Tor Books today released a statement confirming that one of their other fantasy authors, Brandon Sanderson, is to complete Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series. The best-selling series was left incomplete due to Robert Jordan's passing on 16 September 2007 from a rare blood condition, as related here.
Brandon Sanderson is the author of three successful fantasy novels: Elantris (2005) and the first two novels in the Mistborn series, The Final Empire (2006) and Well of Ascension (2007). There is one more book planned for in the series, The Hero of Ages, which will be published in early 2008. Sanderson is also working on a 'free' novel called Warbreaker, which is being released via his website. Sanderson had plans for two other novels entitled Way of Kings and Dark One, but these seem to be on hold for the time being.
According to Tor Books, Sanderson will pick up work on the twelfth and final Wheel of Time novel, A Memory of Light, for delivery in late 2008 and publication in late 2009. Robert Jordan left behind significant amounts of work on the book, including drafts, plot summaries and dictation tapes, and, it is rumoured, the completed final chapter. Sanderson will be working with Jordan's widow and editor, Harriet, on constructing the final novel in the sequence.
There is no doubt that this is a major task for any writer to take on. Congratulations and good luck to Brandon in this endeavour.