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The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2)

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The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. For centuries, gleemen have told of The Great Hunt of the Horn. Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

And it is stolen.
Mass Market Paperback, 705 pages
Published October 15th 1991 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1990)
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Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series. Thank you.

For whatever reason, this is the installment that's held up the least well for me. Not b/c it's not awesome--it absolutely is--but b/c even MORE awesomeness is IMMINENT.

And I know it (b/c fiendish rer
“And it shall come to pass that what man made shall be shattered, and the Shadow shall lie across the Pattern of Age, and the Dark One shall once more lay his hand upon the world of man. Women shall weep and men quail as the nations of the earth are rent like rotting cloth. Neither shall anything stand nor abide...
Yet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once more as he was born before and shall be born again, time without end. The Dragon shall be Reborn, and there shall be wailing and gna
Well, if the first book in this series diminished somewhat outside the cozy light of memory, this second book absolutely withers away. The plot is listless, its tension flagging between points that are only interesting by comparison. And the characters refuse to evolve. That is, they are all still hung up on the same issues they had at the beginning of the first book, even though they've been through fairly earth-shattering experiences in the intervening pages. I mean, why is Nynaeve still schem ...more
The second book in the series, some people complain there are some influences of J.R.R. Tolkien in the first book; this book is where Robert Jordan found his own voice.

For the first time in centuries The Great Hunt is called; its purpose is to find the legendary Horn of Valere which calls the greatest heroes of all times to the battle yet again. Countless number of people wander around looking for it. Rand and company know exactly where the Horn is, but they might have trouble reaching it. It d
Vagner Stefanello
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Contém alguns spoilers do livro anterior.

E não é que tudo pode mudar de um livro para outro? Eu não tinha gostado muito de O Olho do Mundo, mas A Grande Caçada superou muito as expectativas. Li essa sequência por insistência de muitos amigos leitores e também por ter percebido, na obra anterior, que a série do Jordan tinha um bom futuro, mesmo que no 1º livro tudo tenha sido feito de um modo que eu acabei não gostando tanto, cheio de passagens que que
Jun 25, 2007 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fiction lovers with stamina
I read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan because both my husband and best friend had read them. The best friend highly encouraged me to read the books - my husband warned me off.

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
Here's a tough decision I think fantasy writers face: What requires detail and what will the reader's imagination run with?

Another view: Do you trust your readers to be able to fill in the details?

Someone -- I think Neil Gaiman -- once said that Gene Wolfe's writing makes his readers feel smarter. It's because Wolfe trusts his readers to pay attention and to fill in the blanks.

How do "The Wheel of Time" books hold up to this approach?

It's a little inconsistent.

When it comes to winds, cultural tr

And so concludes my first re-read of the second book of The Wheel of Time which I rate as my greatest epic fantasy series read to date. Although if The Malazan Book of the Fallen continues as the first book has promised it might be right up there as well. Of course nothing beats The Lord of the Rings as my favourite epic fantasy novel/and tied favourite novel but that's a different story. As seen in my review of the first book The Eye of the World I love how it's such a sprawling organic world.
This review also available on my blog, Stumptown Books.

The tone of the series really changes with this second installment. It goes from following a few country bumpkins on their first wide-eyed adventure into the world, to what we know and love the Wheel of Time for - a sprawling epic covering an entire continent. From the prologue, we're suddenly bombarded with the styles and personalities of all the diverse regions of the land, and though it will be hammered home so we always know what Jordan
Georgia Johnston
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK, the first one is good, you will be fooled but it's a looooong series that follows and all the little things that start to grate on you snowball until they drive you crazy and you realize you have wasted days on a series you can never finish without blowing your brains out. Genders are horribly typecast - the women are all horribly bad tempered, impatient and all henpecking know-it-all's (one can't help thinking that the author's wife must be a nightmare to have left him ne ...more
Veronica Morfi
Rating: 4.5/5

I can't believe I finished this one. It took forever but I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to start the next one.

No full review will come because that will take me forever too. ;)
I'm not writing a review for this either, but here's a few notes:

1) I can't wrap my head around the imagination, and dedication, required for this series.

