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The Complete Wheel of Time (The Wheel of Time omnibus)

4.61  ·  Rating Details ·  1,233 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Written by Robert Jordan and completed posthumously by Brandon Sanderson, The Wheel of Time is one of the greatest epics of fantasy and a #1 internationally bestselling series. Taking place both in our past and our future, the saga tells the story of a man destined to face the Evil One and save the world—or destroy it in the process.
ebook, 11095 pages
Published May 2014 by TOR
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Matt Still
Nov 05, 2014 Matt Still rated it it was amazing
For me, this is the definitive work of fantasy literature. Everything I look at reading comes up for comparison with this series--as well it should, as I started reading when there were only 7 books out. I remember eagerly snatching up The Path of Daggers as a teenager when it came out, I remember hunting Winter's Heart down in a local library, and I was devastated when Robert Jordan passed away in 2007.

I lost track of it over time, and only recently reread all 14 books, more than a decade after
Aug 06, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
Started this series June 2012. Around book 6 it turned from reading for pleasure into a project I was determined to finish, so I began just taking my time. Once Sanderson took over the story picked back up, but even he at times exhibited a bit of Jordan's writing-just-to-write feel. As another reviewer put it, the story is great but there is so much unnecessary, burdensome text to slog through that it brings my satisfaction with the series way down. That being said, the character development is ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
"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. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time . But it was a beginning." Jordan, Robert (2009-10-24). I knew when I started this beas ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Long Winded Fantasy
Recommended to Jason by: A friend from an earlier age
I suggest this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy, can make the time commitment to get through 12,000 pages, and deal with some slow books in the middle. If you like great prose, this will work for you. Character development? Jordan's your pusher. Compelling story? This is your hook up. However, be prepared to be frustrated with effusive excess and repetition.

Mark Twain encouraged James Fenimore Cooper to "eschew surplusage." Jordan should have done that too. (And so should I, actually).

Nov 17, 2015 Angela marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
17 November 2015: $68.72 on Kindle
Joyce Roth
Jul 30, 2016 Joyce Roth rated it it was amazing
I started reading this series in middle school after I had completed Lord of the Rings and most of the Shannara books that were out at the time. It took me about a year to finish the read through up to Crossroads of Twilight. Since then I have read all the books within days of their release.

The series starts out at a fast but detailed pace and eventually slows as the detail increases, but towards the end speeds up again. While it was hard for me to get through the slower sections - overall this
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Jun 29, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it
Well, 12000 pages takes some time.

It's hard to encapsulate a review of 14 books in one post. But, I didn't want to do individual books because after five and until Brandon took over become quite a bit of a blur.

Some random thoughts:

1. The first several books are outstanding. After five, it starts to slow down but is still fine. Eight through eleven become a slog, though. If I hadn't known that Brandon was taking over, I probably wouldn't have survived that.

2. I felt like the final three were un
David Ellett
Jan 02, 2016 David Ellett rated it it was amazing
My favorite series/books to read... Favorite. Period...and its a rare thing for me to be able to decide on one thing. It has its flaws, but for any smart reader, skimming is but a natural art to possess. There has not been any book to come close to this series, and yes I've Tolkien and others, unique and interesting worlds, but the plot and character interaction Does. Not. Compare. I have a problem of even getting and starting other series because they cant capture me after 1-2 books like Jordan ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Viktor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Book 0,1,2,3,4,5 i can tell the Wheel of time is a very good story, but it has some major issues. And thats why i wont continue reading the series.
First of all its too long, its obvious the author wanted to write more quantity and less quality. In a lot of chapters nothing happens.
Secondly i hate most of the female characters. Their arrogant feminist attitude has really bothered me throughout the books.
I'd say this series would be as good if not better than Lord of the Rings if instead of
B.C. Crow
May 04, 2016 B.C. Crow rated it it was amazing
Best ending to any book or book series I've ever read. I rarely give any book a 5 star rating. I'm very frugal with them. Yes, this series had a couple editions that made me think twice about that rating, but as long as you consider the series as a whole, you'll be all right.

What do I mean by this? Not every book follows the standard plot development, and you feel like you've been left hanging in the middle of the book even though you're at the last page. But once I got over this, I was able to
Mayank Agarwal
Jan 08, 2016 Mayank Agarwal rated it liked it
A daunting series, took me about 2 months to finish the 15 books in the Epic series in one continues reading marathon adding up to 12000 pages. What makes this series Epic is it’s the amazing world making with it’s in depth political system and intrigues, the well-defined magical system along with the concept of rebirth. This world-making is among the best I have come across and I have read many a fantasy series. The fun adventures in the initial books feels like a rip off from Tolkien’s but in ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Georgi rated it it was ok
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Ea Solinas
Jun 30, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it liked it
The Wheel of Time Series is probably the biggest epic-fantasy series in literary history. Not in terms of popularity -- although it definitely was a perennial bestseller -- but in terms of bulk.

But they bundled all fifteen books together in "The Complete Wheel of Time," from the backstory-filling prequel "New Spring" to the long-awaited grand finale in "A Memory of Light." Robert Jordan's series is both captivating and violently frustrating -- it was a sprawling, complicated epic, full of classi
Oct 13, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
I started reading this series late last year after the final book, A Memory of Light, was released. The books caught my eye whenever I pass by the store, and I'm glad I caved in and bought digital copies of the books. Though I had to compel myself to finish the middle books (Perrin's arc in books 9 - Winter's Heart and 10 - Crossroads of Twilight were tough to get through), I'd say the Wheel of Time series is a must-read for lovers of the fantasy genre.

