Books by Robert Jordan

A MEMORY OF LIGHT by Robert Jordan
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Will wolves and orcs—or whatever they are—take over the world, or will the good guys prevail? Jordan's fans, who are legion, will most decidedly want to learn the answer to that question."
"There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time." Even so, with this volume, the late Jordan's hyperinflated Wheel of Time series grinds to a halt. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

Invented by Robert E. Howard (190636), Conan—the muscle- popping barbarian swordsman, accompanied by demons, magic, distressed damsels, and what-all—proved too popular to be allowed to die with his creator, and numerous authors have penned Conan yarns down the years—none with more consistency or better technique than Jordan, whose other claim to fame is his monumental Wheel of Time series (most recently, The Fires of Heaven, 1994). Appearing here for the first time in hardcover are three complete novels, Conan the Invincible (1982), Conan the Defender (1982), and Conan the Unconquered (1983), indistinguishable titles being par for the course. The enduring popularity of Conan is undeniable, if somewhat puzzling; and this omnibus edition is very reasonably priced. Read full book review >
LORD OF CHAOS by Robert Jordan
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

The sixth installment of The Wheel of Time series (The Fires of Heaven, 1993, etc.), which is now projected to be an eight-book epic. Propelled by a number of ``Chosen''—who are something like fallen angels—and animal-human hybrid Myrddraal, the Dark One's plan to break free of his Shayol Ghul prison nears completion. Meanwhile, the one fated to oppose him in a cataclysmic showdown, Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, has persuaded at least some of the all-female, One Powerwielding Aes Sedai that he is indeed what he claims to be. Falsely accused of murder and opposed by legions of deluded, religious-fanatic Whitecloaks, not to mention the Dark One's unspeakable minions, Rand must unite the good-guy opposition if he is to sustain any hope of victory. So then as now: Enormous, imaginative, uncontrolled, and utterly unintelligible to outsiders. (First printing of 250,000; author tour) Read full book review >
THE FIRES OF HEAVEN by Robert Jordan
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

Another colossal installment in Jordan's already immense saga (most recently The Shadow Rising, 1991), which many volumes ago proceeded past the point of intelligibility to outsiders. Series veterans, however, will recall that Rand al'Thor has declared himself the Dragon Reborn, and must gather allies and defeat his temporal enemies before the dread Dark One snaps his bonds and emerges from imprisonment in Shayol Ghul. As noted before in these pages, Jordan is not untalented; certainly he displays an active if tortuous imagination. But long ago he abandoned all attempts to stay in control of his material. Overwhelming, then—in sheer bulk if nothing else. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW RISING by Robert Jordan
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

Fourth in Jordan's colossal Wheel of Time series (The Dragon Reborn, 1991, etc.) and, again, all but unintelligible if you haven't read the preceding volumes. For series fans, then: Rand, now openly proclaimed as the Dragon Reborn, must journey to the lost city Rhuidean in the Aiel desert in search of answers and the fulfillment of prophecy. Perrin, the yellow-eyed wolf-friend, hurries back to Emond's Field, his home, now occupied by deluded religious-fanatic Whitecloaks and besieged by vile Trollocs and evil-magic Fades. Tar Valon, city of the Aes Sedai (women who can Channel the one Power), is sacked by traitorous Black Ajah serving the Evil One; meanwhile, Nynaeve and Elayne travel to the festering city Tanchico in pursuit of more Black Ajah, and where they hope to seize a deadly device with which their enemies intend to control Rand. Will the fiercely independent warrior Aiel acknowledge Rand as their destined leader? Can Perrin defeat both Trollocs and Whitecloaks? And can Nynaeve, alone, defeat a supremely powerful Forsaken, one of the Evil One's minions from the previous cycle of the Wheel? Such questions keep the narrative chugging along, despite much overblown description and general lack of control. A work of genuine and often stirring imagination—in that Jordan imagines everything: he imagines how dialogue might sound, battles might be fought, people might behave. Sometimes he strikes a note of real pathos or insight; more often he doesn't. Huge, then, and not entirely unrewarding. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON REBORN by Robert Jordan
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

Third entry in Jordan's monumental Wheel of Time series (The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt). Here, the various factions head toward the city Tear, where, in the Heart of the Stone, hangs the magical sword Callendor that none but the Dragon Reborn may wield. Young Rand, the only man able to use the One Power, already half convinced that he is the Dragon Reborn, strikes out alone. Rand's friend Perrin the blacksmith—he's accompanied by Moiraine, the Power-wielding Aes Sedai, and warrior Lan—suspects that he's turning into a wolf. The junior Aes Sedai, Egwene, Elayne, and Nynaeve take Mat to Tar Valon to be healed of his evil-magic wound; here, they are given the dangerous new task of flushing out the evil Black Ajah in their midst while evading the latter's deadly traps. Eventually, all will converge at Heart of the Stone, where Rand will seize Callendor and destroy their current evil opponent. Some good plotting here and there, and a rousing finale, but most of the rest is merely embroidered heroic travelogue. Not too bad—if you like monuments. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1990

Second in Jordan's overblown cyclic-history fantasy series (Eye of the World, 1989). Young sheepherder-turned-swordsman Rand, one of the few men who can Channel the One Power and survive, rushes off in pursuit of the stolen Horn of Valere—the fabulous Horn, you see, can raise the dead heroes of the ages to fight against the evil, world-threatening Ba'alzamon (he is striving mightily to escape an ancient magical trap). Meanwhile, invading Seanchan women and warriors are enslaving the magical Channeling Aes Sedai women. Moiraine Sedai maintains that Rand is the Dragon Reborn, a fabled warrior who is destined to defeat the bad guys before going mad and killing his friends. Rand hotly denies this, but nevertheless he will again Channel the One Power in an involved magical showdown with the fiery Ba'alzamon. As ponderous, portentous, and overstuffed as before, with everyone going around repeating meaningless aphorisms like "the Wheel wills," and too long by at least hall However, behind all the huffing-puffing heroic travelogue, the elements of a pretty fair yarn are discernible; Jordan's problem, like many of his contemporaries, is simply lack of control. Read full book review >