2) Matt is pissing me off so much that I almost want him to die. What does he not understand about keeping his mouth shut about certain things? He makes me want to punch him almost every time he's on screen.

3) I thought it would really annoy me if there wasn't resolution to the main conflict, but it turns out that the building of the story is
Jul 23, 2007 Letha rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy Diehards
This book, which I read to pass on key scenes for calendar illustration concepts to my graphic designer partner, was a somewhat enjoyable but fairly frustrating read. For several significant reasons the book never really hits a truly connected stride with it's reader, and I ended it on a ambivalent note --- not really satisfied, not really disappointed, knowing I will likely forget the book within a few weeks of having read it.

There are too many main characters, and our main man (Rand), though
Dirk Grobbelaar
After all the criticism that has been levelled at this series, I approached it with a measure of trepidation. I must say, so far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. This is a fun high fantasy romp through a splendidly conceived world.

Admittedly, this is only book two, but I fail to see what some people are so negative about. It really isn’t bad at all. In fact, I’m finding it rather to my liking. Robert Jordan would probably not have raked in awards for literary achievement, and I don’t think that
It's so hard to write a good review of this book. There's so much going on, and this is already much more complex than the first in the series. It is no longer a 'flight' narrative, and so there is not as much to compare to the Lord of the Rings anymore. It really takes off in its own direction from this point onward.

The main focus in the first book was the danger of being chased by myrddraal, trollocs, and darkfriends. Now the wider world is opening up, and there are new dangers and challenges
Matt Brady
Part 3 of my Wheel of Time reread, aka The Part Where I Notice That The Men Sure Do “Finger” Their Weapons A Lot.

So. I’m well into my reread of the entire Wheel of Time series that I decided to do for reasons that are vague even to me. Like last time, I’m just going to kinda ramble a bit, from the perspective of someone who has already read these books. Spoilers ahead.

I really don’t remember much about The Great Hunt at all. If I had to summarise it, it would go something like; it starts in Shie
Aug 24, 2011 logankstewart rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Desperate Traditional Fantasy Lovers
Second Review (August 2011)
I first attempted The Great Hunt a year ago, and I threw it aside with contempt and loathing. The second time I dove back into Robert Jordan's enormous world, I appreciated it a bit more.

The Great Hunt picks up shortly after The Eye of the World. The Horn of Valere has been stolen, along with the evil dagger that's slowly killing Mat. Rand and the gang set out to retrieve the items, and adventure follows. Meanwhile, the girls (Egwene, Nynaeve, et al.) are all becoming
I am done with second book and I am stil not entirely sure what to think about Wheel of time.Series isn't bad enough to quit but I am not sure I like it enough to continue.
Character interactions are fun, it reminds me lot of Belgariad but slightly less fun, also every character annoyed me at some point except for those that are annoying all the time(hi Nynaeve).
World of wheel of time is interesting but nowhere near as interesting as Roshar,Middle-earth,Earthsea, Amber and whatever world of Kingk
Well I didn't think they would actually "blow" the horn in this book so that was definitely a surprise. This book was different to the first as the characters had obviously been introduced and therefore there was more 'travelling'

I thoroughly enjoyed it although I did have moments when I found I wasn't so keen on reading and needed to put the book down, but obviously it's going to be difficult to keep the momentum up during a series that spans 14 books (I think it's 14...)
Igor Ljubuncic
Limericks for those who wait ... further down below.

This was a very good book. I really liked the ending. The Great Hunt was full of lore, and it really gave off that magical feel that timeless adventures ought to have. Different plot lines also nicely tie up. Good pacing, a solid balance between world building and characterization. Colorful, unique, very interesting. The alternate world, the Sanchean, Padan Fain, resurrected heroes, lovely jubbly.

I guess this is the best book of the series, and
King Haddock
Let's talk melodrama.

Typically, when I think of that term, I think of something along the lines of this: "Ohmigawwwwd like really? You're dating HIM?!! I'm going to get revenge on you by messing up your hairstyle." Basically, a glob of ick that makes me sink despondently down onto my doorstep and bury my cheeks in horrified tears that something like this exists.

