Over 7 years ago I completed my The Wheel of Time Retrospective, celebrating the completion of the series after 20+ years. At the time, I mentioned Team Jordan was working on an official "encyclopedia" for the series, but wasn't sure when it would be published. Well, it was published in late 2015 and the fan that I am, I did purchase it, but never got around to writing a blog entry like I thought I would.
Fast forward to now, early 2021. A lot has changed since I completed that WoT Retrospective:
- I changed jobs twice, bought a new house, and my family is now firmly established in Silicon Valley.
- I finally visited Charleston, South Carolina and got to see Robert Jordan's home.
- My first child was born 2 years ago.
- The Wheel of Time TV series began production.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has pretty much put my fiction writing on hold, as between working at home full time and caring for my child I have little time (or the ability to get into the mindset) for it. I've basically decided that until I sell my newest book, Hop Limit, I'm not going to spend much time on further fiction writing.
- Wheel of Time Wiki = This is the top online WoT reference in my opinion. It has a lot more content now than it did in 2013 and is much more complete, especially if you're looking for chapter summaries with cross-references and such.
- Dragonmount = Still the biggest and most popular community. If you're looking for WoT news and forums, this is the place to go.
- The Thirteenth Depository = An extremely insightful and detailed blog that analyzes every nook and cranny of the series. Still going strong today. I personally don't get this deep into the material.
- Composite Glossary = All the entries from every book glossary combined in one place. Somewhat obsolete at this point given the existence of the Companion.
- Encyclopaedia WOT = This used to be my #1 go-to reference site for WoT, but sadly it seems to have been abandoned, and I don't recommend it anymore. It doesn't look any different than back in 2013, despite one of the owners of the site commenting on my blog about a new version in development. The complete chapter summaries for A Memory of Light are still not up, 7 years after the book was published!
The TV Series
Short Story – River of Souls
Book 14 – A Memory of Light – Part 2
Book 14 – A Memory of Light – Part 1
The Wheel of Time is Complete
Reference – The Big White Book
Prequel – New Spring
Book 13 – Towers of Midnight
Book 12 – The Gathering Storm
Book 11 – Knife of Dreams
Book 10 – Crossroads of Twilight
Book 9 – Winter's Heart
Book 8 – The Path of Daggers
Book 7 – A Crown of Swords
Book 6 – Lord of Chaos
Book 5 – The Fires of Heaven
Book 4 – The Shadow Rising
Book 3 – The Dragon Reborn
Book 2 – The Great Hunt
Book 1 – The Eye of the World