I started reading the Wheel of Time books a fair while ago, but my interest waned around book 6 (Lord of Chaos) and although I read books 7 (Crown of Swords) and 8 (The Path of Daggers) I never got any further. I found Jordan’s prose more and more convoluted and his desire to introduce further plot threads and resolve almost none too frustrating. On top of that was the fear that it would never end, and together that meant I couldn’t bring myself to read book 9 (Winter’s Heart), or any further. It was a real shame, because I had truly enjoyed the first books, and I truly wanted to know what happened, but I couldn’t help but feel that we’d never know, that major elements of the story would go unresolved.
Then it was announced the series would definitely end, in ‘one or two’ more books, and yet that didn’t help because how was it possible to resolve all those threads in such a short space (in Jordan terms)? This was just further evidence to me that we would be left in the dark over so many questions that in the past Jordan had taunted us to ‘read and find out’ (RAFO).
And then sadly, Jordan was announced as being very ill indeed, and eventually he passed away.
At the time of his death he had been working on A Memory of Light, the last of the Wheel of Time books. Tor (his publisher) announced that Brandon Sanderson had been approached and had agreed to complete the book.
So it is with mixed feelings that I look forward to it’s publication. For me it will be closure on the series, with the final book published I’ll be able to pick them all up, and read them all again, and from book 9 for the first time. Knowing the journey does have an end at last, hoping beyond hope that the questions are answered. Sanderson has a terrible burden upon his shoulders, working from Jordan’s part finished manuscript and his notes he has to both deliver something the fans feel is worthy and also something that he feels Jordan would have been proud of. I envy him not one jot, and I wish him all the best in his efforts.
I hope a Memory of Light will allow us all to move on.