The Eye of the World (Volume 1 of The Wheel of Time)
Tor Books 1990
The Great Hunt (Volume 2 of The Wheel of Time)
Tor Books 1990
The Dragon Reborn (Volume 3 of The Wheel of Time)
Tor Books 1991
The Shadow Rising (Volume 4 of The Wheel of Time)
Tor Books 1992
The Fires of Heaven (Volume 5 of The Wheel of Time)
Tor Books 1993
Lord of Chaos (Volume 6 of The Wheel of Time)
Tor Books 1994
Now, they have travelled around the world for several thousand pages, together with new and old friends and foes. Through their eyes we have seen cultures of the most various kinds, colourfully described. Met the Aiel, the harsh desert people living in the Waste. Followed the intrigues among the ever conspiring people of Cairhien, and a lot of other interesting kingdoms and peoples. Their lack of internal relationship is, however, somewhat confusing. In the real world, cultures are going through some kind of evolution, often inspired by their close contacts with neighbouring states. Swedes are not Danes, but closely related to them. Danes are not Germans, but closely related to them. Germans are not Dutch, and so on. Such relationships don't seem to exist in mr Jordan's universe, which is even stranger considering that the peoples of the known world all speak the same language (which has absolutely no connection with the language people spoke in ancient times, called the Old Tongue.) Mr Jordan is obviously neither a cultural sociologist or a philologist.
The most interesting organizations of this world are (more or less) religious: the Aes Sedai and the Children of the Light (also known as "whitecloaks"). The Whitecloaks are like a combination of the Crusaders and the Spanish Inquisition. Just add some more fanatism and you get the idea... They are sworn to fight against magic and darkfriends. Aes Sedai are an order of powerful female magicians, using the One Power. They are led by the Amyrlin Seat from the White Tower of Tar Valon and divided into different Ajahs (orders) depending on their major interest (green=war, blue=politics, red=destoying men with magical abilites, yellow=healing, and so on). The White Tower is much like a mytical Vatican, filled with power intrigues. The Children of the Light and the Aes Sedai are organizations working all over the known world, fighting each other so whole-heartedly they almost forget the existence of a truly evil force - which is secretly operating within their own organizations...
For this series Mr Jordan has created loads of distinct and memorable personalities. The list of main characters are, one by one, increasing. You follow them in war, adventure and romance. Sometimes it's more of a soap opera than anything else, but I like it anyway.
Mr Jordan is a great story-teller. You will soon be very involved in the lives of Rand al'Thor and his friends. But if you spend a couple of months reading these six books with their enormous amounts of words, you will find that he is using the same phrases over and over again. But compared with for instance David Eddings, mr Jordan is a master of style. This is a good series, and I am impatiently awaiting the delayed seventh book. But I really can't understand the fanatism many Wheel of Time-fans have developed. The books are good, but not that good. They aren't even the best.
|The Wheel of Time I-III||Paperback|
|The Wheel of Time IV-VI||Paperback|
|The Eye of the World||Hardcover|
|The Eye of the World||Trade Paperback|
|The Eye of the World||Paperback|
|The Eye of the World||Audio Cassettes|
|The Great Hunt||Hardcover|
|The Great Hunt||Trade Paperback|
|The Great Hunt||Paperback|
|The Great Hunt||Audio Cassettes|
|The Dragon Reborn||Hardcover|
|The Dragon Reborn||Paperback|
|The Dragon Reborn||Audio Cassettes|
|The Shadow Rising||Hardcover|
|The Shadow Rising||Paperback|
|The Shadow Rising||Audio Cassettes|
|The Fire of Heaven||Paperback|
|The Fire of Heaven||Audio Cassettes|
|Lord of Chaos||Hardcover|
|Lord of Chaos||Paperback|
|Lord of Chaos||Audio Cassettes|
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Books by the same author:
"A Crown of Swords" (Book 7 of The Wheel of Time)
The Waygate (Wheel of Time fan page)
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