Yesterday, the world of Fantasy was shaken as Robert Jordan passed away at the age of fifty-eight.

I am greatly saddened by this loss. Not only has one of my favorite authors passed on, but one of my greatest teachers. In the field of Fantasy, everyone knew Robert Jordan. While some did not like his style, none could deny the fact that he was one of the masters of the genre, creating a world and characters that at times felt as real as the one we see and touch everyday, and that we wanted to be as real. His Wheel of Time series was epic in scope, epic in imagination, and ultimately a success. Most of the books were New York Times bestsellers, a worthy benchmark, but one that is more distinguished by the legion of fans who not only bought his books, but who supported him through his fatal illness.

Robert Jordan had a rare blood disease, amyloidosis. The prognosis was not good, but Robert was determined to beat the odds. Unfortunately, he lost that battle, but it was in the fight that the man behind the books came to the forefront and reminded us that he was more than a bestselling author, that he was ordinary, and human, and heroic all at the same time. As I read his blog, I couldn’t help but be moved by who he was, how he spoke and responded to his fans, and most of all, how he responded to the circumstances of his life.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Robert’s wife, Harriet, and the rest of the family. We are truly sorry for your loss.