The first book, The Eye of the World was ab
Cody Robertson
Jul 24, 2014 Cody Robertson rated it liked it
Epic describes well the size of this series, with 14 books (plus a few others) many of which fall in the 1000 page range.

Some books must be slogged through (book 10 comes to mind here though it is not the only one) while others are page-turners. My favorite books in the set are books 5 (The Fires of Heaven) and 12 (The Gathering Storm). I spent the better part of one Thanskgiving break reading one book (that includes nights).

I stopped halfway through the series (after I ran out of books) and did
Chuck Thomas
Nov 04, 2014 Chuck Thomas rated it really liked it
I put off reading this series for a long time, just because of long and big of a series it was. Well, I'm finally glad I got around to reading it. I literally chugged through the entire series, starting with The Eye of the World back in late mid June, and just finished the last book, A Memory of Light the last week of October. Talk about epic, it didn't disappoint in my opinion. If you want to be committed to a long fantasy series, this is a good one. I think my biggest complaints are how in dep ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Maleshub rated it it was amazing
It is a series of 2 authors, sadly; and that reflects on the content and (somewhat) quality. Books 1-7 are exceptional and kept me hooked despite their epic length. Jordan's many subplots finally caught up to him in books 8-10, the slower, dragging parts of the series; especially book 10. However, Jordan's last book, 11, was masterful.

Sanderson did an admirable job finishing the series with Team Jordan. For that alone, I'll always be thankful. But despite the tremendous work and effort; one can
Jan 25, 2016 Donna rated it it was ok
By the time I got to the end of this book I wanted to dig up the author and bury him again. It was a great story and the last three books were more readable but there was so much dross and filler that this 14 book series could have been well told in a trilogy. Seriously, each book had to fill in what had happened in the previous books and I spent most of the reading with my eyes glazed over. I have never seen this so poorly done. I also began to dislike, strongly dislike the characters in the bo ...more
Sena Brickwedel
Nov 29, 2014 Sena Brickwedel rated it really liked it
Epic. Classic. Felt like a rite of passage finishing the series. There were a few books in the middle that were a bit swampy, but in the end, I have never understood a cast of characters, their motivations and intentions, cultural and biographical persuasions in a story better. It made it almost impossible to finish the series because I didn't want it to end. Almost impossible.
Jun 17, 2016 James rated it liked it
Despite critical acclaim to this series, it is not my favorite. I managed to chew through the mountain of text over the course of several years mostly thorough grit and determination. To be fair the battles are epic, the villains are evil, and the constant weaving of good in the center of evil, and evil in the center of good keeps the story moving. However, the story I feel drags with a writing style the becomes quickly rote after the first few books. There are only so many times a braid can be ...more
Clayton Coetzee
Aug 25, 2014 Clayton Coetzee rated it really liked it
As a series, it is a fabulous fantasy epic that takes you down many an interesting path that often has you at the end your "seat". It takes a commitment to finish the series and one you do you really feel like you have achieved something. The books can be a bit slow but the reading is great.
Sep 26, 2015 Attila rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Started reading The Wheel of Time series in August 2008, and finished with the last book five years later. Easily the longest series I have ever read, over 10000 pages in total. I read it in paperback, but I won't add all 14 books here, so I marked this omnibus edition.

The first book is heavily inspired by LotR, but the subsequent ones are much more original, creating a complex and interesting world. More and more characters and plotlines are introduced - much too many in fact, and the plot sort
Andrew Sharkey
Dec 31, 2015 Andrew Sharkey rated it liked it
While I will say that this book does an admirable job of creating a world of high fantasy I think my main problem with it is that I read it too late. By the time I'd read this the ideas and structure of the series seemed worn out and over used. I know that that is because I have read many things that borrowed from this series before I had read the series itself. The predictability of the plot caused by the heavy use of fantasy tropes, many of which I know this series created or at least helped c ...more
Dec 16, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Love this series. However, books 1-9 are outstanding. 10-12 almost made me stop reading. The final set by Sanderson were brilliant. The finale was epic and worth the lows of book 10. Love it.
May 21, 2016 LazyTeachers rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book series. If you are anything like me and tend to "marathon" book series you'll definitely take a lot of enjoyment in this series. It is a big undertaking but thoroughly engaging from start to finish and Robert Jordan (and later Brandon Sanderson) develops the characters and plot well throughout. It was a wholly gripping series with fantastic male and female characters.

Infant, to highlight how engaging it a series it was I needed to take a forced break to read some non-fic




Mar 19, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it
To me, this is a must have if you are going to read the Wheel of Time series all the way through. There are so many characters that it is so hard to keep them separate especially when they don't show up for a book or two. My advice is to not read the whole definition on the person though, just up to where you are reading about the character. It gives definitions of the character for the whole series like if they fight in the final battle or not. Which might not give a lot away but I don't want a ...more
Patrick Woryna
May 09, 2016 Patrick Woryna rated it really liked it
This book series got me hooked. A very immersive read.
The brain has a lot to critisize. Repetitive charactertypes, unimaginative storytelling patterns.
Screwed up magic system. The later books feel like they are haunted by the "mistakes/premises" in the earlier books. Skimming and travelling especially are "OP". To me it feels like the world grew beyond what was initially planned and not in a good way.
Brandon Sanderson is the better character-storyteller and did a good job of "wrapping up" all t
Jun 23, 2016 Ada marked it as did-not-finish-maybe-someday-again
So before I begin rereading this one:

It was a very long time ago when I read this. Thirteen or fourteen of something. I remember loving this because it was one of the first fantasy in which men and woman were treated (somewhat) equel (explanation: (view spoiler)). I found that fascinating. Also something about ying and yang? But also the world building was amazing. Other thoug
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to
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Other Books in the Series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)

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