In which I take on another fantasy classic...
The Wheel of Times turns
and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades
to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it
birth returns again. In the Third Age, and Age of Prophecy, the World
and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and
what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
MY RATING: DIDN'T FINISH
Oh dear. Add this to the list of authors Christopher Paolini ripped off for his Inheritance series, and do it fast. Seriously.
away from that, I'm conflicted in regards to this book. It had a few
things I genuinely liked, and a lot of things that I didn't. It had the
absolute WORST prologue I've ever read, just pummeling you with names,
places, events, incidents, ideas, histories, one fish, two fish, red
fish, blue fish, and expecting you to somehow find some way to muddle
through it before you even have a chance to dig into the story and the
world that's being created. What sucks, though, is that it's a nice,
vivid world that's being created. I expect it's like being pushed into a
tank filled with sharks, jellyfish, electric eels and a giant squid to
learn to swim...
I didn't finish this solely due to the pacing. I
liked where Robert Jordan was going, but he really could have gotten
there a lot faster (well, maybe he got there eventually, but I never
found out about it). In all honesty, this could have been at least two
hundred pages shorter if unnecessary speeches...*glares at Moiraine and
Lan*...unnecessary journeys...*glares at Rand, Mat and Perrin*...and
unnecessary exposition and descriptions...*glares at Jordan*...were cut.
It all just seemed to be filled with a seemingly random string of
events that just barely had a trace of plot to them, only remembering
what plot was on occasion. In that, I was reminded strongly of The Phantom of Manhattan and Stone of Tears, and I really prefer not to remember those two. I had to deduct a lot of points for that.
as I said, I'm conflicted, and I'll tell you why. The characters! Sure,
they were a tad cardboard to me (how many times must I say it?
Development with a capital D! Stereotypes won't cut it!), but I really
liked Nynaeve, Moiraine, and Perrin. The rest were OK, but Mat started
to bug me after keeping that stupid knife--and boy oh boy, was that part
ever drawn out--and while I didn't stick around long enough to see
more, I think I would have liked Elayne, Gawyn, and Loial. It's
just...either too much happens all at once, or absolutely nothing
happens for too long! It drove me bonkers!
I see there are plenty
of other people who disagree with me, and I'll leave the majority of
the complaining to the people who flat-out didn't like this, but I'll
make it clear one more time. I did like certain parts of this
book, and I might have finished it had it not taken me a month to get
halfway through it only to stop and realize that I was having to make
myself keep reading. I hate quitting on a book for any reason, but I
also read for pleasure, and this one felt too much like a chore towards
My apologies, Mr. Jordan.
Your humble book nerd,