Release Date for A Memory of Light Revealed!

Tor has revealed the release date for A Memory of Light, the final instalment of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Saga . . . and it's much further off than Brandon Sanderson's updates had led us to hope:

January 8, 2013

For those of you keeping track, that's almost 23 years to the day from the original release of The Eye of the World on January 15, 1990.

Personally, I had been hoping for an October 2012 release, since most of the books have been released during the Autumn months, with Brandon Sanderson's first two co-written instalments coming on October 27 (The Gathering Storm) and November 2 (Towers of Midnight) respectively.

The full release is below:

The first novel in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time®, The Eye of the World, was released on January 15, 1990. Now more than twenty years later, Tor Books is thrilled to announce the official publication date for the final novel in the series.

A Memory of Light will release on January 8, 2013, in the final month of the Year of the Dragon.

A Memory of Light is one of the most important titles that Tor will ever publish. Many of the principal players have been involved with the series since its inception, including Publisher Tom Doherty and Editor Harriet McDougal, who worked with Robert Jordan on all of his books, and who is working with Brandon Sanderson, the writer finishing the series from Robert Jordan’s outline and his notes. This is a landmark publication not just for Tor but for millions of fans of the late Robert Jordan, who eagerly await the conclusion to his epic tale. Everyone involved with the project is committed to making this an ending to remember.

Over the next few seasons, Tor will continue to release new Wheel of Time material, including trade paperback editions of the early novels with new art, new graphic novel editions of the The Eye of the World comics, and other material related to A Memory of Light as we get closer to publication date. 

It's going to be a very long year . . .