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An Engrossing Fantasy Series,
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This review is from: The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn (Mass Market Paperback)
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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Initial post: Dec 30, 2013 8:49:10 PM PST
Daniel Erasmy says:
Great review, my good man. I finished my GoT books last year and I had been looking for something to replace them.. I heard about these books from some random people playing an online game and it seemed awesome, given their total devotion to it.. so now I'm here, and I find your review, and now I want to get them, bad! thanks a lot :)
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