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The Wheel of time series by Robert Jordan

(The Wheel of Time #1-11)

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Usaamah And the order is:
1-The eye of the world
2-The great hunt
3-the dragon reborn
4-the fires of heaven
5-lord of chaos
6-a crown of swords
7-the path of daggers…more
And the order is:
1-The eye of the world
2-The great hunt
3-the dragon reborn
4-the fires of heaven
5-lord of chaos
6-a crown of swords
7-the path of daggers
8-winters heart
9-crossroads of twilight
10-new spring
11-knife of dreams
12-the gathering storm
13-towers of midnight
14-a memory of light(less)
Joseph Graham Read a new spring next, its a much easier read. I liked it better. Also I just finished the Great Hunt and it is a long book too but also much easier …moreRead a new spring next, its a much easier read. I liked it better. Also I just finished the Great Hunt and it is a long book too but also much easier to get into. I'm getting ready to read the next book: The Dragon Reborn which I hope follows the same pattern. (less)

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Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This series is the reason that I haven't added anything to Goodreads in a while. I've been reading the 13 books of The Wheel of Time. And I'll say right off that it is fantastic. Rather than reviewing each book individually, I decided to just review the entire series together, since it is an integral story and it just wouldn't do to read any of the books on their own.

I often find myself trying to explain to my friends why I don't like the Harry Potter series, or other similar young adult fantasy
Stephen Sealey
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tolkien WHO? Robert Jordan is the king of fantasy. This series is the best set of fantasy novels ever written, in my humble opinion. I am going to keep this short, because I could write a three hundred page review of this, and STILL not be able to sum up how monumental this series of novels is. (And mind you, I am NOT a real fan of epic fantasy novels.) This set of books positively amazed me.
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to Jimmy by: Andreas
The, without a doubt, best long going fantasy series ever.
Follow Rand, Mat and Perrin as they're led by Moiraine through a world of wonders as the Dragon reborn arrives to the world, reincarnated, after being dead for 3000 years. Many, many other characters will be introduced, loved, hated, understood, wondered about and everything you can think of.
People call Tolkien the best fantasy author of all times, either they haven't read The Wheel of Time, or, they don't have the cognitive capability to
Apr 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
The first 2, maybe 3 books where enjoyable but Jordan's limitations as a writer rapidly become clear. He obviously stalls the plot, struggles writing dialogue and characterizing females. Often, we are told the results of a conversation rather than given the conversation itself. Women are all portrayed in a same-y fashion, and Jordan's over-reliance on the description of environmental minutiae drags the stories down. If a paragraph began describing either a rope-worked silver tray or the design o ...more
Susan Lingner
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this series for about 20 years! I actually started to cry when I heard that the author had died! I love the characters and detail in the series, and I think Brandon Sanderson has done a great job continuing in Robert Jordan's style. The last book is suppose to be released In January of 2013 - I can't believe it will actually be complete!
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Before there was A Song of Ice and Fire, there was The Wheel of Time....

When this series began, I was in eighth grade. By the time it finished, I was four years out of college. Twenty-three years and fourteen books.

To be perfectly honest, I stopped reading the damn thing in high school. By the time book four came out, I realized that I couldn't remember who was where doing what without going back and reading the previous books. That meant over two thousand pages of re-reading before tackling the
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By far my favourite fantasy novel series. All the characters are beautifully described and the whole universe just came to life. What I particularly liked is the strength of the female characters. At first glance you might think that the book is about Rand, maybe even Perrin and Mat too, but that's not completely true. It's about Moiraine, Nynaeve, Elayne, Egwene and many more too. Some characters are not even always likeable which is fantastic. Usually especially women in literature are portray ...more
Garry Wayne
Jul 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
The wheel of time series had great potential and likely would have been a good 5 to 7 volume series, but unfortunately it was dragged out to be a 12,000 page soap opera. I became more and more bored with each volume. The story could have been told well in 5,000 pages but huge sections and entire volumes failed to move the story along. It started to seem like Mr. Jordan was simply filling pages with nothing ever edited out. I debated in the beginning if I should commit to reading such a long seri ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Books 1-3 were pretty good, books 4-11 were utter shite. Sanderson saved this series in books 11-14, Jordan is a hack and a highly derivative (bordering on plagiarism) author. Best thing that happened to this series was him dying, that allowed Sanderson to turn this crap series into a sparkling gem. Best bet if you're just starting out with this series is to avoid all the stories involving Aes Sedai, you can literally skip all of them and still know whats going on. Also Jordan seems to have some ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am struggling with a review... I have read book 1, and it was simply boring. Linear plot, felt like a shallow fanfiction of the Lord of the Rings. Now I am reading book 2. Nothing really happens. Still, this is one of the highest rated series and I keep wondering why. I will continue reading, maybe it will get better at some point...
David Elliott
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This review is for the entire series 1-14

I started reading the Wheel of Time series in 2001 when I had just turned 14. Being a rather tall and skinny boy who fancied himself as having a big destiny I found my hero in Rand al'Thor. Over the next 12 years I read, and re-read, the available books every year or so.

Without a doubt this series gave me the most vivid image of any book I have read as Jordan lovingly creates his characters and their entire world. I believed that this world of magic, in
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The "Wheel Of Time" series starts very well, and has enough unique worldbuilding, interesting plot, and strong characters to make it a great read. The first few books are well told, although at the end of the second book, I was afraid that there was going to be too much common structure to the ends of all the books in the series. That turned out not to be the case.

