The Wheel of Time is a series of high fantasy novels written by American novelist Robert Jordan, with Brandon Sanderson serving as a co-author on the final three novels. The Wheel of Time was supposed to be a six-book series, but it ended up being 14 volumes long, thanks to a prequel novel and two companion works. Jordan began writing The Eye of the World in 1984, and it was first published in January 1990.
Jordan died in 2007 while writing on what was supposed to be the series’ last book. He took copious notes so that another author might finish the book according to his specifications. Brandon Sanderson, a fellow fantasy author, was brought in to finish the book, but it was decided during the writing process that the book would be far too large to be published in one volume, so it would be split into three volumes: to be published in a single volume, so it would be divided into three books: The Gathering Storm (2009), Towers of Midnight (2010), and A Memory of Light (2011). (2011). (2013).
The series incorporates many themes from both European and Asian mythology, including the cyclical structure of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism, the metaphysical principles of balance and duality, and Taoism’s love for nature. Its creation tale is also akin to the Abrahamic religions’ “Creator” (Light) and Shai’tan, “The Dark One” stories (Shaitan is an Arabic word that, in Islamic contexts, is used as a name for the Devil or the Satan). War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy was also a source of inspiration (1869).
The Wheel of Time is known for its length, rich imagined world and magical system, and enormous cast of people. The seventh through fourteenth novels all made the New York Times Best Seller list at number one. The series was nominated for a Hugo Award after its conclusion. It has produced an eponymous video game, roleplaying game, and music record as a result of its popularity. In 2021, Sony Pictures and Amazon Studios will release a TV series version of the film.