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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 Mass Market Paperback – Box set, October 27, 2005
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Great read, good time
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Set arrived this morning. It's actually a boxed set and brand new in a wrapper, so I guess it depends on who you order from as to what you get. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Discworldfan
coming of age story in a fantasy world - gear up if you start this series, there are like 14 books altogether!Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Camarata
Defintely not LOTR or Terry Brooks Shannara level. I've only read one book so far. Have taken 6 month break and counting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by matthew j triche
Everything Jordan touches is gold in my mind. A very long, extremely polished series anyone who is a fan of fantasy should read.Published 2 months ago by John Newsome
Good stuff. The first four books are my favorite. The series slow down considerable after book five.Published 3 months ago by Billy Bob
I would recommend these to anyone who likes sci-fi. Great for young readers.Published 3 months ago by Ali Berglund