Yep, it begins.
Tor.com, North American publishers of The Gathering Storm, have released the first chapter of the long awaited effort by Brandon Sanderson to fill Robert Jordan’s shoes. It’s available for free download to all Tor.com members (registration is quick, easy and free), and can be found HERE.
On top of that, more news about the series was announced on Dragonmount:
The PROLOGUE to The Gathering Storm will be available as an eBook purchase beginning on September 17th. The price will be $2.99 and will be available from Amazon.com, BN.com, Tor.com, as well as other online vendors.
Tor will be releasing the ENTIRE Wheel of Time series in various eBook formats beginning with the release of The Eye of the World beginning on October 27th. Each book will be released in series order on a monthly basis after that. The text of the books has been optimized for the ebook reading experience, and retain all illustrations and maps from the physical books. Pricing is not yet available
And that’s not all – Each of the WoT eBooks mentioned above (not the TGS prologue) will include new ‘cover art’ by different professional artists. Tor is commissioning a different artist for each book, so you’ll see brand new art for each one of the books in the series. Here are the details for the artists of the first four books:
THE EYE OF THE WORLD
Illustrators Hall of Fame. Known for work in National Geographic, advertising, and movie posters including Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Outsiders.
THE GREAT HUNT
Spectrum award winner.
Lead Concept Artist for ArenaNet on Guild Wars 2.
THE DRAGON REBORN
Multiple Spectrum and Hugo Award Winner, and Hamilton King award winner.
THE SHADOW RISING
Society of Illustrators and Spectrum award winner.
I dunno about releasing a prologue and making people pay for it. Maybe the proceeds could go to a Charity? Or to support Mayo Clinic, where Jordan recieved treatment through his illness? In any case, I’m sure it’ll sell bucketloads. Personally, as a junkie for cover art, I’m more excited for the new covers (especially Kekai Kotaki’s!) Can’t wait to see what other illustrators they manage to wrangle.