ROBERT JORDAN (October 17, 1948-September 16, 2007) was born 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.
The seventh volume of Jordan's bestselling high fantasy series carries on the ... colossal, dauntingly complex storytelling established by the previous entries ... Fans of the series will gobble down this generous addition. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) In the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Lord of Chaos, Jordan returns to the [same] complex, detailed fantasy world ... Highly recommended ... --Library Journal In the seventh volume of Jordan's preeminent high fantasy saga, intrigue and counter-intrigue continue to roil ... This latest installment of a major fantasy epic definitely will not disappoint its fans. --Booklist For The Wheel of Time(R) Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal. --The New York Times 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 The most ambitious American fantasy saga [may] also be the finest. Rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended. --Booklist Recalls the work of Tolkien. --Publishers Weekly This richly detailed fantasy presents fully realized, complex adventure. Recommended. --Library Journal Jordan writes with the strak vision of light and darkness, and sometimes childlike sense of wonder, the permeates J.R.R. Tolkien's works. His style is undebatably his own. --The Pittburgh Press The Eye of the World is the best of its genre. --The Ottawa Citizen A powerful novel of wide and complex scope. --Locus on The Eye of the World An exciting, well-written adventure, Jordan offers distinctive heroes and themes, including an interesting look at relations between the sexes. --Milwaukee Sentinel A complex tapestry of fascinating characters, descriptive details and events. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves epic fantasy. --Carol Lynn Ukockis, Galactic Dispatch This looks very like the next major fantasy epic. It has magic and pacing and detail and human involvement, with a certain subtlety of presentation and a grand central vision. Robert Jordan...is a lot of writer! --Andre Norton on The Eye of the World