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The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Hardcover – November 13, 1998


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"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again." Jordan's Wheel of Time series has uncountable fans, and those who are looking for an encyclopedic history and mythology of Rand al'Thor's world will enjoy this work, which fills in background rather than furthering the story. Also included are double-page spreads of Darrell K. Sweet's seven book jackets for the series.

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Fans of Jordan's popular "The Wheel of Time" epic fantasy series now in its seventh volume (A Crown of Swords, Tor, 1996) will benefit from this illustrated guide. It includes 70 new full-color paintings of maps, flags, characters, and objects of power. A detailed text explains plot and characters in a narrative form rather than in encyclopedic entries. Although the lack of an index may make this volume hard to use as a reference source, its completeness will serve to introduce new readers to the series. Recommended where the series is popular.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wheel of Time
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (November 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312862199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312862190
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I must say, being a fan of Robert Jordan, that the information in this book was invaluable as well as enlightening. It contained more detailed information on such things as the Age of Legends than was in the actual series, and gave background on many otherwise bleak details. However, I would not recommend buying this book for the art it contains, of which I had high expectations and was fairly disappointed in. Granted that the artists idea of such creatures as mydraal and ogier, for example, will conflict with my own ideas. I do regret to say that the actual quality of the art was lacking. It looked to have been done quite quickly and with haste. Overall, however, the book was very well done and deserves 5+ stars for its content, and 3 stars for the artwork. It is definitely something to buy if you can just get past the art.
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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While I truly enjoy the WoT books, I have to say this was a "Show me the money" book by TOR. The information in the book was primarlily a rehash of things readers discover or can infer through reading the series. In other words, for those that have read the complete series up to the date of this book there was not a whole lot of new information. For those that are just starting the WoT series, this book could spoil a lot of the suprises. I also have to admit that I thought the art was terrible and question wheter the artist even read the series.
On the plus side, the Guide provides a handy reference for hard core WoT fans. It also provides a number of maps that the books have lacked.
I would suggest buying this only after you have completed reading the series up to book 8 and have read the short story in "Legends." This is a good reference book to have if your re-reading the series or just trying to pass the time until the next book is out.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Reading the reviews displayed here, I have seen a lot of critiscism for this Guide. I'm not sure why, as I found it to meet up with my expectations. The artwork I ignored completely; simply because I think all artwork about books is dissapointing. What I didn't ignore was the content! This is not a book about the events taking place in the Wheel of Time, it's a history book about the world of the Wheel of Time. It's a book that could have been written about the world, in the world. It features biographies on the Chosen/Forsaken, the history of the Age of Legends, and explanation of their society, explanations of the Aiel, the Seanchen and others. This is not part of the Wheel of Time, it stands aside from it. Personnaly I found it to be a captivating read, and a MUST BUY. It reveals nothing about what is going to happen in the series, and only fills in other gaps. Don't be put off this book because of its artwork; if so, why did you EVER pick up the Eye of the World?
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131 of 159 people found the following review helpful By David Rasquinha on April 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This has to be the worst case of reader exploitation I havecome across. This book, supposedly a guide to the WOT world simplyrehashes what has already appeared in the first 7 books and contributes precious little that is new. On the plus side, at long last we finally get to see maps of the entire World; Seanchan in slightly better detail, Shara is a largely blank slate and the Isle of the Fisherfolk is not much better. There also appears an Isle of Madmen to the south which makes me fear additional complications to come. I suppose one should be grateful for these maps, despite their paucity of detail, considering that none of the series books contains anything but the same wretched map of the immediate world and pathetic city maps. If at all the book has any new information, it lies in the biographical sketches of the Forsaken, outlining their background and motivation. But the motivations themselves frequently seem to contradict the delineation of the characters in the series, especially Asmodean, and are totally out of sync with the Aes Sedai concept. Shallow is the word that describes these sketches in fact, as also the brief histories of the Seanchan and the other peoples. Bad proof reading is compounded by some of the worst illustrations I have even seen. The artist has obviously not read the books, so blatant are the contradictions. Look at the pciture of Lanfear and tell me if this is the most beautiful woman ever! Or the caricatures (I can't call these illustrations) of Galad, Lan or Aviendha for instance and match them with their characters. And would you believe that Min, who plays such a key role in the series, is not even mentioned anywhere! Some Guide indeed. Or perhaps we should be grateful there is no illustration of Min at least.Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason Reid on October 31, 1997
Format: Hardcover
For all of the Jordan fans who are having trouble waiting for the '98 release of 'The Path of Daggers' (Book 8 in The Wheel of Time), this book may have been thought to be something that would hold you're attention. Put simply, it won't. If you're a big Jordan fan, you'll have to buy it, simply to say that you have the complete collection, but it will be a case of reading it once and then storing it on the shelf for ever more, for there is little that hasn't either been mentioned before or alluded to. Highlights of the book are the maps from the previous seven novels reproduced in large scale on glossy art paper, and the seven double page spreads of Darrell Sweet's artwork from the novels. I kid you not, after seeing the rest of the artwork in this book, you will never complain about Darrell's covers again - in fact, you will most likely wish that they had asked him to do all the artwork for the book. On the text side, the section on the Second Dragon and the rise of Artur Hawkwing is the highlight of the book, for there is little else that won't leave you feeling cheated, as in some instances, the author's have even omitted things already revealed in the books. They have even ignored the opportunity in include the short piece 'The Strike at Shayol Ghul' in this book, instead leaving it available to the few who visit the Publisher's web site.Read more ›
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