the wicked child wrote: the wicked child wrote: shafnutz05 wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:My friend just gave me the first 8 books in the Wheel of Time series...here we go
I am now a fair bit into the 2nd book in the series (there are 14 total). Great, great stuff. For anyone that loves the epic fantasy-type novels, I really couldn't recommend it more.
I decided to pick up the first book. If this sucks, I am holding you personally responsible.
So I'm a decent bit into the first book now. I'm enjoying it, but I can't help but notice a ton of similarities to LOTR. I'm also trying to figure out how there are 14 books in the series... at least so far doesn't seem like a story that could warrant that many books, but I guess I'll see. Also could have sworn I saw that there is also a prequel book available on Amazon when I was looking to pickup book 1... so 15?! Crazy.
I started reading the Wheel of Time series when I was in high school. At that point, I think the first 3 or 4 books had been published. I thought they were fantastic. The world and plot really expand after the first book, and the series finds its own voice and style. I waited feverishly for the new books to come out, and the next couple were still pretty good, but by 7 or 8, it was really frustrating. There were so many characters and subplots that you'd wait several years for a new book to come out and only see the main plotline advance incrementally. Then Robert Jordan died, and Sanderson finished the series from his notes and fragments. I read the final books grudgingly just for the sense of completeness, but I'm not sure I could say my reading experience as a whole was entirely enjoyable.
It will be probably be better reading it now that you can be sure it will have an ending, and you know you can feel free to skim/skip lots of stuff in books 7-10. Still, this series is why I'm not going to read the George R.R. Martin books until that whole series is complete.