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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.
"The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades, just as the experience of the First World War and its aftermath gave its imprint to J. R. R. Tolkien's work."--"The New York Times" on The Wheel of Time(R)
Sanderson, working from Jordan's notes, brings the late author's epic fantasy saga "The Wheel of Time" to its completion in book 14. Although the vast majority of this title concerns war and military conflicts, many loose ends from the earlier books are brought together, including the long-awaited confrontation between the Dragon Reborn, Rand al'Thor, and the Dark One. The clear, well-paced, and intense performances by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who narrated the entire series, provides an excellent delivery of a complex and gargantuan tale that can seem too long owing to a surfeit of characters and events. VERDICT Of interest to fans of fantasy and the series. ["Anyone who has read the first 'Wheel' books will want to read this one as well. In fact, anyone who likes epic fantasy will enjoy it," read the starred review of the Tor hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 1/25/13.-Ed.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll., Newburgh, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This 14th and final book in Jordan's celebrated Wheel of Time fantasy series was completed after Jordan's death by Sanderson, working from the author's notes and outline. Narrators Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who narrated previous installments of the series, return for this conclusion, and their deep understanding of these characters and this fictional world shines through in every word. Kramer has a deep voice that pulls the reader in, while Reading's tones are more thoughtful and reflective. Both give memorable, nuanced performances that keep readers on the edge of their seats during exciting action scenes and put them in the characters' minds as thoughts are revealed. The rich history of this fictional world and its enormous cast of characters is likely too complicated for newcomers, who really need to start with the first book. But fans of the series will be well rewarded for their patience in awaiting this final installment. A Tor hardcover. (Jan) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.