No contest - The Wheel of Time is the best of the best in the epic fantasy genre.
Might even top Game of Thrones and LoTR; it’s hard to believe I discovered it so late. I just finished the series and wow - incredible. Reading it all again immediately. 😍
Ive read this series 4 times now and am going for a fifth amazing read and especially good detail wish you were still around jordan you were amazing
It's a horrible book, and a horrible series. The author is obviously trying to make a "Lord of the rings" rip off, and he's milking for all it's worth. There are 12 books in this series, and I had to force myself to finish the first chapter. The characters are bland, the dialogue is poorly written, and the story is just a carbon clone of every fantasy book ever written. Do not read. If I could give less than 1 star, I would.
This series is one of the great classics of fantasy. Many people talk about Tolkien, and George R. R. Martin, but to me Robert Jordan is the best fantasist. While there are some similarities to Lord of the Rings, this is to me a perfected version of the LOTR good vs evil trope. Particularly for those who like magic/power systems, this is a true classic. I recommend this series to everyone. It forever occupies a special position on my bookshelves.
Truly some of the finest literature of this age. The earth is a little darker, now that he's passed from us. Thankfully, his writing provide a steady glow. Worth a first read and a second.
I ended up putting this book down for about a year after being bored by the first several chapters. I picked it up again and forced myself to read a bit further since so many people like it. Once the characters got started on their quest in earnest, I really started to enjoy it. I'm glad I gave it a second chance!
Fantastic yarn in the spirit of Lord of the rings. But the many "had had's" and "that that's" we're distracting. Also, the authors attempt at grandiose speech made things so complicated at important times it ruined the story. I have no interest in reading book two.
I landed on this series after reading two of Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archives books (which I enjoyed a lot). Sanderson completed the Wheel of Time series (of which this is the original volume, though there is a prequel) after Jordan passed away.
The story is a fairly straightforward "fantasy quest" à la "Lord of the Rings". The overall writing is more than competent and the world descriptions are excellent.
The character development is okay: We only "get into the head" of one character (the protagonist) and while he is not quite a caricature, I think his development lacks depth. The other characters are unfortunately quite shallowly developed (in my opinion).
The plot felt far too simple to me. The villains' efforts are never quite justified and feel incompetent. The plot line is a straight line (with a tiny exception). There are no real surprises, and while there is a hint of darkness about the protagonist, it's never made credible. So far, there is no real sense of "rules of magic", which makes the introduction of fantasy elements feel a bit "ad hoc".
Still, it's entertaining enough that I'll give the next volume a chance.
The wheel of time series are some of the best books ever written. Spanning two decades most people who read these have grown with the books over the years, making them a part of their lives. Enjoy!
the book was wonderful, now for my point. a slow start and dragged out detail had me a bit worried but Jordan soon had my interest and only left room for one critique, could your mountain range naming scheme be any more generic. the mountains of Dhoom and the mountains of mist… kinda broke the suspense at just the wrong moment. that is all.
I loved reading this book, so exciting and unpredictable!