Tor.com content by

Robert Jordan

Fiction and Excerpts [10]
All

Fiction and Excerpts [10]

The Wheel of Time Companion: “Old Tongue” Dictionary (Excerpt)

Did you know “Mat” actually means “control” in the language of The Wheel of Time’s Old Tongue?

Leading up to the release of The Wheel of Time Companion on November 3, Tor.com and Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons are excerpting portions and entries from its massive store of notes, illustrations, and encyclopedia entries. Unfamiliar with the Companion? Long-time series editor and Robert Jordan’s wife Harriet explains its compilation here and offers a thank you to fans of the series.

Today, we’re offering a glimpse at the Old Tongue dictionary tucked inside the Companion’s pages: the listings for M, N, and O. The full dictionary itself includes additional sections on popular phrases, pluralization, construction of verbs, how apostrophes work, and more.

[Read on]

The Wheel of Time Companion: Foreword

When I began editing The Eye of the World, I started a list of proper nouns, keeping them in a file known as “Raw Glossary.” It is a thing copy editors do—and I had been one, many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea called Manhattan—with the idea that it is useful to have a canonical list of the spellings in a series. This “Raw Glossary” expanded through—oh I don’t know—about the first seven books; I then turned its care and maintenance over to Maria Simons, and the stalwart Alan Romanczuk.

This is not an extension, or an update, to the earlier reference called The World of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. Instead, this is an alphabetized adjunct that will allow the reader to check on characters, locations, herbs, kinship structures and many other things that appear in the series.

[More, and a thank you to the fans]

A Memory of Light, Chapter One: “Eastward the Wind Blew”

Tor.com is pleased to offer “Eastward the Wind Blew,” the first chapter of A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time series.

In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

“Eastward the Wind Blew” contains spoilers for the A Memory of Light prologue, “By Grace and Banners Fallen.”The spoiler and speculation thread for the Prologue itself is here.

[Read “Eastward the Wind Blew,” Chapter 1 of A Memory of Light]

Series: A Memory of Light

A Memory of Light: Chapter 11 (Excerpt)

Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 11 of A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. The final volume in the epic Wheel of Time fantasy series will be released on January 8, 2013.

In this chapter from the highly anticipated conclusion, Mat Cauthon returns to some old stomping grounds.

You can stay up to date on all A Memory of Light news, excerpts, and sweepstakes in Tor.com’s Memory of Light index.

[Read an excerpt from Chapter 11 from A Memory of Light]

Series: A Memory of Light

Read an Excerpt From Chapter One of A Memory of Light

A few lucky fans at San Diego Comic Con got to hear Brandon Sanderson read from Chapter One of Robert Jordan’s A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time series.

In this short excerpt, a wind rises from the Mountains of Mist, traveling east and north across the land, retracing the Dragon Reborn’s steps until it finally blows back the flaps of his tent.

But where does it find Rand al’Thor? And with whom?

We are pleased to reveal the excerpt for all to enjoy. In many ways, it is the beginning of the end.

[Read more]

The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 (Excerpt)

Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World, the first novel in the epic Wheel of Time fantasy series, has been adapted into a comic book series written by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Andie Tong. In The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Two Rand al’Thor, Egwene al’Vere, and their friends flee their home village in the company of Moiraine and her Warder, Lan Mandragoran. Pursued by their enemies, the group seeks sanctuary in Baerlon. Rand’s nightmares grow darker. Moiraine takes Egwene under her wing. Lan warns them to trust no one, but should that distrust extend to Lan and Moiraine as well? 

Read an excerpt after the jump, where Moiraine takes a quiet moment during the chase to explain to Egwene about the One Power and how she can become an Aes Sedai.

The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Two comes out on June 19.

[Read more]

A Memory of Light: Prologue (Excerpt)

This year’s JordanCon brought a great deal of information on A Memory of Light to the eyes of the public. Tor Books and Harriet McDougal revealed Darrell K. Sweet’s final cover sketch for the book, and Harriet herself read a passage from the prologue of A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time series.

Now, we present that passage in full. Join Bayrd, an Andoran soldier on the wrong side of history, as his tiny corner of the world prepares for the end of all things.

[Read a passage from the prologue of A Memory of Light]

Series: A Memory of Light

The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (Excerpt)

With the full cooperation of the Jordan estate, The Eye of the World has been turned into a comic book series written by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Chase Conley. The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume One begins Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy tale by introducing Rand al’Thor and his friends Matrim and Perrin at the spring festival. Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran appear, and almost before Rand knows it, he and his friends are fleeing his home village with Moiraine, Lan, and Egwene al’Vere, the innkeeper’s daughter, who wishes to become an Aes Sedai. The conclusion of this volume leaves the travelers on the road to Baerlon, barely ahead of the pursuing Trollocs and Draghkar. As they run for their lives, Moiraine and Lan begin to teach the young people what they need to know to survive in this dangerous world.

Read an excerpt after the jump, where Rand meets Trollocs for the first time.

[Read more]

Towers of Midnight, Chapter 2: Questions of Leadership (Audio)

Tor.com is thrilled to present the audio of Chapter 2 of  Towers of Midnight, the next Wheel of Time book, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. “Distinctions,” the Prologue to Towers of Midnight, is also available for purchase, and you can read Chapter One, Apples First” for free. Towers of Midnight comes out from Tor Books on November 2, 2010.

Don’t forget to share your thoughts with others in the separate spoiler comment thread when you’re done so those who wish to remain unspoiled may do so. Please reserve this post’s comment thread for technical issues. Happy listening!

Towers of Midnight, Chapter 1: “Apples First” (Excerpt)

Tor.com is thrilled to present Chapter 1 of the next Wheel of Time book, coming from Tor Books on November 2, 2010. “Distinctions,” the Prologue to Towers of Midnight is also available for purchase.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose above the misty peaks of Imfaral. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

[Follow the wind…]

Series: Wheel of Time Master Index

Wheel of Time: Dragonmount #0

 Check out this preview of the first issue of the Dabel Brothers’ adaptation of Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World: Dragonmount #0!

Even with the script by Chuck Dixon still to come, Chase Conley’s art has a lot of narrative and emotional oomph—just look at the cover! The comic moves at a pretty good clip, too, opening on Emond’s Field’s Bel Tine preparations; we meet, I think, Egwene (can’t be Nynaeve—no stick, no scowl) and the creepy raven, then the three boys, and I’m pretty sure that’s Tam al’Thor in the beautiful storytelling panels. I can’t wait to see Moiraine and Lan and Thom Merrilin, too!