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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.


Expanded from a story that first appeared in Robert Silverberg's anthology Legends (1998), Jordan's eagerly awaited prequel to The Wheel of Time, the first of a projected three, more than lives up to its high expectations. For three days, battle has raged around the city of Tar Valon. In the White Tower two young Accepted attend the Amyrlin Seat and her Keeper as they await word of the outcome. Purely by chance, Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche are on duty when the Keeper foretells the rebirth of the Dragon, the world's only hope of winning the fight against the Dark One. Written with all the skill that has made Jordan one of the grand masters of fantasy, it's accessible enough for new readers, while the inside information is sure to captivate longtime fans. Far from the coldly self-possessed Aes Sedai who arrives in Emond's Field in The Eye of the World, the first Wheel book, Moiraine is a fun-loving, prank-playing and na?ve Accepted, one who slowly grows into a determined and resourceful character. Even better, the narrative is flush with answers to mysteries only hinted at in Wheel (what was the test for Aes Sedai, what was "the Vileness") and with little details aimed at those in the know. Jordan buffs will be especially pleased to find the novel moves quickly, not at the glacial pace of recent books in the saga. (Jan. 6) Forecast: A $750,000 marketing campaign, including TV ads and movie slide advertising in conjunction with the release of the third Lord of the Rings movie, should ensure another #1 debut on many lists. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

After hearing a prophecy that a child had been born to lead the world in a confrontation against the malevolent force of the Shadow, the newly confirmed Aes Sedai sister Moiraine sets out on a clandestine search to find the infant known as the Dragon Reborn. At the same time, the soldier Lan Mandragoran finds his battle-hardened life is leading him to an unknown destiny. Expanding on the novella by the same name that appears in the anthology Legends, Jordan embellishes the prehistory of two of the familiar characters from his best-selling "Wheel of Time" series. Insightful and vivid storytelling makes this a good addition to most fantasy collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The Wheel of Time

"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." - The New York Times on The Wheel of Time

"Has all the breadth and depth that have made this fantasy author one of the acknowledged greats of this genre." - Publishers Weekly on Crossroads of Twilight

"His writing is distinguished... 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." -- Bookpage

"Throughout Jordan's preeminent high-fantasy saga... the characters (minor as well as major), the world, and the source of powers have remained remarkably rich and consistent--no mean feat... Amid all the Sturm and Drang, however, is finely tuned comic strain that both leavens the story and adds to its development. A major fantasy epic." - Booklist

"Truth is not only stranger, it's richer than fiction, but Jordan's fictional universe approaches the variety and complexity of the real... Plotlines [are] strummed with resonating long-wave rhythms something like Beethoven's Eroica." - Robert Knox, MPG Newspapers

"Adventure and mystery and dark things that move in the night-- a combination of Robin Hood and Stephen King that is hard to resist... Jordan makes the reader care about these characters as though they were old friends; so much so that the reader will put down the book regretting the wait for the next title in the series." - Milwaukee Sentinel

"The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive American fantasy saga. It is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." - Chicago Sun-Times

"In the decades since J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy was published, many fantasy writers have tried to capture the spirit of that seminal work. While many have been able to imitate the style, develop as similarly swift and complex plot, and create convincing characters, none had captured the spirit of small men and mighty, struggling against a force of overwhelming evil. Robert Jordan has." - The Ottawa Citizen

"Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil--but what strikes me as most pleasurable... is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." - Orson Scott Card

"Jordan can always be counted on to ground his dizzying intrigues in solid chunks of cultural detail, and he here rises to the occasion, with chapters as dense as Spenserian stanzas with symbols and rituals... He manipulates the disorder of this narrative to credibly convey a sense of an embattled world on the verge of self-destruction, and he entertainingly juxtaposes the courtly civility of his villains with the precarious chaos they cause." - Publishers Weekly

"Jordan continues to utilize his towering imagination to construct plots of incredible ingenuity and develop themes hidden, sometimes quite deeply, in earlier installments. As ever, Jordan writes intelligently and lyrically--one of the most literary exponents of the genre." - SFX Magazine

"Beware, there is magic in these books. They are liable to make you neglect your work and keep you up way past your bedtime... This is the genuine article." - John Lee, Suffolk County News

"Jordan's bestselling high fantasy series carries on... colossal, dauntingly complex storytelling... the narrative employs elements of realism rare in high fantasy." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Jordan's characters [are] fleshed out with the strengths and weakness of real men and women... Invokes the end-of-the-world milieu of Stephen King's The Stand." - The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina)

"Jordan writes with the stark vision of light and darkness, and sometimes childish sense of wonder, that permeates J.R.R. Tolkien's works. His style is undebatable his own." - The Pittsburgh Press

"[The Wheel of Time] will be the definitive American exploration of Tolkien's territory for many years to come. Jordan can spin as rich a world and as event-filled a tale as the master, and the presence of women and a certain sense of comic possibilities of a high destiny add further dimension to the work." - Booklist

"Jordan's multivolume epic continues to live up to its high ambitions. Complex plotting, an array of strong characters, lavish detail, and a panoramic scope make this series a feast for fantasy aficionados... Richly detailed and vividly imagined." - Library Journal

"Jourdan's writing is clear and his vision is fascinating, as are the philosophies which run his characters. And speaking of characters, a more interesting bunch I would be hard put to name." - Science Fiction Review

"The most ambitious American fantasy saga The Wheel of Time, [may] also be the finest... [It] surpasses all but a few of its peers." -Booklist

"The complex philosophy behind The Wheel of Time series is expounded so simply the reader often gives a start of surprise at returning to the real world. Rand's adventures are not finished and neither is this thinking person's fantasy series." - Brunswick Sentinel (Australia)

"Intricate allegorical fantasy recalls the works of Tolkien because of its intensity and warmth." - Publisher's Weekly

"Robert Jordan can write one hell of a story... [He] keeps the suspense acute and the surprises and invention beautifully paced. Compelling. An exhilarating experience." - Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

"[The Wheel of Time is] a work of genuine and often stirring imagination." - Kirkus Review

"For those who like to keep themselves in a fantasy world, it's hard to beat the complex, detailed world created here." - Locus

"Jordan's talent for sustaining the difficult combination of suspense and resolution, so necessary in a multivolume series... is nothing short of remarkable." - Library Journal

"Jordan has not merely put old wine into new bottles: He has clothed old bones with new flesh." - Chicago Sun-Times"This is The Wheel of Time at its best: political intrigue, powerful characters, dangerous magic, and even more dangerous secrets." --Bookpage"Jordan is the master of his domain." --The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

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