Robert Jordan was born in 1948 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.
In this tenth novel in the "Wheel of Time" saga, Jordan continues the glacially slow pace he set with other series entries (e.g., The Path of Daggers). New characters are added to old in this annoyingly intricate and sprawling soap opera. Love sprouts between Mat Cauthon, fleeing from Ebou Dar, and Tuon, daughter of the Nine Moons. Egwene al'Vere attacks the White Tower, Perrin Aybara seeks to rescue his wife, Faile, and as the rebel Aes Sedai considers joining the Asha'man, Rand al'Thor ponders the same with the Seanchan. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, our earnest narrators, seamlessly pronounce the outlandish names, but this droning, humorless story with a huge and confusing cast of characters lacks energy. Recommended only for libraries where the series has high circulation; without the earlier works, this doesn't make sense.-Douglas C. Lord, formerly with Connecticut State Lib., Hartford Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The eagerly awaited 10th installment (after 2000's Winter's Heart) in Jordan's monumental Wheel of Time has all the breadth and depth that have made this fantasy author one of the acknowledged greats of the genre. Like Tolkien's Ring trilogy, Wheel of Time is a single, extended novel rather than a series, and in Crossroads, new characters join the cast and old favorites grow ever more complex. Yet if the scope of Jordan's richly nuanced creation has won him millions of readers, it also forms the saga's biggest obstacle. Here Mat Cauthon is still fleeing the Seanchan; Perrin Goldeneyes still hunts the Shaido to free his beautiful wife, Faile; the cities Caemlyn and Tar Valon are still besieged and the battles have not been joined. Those impatient with the glacial movement of the last four books will find more of the same. As the title suggests, this entry represents a turning point, a time of momentous decisions as the rebel Aes Sedai consider an alliance with the Asha'man and Rand ponders a truce with the Seanchan. Lending perhaps the most recognizable humanity is Mat's love interest, Tuon, the spoiled, adorable Daughter of the Nine Moons, whose kidnapping is concealed by Valan Luca's Grand Traveling Show and Magnificent Display of Marvels and Wonders. She twists Mat around her finger, deliberately annoying him by calling him "Toy." The epilogue suggests Tuon will play a major role in volume 11. Jordan fans who miss the breakneck pace of the earlier books can always hope the action will pick up again. (Jan. 7) Forecast: Backed by a $600,000 national marketing campaign, which includes an author tour, this one is guaranteed to debut at number one on many lists. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." --The New York Times on The Wheel of Time(R) Series "Complex plotting, an array of strong characters, lavish detail, and a panoramic scope make his series a feast for fantasy aficionados." --Library Journal on The Wheel of Time(R) Series "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 on The Wheel of Time(R) Series