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Updated news:

The cover is a very rough production mock-up that the people at Tor were playing around with. Harriet didn't sign off on it and neither she nor Brandon had seen it before the picture appeared. The current guess is that the picture was included in the press release by accident.

The Tor press release was supposed to be released next week supported with information from Brandon and Harriet that would have laid out the details of publication. From the sound of it an incomplete version of the release was fired off to a couple of Tor's partner stores in Europe, again in error.

Barnes & Noble is listing the book, so the title appears to be accurate at least*. The split into three volumes does not appear to have been confirmed yet, but it's definitely appears that it's going to be at least two. confirms a hardcover and a leather-bound special edition for November 2009 and the mmpb for November 2010. This suggests that the trade paperback the original site was talking about is an international-only edition, or news that  trade paperback edition will be issued in the USA as well, the first time this has happened to WoT since I believe The Great Hunt back in late 1990.

* Although were listing the title yesterday and just pulled it to replace it with 'Wheel of Time #12', so who knows?

My own speculation:

The page counts offered are in the 700 range, supporting a longer book (The Shadow Rising, at 390,000 words, was about 800 pages in hardcover). A 230,000 word-book would be shorter, around 500 pages in hardcover (like The Path of Daggers). That does at least suggest that if the book is going to three volumes, it will because Brandon goes over his estimate of 750,000 words by a lot, not because they want three smaller volumes.

A Memory of Light has been split 'maybe' into three books (i.e. it will be split in three but Tor are trying to appease the fanbase by saying it could still be two), the first of which will be called The Gathering Storm and released in November 2009. And yes, you'll have to wait 12 months for the next one. And 12 months for the one after. Although Sanderson expects to have the whole thing finished by the end of the year at the latest.

In addition, that is really quite a hideous cover. It's even worse than Knife of Dreams. Rand breakdancing in front of a haunted house? Okay...

From the site that broke the news:

We’ve just had news from the publisher of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series that the last installment will be split into two or possibly three parts. Tentative plans are to publish book 12 in November this year, with two more volumes following in 2010 and 2011.

Robert Jordan passed away in September 2007 while he was still writing what was planned to be the last installment in the series. It was announced that Brandon Sanderson would take up Jordan’s pen and complete the last book, to be entitled A Memory of Light. A publication date of November 2009 was scheduled.

Wheel of Time fans have been eagerly anticipating the last book and the series and will be pelased to learn that they will still get a new book, as promised, in 2009 - The Gathering Storm will be published this coming November in a large format paperback. (I.e., lots cheaper than a hardcover!) The price is currently EUR 21.99, though this may change (we’re trying to make it cheaper, obviously!)

So no hardcover release either. Apparently.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 11, 2007, 01:52:30 AM »
I did my part via my blog.

The other SF&F blogs seem to be getting in on the act as well:


Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 10, 2007, 10:37:59 PM »
Brandon posted this on Dragonmount which may be of interest:

Just a quick note to thank you all for your good wishes. I just wanted to let you know that I have now seen the notes, and while I can't say anything specific without breaking my NDA, I will say that the notes are in far better shape than I had expected. Mr. Jordan's staff are very skilled, and they have complied an outline for me that goes scene-by-scene. After reading through it, I'm confident we can produce a book that Mr. Jordan would have been pleased with.

Also, I DO finally know who killed Asmodean, and I promise to include it in the book to finally answer that question for you.

Also, I WILL be more detailed in my descriptions for this book. I may need a fleet of people to help me get the clothing descriptions down, but I'll do it!

And this on

I will make no claim on being anywhere as near as good an author as Mr. Jordan. However, in my opinion, there are very few authors out there who are that good. Mr. Martin could have done it, I'm sure--but it would have put a serious delay on his own books, which are already very delayed.

These are big shoes to fill, and--to be honest--I don't think I'll ever fill them. However, it IS a dream come true to be able to work on this project. I'm honest when I say I've loved these books since I was a youth.

Pat, my style is different from Mr. Jordan's intentionally. Both Mistborn and Elantris are reactions to the current fantasy market, as I try to add to the discussion without retreading ground others have already covered. That doesn't mean, however, that I don't appreciate a more densely-descriptive, introspective style like the Jordan books. I hope that, in several years time, you'll find you agree with Harriet's choice.

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