The series started wandering in book 4 or so, and eventually fell into some sort of plot swamp from which it didn't emerge until abou
Alissa Williams
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of long fantasy series
I started reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan as a Junior in High School. At the time the series was completed up to book 9. Now,12 years and 1 ghost writer later i was finally able to finish what I started all those years ago. The early books in the series (1-4) really resonated with me as a teenager, and I remember being less interested in the books that came later. Now, as an adult, I trudged through the first four, at times feeling as if my eyeballs would roll right out of my h ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I just finished the 13th book in this series and there is one final book to be released in January 2013 called "A Memory of Light". This series is the classic fantasy tale of the struggle between light and dark, good and evil, death and life.

Originally, I was reading a Brandon Sanderson trilogy called "The Mistborn Trilogy" which I enjoyed. In researching what else he had written I found that he had finished the last books in the "Wheel of Time" series due to the death of it's author Robert Jor
Hannah Jo
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
My entire life has been spent reading these books and it has not been a waste of time. It was torture to wait and depressing Jordan didn't get to finish the series but Sanderson did a great job.
John Balke
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Epic! Has it's dry/slow parts but stick with it!
Linned Etar
Oct 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Let me start by stating that I love fantasy fiction. I've waded my way through a truckload of fantasy series in my time - some spellbinding, some crazily plot-driven and gripping, some determinedly mediocre, and some barely worth the paper their words are printed on. I have rarely left a book or series of any sort unfinished, if only to know how the story turned out, regardless of how crappy the writing was. So for me to not finish this series that's beloved of so many people is quite significan ...more
Gaye Marshall
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read books 1 - 13 and enjoyed them each to varying degrees. But I have enjoyed them all. My favourite is the first The Eye of the World, which introduces the main set of characters who inhabit the series, and establishes the world they live in. It is in this book where you see how their unworldly innocence and childhood loyalties and ties change when thrust out into the world.
These characters are the shy and serious Rand, the mischevious Mat, Perrin the gentle thinker and Egwene the fier
Mike How
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
In the first few books, I liked the characters, plot development and imagination of the author. I speedily read through the first seven books or so, but soon became disappointed that nothing seemed to be "happening," or at least that there was no end in sight. I read another several books, and got to the point where I would guffaw in frustration every time YET ANOTHER cast of characters were introduced (I had begun to draw charts just to keep track of who was who at this point). I skimmed a few ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved the first 7 books although as a woman, I had to smile at the frequent mentions of ample bosoms :)

However, the world is quite rich and the characters are entertaining. Books 8-11 were a little less interesting as things progressed very, very slowly but I've been following this series for more than 20 years and stubbornly continued to buy the books as I wanted to see how it ends.

Sadly, somebody nailed Robert Jordan's coffin shut much too soon but I have read and enjoyed the subsequent book
Shiv Singh
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
'The wheel weaves as the wheel wills'
After Tokein very few have successfully managed to carve out original universes of their own. Jordan's 'Wheel of time' series is huge, in every manner.
From the concept to the volume to the character plots. He's managed to create a frame where every law of the universe has been crafted by him. The wheel of time, the different ages, the prophesies, physics itself.
The contempt he makes you feel for the Red and Black Ajah, to the uneasiness at the creation of the
Andrew Cormier
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series is MASSIVE. A true masterpiece to uphold and a staple for any fantasy lovers - if you can keep track of hundreds of characters and places.
It is one of the better written fantasy series available, and it would not surprise me to see this series eventually made into movies. The only shame is the death of Robert Jordan before he could finish it, but he got a suitable replacement author to do the job.

The final book actually was the worst in my view because of this. It felt like it just
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Tolkien was first but not best. His LotR doesn't even come close to WoT. After HBO is done with Game of Thrones I hope they make this into a series. Im surprised that none of HBO´s competitors have picked this up yet to be honest. Though perhaps we would need HBO to make WoT justice, for example T.Goodkinds Sword of Truth sucked so badly I don't even know where to begin compared to the books.
Cam Howl
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Overall a fantastic series, Mat Cauthon in particular was a favourite character (though I will say he was poorly written by Brandon Sanderson). Some books were a little long winded and only contained a few relevant events to move the series along (the 6th or 7th comes to mind) but apart from that my all time favourite series. Have read multiple times!!

Would thoroughly recommend.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the series. it spanned many many years and even survived the sad untimely death of its author. The books are huge and the characters and cultures very detailed. Don't read it unless you like full immersion in very different human cultures
Whisper Clutter
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved every book in this series except the ones that also include the writing of Brandon Sanderson. I will read a few of his works and give them another try.
Austin Spence
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is 14 books long, and is by far my favorite fiction series I have ever listened to. It's a bit of a commitment, since each book is about 850 pages long, and the audio books are about 17 days worth of straight audio.

What I think most would like specifically about this series is the character development. I have never seen character development like I have in this book, especially with the main character, and I have read a copious amount of fiction books. I have legitimately teared up
Jul 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Hated it.
I didn’t manage to get all the way through the first book. I managed to slog my way through the tediousness of the first half, and just didn’t care enough about the story to keep going.
And that was my second attempt. The second attempt was the audiobook.
There were no characters in it at all.
I mean, there were some character names, and they had one or two quirks each, but that doesn’t make a character compelling.
After half a novel, none of the characters had any personality at all.
Cara Fillmore
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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

Other books in the series

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

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