I don't imagine I have many fantasy fiction readers here reading my blog. But I had to post about one of my favorite authors, Robert Jordan. He passed away yesterday after long battle with a chronic blood illness.
Robert Jordan is the pen of James Oliver Rigney Jr. Writing under the name Jordan, he is best known for his expansive Wheel of Time series. My brother Rob got me into the books and I quickly ran through the first 10 of his 800+ page books. The 11th was released shortly after and I snapped it up. The series wasn't finished and he was working on book 12 during the last couple of years or so.
While the selfish part of me is very sad that we may never know how it ends, I am also sad that an author who seemed to genuinely love his fans has passed. He did seem like a very kind man.
I loved the Lord of Rings books and Jordan carried the torch of the mammoth fantasy story well. I am very sad to hear he's gone.
Pray for his family and his fans. He will be missed greatly. Here is what his cousin posted to his blog:
It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Dragon is gone. RJ left us today at 2:45 PM. He fought a valiant fight against this most horrid disease. In the end, he left peacefully and in no pain. In the years he had fought this, he taught me much about living and about facing death. He never waivered in his faith, nor questioned our God’s timing. I could not possibly be more proud of anyone. I am eternally grateful for the time that I had with him on this earth and look forward to our reunion, though as I told him this afternoon, not yet. I love you bubba.
Our beloved Harriet was at his side through the entire fight and to the end. The last words from his mouth were to tell her that he loved her.
Thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and support through this ordeal. He knew you were there. Harriet reminded him today that she was very proud of the many lives he had touched through his work. We’ve all felt the love that you’ve been sending my brother/cousin. Please keep it coming as our Harriet could use the support.
Jason will be posting funeral arrangements.
My sincerest thanks.
Peace and Light be with each of you,
4th of 3
To Catalyst: Never, never loose faith. RJ did not. Harriet hasn’t. I haven’t. Going through what we have, our faith is only strengthened. Besides, if God didn’t exist, we would have never had Jim. We did. God does. Remember my Brother/Cousin, my friend, think of him fondly and glorify God’s name.