At first glance you might think that the book is about Rand, maybe even Perrin and Mat too, but that's not completely true. Read 13 170 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The world-building in The Wheel of Time is fantastic. There are many different countries in the world of WoT, and they all have different cultures, fashions, and other differences that can be interesting for some and tedious to others. “If the world is ending, a woman will want to fix her hair. Nothing really happens. I loved every book in this series except the ones that also include the writing of Brandon Sanderson. The early books in the series (1-4) really resonated with me as a teenager, and I remember being less interested in the books that came later. I didn’t think it distracted me or made me annoyed at RJ at all, but I know many readers don’t enjoy being told repeatedly about the color dress that Nynaeve is wearing or the amount of lace Mat has on his coat sleeves on any given day. I read another several books, and got to the point where I would guffaw in frustration every time YET ANOTHER cast of characters were introduced (I had begun to draw charts just to keep track of who was who at this point). (SPOILER ALERT) Also a little tidbit I noticed but was never revealed by Jordan or Sandersen. ( Log Out /  That turned out not to be the case. Start by marking “The Wheel of time series by Robert Jordan (1-11)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Harriet selected author Brandon Sanderson to finish the series, which he did in books 12-14. The Eye of the World book. Loved the first 7 books although as a woman, I had to smile at the frequent mentions of ample bosoms :). I became more and more bored with each volume. If you want to talk about The Wheel of Time, Brandon Sanderson or have or want any great fantasy recommendations, send a tweet my way! Jordan's 'Wheel of time' series is huge, in every manner. The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: Introductory Post-Aug 19, 2014 From the Two Rivers Prologue-Aug 26, 2014 “The Strike at Shayol Ghul”-Sep 9, 2014 The Eye of the World, Part 1 … Change ), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Meet the Definitely Not for the Birds Team, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time | thatclaragirlblog. I've waded my way through a truckload of fantasy series in my time - some spellbinding, some crazily plot-driven and gripping, some determinedly mediocre, and some barely worth the paper their words are printed on. My entire life has been spent reading these books and it has not been a waste of time. The Wheel of Time is very detailed and draws you in—if you enjoy the first book, you will have to keep reading. Let me start by stating that I love fantasy fiction. The last book is suppose to be released In January of 2013 - I can't believe it will actually be complete! Women are all portrayed in a same-y fashion, and Jordan's over-reliance on the description of environmental minutiae drags the stories down. There's nothing angrier than an ex-Wheel of Time fan. Sanderson saved this series in books 11-14, Jordan is a hack and a highly derivative (bordering on plagiarism) author. Reviews Wheel of Time | Review. Maybe the best place to start is with the fans, or better yet, the ex-fans. Rather than reviewing each book individually, I decided to just review the entire series together, since it is an integral story and it just wouldn't do to read any of the books on their own. Im surprised that none of HBO´s competitors have picked this up yet to be honest. Often, we are told the results of a conversation rather than given the conversation itself. Let me start by stating that I love fantasy fiction. The first 2, maybe 3 books where enjoyable but Jordan's limitations as a writer rapidly become clear. I became more and more bored with each volume. But I have enjoyed them all. The Wheel of Time is very detailed and draws you in—if you enjoy the first book, you will have to keep reading. From the concept to the volume to the character plots. Usually especially women in literature are portray. Don’t Read:  If you don’t enjoy long books in which there are a lot of detailed imagery or the characters are not constantly fighting in battles, don’t read this series. Now, as an adult, I trudged through the first four, at times feeling as if my eyeballs would roll right out of my h. I started reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan as a Junior in High School. it spanned many many years and even survived the sad untimely death of its author. I started reading The Eye of the World (Book 1) back in 2007 during the summer after I finished high school. Though perhaps we would need HBO to make WoT justice, for example T.Goodkinds Sword of Truth sucked so badly I don't even know where to begin compared to the books. Taken strictly as a docu about a key Buddhist ritual, Wheel of Time is a perfectly pleasant, educational film, featuring pretty pictures, exotic locations and interview footage with the Dalai Lama himself. This series is the reason that I haven't added anything to Goodreads in a while. A first person shooter based on Robert Jordan's best-selling fantasy novel series, The Wheel of Time. I've waded my way through a truckload of fantasy series in my time - some spellbinding, some crazily plot-driven and gripping, some determinedly mediocre, and some barely worth the paper their words are printed on. I liked it better. This series is 14 books long, and is by far my favorite fiction series I have ever listened to. So if you are a fantasy fan but also want strong, believable, human characters this is the series for you. I could have read over two dozen good books in that many pages. By far my favourite fantasy novel series. See all 8 questions about