@2@@20@The prequel novel to the globally bestselling Wheel of Time series - a fantasy phenomenon@21@@3@@2@The city of Canluum lies close to the scarred and desolate wastes of the Blight, a walled haven from the dangers away to the north, and a refuge from the ill works of those who serve the Dark One. Or so it is said. The city that greets Al'Lan Mandragoran, exiled king of Malkier and the finest swordsman of his generation, is instead one that is rife with rumour and the whisperings of Shadowspawn. Proof, should he have required it, that the Dark One grows powerful once more and that his minions are at work throughout the lands.@3@@2@And yet it is within Canluum's walls that Lan will meet a woman who will shape his destiny. Moiraine is a young and powerful Aes Sedai who has journeyed to the city in search of a bondsman. She requires aid in a desperate quest to prove the truth of a vague and largely discredited prophecy - one that speaks of a means to turn back the shadow, and of a child who may be the dragon reborn.@3@@2@@20@'Epic in every sense' @21@- @18@Sunday Times@19@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@'With the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal' @21@@18@New York Times@19@@3@@2@@20@'A fantasy phenomenon' @21@@18@SFX@19@@3@@2@@22@The Wheel of Time@23@@16@The Eye of the World@16@The Great Hunt@16@The Dragon Reborn@16@The Shadow Rising@16@The Fires of Heaven@16@Lord of Chaos@16@A Crown of Swords@16@The Path of Daggers@16@Winter's Heart@16@Crossroads of Twilight@16@Knife of Dreams@16@The Gathering Storm@16@Towers of Midnight@16@A Memory of Light@3@@2@New Spring (prequel)@3@
Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served 2 tours in Vietnam. His hobbies inc. hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.