A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Yesterday, Tor.com hosted one of their ongoing #TorChat twitter conversations, and invited Brandon Sanderson, co-author of A Memory of Light, the final volume of Robert Jordan’s long-running Wheel of Time series, to answer fan questions. And, well, it being Sanderson and Wheel of time, the questions were endless. And spoiler-filled. Egads, by the end of the chat, my virgin ears were stuffed full of more spoilers for A Memory of Light than I cared for. They were popping up on my twitter feed left and right. Ah well.

To save those of you still waiting to read the book from unwanted spoilers, I’ll hide them behind the jump.

For those who couldn’t make the live twitter chat, Tor.com created a summary of Sanderson’s answers, which ranged in subject from Boa’s pre-A Memory of Light adventures, where Wheel of Time fits into his Cosmere universe, the identity of Nakomi, and why he’s just as puzzled about Rand’s lit pipe as you are.

Some highlights include:

Rand’s bond with Min, Elayne, and Nynaeve transferred with Rand when he took possession of Moridin’s body, although Brandon didn’t know how or why.

Cadsuane does end up being the next Amyrlin.

Some things, like the characters that Demandred kills, were supposed to be abrupt to convey the emotion of sudden loss and because often that’s the way things are in war.

Not everything that Min foresaw was supposed to be significant in the series, according to Jordan’s notes.

Verin’s Black Ajah identity was the most shocking revelation that Brandon learned while going through Jordan’s notes on the series.

Jordan left some notes on how Callandor was initially created.

Taim was recruited by the Forsaken, so his becoming a Darkfriend happened after the Forsaken were freed from the Bore.

What does Brandon see if he imagines Rand five years from now? “I see him happy.”

But, these are just a small portion of all the questions answered by Sanderson. If you’ve finished the book, and are interested in learning more about some of the aspects that were left vague/untouched-upon in the novel, Tor.com has you covered. Fascinating stuff, all around.