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The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn Paperback – Box set, October 27, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2272 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812538366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812538366
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.8 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This box set of paperbacks includes the first three books in Robert Jordan's bestselling epic fantasy series, the Wheel of Time. No saga since Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has evoked such fervor among readers. In the first Wheel of Time book, The Eye of the World, Jordan introduces a world broken by phenomenal power and threatened by engulfing shadow. In The Great Hunt, our hero, Rand al'Thor, begins his epic journeys with a quest for the lost Horn of Valere, which promises to raise long-dead Heroes of Legend. And in The Dragon Reborn, Rand's destiny begins to take shape as his followers flock to him, and the world descends further into darkness. This box set is a great way to begin exploring the world of the Wheel of Time. But don't stop here, the second set awaits!

About the Author

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time®, one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.
Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.

Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time(R), one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.

Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

Customer Reviews

I started reading the Wheel of Time books when the second book came out.
Victoria Bradeen
I've read up to the nineth book and was forced to stop and wait for the next to come out.
P. Darowski
The characters are extremely well developed, and the very world is so clearly defined.
Michael Mason

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Cooley on September 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
The first three books of the Wheel of Time saga are exceptional modern fantasy. There is a lot of originality, lots of action, and a powerful sense of both doom and mystery.

If you're looking at buying these books, you've undoubtedly come across the criticism of the series length and the quality of the later books. And its true, the series does falter rather badly beginning around book 6 or 7, and there is a steady deterioration from there. The sense of mystery and doom dissipate, the action and plot advancement cease and the characters all devolve into indistinguishable buffoons.

HOWEVER, the first half of the series, and in particular these first 3 books, really are great, and highly recommended. I'd say just keep reading the series until you feel you found the point where it doesn't work for you anymore, then skip to the end once Book 12 comes out.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have read Tolkien,Heinlen, Herbert,Donaldson, Eddings and a great many others. This series by Jordan is by far the best and worst I've ever read. The characters are so well developed that you can imagine what they are thinking even when it's not printed. The world so clearly rendered, that you see, smell, hear, and feel it rather than read about it. Yet unlike other books, there are no filler pages. Everything in the story, from the first scene to the last, is important and will come back to haunt you. I absolutely love this series. I have and will read it again and again. The thing that makes it the worst is the eternity between books. Until this series is complete, and my guess is ten or eleven books, every other book I read will only be a place holder.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Baxuwell on July 26, 2012
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After finishing the latest release in the Game of Thrones series last summer (A Dance With Dragons), I began searching for something to fill the fantasy void in my life. One series kept popping up: The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Despite the glowing reviews (at least for the early books), I was nervous for three reasons.

1) Robert Jordan passed away before being able to complete the series. While the series has been picked up by a seemingly worthy successor, it was hard for me to imagine investing myself in an author's world for 10+ books only to not that author deliver the payoff.
2) The reviews for the books later in the series (starting at book 7 or 8) are absolutely horrific. The long-time readers appeared to be extremely unhappy with the direction of the series. On the plus side, the reviewers did unleash some really excellent sarcasm in their reviews for books 8-10 on Amazon. Good stuff if you can avoid the spoilers.
3) The covers to these books are awful. Books 1-2 are among the worst, but they don't get much better. Reading book 6 on an airplane last month provided me a healthy dose of embarrassment when I was asked why I was reading a romance novel.

So why did I dig in? First, I read some of the reviews for the Brandon Sanderson authored books in the series (12 & 13 thus far, with 14 to be released in January). Against all odds, they are actually seen as an improvement over the later Robert Jordan books. Second, despite the poor reviews for the middle books in the series (the trough seems to be books 7-10), this improvement suggested any struggles would be worthwhile. Third, I decided to take a chance - if the books were really as bad as their covers, I could always cut my losses and move on to another series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Toll on June 2, 2005
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I love when good authors can really take you to another place. I found the imagery a wonderful get away from a sometimes depressing world. It took me a little while to get into the character,s but the places you go in this book are worth the trip into Jordan's imagination.
Great read, good time
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1998
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I love reading, especially science fiction and fantasy . I have read nearly every fantasy novel to be released by a major publisher, and I can say without hesitation that Robert Jordan's Wheel of time is far and away the most captivating series I've ever read. I've read the entire series several times, and enjoy it and understand it more with each read. This is the only book I've ever read more than once . If you've never read the series, be warned, after the first hundred pages, you will NOT be able to put it down, and every minute you're away from it, it will be on your mind. It's as addictive as any drug there is . After I finish a Jordan book, everything else is paled in comparison . I reccomend this series to anyone who is litterate . I rate The Wheel Of Time a "10", the next best book out would probably be rated a 8.5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Gardner on August 20, 2006
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I am new to Robert Jordan's work but after 2 weeks I am already fully emersed in the third book Dragon Reborn. The heroes and villans in this story are never who they seem or are more than they seem. Enjoy this series. It's great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Longazel on June 22, 2007
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As others have written I think these are the best three books of the series. I read the first book near when it first came out and then the others near to when they were published. I haven't gone back and re-read the series and so much is packed into the books that I can't remember all the connections and twists that relate to the newer books, but can still remember what happened in these first books. So if you are looking for something lite to read, is interesting and keeps your attention, and will take time to finish this is the series for you. The one thing I've found frustrating with the series (especially in the later books as the plot grows) is the characters never seem to communicate what is going on inside and so seem just ready to meet misfortune before... you get the point and maybe why the books are interesting to read. Will they defeat the 'Dark One' in the last book or will the world break as the 'wheel of time' turns?
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