“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.”

These words (or some approximation of them–the verbiage has changed slightly throughout the series) begin the first chapter of each of the books in the Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan and, more recently, Brandon Sanderson.

A Memory of Light CoverTomorrow, January 8, 2012, the fourteenth (sans prequel) and final book will be released, and an age will truly come to an end. I do not have the words to describe my feelings as this incredible story comes to a close. Many fans have been waiting for this day for over twenty years. It hasn’t been quite that long for me, but it has been such a wonderful journey.

I have read and reread the series more times than I can count, despite the books being quite lengthy. The character development is the best I’ve ever seen, the story is fascinating and so beautiful, and Jordan’s writing is simply incredible. Though Brandon Sanderson is no Robert Jordan, his work on the series has been nothing short of remarkable. I don’t think we could have asked for a better person to step in to finish the series.

(Robert Jordan passed away before he was able to finish writing the series. He did write some parts of the ending himself, and left notes and instructions with his wife, who was also his editor, for how the story was to end, so that she could select a new author to finish the series after he died.)

I could say so much about these books, and I could say so much about how I feel about this story ending, but I won’t ever come close to truly describing either. The best I can do is urge you to read them yourself, because they are truly, truly wonderful.

If you pick them up, please let me know! I’d love to have more friends who are familiar with the story. And I’ll keep you posted as I read the final book!