OK, Francesca is very, very excited about this one!
You see, for many years Francesca has been following a super-fantastic fantasy epic called The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan. This is by far the longest series she has ever read, but to give you an idea of how popular it is, and how many fans stuck through with it even when it started to feel like it was getting a leetle too long, when Francesca went into Barnes and Noble to buy Book 10, the clerk asked “What is this book? It’s been going like hot-cakes.” Yes indeed! Books 8-11 reached #1 on the NY Times bestseller list! Because the world which Jordan has created is incredibly rich, with characters drawn so well that Francesca is sure she would recognize any one of them if they passed her on the street. There are multiple continents, multiple countries with multiple cultures, a good 1800 characters, and while of course there is the one heroic “good guy” and his friends, and a horrible “bad guy” and his cronies, there are also other groups of people who fall on the spectrum of “good,” “bad,” or “both,” depending on their agenda.
Anyhow, the tragedy of this series is that Jordan died before completing the final book. It was a horrible, horrible day for the fans.
But Francesca just found out — a bit belatedly — that before he passed on, Jordan left copious notes about what was to happen in the final installment, including chapter outlines, a near-complete draft of the final chapter, and voice recordings adding details to help tie up loose ends. His wife-editor has just hired an established writer to complete the last installment on Jordan’s behalf. And so, someday not-soon-enough, the Wheel of Time will finally turn for the last time. And now Francesca feels safe recommending the series, because you can “get into it” secure in the knowledge that the epic climax will, indeed, be provided.
Book One: The Eye of the WorldBook Two: The Great Hunt
Book Three: The Dragon RebornBook Four: The Shadow Rising
Book Five: The Fires of Heaven Book Six: Lord of Chaos
Book Seven: A Crown of Swords Book Eight: The Path of Daggers
Book Nine: Winter’s Heart Book Ten: Crossroads of Twilight
Book Eleven: Knife of Dreams
Book Twelve will be the final installment.
As you can see, the reading of this series is a big project to undertake. And a wonderful one!
Francesca loves the fantasy epics!
And now, a question for those of you who are already fans: What Ajah would you join? Francesca is thinking Green because they are the best-dressed and the coolest. But Gray also holds its attractions. What about you?