The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not …What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow.
My Rating: 5/5
As the first in a 14-book, Epic Fantasy series, this novel sets a tone for a deeply explored world and carefully constructed characterisation.
It is a little slow but I think that is what makes this book so wonderful. The world comes into fruition through long passages of history and landscape. I loved following their heroes on their journey, and I look forward to continuing through the series to find out what happens to them.
There are a lot of unanswered questions which will keep me reading and guessing excitedly.
There is a large amount of this book that is obviously heavily inspired by Tolkien’s works which has been a source of criticism, however I think that it works to the advantage of the novel. I really enjoy seeing things that Tolkien used in this series – I heard somewhere that, “good artists create, but great artists steal” (or something to that effect). Jordan does not necessarily ‘steal,’ but he certainly borrows and it adds massively to the quality of the novel.