I'm not really certain why this book gets such a bad rap. A lot of people seem to count Mat's absence from the story as a great blunder on Jo3.5 stars
I'm not really certain why this book gets such a bad rap. A lot of people seem to count Mat's absence from the story as a great blunder on Jordan's part. Don't get me wrong Mat fans, I do like Mat, but he isn't the only awesome/interesting character in the WOT. Prior to reading "A Path of Daggers," I also heard that this is where the story and plot come to a slow and grueling halt. I disagree whole heartedly! I found this book to be far more exciting than the previous 2 installments, and I thought that the plot moved forward beautifully. Not only did "A Path of Daggers" start off on an exciting note concluding the events from book 7, thus moving the plot forward, but the fucking Seanchan are finally back and in full force. Even the political aspect of this book was more intriguing than in previous books. Rand's POVs were some of the best I've read in the series so far. Great battle sequences. Lots of action which takes place in the last 200 pages of the book. I found very little to be bored with and I am glad that I read it for myself and formed my own opinion.
I still have a long way to go before I reach the end of my journey with "The Wheel of Time" novels, but so far, "The Shadow Rising" is the b4.5 Stars.
I still have a long way to go before I reach the end of my journey with "The Wheel of Time" novels, but so far, "The Shadow Rising" is the best book in the series thus far. "The Great Hunt" is a close second. In terms of story, I absolutely loved every second of this book. The various plot lines were never dull, and I loved learning more about Aiel history. I don't want to reveal too much in my reviews, but I will say that if you've made it this far you're in for a real treat. Lots of character development, political intrigue, and action in this installment.
I couldn't give this book a full 5 stars, because of the simple fact that Robert Jordan's characters, especially the women, behave so unrealistically at times that it takes away from the awesome story underneath. I am able to ignore this for the most part and accept it for what it is, but in the end that's what kept this book from reaching 5 stars in my opinion.
Again, I don't want to give anything away, but here are some general examples: -The protagonists begrudgingly work together throughout the story. The women are constantly annoyed with the men or each other, and for no apparent reason. The characters keep secrets from each other out of spite and even though they are accomplishing things as a group they seem unwilling to work together. Nobody is grateful when/if rescued from life threatening circumstances and if anything they are even more pissed off. It's just not realistic in terms of character behavior and I sometimes found myself taken out of the story as a result. Robert Jordan could've chopped out hundreds of pages in this book alone by getting rid of all the senseless bitching/internal monologue that does nothing to enrich or advance the story. If anything it becomes repetitive and annoying ultimately keeping this book from being a master work in my mind. All stories have flaws, but unfortunately this flaw does not lend itself to the overall charm of the series.
The Great Hunt is the second book in the epic Wheel of Time series. This (to me) is a much better read in terms of pacing, plot, and character developThe Great Hunt is the second book in the epic Wheel of Time series. This (to me) is a much better read in terms of pacing, plot, and character development. It is true that there are no major changes internally with our heroes, but this time around I find myself caring a lot more about what is happening to them. The chapters concerning Tar Valon were quite juicy. I loved learning about the Aes Sedai and what some of the characters go through there, particularly the chapter where one of the characters goes through the testing to become one of the accepted. One disappointment I have, however, is with a particular character who is supposed to be sick and dying. At no point do I feel concerned because although Jordan describes the fact that this character is sick and going to die, all involved seem to be rather relaxed about the impending doom of this character. The interweaving plot threads are much tighter and seem to be heading toward a common goal, and to me are a lot more intriguing in this book. There is a sense of mystery here that was not present in the first installment. Other fantastic elements of this book: seanchan, a'dam, Aiel, Amrylin Seat, Damane, Falme, Grohlm, Portal Stones, Selene. For the sake of keeping this review short and not spoiling anything, I will not give examples of the above mentioned words. You'll have to read yourself to find out.
The Great Hunt is a fantastic read. This book was a breath of fresh air compared to the slow beginning and repetition that bogged down the first installment of the series. I definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to the next installment ...more
I am a HUGE lover of fantasy. That being said, I was reluctant to start reading this series because Robert Jordan passed away before finishing it. ObvI am a HUGE lover of fantasy. That being said, I was reluctant to start reading this series because Robert Jordan passed away before finishing it. Obviously, my curiosity got the better of me or I wouldn't be writing this review right now. A lot of statements have been made about The Wheel of Time, both good and bad, and as a lover of fantasy I figured it was time for me to delve in and experience this epic journey for myself. So... for better or for worse, I am in it for the long haul.
On to the review
The Eye of the World is sort of a mixed bag for me. It's the first book in The Wheel of Time series and though I would consider it a satisfying read, parts of this book were a chore to get through. The first 200 pages or so were especially slow. A lot of cool things do start to happen in this book, but the reader has to be patient. Even when things start happening I can't say that anything really jumped out and grabbed me though. There are a lot of key scenes that occur at several taverns/inns which make it hard to discern where and when certain events take place. The inns/taverns blend together after awhile which may have something to do with why nothing jumped out and grabbed me. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it, but I can sort of see how some people wouldn't continue on with the series after reading this. This wouldn't be the first time that an opening book in a series has failed to blow me away, but it was satisfying. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Minus 1 star for EXTREMELY slow start Minus 1 star for repetition ( too many taverns, why would characters keep traveling to them when no good ever comes of it)
This is just my opinion, don't let it sway you. Experience it for yourself and form your own:)...more