ROBERT JORDAN (1948-2007) is best known for his internationally bestselling epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time(R), which has sold over 40 million copies in North America and is currently being adapted for the screen. A native of Charleston, Jordan graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army and received multiple decorations for his service.
Praise for Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time(R) "His huge, ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre." --George R. R. Martin, internationally bestselling author of A Game of Thrones "Anyone who's writing epic of secondary world fantasy knows Robert Jordan isn't just a part of the landscape, he's a monolith within the landscape." --Patrick Rothfuss, internationally bestselling author of the Kingkiller Chronicle "The Eye of the World was a turning point in my life. I read, I enjoyed. (Then continued on to write my larger fantasy novels.)" --Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author of the Farseer Trilogy "Robert Jordan's work has been a formative influence and an inspiration for a generation of fantasy writers." --Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Shadows "Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." --The New York Times "One of fantasy's most-acclaimed series." --USA Today "Robert Jordan was a giant of fiction whose words helped a whole generation of fantasy writers, including myself, find our true voices. I thanked him then, but I didn't thank him enough." --Peter V. Brett, internationally bestselling author of The Demon Cycle "[Robert Jordan's] impact on the place of fantasy in the culture is colossal... He brought innumerable readers to fantasy. He became the New York Times bestseller list face of fantasy." --Guy Gavriel Kay, internationally bestselling author of Tigana "Jordan's writing is so amazing! The characterization, the attention to detail!" --Clint McElroy, co-creator of the #1 podcast The Adventure Zone "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 "Hard to put down for even a moment. A fittingly epic conclusion to a fantasy series that many consider one of the best of all time." --San Francisco Book Review "Jordan's eagerly awaited prequel to The Wheel of Time more than lives up to its high expectations. 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." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "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