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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2008
Format: Mass Market 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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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 1998
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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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 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.

Much to my delight - the books are just as terrific as the majority of the reviewers indicate. I'm 80% through book seven, and have observed no significant drop-off in quality. Jordan's world is rich in detail, and the plot is amazingly complex. Though the world continues to grow in scope, thus far I find each branch of the plot almost equally fascinating, and can't wait to start book eight.

Fans of A Game of Thrones should definitely not fear jumping on board - The Wheel of Time is a great way to fill those 5 year gaps between releases.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 1997
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There is nothing to say about this series, that Robert Jordan has created, that has not already been said so many times over. I will only be the millionth person to summarize it in the one word that fits, that word is so perfect, it isn't even in this language. The problem lies in the fact that the reader will view the "World of dreams" to be as real as New York. I for one, dream about the characters as if I knew them as family. The books will carry the reader away in a fashion that possibly only a higher power could. There is depth, originality, feeling, compassion all rolled into something beyond tangibility. The emotions are impossible to grasp and even harder to explain. Those who have read other passionate fantasy books will find themselves astounded time and time again. A burning fever that will not go out rages in the heart, the soul, the mind, and the dreams of those who cross the bridge. Bliss can already be reached..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2003
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... but the quality of the books [stink] (that's the only reason I didn't give this product 5 stars). Page after page of these paperbacks fell out, with the first reading. All in all I lost the first 30 or so pages of each book. The publisher needs to up their QC standards. The stories, however, are wonderful. I've read all of Jordan's works over and over, and each time I find something new in this complex, always fascinating series. However, if you want a book that will last, buy the hardcover.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2009
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Ill start by saying I would give the three books individually 4 stars each, all together 3 stars is my opinion which I will explain.

As of now I am part way through book 4 and have given up reading the series, this is mainly due to frustration at some of the main characters. I was hoping for more growth in them by the end of these 3 books but all I get is..

- Rand still curses his powers, rejects his obvious destiny and thinks everything slightly unusual is him going mad.
- Perrins moral whineing, avoiding wolves and hating his axe.
- Nynaeve being a grump and has some illogical vendetta against Morraine comparing her to the black AhJah
- Morraine consistantly keeps secrets from them all for no good reason besides making them hate her.

Regarding secrets there also seems to be a bond of silence between all of them to keep imporatant details from each other, I constantly find myself steamed when vital story events are kept to themselves.

There are pros though, I found the world rich and well described, the story interesting but slowly paced and I liked the magic and history.

I have had my eye on the series for some time but have always balked when I read it has a lot of filler in later books, if that is the case I am glad I never got to that point as even in the first 3 books there is a lot of descriptions and whole chapters lost to repetetive dreams with the dark lord. I cant imagine it getting much more filler then there already is.
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