Tor.com is doing an interesting thing leading up to the release of A Memory of Light, the 14th and final volume in The Wheel of Time on 8 January of 2013. Called “Memories of Light”, each day Tor sends out snippets of the upcoming book, be it sentences, chapter titles, or maybe even paragraphs. It’s an interesting marketing campaign for the book.
Anyway, I thought I would compile all of these excerpts in a blog post, mainly as reference. If you want to receive these, you can sign up with an email on Tor’s site (these are sent out daily). Discussion on these are on Tor’s site.
Here we go with “Memories of Light”.
Day 1: It had been useful at Maradon. Nobody knew he had it. That was important.
Day 2: “I should like to hear one of your stories. Perhaps you could tell me of the time your father and you visited Shara?”
Day 3: “Being married is not so bad, Perrin. Why didn’t you tell me it was not so bad? I think I am rather fond of it.”
Day 4: “Pass his bond to me.”
Day 5:“Creator shelter us,” she whispered.
Mat scowled. “You know, that’s what Tuon said.”
Day 6:The right thing had always seemed clear to Galad before, but never had it felt as right as this. Those streaks of light were like indicators on a map, arrows pointing his way. The Light itself guided him. It had prepared him, placed him here at this moment.
Day 7: “Nobody travels the Ways,” Ituralde said, aghast.
Day 8: Egwene strode around a frozen pillar of glass in her dream. It almost looked like a column of light. What did it mean? She could not interpret it.
Day 9: The letter was written in Mat’s hand. And, Elayne noticed with amusement, the handwriting was much neater and the spelling much better in this one than the one he’d sent her weeks ago.
Day 10: “And farewell to you, old friend,” she said to the air. “Until I dream again.”
Day 11: “One more thing, the marath’damane . . .”
“I’ll deal with those channelers personally,” Mat said.
She gawked at him as if he were insane.
Day 12: “Enough talk. You will bed me now.”
Day 13: “We must spread the word to all of our allies,” Amys said. “We must not use this weave.”
Day 14: That, she replied back, is something one should never, never say to an Aes Sedai. Ever.
Day 15: “It is a simple thing, to stop a man’s heart,” Cadsuane said, arms folded.
Day 16: “Do not cut off your foot for fear that a snake will bite it, Perrin Aybara. Do not make a terrible mistake because you fear something that seems worse. This is all I will say on the topic.”
Day 17: “It is one of the three things which I will require of you. Your payment, to me, in exchange for my life.”
Day 18: Fortuona ignored her, standing. “This woman is my new Soe’feia. Holy woman, she who may not be touched. We have been blessed. Let it be known.”
Day 19: “What did you do to your eye?”
“A little accident with a corkscrew and thirteen angry innkeepers.”
Day 20: As Tam attacked again, Rand lifted the sword and-
Day 21: And you don’t feel a small measure of pride? Egwene asked herself. Rand al’Thor, once simple village boy and your near-betrothed, now the most powerful man in the world? You don’t feel proud of what he’s done?
Day 22: Why are you helping me?” Perrin demanded.
“I’m fond of you, Perrin.”
Day 23: “Light burn me,” Rand said. “You’re not him, are you?”
Day 24: “There were many good years. Good decades, good centuries. We believed we were living in paradise. Perhaps that was our downfall. We wanted our lives to be perfect, so we ignored imperfections. Problems were magnified through inattention, and war might have become inevitable if the Bore hadn’t ever been made.”
Day 25: “Oh, blood and ashes, no!” Cadsuane said, spinning on them. “No, no, no.”
Day 26: Uno’s topknot danced as he continued to blaspheme.
Day 27: “Peaches!” Rand said, aghast. Everyone knew those were poisonous.
Day 28: “But this . . . this isn’t about blacksmithing, Perrin . . .”
“Of course it is,” Perrin said. How could Rand not see that?
Day 29: “Didn’t you once lead a band of thieves out of this forest?”
Birgitte grimaced. “I was hoping you hadn’t heard that one.”
Day 30: [Note: Today’s email had two excerpts]
[First] Rand strode forward, lifting his arms out to the sides. Grass sprouted in waves, red blossoms burst from the ground like a blush upon the land. The storm stilled, the dark clouds burned away by light.
[Second] A joyful song, a song of awe and wonder, though she could not understand the words.
Day 31: He doesn’t want to fight in Andor, Elayne thought. He doesn’t want to fight alongside me. He wishes the break to be clean.
Day 32: Rand stiffened. He’d known what he was doing, on some level, but to hear it explained was disconcerting.
Day 33: If the end of the Aiel was the sacrifice required for Rand to win, she would make it.
Day 34: What did you do when the One Power failed, the thing you relied upon to raise you above common folk?
Day 35: The Blight had consumed the Two Rivers.
Day 36: “Run, Bela,” Faile said. “If you’ve kept any strength back, now is the time to use it. Please. Run, girl. Run.”
Day 37: I AM THE ONLY HONESTY YOUR WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.
Day 38: Humankind did not have days remaining, but hours.
Day 39: They seemed to be cracks into nothingness. They drew the light in, sucked it away. It was as if he was looking at fractures in the nature of reality itself.
Day 40: “We’ll remember those who fell, and we’ll tell our children how we stood when the clouds turned black and the world started to die. We’ll tell them we stood shoulder to shoulder, and there was just no space for the Shadow to squeeze through.”
Day 41: They stood at the edge of time itself, and still Thom Merrilin found a smile.
Day 42: Loial, son of Arent son of Halan, had secretly always wanted to be hasty.
Day 43: By the Light, he had a book to finish before he went!
Day 44: Rise, and save the world.
So those are the Memories of Light. Now that A Memory of Light is officially available Tor has posted this detailing what each excerpt means (SPOILER warning).