behind. Enter Brandon Sanderson, who took the ball and ran with it. The past two entries in the series, The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight, have been co-authored by Sanderson and have continued in the tradition of excellence expected of a Robert Jordan novel.
The release date is significant because it will be the last month of the Chinese Year of the Dragon and character this series revolves around is known as the Dragon Reborn. Some fans will be complaining about the long wait, especially since Mr. Sanderson handed in a manuscript at the end of December. I don’t mind the extended wait. Like Mr. Sanderson expressed on his blog, “There are no chances to change things after this, and revising a book like this takes time.” This is a bittersweet moment for me and, I’m sure, many of the fans. This is the last hurrah and I want it to go the way Mr. Jordan envisioned it all those years ago. So take your time Brandon, and best of luck. We’re all rooting for you.