Exclusive Video: Fantasy Authors Talk Robert Jordan’s Enduring Legacy

Listen to some of the most influential fantasy authors of today speak about Robert Jordan's influence on the genre...

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is more than just one of the most popular fantasy stories of the literary world, it has influenced an entire generation of fantasy authors to tell stories of their own. With Amazon starting production on a Wheel of Time series adaptation and Tor poised to release Warrior of the Altaii, Jordan’s never-before-published first novel, the late author’s influence on speculative fiction culture carries on long after his death.

At this weekend’s New York Comic Con, Tor Books presented a Jordan-centric video during their spotlight panel. The featurette includes authors George R.R. Martin, Brent Weeks, Peter V. Brett, Patrick Rothfuss, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jason Denzel, Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive), Marie Brennan (Memoirs of Lady Trent series), Clint McElroy (The Adventure Zone), and Tochi Onyebuchi (Riot Baby) reflecting on the legacy of Robert Jordan’s books.

Den of Geek is lucky to exclusively reveal the video online for the first time. Check it out…

The Wheel of Time series has been translated into 27 languages and has 40 million copies in print. 

Jordan wrote The Warrior of the Altaiibefore he published The Wheel of Time — Tor Books Founder Tom Doherty actually bought it before he founded the speculative fiction publisher. However, Jordan wanted to finish some other works—including The Wheel of Time—before returning to the manuscript.

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“I was amazed at the foreshadowing of The Wheel of Time,” said Harriet McDougal, Jordan’s editor and wife, about rereading The Warrior of the Altaiinow. “You will find many hints of what is to come. I think you’ll have fun finding them as you read this brand new Robert Jordan – a fine wine that has reached its perfect maturity.”

Check out the synopsis for Warrior of the Altaii:

Draw near and listen, or else time is at an end.

The watering holes of the Plain are drying up, the fearsome fanghorn grow more numerous, and bad omens abound. Wulfgar, a leader of the Altaii people, must contend with twin queens, warlords, prophets and magic in hopes of protecting his people and securing their future. Elspeth, a visitor from another world, holds the answers, but first Wulfgar must learn to ask the right questions.

But what if the knowledge that saves the Altaii will also destroy them?

You can find out more about The Warrior of the Altaii here.