Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He
taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of
a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules
Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military
College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two
tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the
Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze
Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese
Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written
dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of
hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker,
chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time(R), one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.
Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.
The seventh volume of Jordan's bestselling high fantasy series carries on the tradition of colossal, dauntingly complex storytelling established by the previous entries (Lord of Chaos, 1994, etc.). In a richly woven post-holocaust world where magic is normally a woman's monopoly and a man who can use it is a menace, Rand al'Thor, a sheepherder, discovered that he could "channel"; he and his companions have gone on to set their world aflame. Here, Rand is engaged in a fight for control of the weather and of the growing number of men and women who have turned out to be magic-wielders. The narrative employs elements of realism rare in high fantasy, including the sense that innocent bystanders are being mauled in an epic joust of magical giants. There's wit at work here, too, in Jordan's exploration of the possibilities created by women being the magic workers. All this comes at the price of enough characters, institutions, spells, countries and so on to intimidate any reader who hasn't followed Rand's adventures from the beginning‘and the author is still adding complications. A glossary helps, though, and fans of the series will gobble down this generous addition. Major ad/promo; deluxe leather-bound limited edition. (July)
The sequel to Lord of Chaos (LJ 11/15/94)-and a popular series.
Praise for Robert Jordan
"His writing is distinguished as literature by the richness of
its fabric, with all the charm and naivete of the Brothers Grimm
and the social/moral commentary of Huxley's Brave New World. With
his well fleshed out characters, dark imagery, comic relief, vivid
landscapes, and a fascinating sense of timelessness, Jordan has
created a complex literature with a language and reality all of its
own." - Brewster Milton Robertson, Myrtle Beach Sun-News
Praise for The Wheel of Time
"The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive
American fantasy saga. It is a fantasy ale seldom equaled and still
less often surpassed in English." - Chicago Sun-Times
"Jordan's multi-volume epic [is] a feast for fantasy
aficionados." - Library Journal
"For those who like to keep themselves in a fantasy world,
it's hard to beat the complex, detailed world created here." -
Praise for A Crown of Swords
"The seventh volume of Jordan's bestselling high fantasy series carries on the colossal, dauntingly complex storytelling established by the previous entries... Fans of the series will gobble down this generous addition." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Lord of Chaos,
Jordan returns to the [same] complex, detailed fantasy world...
Highly recommended..." - Library Journal
"In the seventh volume of Jordan's preeminent high fantasy saga, intrigue and counter-intrigue continue to roil... This latest installment of a major fantasy epic definitely will not disappoint its fans." -- Booklist