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This is mastery.

On page 204 of the paperback version of Eye of the World, Robert Jordan tells you exactly what one of three major characters will do on page 800 of the hardback of book 13, Towers of Midnight, which was outlined and partially drafted by Robert Jordan before his death but posthumously completed by Brandon Sanderson.

That’s roughly 13,000 pages of acute foreshadowing.

And anyone who has read the series will know it’s not a fluke. Seeming innocuous comments from the very first pages will sketch out the future of most characters upon a critical rereading of the series.

SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Sanderson

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If you read epic fantasy, chances are you’ve heard of Brandon Sanderson. If you’re one of the few that hasn’t, sit up and pay attention.

Sanderson gained instant notoriety with Robert Jordan’s fandom when he was chosen by Harriet Rigney (the late Robert Jordan’s wife) to write the final volumes of the Wheel of Time series.

Like many others, it was this news which brought Sanderson to my attention. And as crucial a step as this was in Sanderson’s developing career, true Sanderson fans might consider it a mere footnote.

The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time was an incredible read for about four books, after which it waded into perennial sequilitis. Jordan, having unraveled the Pattern at the rate of one or two Forsaken (The Wheel of Time’s major villains) per book, was unwilling to dive into the final chapters which would release all thirteen AND the dark lord they served, not to mention all the other forces of good and evil rattling around in Jordan’s brain.

The result was a long series of long books with phenomenal moments, but no end in sight. It was disappointing but not surprising when Robert Jordan passed away before the epic tale could be completed.

I give you this backdrop because though Sanderson was also a fan of Robert Jordan, in my estimation his work exceeds Jordan’s on many counts. Read More →

“Wheel of Time” conclusion is being split into three books.

wheeloftimeThose of you who have been following along already know:

After Robert Jordan’s wife read the first Mistborn book, she was so impressed she asked Brandon Sanderson to finish the Wheel of Time series.

This initially meant completing just one book, A Memory of Light. However, as Brandon dug his nails into it for real and began to work 16 hour days, he found himself estimating that 400,000 words wouldn’t even nearly finish the book. He and Tor would much like to get Wheel of Time fans a book in 2009, and finishing the WHOLE story (now estimated to take about 800,000 words) will not be possible in that timeframe.

Solution? Split the book.

You can read Sanderson’s own notes on this project and this difficult decision here. I’ll warn you; I think he manages to ramble more in that article than I do, and that’s saying something. But if you’re a Wheel of Time fan, it’s all good stuff to know.

For those who are RJ fans and aren’t yet familiar with Sanderson’s work, be it known that I consider Sanderson the better author.

And now, Viceroy, we will discuss a new treaty!

justice_scaleThree votes rolled in later than the rest, with two surprising developments:

1. Perfect Justice now beats The Dragon Thief by a 2:1 margin. Ouch. So much for a new project; I should finish the one I’ve got. Fair enough. I still intend to work on both because only rewriting a story would drive me batty. (Yes, I realize I’m already batty.)

2. Echoes of Prophecy received a vote. What poor unfortunate soul wants more cliche fantasy? Nah, I’m kidding. I still have hopes to make Echoes considerably more entertaining than Shadows was. To be honest, if I were just competing with David Eddings and George R. R. Martin and even Robert Jordan, I really would think I could make significant contributions as a fantasy writer. It’s Brandon Sanderson who intimidates me, having simultaneously shattered the typical cliches of fantasy and yet kept the pacing and intrigue of some of the greatest action movies of our time.