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The article below was taken directly from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time google+ page. It is the official google+ for Team Jordan
The compelling images, symbols, and languages of the Wheel of Time will be coming to life on the printed page this month. Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, illustrated by Amy Romanczuk (a licensed Wheel of Time artist), is being released on October 25 by Tor Books. Amy previously published a smaller version of this coloring book, which was well-received at JordanCon this year. The Tor edition has a total of 40 hand-drawn images, twice the number of the earlier book.
Amy is a folk artist known for her work with Ukrainian pysanky, a type of egg art that employs a wax-and-dye resist process. This art form uses complex geometric patterns to form symbols that have specific meanings. She transferred this ancient 3D art into a 2D format to bring images from the Wheel of Time to adults, children, and Trollocs with eating disorders who cannot get enough of the series and coloring books.
The drawings are reproduced on substantial paper stock, suitable for framing. You can read more about Patterns and the type of art used to make the book at the Tor website: http://www.tor.com/2016/06/10/pysanky-wheel-of-time-patterns-of-the-wheel/
Those who like freebies!!! have a number of opportunities. Pre-orders of the book placed through Ta’veren Tees will receive a free limited edition pencil case set with each book ordered, until supplies of the pencils run out.http://www.taverentees.com/product_p/wot-color.htm
At the same time, there is a contest underway that can be combined with your pre-orders from Ta’veren Tees (or Dragonmount or any bookseller of your choice): Tweet, post on FaceBook or Instagram, or message a screenshot/proof of purchase of your preorder to Amy (bookczuk) to be entered into the contest (#PatternsoftheWheelContest). Ten lucky winners will get one of the limited edition pencil cases. There is also a Grand Prize: a personalized, hand-drawn signature plate, a copy of the original coloring book that started it all, and other Wheel of Time coloring goodies. For an extra chance at winning, tag, share, retweet, regard, or pass along this offer to others. This contest closes at midnight on October 25. More at http://bookczuk.blogspot.com/2016/09/todays-my-birthday-so-im-giving-you.html
For those who participate in GoodReads, between now and October 25, the site will be giving free copies of the book to ten people selected at random from a list of people who request the book (available in the US and Canada). If interested, you can enter the giveaway at their website:https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/199497-patterns-of-the-wheel-coloring-art-based-on-robert-jordan-s-the-wheel-o
And if you act quickly BookwormBlues is giving away a copy at http://bit.ly/2ec7OyU. All you have to do is enter a comment to be considered. This drawing ends Saturday, October 15 at midnight Mountain Time.
Lastly, the coloring book can be preordered from Dragonmount, which has its own giveaway. You only have to comment on the article to be entered into the contest. The link is http://www.dragonmount.com/index.php/News/events/patterns-of-the-wheel-a-wheel-of-time-coloring-r941
A question that is often asked is how old are the main characters. They are older than most people think. Below you will find the ages of some of the characters. The age listed is the age they are at the beginning of the series.
Since they don’t seem to celebrate birthdays in the series it is hard to pin down precise ages, except for that Ta’veren. When know when Rand was born and that Mat and Perrin were born within weeks of him. The series starts in 998 NE and ends 1000 NE.
*Rand, Mat and Perrin all turn 20 around the end of The Great Hunt.
** There is evidence in the book that Faile was originally written younger (14-15) but it seems this was changed in later pubications.