The Wheel of time series by Robert Jordan…. I read another several books, and got to the point where I would guffaw in frustration every time YET ANOTHER cast of characters were introduced (I had begun to draw charts just to keep track of who was who at this point). She is an avid reader, a die-hard Badger fan, and knows from experience that a good hike can solve almost any ailment. I started reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan as a Junior in High School. If you do decide to give the Wheel of Time a try, then I strongly suggest you commit yourself to getting through book 3 … It turns out that it’s kind of difficult and I have to be pretty general. The Wheel of Time, A Song of Ice and Fire…their absence was a betrayal, sharp and deep. That may be about a squillion times more than every Booker prize winner put together, but The Wheel of Time remains oddly unacknowledged beyond the fans that adore it. If the world's ending, a woman will take the time to tell a man something he's done wrong. I have read book 1, and it was simply boring. Also Jordan seems to have some. Here’s a list of the 14 books in the series, plus a prequel. I doubt I will ever find anything of similar quality. ( Log Out /  As an aside, I want to put in a good word for Brandon Sanderson. The Wheel of Time is a series of high fantasy novels written by American author James Oliver Rigney Jr., under his pen name of Robert Jordan.Originally planned as a six-book series, The Wheel of Time spanned fourteen volumes, in addition to a prequel novel and two companion books. Legends fade to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. Also I just finished the Great Hunt and it is a long book too but also much easier. Posts that include unofficial merchandise are considered low effort. Robert Jordan weaves a tale of youngsters leaving home and gradually gaining knowledge of the world and growing as individuals and leaders. I loved the series. Thanks to Rachel for letting me write a guest review! This series is MASSIVE. The first book, The Way of Kings, is currently one of my favorites. It’s a powerful fantasy saga with quite a few themes which resonate with the Christian worldview. The wheel of time series had great potential and likely would have been a good 5 to 7 volume series, but unfortunately it was dragged out to be a 12,000 page soap opera. The books are huge and the characters and cultures very detailed. He is currently working on the second book of his planned epic series The Stormlight Archives. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Book 1 seemed a very (surprisingly) precise copy of The Fellowship of the Ring, except all the epicness of the said Fellowship of the Ring somehow absented itself from Jordan's writing. Robert Jordan does a great job with this. Dear Goodreads and fans of Robert Jordan-- if I couldn't stand book one the first time around, do things change by book 14? Robert Jordan is the king of fantasy. Book Review: How to Be a Heroine By Samantha Ellis, Book Review: Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S. C. Gwynne, FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson Audio Preview. Wheel of Time is a 2003 documentary film about Tibetan Buddhism by German director Werner Herzog.The title refers to the Kalachakra sand mandala that provides a recurring image for the film.. The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. One note to mention before I begin:  Robert Jordan passed away in 2007 before finishing the series. A Review of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The wheel of time series had great potential and likely would have been a good 5 to 7 volume series, but unfortunately it was dragged out to be a 12,000 page soap opera. If a paragraph began describing either a rope-worked silver tray or the design o. We’d love your help. My case for why you should read Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, which was finished by Brandon Sanderson. Jordan began writing the first volume, The Eye of the World, in 1984, and it was … They use this power by weaving a combination of the five elements (Air, Earth, Wind, Fire and Spirit) to accomplish different things; for example, one weave may be used to put a bubble around a group of people so outsiders cannot hear what they are saying, while a different one may heal a wound. Ironically, late 2007 and early 2008 is also when the … The story could have been told well in 5,000 pages but huge sections and entire volumes failed to move the story along. I am going to keep this short, because I could write a three hundred page review of this, and STILL not be able to sum up how monumental this series of novels is. Women are all portrayed in a same-y fashion, and Jordan's over-reliance on the description of environmental minutiae drags the stories down. Refresh and try again. Also Jordan seems to have some sort of spanking fetish that at times borders on the ridiculous. