If there’s one headline I never thought I’d write, its new The Wheel of Time books, and yet, that’s the Barside Buzz coming from one source. WoT Up, the WoT focused YouTube channel has been hearing some rumors related to the book side of the the franchise.
Feel free to catch the full video below. However, ultimately an unnamed source has told the host that they’ve been hearing some interesting rumors at TOR. Some in-house writers had been asked by management whether they’d have any interest in writing prequels based on late author Robert Jordan’s notes? Also, that others had been asked to pitch an idea for what they would do within that Universe if given the chance? Now this does not mean we are definitely getting new books. However it could be a sign that attitudes are changing towards this possibility.
The Wheel of Time TV show has certainly brought in many new readers, and many of those have become fans. Ergo, there would be some demand for books if they were written. However in years gone past, Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet had said no to writing more books. Yet, at the same time we know that Brandon Sanderson who finished the main series of books after Jordan’s death was offered the chance to write sequels. That never came to pass for reasons I explained in the related article below. Sanderson said there simply were not enough notes from Jordan to do it. Instead it would be him writing fan fiction, which he didn’t want to do.
Now, I’m with Sanderson on the sequels. I think it’s too much and if anyone was doing it I’d want it to be Sanderson. However Jordan did leave far more notes about the history of his Universe. For example we know much about the previous Age of Legends often referenced in the series. Plus the earlier events of the Third Age where the main story is set.
A book detailing the fall of Manatheren or Malkier would be cool, as would something related to Artur Hawkwing, or Jain Fairstrider.
However do not expect some big announcement. This very much feels like early exploration of an idea rather than any kind of commitment. However under the right conditions, and with Harriet overseeing, I’m not against this at all.
What about you, do you like the idea of possible new The Wheel of Time books written by different authors? Leave your thoughts on the subject below as always.