Book 1 of The Wheel of Time
Other than The Lord of the Rings this was 1 of my first ever delves into the fantasy world so to speak. Yes i had read The Neverending story as a child but as an adult i had for some reason always gone form Horror or Withering Heights and in-between which is quite an eclectic reading genre.I found this book by shear coincidence, i was in the local bookshop and found a large series of these Wheel of Time books.
I love getting my teeth stuck into something that will last me months and it came highly rated by the shop owner.
So that is where my love story with Mr Robert Jordan, Rand, Matt, Perrin, Egwene, Nynaeve and a host of other characters began.
There are 14 books in the series plus a prequel A New Spring.
This book introduces us to the main characters and instantly makes us care what the futures hold for our band of heroes.I don’t normally say this about books but this at times had my heart rate raised so high and my palms so sweaty i couldn’t read the words quick enough!
There is enough danger, excitement, new places to explore alongside the characters to keep you up all night and not want to sleep until you reach then end.
The only problem reaching the end of this book?
How soon could i get my hands on book 2!
For those of you that have yet to delve into The Wheel of Time are fortunate as now all 14 books have been written so no waiting times between books. When i was waiting for a whole year and sometimes longer to get my hands on the new book i used to start from the very beginning again!
Sadly Robert Jordan past away before he could finish his life work on this fantastic epic of a series.
Through his planning and his extensive notes he had left on how he wanted the characters progress and how his magical world would come to a close books 12, 13 and 14 were completed by Brandon Sanderson from those conversations with Robert, Roberts wive and all the notes left behind.
Brandon did a fantastic job but i so wish for Robert he could have concluded the journey on his own.
And i still to this day after first finding book 1 all the way back in 1999 will pick up these books with the same infatuation and excitement, even though i now know how it all ends, it still gets my heart racing and the hairs on the back of arms to prickle.
I know i have recommended books before and they are all deserving a read but these books should be on everybody’s bucket list. Even if like me this genre of books don’t appeal, i would still urge you to pick it up and give it a try.
What have you got to loose after all 🙂