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. Have read multiple times!! For some of you this may be great! He's managed to create a frame where every law of the universe has been crafted by him. I have rarely left a book or series of any sort unfinished, if only to know how the story turned out, regardless of how crappy the writing was. Dalai Lama 101. I speedily read through the first seven books or so, but soon became disappointed that nothing seemed to be "happening," or at least that there was no end in sight. how many books in total and in what order?? Now,12 years and 1 ghost writer later i was finally able to finish what I started all those years ago. This set of books positively amazed me. Linear plot, felt like a shallow fanfiction of the Lord of the Rings. The magical system consists of a vat of energy or power called the True Source—only a very small number of people can actually channel the One Power from the True Source. First published in 1990, Robert Jordan began an epic series called The Wheel of Time. Tolkien was first but not best. Jordan, unfortunately, passed away before he was able to finish his masterpiece, but he was done justice when Brandon Sanderson picked it up to complete it for him. Unlike many fantasy novels that are full of battles and action, there is a lot of character development (which I mentioned above as a good thing). My favourite is the first The Eye of the World, which introduces the main set of characters who inhabit the series, and establishes the world they live in. I will read a few of his works and give them another try. A true masterpiece to uphold and a staple for any fantasy lovers - if you can keep track of hundreds of characters and places. The story could have been told well in 5,000 pages but huge sections and entire volumes failed to move the story along. You may notice a slight variation in writing while jumping from book 11 to book 12, but I think Brandon Sanderson captured the characters dispositions, mannerisms and thoughts perfectly while at the same time making the last three books a little bit easier and faster to read. That being said, the later books in the series, including the final three ghost written by Brandon Sandersen, made it worth the tedium of the early novels. Follow Heidi @heidi_5 and DNFB @not4birds. In the last few months of his life—with the help of his wife, Harriet McDougal—he penned the final scene of the series and recorded a copious amount of notes in order to provide enough information for someone else to finish the series in a way that stayed true to his vision. Wheel of Time lacks the intensity of many of Herzog's works, and the meditative nature of the monks is a strange match for the wildness of Herzog. Some characters are not even always likeable which is fantastic. The wind was not the beginning. was how do I even start to review a 14 book series? The overlying theme or conflict of WoT is one you find with most fantasy novels—good versus evil, light vs dark—in this case it is the world as the Creator made it versus the Dark One and his Chosen. So for me to not finish this series that's beloved of so many people is quite significant. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It was torture to wait and depressing Jordan didn't get to finish the series but Sanderson did a great job. Still, this is one of the highest rated series and I keep wondering why. I skimmed a few. For the next seventeen years, readers experienced eleven books of rich and expansive storytelling. Destiny versus free will and story decay are also themes that increase the value of the stories and make everything more interesting. Series Review: The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time is one of the most celebrated and popular fantasy series of the modern age. Now I am reading book 2. With The Dalai Lama, Lama Lhundup Woeser, Takna Jigme Sangpo, Matthieu Ricard. I sit somewhere in between. It's a bit of a commitment, since each book is about 850 pages long, and the audio books are about 17 days worth of straight audio. Tolkien WHO? Sanderson saved this series in books 11-14, Jordan is a hack and a highly derivative (bordering on plagiarism) author. The magical devices known as the Ter'Angreal fill in … … As a Werner Herzog film, it's flat and disappointing. The Wheel of Time is an enormous and complex story, and shouldn't be approached lightly. Overall a fantastic series, Mat Cauthon in particular was a favourite character (though I will say he was poorly written by Brandon Sanderson). Often, we are told the results of a conversation rather than given the conversation itself. This series is the classic fantasy tale of the struggle between light and dark, good and evil, death and life. Anyone else notice that Olver was Gaidal Cain spun back out by the Wheel? This series is the best set of fantasy novels ever written, in my humble opinion. "Let this whole imaginary world go to hell, for all I care," is where I ended up, no longer interested in this unending fantasy soap opera. I actually started to cry when I heard that the author had died! Men and women use different parts of the One Power—saidar for women and saidin for men. He is excellent at worldbuilding and creating unique magical systems that are completely believable. The, without a doubt, best long going fantasy series ever. I’ve always thought that a magical system that seems natural and doesn’t take long for the story to effortlessly explain is the best—and of course it also has to be unique. The first 2, maybe 3 books where enjoyable but Jordan's limitations as a writer rapidly become clear. With so many books and so many characters, you may get lost or bored along the way. But I will give it my best! Books 1-3 were pretty good, books 4-11 were utter shite. The characters develop so much and Robert Jordan does a great job of taking the characters from one step to another. According to the Wheel of Time review, Jordan seems to be inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s book, War and Peace in 1869. He obviously stalls the plot, struggles writing dialogue and characterizing females. In addition to the many, many characters, most of the books are also very focused on the characters. Fan art is allowed, as is music that is explicitly about Wheel of Time, podcasts that discuss the series, and personal creations like sculptures, tattoos, and book bindings. It's about Moiraine, Nynaeve, Elayne, Egwene and many more too. The wheel of time, the different ages, the prophesies, physics itself. Best bet if you're just starting out with this series is to avoid all the stories involving Aes Sedai, you can literally