New Spring (Wheel of Time 0.2)
For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a Foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmo...more
Perhaps, for me, the real attraction that sword & sorcery offers is an escape into a world of imagination. It sounds like a corny movie trailer (I'm sure everyone can hear the movie trailer voice when reading "esCApe... into a worlld ... of imagiNA...more
The warning is not because the books are bad. The first few, actually, are very good. Great character development, interesting universe for those who love fantasy novels.
The warning is because these books never, ever, ever are going to end. Ever.
There are so far 12 books (including a prequel that came out somewhe...more
It was really nice to see so many characters I've come to known and love/hate in their earlier years, but that ended up backfiring as I feel like a lot more could've been done with the vast majority of them given how long the novel actually is. Once the novelty factor is...more
One of the things I really enjoy about Jordan is the rich background in which he's chosen to set his world. Reading the series there's always the sense that what has happened in the character's pasts has an effect on what they are doing in th...more
As I was...more
Too bad it's not any good.
First off, the plot. Really beloved and wise Amrylin, your plan to find the dragon reborn is to offer a ridiculous amount of money to everyone who had a kid in the vicinity of the prophesied location? That's not going to arouse suspicion or anything. And it seriously never occurred to you...more
I did not like the book as much as I remembered, mainly because Lan is an IDIOT. Jordan's worst features as a writer, to me, were his persistent "battle of the sexes" bullshit, where nearly all women are shrews convinced that all men are idiots; and his horrific caricature artificial cultures. Fortunatel...more
Now for the spoiler!****
This tells the stories of Lan, Moiraine, and Suiane from the beginning. In...more
rom America's premier fantasy writer-the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Crossroads of Twilight-comes New Spring: The Novel. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time has captured the imagination of millions of readers who eagerly await each new volume of the saga. Now, Jordan gives us a glimpse of the events leading up to the first book of the Wheel of Time. New Spring: The Novel is a perfect introduction to the Wheel of Time. For three days, battle has raged in the
He does follow the story formula, which probably is what adds to the simplicity and readability of the storyline. However, t...more
323 pps. 26 chaps. 130,000 words
Fantasy with the unusual feature that the major characters are women, members of a sect with abilities drawn from a central bank of power. There is the hint of romance, but only a hint. Some battle scenes, but these are minimal. The major thread of story revolves around the development of powers by the two main female characters who are, surprisingly, both beautiful. Many of the secondary characters have featur...more
The Wheel of Time appears to be in good hands with Brandon Sanderson penning the last Book (in three parts) of Robert Jordan's epic.
Although I have been reading these books for as long as I have been reading Katherine Kerr's Deverry novels, and will be reading them at least until 2012 when the...more
I started the entire series with this book. I came into it with no prior k...more
This book is a prequel to the Wheel of Time series, and gives background on Moiraine Damodred (great name!) and Lan Manodragoran. It's the first in the series I decided...more
And as satisfying as it was to get all those extra deta...more
Anyway, this book wildly exceeded my expectations. I tried to read the Wheel of Time series about ten years ago, when the books weren't even all finished being written yet and Robert Jordan was alive. I had to stop because there were too many things too keep track of and I was failing at it. This time around, I walked in knowing that would be the case, and periodi...more
Moving on to the story, I enjoyed it. Like all wheel of time books, it is almost annoyingly descriptive, but this serves to make the world vibrant and lifelike. The sto...more
Since I committed myself to reading all 12 books straight through, I decided to...more
In retrospect, this book wasn't nearly as good as some of the others, but as I read it I was drawn into the world of the Wheel of Time, and simply had to read more about it. The final part of the book was rather disappointing. It seemed like Jordan rushed through the part where Lan had a reason to become Moiraine's warder. I didn't feel that he developed enough of...more
Now, for those rabid fans of Robert Jordan's multiple storylines and complicated characters, this will seem a tad simplistic. But it does illuminate a few details about some of the core charac...more
For the good: I feel in love with the main characters, Siuan and Moiraine, almost instantly. I thought it was kind of silly that women who were in their 20s were so childish and prank-focused, especially in a world where people are ostensibly forced to grow up more quickly, but t...more
I was in a way bullied into reading "The Wheel of Time" by a couple self proclaimed geeks, and can see why these books are read by many. The writing style allows a fast pace without making it seem as unrealistic as a roller-coaster like many books in this genre do. The characters' personalities have enough depth to form a...more
Moiraine and Siuan, destined to become great Aes Sedai, are now only apprentices. However, when they become the only living people who know of a prophecy of th...more
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Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reily.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to...more