The Wheel of Time 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, an 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. -Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5
The book begins slowly – it takes around 10 chapters for our protagonists to leave on their journey. I enjoyed this. Emond’s Field is a Shire-like setting, essentially detached from the rest of the world. It is safe and homely, filled with country people and their country ways. I loved how Robert Jordan didn’t hide his inspiration and just went for it. There may be many similarities between this book and The Fellowship of the Ring, but even Jordan said that it was intentional, and it worked well.
The book itself is certainly a travelogue. It was wonderful to explore this world through the eyes of our main character who had never set foot out of the Two Rivers region. Robert Jordan’s writing style is melodic and soothing; like a grandpa telling you a story by the fire. This is pure, undisturbed fantasy at its core, and I loved it.
Despite the many pages and chapters of traveling and descriptions, when things get tense you know about it! Jordan suddenly whisks you into the fold and you feel like you’re running or fighting alongside Rand and the others. When it gets hairy, your blood will start pumping!
This is the first book in a 14-book series of over 4 million words. You might be looking at this 800+ page book and be wondering if its worth getting into – it really is! Once you dive into this book, the detailed characterisation and the engaging world will take you in and never let go.
(Possible) SPOILER SECTION No spoilers for this review – I might come back to it in the future, or possibly start writing some discussion posts on the books and characters of the series.