Sanderson To Wrap Wheel Series
Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson has been selected to complete A Memory of Light, the final volume in best-selling author Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time sequence, which was left incomplete at the time of Jordon's death in September, publisher Tor announced.
Jordan died Sept. 15 after being diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare blood disease.
Jordan began the Wheel of Time series in 1990 with The Eye of the World. It now consists of 11 volumes (plus one prequel novel) and has sold millions of copies worldwide. At the time of his death, Jordan was working on the 12th and final novel, A Memory of Light.
Harriet Popham Rigney, Jordan's widow and editor, chose Sanderson to finish the book, which will be written based on notes and scenes left by Jordan. "He left copious notes and hours of audio recordings," Rigney said in a statement.
Sanderson is the author of the fantasy novels Elantris, Mistborn, The Well of Ascension and the young-adult novel Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. In 2006 and 2007, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer.
"I'm both extremely excited and daunted by this opportunity," Sanderson said in a statement. "There is only one man who could have done this book the way it deserved to be written, and we lost him in September. However, I promise to do my very best to remain true to Mr. Jordan's vision and produce the book we have all been waiting to read."
A Memory of Light is scheduled for publication in fall 2009. --John Joseph Adams