That being said, there's good melodrama, too. Really. Think of Lord of the Rings and Mount Doom. Ohhhhh yeah that's melodramatic, but I
Third reread, in preparation for A Memory of Light.

I love the ending of this book. So powerful and path altering and moving... None of the characters will ever be the same, they have all been pistol whipped by fate, and it hurts so good to read it all again. It makes me sad of course.. It was nice to start the series over, getting to spend some time with the happy undamaged characters before they were all forced down their respective paths. And now.. It can never be the same. They can't go back
Blodeuedd Finland
Edit: March 31 2012
Re-reading it for the..well I have read it a lot

Rand knows he is the Dragon and does not yet believe it. I like the beginning in Shienar and how they hunt the horn later. Because here the threads are coming together and we are starting to believe.

As always my fav parts are the Rand ones, he is a bookboyfriend for a reason. The Mat and Perrin parts are good too. But the women parts, eh, boring as always. But that is just cos I keep favorites. I never did care to read about Egwe
Third Re-read.

Goosebumps. Rober Jordan and his "shove all the action in the last 5 chapters" writing style. My heart can't handle it.

Not for the first time I think on how, with a little bit of communication from the characters, none of this shit would happen! Why is everyone so stubbornly idiotic! Someone should introduce mobile phones and be done with it!


Nynaeve: Hi Rand, there's a crazy bitch here that says we need to come to Falme to help you. Are you in Falme by any chance?

Rand: No
A remarkable series, in that, it is so epic, so involved, so many characters, so many themes... Let's see 14 books in all, and all over 500 pages or close to it. It's a about a reluctant hero who may save the world. He's been born many times and died many times, and he fails each time to overcome the lord of darkness. Now is his last chance, because this next time he dies, he won't be reborn. Also, some wonderful females characters and true to the massive tome- not 1 or 2 females, but more like ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Agh, Selene has just appeared and I'm already convinced she's evil. There's always this damsel-in-distress type of character all the males swoon over, who turns out to be a monster or a traitor, trying to sway the main character off course. I see through you!


The more we read about the Aiel, the more convinced I am that they are some sort of a representation of the Persian people. The Iranians today seem to be a mix of Azerbaijanians and Persians(I'm not closely familiar with this topic, this
Robert Hawke
Oct 21, 2014 Robert Hawke rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Epic fantasy fans
Recommended to Robert by: The helper
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2014
Hawke's Reviews #13: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan.

So I walked up to the store with 20 bucks after having a feed,

and I said to the helper "You got any series worth a read?"

He said "By golly, I think I've got just the thing!"

So he picked up the phone and gave it a ring.

"Yes, yes, The Wheel of Time," he said with a smile.

A muffled sound came from his hand and in the meanwhile,

I was looking around and daydreaming, as still as a rock.

In walked a man with a mighty big...


While the helper w
This sat on my bookshelf beckoning me for months. That little voice that whispers to your heart like the wind. I am very happy with Robert Jordan’s writing and imagination. The only criticism I have is that he seems to use a lot of clichés (“straight as an arrow” x2 or 3 or 4 +), but in no way did this detract from the story for me. I found his writing very good and pleasurable. He knows how to work with tension, going up and down throughout until a high peak at the end. There is much story lay ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
5 Stars

This is a speed read of the second book of the Wheel of Time series. I have read it cover to cover at least five times, but I have been a way from this series for a long time.

Book one, Eye of the World hooked me into the universe that Robert Jordan created. I fell in love with the scope and the depth of the plot and the world. This book, Great Hunt, the second in the series made me fall in love with the vast cast and made me realize what epic really is.

Some spoilers ahead.
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  • The Hand of Chaos (The Death Gate Cycle, #5)
  • The Seeress of Kell (The Malloreon, #5)
  • A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4)
  • Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
  • Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #2)
  • Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, #6)
  • The Talismans Of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #4)
  • The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)
  • The Order War (The Saga of Recluce #4)
  • First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera, #6)
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 17 books)
  • The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
  • 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)
  • Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3) The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12) Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13)

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