skip all of them and still know whats going on. Heidi is a co-creator and writer at Definitely Not for the Birds (DNFB). Okay, so this Wheel of Time review is basically the least timely review of anything ever (technically, my Minecraft review was more behind the times), but I’m doing it anyway.The last three books of Wheel of Time are all readily available in paperback now, and have been for a long time.But the final chapter in the Wheel of Time cycle will come about this November with … Some books were a little long winded and only contained a few relevant events to move the series along (the 6th or 7th comes to mind) but apart from that my all time favourite series. I'm getting ready to read the next book: The Dragon Reborn which I hope follows the same pattern. The film documents the two Kalachakra initiations of 2002, presided over by the fourteenth Dalai Lama.The first, in Bodhgaya India, was disrupted by the Dalai Lama's illness. I debated in the beginning if I should commit to reading such a long seri. Some of the biggest books out this fall promise to be epics full of magic, adventure,... To see what your friends thought of this book, Read a new spring next, its a much easier read. New Spring (prequel—planned by Robert Jordan to be a trilogy, but there are currently no plans to complete books two and three). Stupid fantasy rip-offs aside, however, The Wheel of Time makes for a pretty cool game. Read a new spring next, its a much easier read. Wheels of Time manufactures historically accurate model trains, vehicles, and model railroad accessories with a real "wow" factor. Don't read it unless you like full immersion in very different human cultures. If you love the fantasy genre, this is the season for you! Some characters are not even always likeable which is fantastic. Some can't get on with them. Now,12 years and 1 ghost writer later i was finally able to finish what I started all those years ago. A major theme throughout the series is one of gender roles and relationships. Before this, he composed another book named, “Eye of the World,” which attains the height of success. I simply don't care enough to find out. Read:  If you love long, epic fantasy series in which you get heavily invested in the characters and their world, read this series! Rand was becoming such a jerk that I didn't much care what happened to him anyway. And I'll say right off that it is fantastic. This is a tried and proven method of telling a great fantasy story and I think Robert Jordan made it work so well partly by being one of the first to make women a dominant part of the story. The Wheel of Time isn’t some dinky young adult fantasy-light fiction you can read in an afternoon. Unfortunately many readers may be disappointed that much of the full-charge action seems to be limited to the last 100-200 pages of each book (with AMoL being one exception). All the characters are beautifully described and the whole universe just came to life. The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn When A Memory of Light came out in January (Book 14) I was at the bookstore as soon as it opened and spent the next three days devouring the final installment. I’ve read some series where the magical system and the world in which it is placed don’t work well, or are too complicated to make it realistic. I have read books 1 - 13 and enjoyed them each to varying degrees. Wheel of Time Review. Best bet if you're just starting out with this series is to avoid all the stories involving Aes Sedai, you can literally skip all of them and still know whats going on. The core characters of WoT (forgive my use of abbreviations, but saying The Wheel of Time all the time is tiresome!) Read full review Best thing that happened to this series was him dying, that allowed Sanderson to turn this crap series into a sparkling gem. The Wheel of Time turns, and ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. In The Wheel of Time, Jordan’s world has been crafted into a first person shooter. Many people love these books. I just finished the 13th book in this series and there is one final book to be released in January 2013 called "A Memory of Light". There are fourteen books. I liked it better. It was written by the late Robert Jordan, and completed posthumously by his successor, Brandon Sanderson. Dalai Lama 101 I think it is amazing going back and reading The Eye of the World after reading A Memory of Light. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Directed by Werner Herzog. ( Log Out /  There are … all come from the same part of the WoT world—the Two Rivers. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I've been reading this series for about 20 years! What I particularly liked is the strength of the female characters. The first few books get you going and the last three or four are a rush towards the end, but the books in the middle—while all their stories are necessary for plot and character development—can get tedious to read. Perhaps Sanderson (I love the Mistborn trilogy, and must check out some of his more recent stuff), a much better writer than Jordan, did the series justice in the last few books. His legacy is carried on by Brandon Sanderson, a fellow fantasy author and Wheel of Time fan. If you enjoy The Wheel of Time, or fantasy in general, PLEASE read his independent work. Amazing! I am writing this from a sheer compulsion (no pun intended) and a need to put these thoughts onto paper. I frequently found myself taking a long time to get through a book, but by the last 150 pages I couldn’t set it down because I felt so much was happening so quickly. At the time the series was completed up to book 9. “The Wheel of Time” starts off strong. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. 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