Name Age Year Born
Rand al’Thor 19* Danu 978 NE (end of the year)
Matrim Cauthon 19* 978 NE – born within weeks of Rand and Perrin
Perrin Aybarra 19* 978 NE – born within weeks of Matrim and Rand
Egwene al’Vere 16-17 981 NE
Nyneave al’Meara 23-24 974 NE
Elayne Trakand 16-17 981 NE
Min Farshaw 22-23 975 NE
Aviendha 17-18 980 NE
Moiraine Damodred 41-42 956 NE
Lan Mandragoran 44- 45 953 NE
Thomdril Merrilin Old Birth year not given, assumed to be upwards of 60
Tamlin al’Thor 57-58 940 NE
Tuon 16-17 981 NE
Faile Bashere 16 -17** 981 NE
Siuan Sanche 40-41 957 NE
Leane Sharif 46 – 47 952 NE
Verin Mathwin 148-159 849 NE
Cadsuane Melaidhrin 292-293 705 NE
Logain Ablar 26-27 971 NE
Mazrim Taim 25-26 972 NE
Loial 89-90 908 NE
Morgase Trakand 40-41 975 NE
Gawyn Trakan 18-19 979 NE
Galad Damodred 27-28 970 NE
Gareth Bryne 58-59 939 NE
Martyn Tallanvor 26-27 971 NE
Elyas Machera 54-55 943 NE
Berelain 23-24 974 NE
Elaida 47-48 950 NE
Jahar Narishma 20-21 977 NE
Jain Farstrider/Noal 72-73 925 NE
Julian Sandar 36-37 961 NE
There are many websites/blogs/social media accounts that can provide a fan with a wealth of information. Below you will find information on the sites I listed on the Brief Overview Page. I will post the information for other sites in the future. If you have a site you would like me to review and post please contact me.
*Please note that all of these sites have spoilers
This is one of my favorite sites. The site is broken down into 7 sections.
Books, History, Geography, Characters, Organizations, Items, and Prophecies.
Pros: gives a plot summary of each chapter and includes a breakdown of character plot threads for each book. Also gives audio pronunciations for most names in the series (character and location and random words). Nice breakdown of organizations (Aes Sedai, Asha’man, Aiel, etc.)
Cons: Currently the chapter summaries stop Chapter 3 of Book 14. Not much artwork. The search feature doesn’t seem to work.
The Thirteenth Depository http://13depository.blogspot.com/
This is probably THE most in-depth Wheel of Time site on the internet. Really. And I am not just saying that because I think Linda, who runs it, is awesome. (She really is though). It is truly a libraries worth of information.
Pros: Very in-depth and well thought out articles. It covers just about everything you could think of. It also includes links to other WoT sites. Well organized. It contains a reference library, a very detailed read through of each book. Great analysis of the series on many levels. Twitter account so you can get tweets when a something new is posted.
Cons: With so much information it can be overwhelming. I suggest deciding on a specific subject/character/book etc. and looking up information about that.
A Wheel of Time Wiki http://wot.wikia.com
This is the free, unofficial repository of The Wheel of Time material that anyone can edit. They are currently working on 6,053 articles. (taken from http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/A_beginning). They have 4 menu tabs: On the Wiki, Characters, Books, and Community Info. The two tabs you will probably use the most are Characters and Books. Characters is broken down into the following subcategories: Main Characters, More Characters, Forsaken, More Forsaken, and other Characters. Books is broken down into the following subcategories: Books 1-7, Book 8 -14, and Other Works.
Pros: Lots of information. Most articles provide reference links. Lots of artwork. Fans can add or edit articles, relatively up to date, you can register to become a member. The search feature works really well.
Con: Not always 100% accurate, I have found some errors on it. (because fans can add or edit articles). it is a wiki, so there are ads so if can get a little bothersome.
Tar Valon.net Library https://library.tarvalon.net
This is the library put together by the members of Tar Valon.net (I will talk about that awesome site in a separate post, because it is just that awesome). From the Tar Valon.net Library:
It is our goal to provide fans of Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” with accurate, comprehensible and extensive information on the series. It also serves our members with information on TarValon.Net’s history and as a base for our community groups‘ headquarters.
Because the TarValon.Net Library includes information from all books in the series, including the prequel “New Spring” and the guidebook “The World of Robert Jordan’s ‘The Wheel of Time’”, it is advised that those not wishing to encounter spoilers use caution when exploring the Library.
The Library has been separated into a number of different main categories, which can be found listed on the index. There is also a search function.
