The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, and Age yet to come, and Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nore endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
It’s incredibly ambitious trying to describe how amazing I thought The Wheel of Time was. If I’d have to choose one word for it, I’d go with mindblowing – how Robert Jordan managed to create this mysterious, yet logical world of magic is beyond me, he truly was a genius.
We’re first introduced to Rand al’Thor a sheepherder’s son from a little place called Emonds Field in the Two Rivers. Rand and his two friends, Mat Cauthon and Perrin Ayabara are all ta’veren – A person around whom the Wheel of Time weaves all surrounding life-threads, perhaps ALL life-threads, to form a Web of Destiny. Meaning, they’re posing a threat to The Great Lord of the Dark, Father of Lies, Shepherd of the Night – Ba’alzamon – unless he gets them to join the dark side. A classic Light vs. Dark, Good vs. Evil battle.
Everything in The Wheel of Time is extremely well described – you hear the characters inner thoughts, see their surrounding landscape, experience their joy & feel their disappointments. It’s all there, in incredible detail.
The storyline is complex and has a large number of themes running at once. Currently spanning 12 books (and a prequel novel & a The Wheel of Time game), the story and characters really evolve as you progress through the books and in many ways aren’t even recognizable to how they initially appeared.
I love the characters in the wheel of time, they all have their ups and downs and are brought very much to life with Robert Jordans writing. They fight eachother with ridiculous arguments, trying to gain a foot on their piers – usually with their pride blinding them of what really matters.
The only “problems” with the wheel of time are minor. Absense of characters – sometimes you don’t read about a character for a very long time, and it can be confusing to have a minor character not appear for 2-3 books and then suddenly reappear with no real reminder of who they are.
The glossary in the back are pretty much useless. Either it gives you information on what you already know, or it spoils what will happen.
Long & Complex, the wheel of time are so well described, therefore if you read a little here, and a little there it’ll be hard keeping track of it all.
The Wheel of Time quickly moved up to the top of my list of favorite epic fantasy novels. It may have been done similary before, but in my honest opinion, Robert Jordan just does it better. It feels like you’re right in the midst of battle, argumenting politics or play a game of stones – you’re right there, forgetting reality & real life. It’s all brought forth from Jordan’s amazing eye for detail – making The Wheel of Time a must-read for anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre. You can get The Wheel of Time here, the first three books for only $15.62.
One of my favorite aspects of The Wheel of Time was the logical magic, what do you think?
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