QuoteThe Wheel of Time (abbreviated by fans to WoT) is a series of epic fantasy novels written by the late American author James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under the pen name Robert Jordan. Originally planned as a six-book series, it now consists of 12 published novels. There is also a prequel novel and a companion book available. Rigney began writing the first volume, The Eye of the World, in 1984 and it was published in January 1990. He died while working on the final volume, which will be completed by fellow fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. The final book is to be split up into three volumes, the first of which was published October 27, 2009. The other two books are tentatively scheduled for release in November 2010 and November 2011.


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Publication date: January 15, 1990.
Pages: 832
Words: 305,902

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Publication date: November 15, 1990.
Pages: 736
Words: 267,078

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Publication date: October 15, 1991.
Pages: 704
Words: 251,392

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Publication date: September 15, 1992.
Pages: 1,008
Words: 393,823

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Publication date: October 15, 1993.
Pages: 992
Words: 354,109

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Publication date: October 15, 1994.
Pages: 1,024
Words: 389,264

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Publication date: May 15, 1996.
Pages: 896
Words: 295,028

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Publication date: October 20, 1998.
Pages: 704
Words: 226,687

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Publication date: November 7, 2000.
Pages: 800
Words: 238,789

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Publication date: January 7, 2003.
Pages: 864
Words: 271,632

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Publication date: October 11, 2005.
Pages: 832
Words: 315,163

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Publication date: October 27, 2009.
Pages: 784
Words: 303,630

Publication date: Fall 2010.
Pages: ?
Words: estimated 328,000

Publication date: Fall 2011
Pages: ?
Words: estimated 250,000+

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New Spring was originally published as a novella in the speculative fiction anthology edited by Robert Silverberg entitled Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy. Published by Tor Books, this anthology was released on September 15, 1999, between the 1998 publication of The Path of Daggers (Book 8 of The Wheel of Time) and 2000 publication of Winter's Heart (Book 9).

Robert Jordan later expanded the novella into a standalone novel (though of significantly shorter length than typical Wheel of Time books), which was then published by Tor Books in January 2004, between the 2003 publication of Crossroads of Twilight (Book 10) and the 2005 publication of Knife of Dreams (Book 11).

Publication date: January 2004.
Pages: 332
Words: 121,815

The online game Wheel of Time Multi-User Dungeon is the oldest authorized game based on the series, started in 1993. Various commercial game adaptations have also been created.

A Wheel of Time computer game was released in 1999. Over the course of the game, a lone Aes Sedai must track down a robber following an assault on the White Tower, and prevent the Dark Lord from being released prematurely. She eventually learns of and executes a long-forgotten ritual at Shayol Ghul to ensure the Dark Lord remains sealed within the prison. While Robert Jordan was consulted in the creation of the game, he did not write the storyline himself and the game is not considered canon.

The Wheel of Time Roleplaying Game was released in 2001 from Wizards of the Coast using the d20 rules developed for the third edition of the Dungeons and Dragons game. The game had a single adventure module published in 2002, Prophecies of the Dragon. Shortly after the release of the adventure book Wizards of the Coast announced they would not be releasing any further products for the game. Robert Jordan cited some problems with the roleplaying game, such as storyline details in the adventure module which contradicted the books.

In early 2009 EA Games announced that they have bought the rights for a game from Red Eagle Entertainment, who had started programming it a few months earlier. It's planned to be published through the EA Partners-Program. Several titles seems in the work, and one is said to be an MMORPG. No other information is available about the other titles at this time. Screenwriter Chris Morgan was recently hired by Red Eagle to work on this license.

On February 12, 2010 it was announced that Obsidian Entertainment, developers of Neverwinter Nights 2, would be working with Red Eagle Games on the new Wheel of Time video game under the EA Partners-Program.[25] This game will be released on the Playstation 3, XBox 360, and PC. There is no information at this time as to whether or not it will be one or a series of games.

In a 2000 chat on, Robert Jordan mentioned that NBC had purchased an option to do a miniseries of The Eye of the World. But he expressed doubts that the series would be made stating "key people involved in getting that contract together have left NBC."

On 12 August 2008, Variety reported that Universal Pictures had optioned the rights to produce feature film adaptations of The Wheel of Time books. They plan to adapt The Eye of the World as the first film.[/hide]

Dabel Brothers are adapting the series as comics, beginning with the prequel New Spring. The first issue was published, by Red Eagle Entertainment, in July 2005. The series was suspended after 5 of a planned 8 issues, with Red Eagle citing delays and changes to the creative team on the DB Pro end. That series resumed in 2009, and they also began publishing their adaptaton of the first book of the series proper, The Eye of the World. On 17 March 2009 they showcased ten pages of art from the prelude to the series The Wheel of Time: Eye of the World #0 - Dragonmount on their website.[/hide]

As of Augustus 2008 the series have sold a total of 44 million books worldwide.[/hide]
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