Learn more about our Library Here
Pros: Well organized. The search feature works very well. I use this site a lot when coming up with questions for our Facebook Group Trivia. The site is very clean looking and easy to read.
Cons: It is fan run so there are occasional inaccuracies (not many that I have found). There is very little art.
Dragonmount is the place to go if you want to be in the ‘know’. It is a fan run community that offers news, a discussion forum, podcast, online clubs, role playing and much more. It is run by fans, Jason Denzel (the site founder), Jennifer Liang and an awesome group of volunteers. From the Website
We are not officially affiliated with the authors, Robert Jordan’s estate, his book publishers, or other rights holders. We are, however, frequent collaborators with all of those groups. Members of our staff have volunteered as beta readers and thematic consultants on various WoT-related projects, including the books themselves.
Pros & Cons: I have not done an in depth look at all the site has to offer so I will withhold my Pros and Cons until a later date. I will say it is a great source of information and probably the most up to date site out there. If something is happening in the world of Wheel of Time it will be on Dragonmount. Com
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time ™ Google + https://plus.google.com/103674399065634804648
This is “the official pages of the deceased author Robert Jordan and all things The Wheel of Time. Here you will find assorted fan material, comments and updates on WoT events, publications and other products that we hope you will enjoy hearing about. From Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet and assistants Maria and Alan (who collectively are part of the Bandersnatch Group)”
Pro: There is a lot of great information here. Great pictures.
Con: There is no search feature so it is more of a scroll and find site.
As you can see most of the sites are fan created and run. Trust me, you have become part of an awesome fandom.
I hope you found the information above helpful. Now there are MANY more sites out there, but I am not as familiar with them as I could be. My plan is to do a full review of an additional site once every two weeks. If there is a specific site you would like to see reviewed please let me know.
Now there are types of WoT fans: Those who know about JordanCon and those that don’t.
If you belong to the latter group do not fret. You are about to be enlightened.
If you know about JordanCon and have never been this post will also be informative.
If you have been to JordanCon, please, chime in with anything I miss in this post.
What is it?
JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the best-selling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon features eight tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers’ Hall, gaming, an Art Show featuring original art by a variety of artists, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic and other charities. Past guests have included Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sam Weber, David Wong, Jana G. Oliver, Emilie Bush, David B. Coe, Eugie Foster, Seanan McGuire, Michael Whelan, Larry Elmore, Saladin Ahmed, Todd Lockwood, Catherine Asaro, and Patrick Rothfuss
Jordancon takes place one weekend in April in Atlanta, Ga. It is a 3 day long event (Friday – Sunday) and it consist of panels, an art show, a dance party, karaoke, demostrations, special guest and the chance to actually meet other real life WoT Fans!
Last year was my first time attending Jordancon. You can read all about it Here
The JordanCon membership is suprisingly inexpensive. Below is the membership information from www.jordancon.org
JordanCon membership covers all three days: admission to all panels, events, demonstrations, concerts, performances, contests, the Dealer Hall and Art Show, and a host of other activities. Workshops requiring a materials fee will be noted in the program. Look for pre-registration on material fee and other smaller panels to be offered in the panel’s page or the Store.
The Child Membership option is for children under 12. Children under 5 will be admitted free, but must be supervised at all times. For all other children, please purchase an Adult Membership.
This year’s hotel is:
Atlanta Marriott at Perimeter Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Membership pricing as follows:
$45 until Jan 1, 2017
$55 until March 26, 2017
Pre-Registration closes March 26th, 2017
$65 at the door
Child Memberships are $10 off the current adult price.
To purchase your membership click HERE
While you certainly don’t have to stay in the hotel where the JordanCon is held I would strongly suggest it. To reserve a room in the Jordacon Room block click HERE.
For more information about Jordancon, meet the greet volunteers that make it happen each year, get to know other fans or to keep up to date on details you can use any (or all) of the links below: