Ebony’s Brief Guide to Wheel of Time and all its Awesomeness

Whether you have just discovered this series or you are a longtime fan there is always more information out there for you.  This is just a brief guide to all things Wheel of Time. (I plan on doing a more in-depth on sometime in the future). So let’s get started.

The Books:

There are 14 books in the main body of the series.  And for most fans this is not enough. Luckily there are a few more things out there to feed your WoT addiction.

New Spring – This is a prequel to the series. It is basically the story of Moiraine and Lan and how they came to be a team. It is set 20 years before the first book in the series, Eye of the World.  A snippet was originally printed in an anthology called Legends in 1998. The full novel New Spring was printed in 2004.  I strongly suggest reading New Spring between books 10 & 11.  This is in publication order. However, many fans like to read it first. There are pros and cons to each. (I will talk about that in another post

The Strike at Shayol Ghul – This is a very brief telling of events directly prior to and after Lews Therin and his Hundred companions sealed the Bore.

River of Souls – DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU HAVE AT LEAST READ BOOK 13 OF THE SERIES.  This is a short story composed of information that Brandon and Harriet felt didn’t quite fit into A Memory of Light.

Books about the Wheel of Time:

Robert Jordan and his team provided us with two resources to help us better understand the World of Wheel of Time.

The World of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time – This is a guide that was “written” by a scholar during the time of the books. Because of this there are some inaccuracies (this was done on purpose), but it is still an excellent resource. It was printed in 2001 so the actually series was only 9 books long. As a result, it is lacking information about things that happen later on in the series.

The Wheel of Time Companion – DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE SERIES. THERE ARE MANY SPOILERS. This is an encyclopedic guide to the people, places, and things in the World of Wheel of Time. It was written based on Robert Jordan’s notes and was put together by Team Jordan (Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons). Since this is based on Robert Jordan’s notes you will find that some things do not line up with what is actually in the books.

The Wheel on the Web:

There are many websites/blogs/social media accounts that can provide a fan with a wealth of information.  At a later date I will give a more detailed review of the sites, but for now here is a quick list of where to go. *Please note these are not all the sites, just the ones I frequent

The Thirteenth Depository – A Wheel of Time Blog

Dragonmount – A Wheel of Time Community

Tar Valon.net Library

Encyclopedia – WoT

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Google+

A Wheel of Time Wiki

There are also a number of Facebook Fan Groups. I am biased on this because I admin one ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/15400420911/ ) , But I promise to do a post listing all of them in the future.

Wheel of Time Merchandise:

Currently there is only one place to get Officially licensed Wheel of Time Merchandise: Ta’veren Tees

JordanCon:

This is the official and only con for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. It takes place in Atlanta, GA every April. The next Jordancon will be April 21 – 23.  Last year was the first time I went. You can read my review here.

Wheel of Time Art (Official and Fan)

There are a number of Licensed Wheel of Time Artist. There will be post showcasing the artist and their art in the future (hopefully).  You can see art done by fans by visiting http://the-wheel-of-time.deviantart.com/. (it is definitely worth a click)

Bandersnatch Group Licensees:

Edsel Arnold – http://www.edselarnold.com/

Paul Bielaczyc – http://www.aradani.com/paul/

Ariel Burgess – http://www.artistarielburgess.com/

Seamas Gallagher – http://seamassketches.blogspot.com/

Joe O’Hara – http://studiojohara.blogspot.com

Amy Romanczuk  – http://czukart.com/

Jeremy Saliba – http://jeremysaliba.blogspot.com/

Wheel of Time Cover Artists:

Darrell K. Sweet (1934-2011) – http://darrellksweet.wix.com/darrellksweet

Michael Whelan – http://www.michaelwhelan.com/

eBook Cover Artists:

The Eye of the World: David Grove (1940-2012)

The Great Hunt: Kekai Kotaki – http://www.kekaiart.com/

The Dragon Reborn: Donato Giancola – http://www.donatoart.com/

The Shadow Rising: Sam Weber – http://sampaints.com/

The Fires of Heaven: Dan Dos Santos – http://www.dandossantos.com/

Lord of Chaos: Greg Manchess – http://www.manchess.com/

A Crown of Swords: Mélanie Delon – http://www.melaniedelon.com/

The Path of Daggers: Julie Bell – http://www.imaginistix.com/

Winter’s Heart: Scott M. Fischer – http://www.fischart.com/

Crossroads of Twilight: Greg Ruth – http://www.gregthings.com/

Knife of Dreams: Michael Komarck – http://www.komarckart.com/

The Gathering Storm: Todd Lockwood – http://www.toddlockwood.com/

Towers of Midnight: Raymond Swanland – http://www.raymondswanland.com/

A Memory of Light: Michael Whelan – http://www.michaelwhelan.com/

New Spring: Jason Chan – http://www.jasonchanart.com/

Ta’veren Tees Licensees:

Edsel Arnold – http://www.edselarnold.com/

Paul Bielaczyc – http://www.aradani.com/paul/

Ariel Burgess – http://www.artistarielburgess.com/

Seamas Gallagher – http://seamassketches.blogspot.com/

Joe O’Hara – http://studiojohara.blogspot.com

Jeremy Saliba – http://jeremysaliba.blogspot.com/

Wheel of Time Comic Artists

Mike Miller – http://mikesmillerart.com

Harvey Tolibao

Joseph Cooper

Chase Conley

Andie Tong

Marcio Fiorito

Francis Nuguit

Seamas Gallagher – http://seamassketches.blogspot.com/

Jeremy Saliba – http://jeremysaliba.blogspot.com/

So this completes my very brief overview of the Wheel of Time Fan Guide.  More detailed issues/post are to come. If there is anything specific you would like to see/read about or have information on, let me know and I will do my best to get it to you 🙂

 

 

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