Want to Read Wednesday – The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

Melanie’s Want to Read Wednesday #3

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TITLE:  The Wheel of Time Series

  1. The Eye of the World
  2. The Great Hunt
  3. The Dragon Reborn
  4. The Shadow Rising
  5. The Fires of Heaven
  6. Lord of Chaos
  7. A Crown of Swords
  8. The Path of Daggers
  9. Winter’s Heart
  10. Crossroads of Twilight
  11. Knife of Dreams
  12. The Gathering Storm
  13. Towers of Midnight
  14. A Memory of Light

AUTHOR:  Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

GOODREADS’ AVG. RATING:  The Complete Wheel of Time Omnibus Edition – 4.47 out of 5 stars; 78 ratings

  1. The Eye of the World – 4.15 out of 5 stars; 158,058 ratings
  2. The Great Hunt – 4.17 out of 5 stars; 122,907 ratings
  3. The Dragon Reborn – 4.20 out of 5 stars; 117,650 ratings
  4. The Shadow Rising – 4.18 out of 5 stars; 87,404 ratings
  5. The Fires of Heaven – 4.08 out of 5 stars; 68,015 ratings
  6. Lord of Chaos – 4.05 out of 5 stars; 63,521 ratings
  7. A Crown of Swords – 3.93 out of 5 stars; 59,092 ratings
  8. The Path of Daggers – 3.85 out of 5 stars; 54,836 ratings
  9. Winter’s Heart – 3.86 out of 5 stars; 51,457 ratings
  10. Crossroads of Twilight – 3.79 out of 5 stars; 45,541 ratings
  11. Knife of Dreams – 4.07 out of 5 stars; 50,768 ratings
  12. The Gathering Storm – 4.30 out of 5 stars; 68,027 ratings
  13. Towers of Midnight – 4.39 out of 5 stars; 65,484 ratings
  14. A Memory of Light – 4.48 out of 5 stars; 38,345 ratings

SYNOPSIS PROVIDED:

The Eye of the World

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.

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The Great Hunt

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. For centuries, gleemen have told of The Great Hunt of the Horn. Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

And it is stolen.

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The Dragon Reborn

The Dragon Reborn–the leader long prophesied who will save the world, but in the saving destroy it; the savior who will run mad and kill all those dearest to him–is on the run from his destiny.

Able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it, and with no one to teach him how–for no man has done it in three thousand years–Rand al’Thor knows only that he must face the Dark One. But how?

Winter has stopped the war-almost-yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he?

Perrin Aybara is in pursuit with Moiraine Sedai, her Warder Lan, and the Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem–how is he to escape the loss of his own humanity.

Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are approaching Tar Valon, where Mat will be healed–if he lives until they arrive. But who will tell the Amyrlin their news–that the Black Ajah, long thought only a hideous rumor, is all too real? They cannot know that in Tar Valon far worse awaits…

Ahead, for all of them, in the Heart of the Stone, lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn…

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The Shadow Rising

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.

Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn…

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The Fires of Heaven

…Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al’Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine.

…Into the Amyrlin’s study in the White Tower, where the Amyrlin, Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan, is weaving new plans.

…Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon.

…Into the Queen’s court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril.

For once the dragon walks the land, the fires of heaven fall where they will, until all men’s lives are ablaze.

And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs…

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Lord of Chaos

On the slopes of Shayol Ghul, the Myrddraal swords are forged, and the sky is not the sky of this world …

In Salidar the White Tower in exile prepares an embassy to Caemlyn, where Rand Al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, holds the throne — and where an unexpected visitor may change the world …

In Emond’s Field, Perrin Goldeneyes, Lord of the Two Rivers, feels the pull of ta’veren to ta’veren and prepares to march …

Morgase of Caemlyn finds a most unexpected, and quite unwelcome, ally …

And south lies Illian, where Sammael holds sway…

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A Crown of Swords

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter’angreal that may reverse the world’s endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel–Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

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The Path of Daggers

Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, has conquered the city of Illian, struck down Sammael the Forsaken and shattered the armies of the invading Seanchan. Nynaeve, Aviendha and Elayne have broken the Dark One’s hold on the world’s weather and are poised to retake the throne of Andor. And Egwene al’Vere, leader of the exiled Aes Sedai, marches on to the White Tower.

But Rand and the Asha’man that follow him are slowly being corrupted by the madness that comes to the male wielders of the One Power. If they cannot remove the Dark One’s taint from the True Source then none will survive to fight the Last Battle against the Shadow.

And as Rand struggles to maintain his sanity the Seanchan launch their counter strike.

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Winter’s Heart

Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand’s destination is, in fact, one she has never considered.

Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to?

Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna’s sept.

Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed “army” of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan. The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel’aran’rhiod and the wolfdream.

In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives – and Mat, who had been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?

There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is a beginning…

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Crossroads of Twilight

Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must fight on against the Dark One in a struggle that has drawn an entire world into its vortex – claiming the souls of friends and enemies alike.

He has cleansed the taint of madness from the male half of the True Source, so may now draw on its power as a weapon of awesome potential. This could tip the balance in a perilous battle against evil as Rand must gamble with himself at stake. He cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies – even among lifelong companions.

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Knife of Dreams

The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, when Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity’s only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One’s prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off. But his attempt to make a truce with the Seanchan is shadowed by treachery that may cost him everything. Whatever the price, though, he must have that truce. And he faces other dangers.

The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes. Even the White Tower itself is no longer a place of safety. Now Rand, Perrin and Mat, Egwene and Elayne, Nynaeve and Lan, and even Loial, must ride those storm winds, or the Dark One will triumph.

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The Gathering Storm

Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready…

Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward—wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders—his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al’Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower—and possibly the world itself.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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Towers of Midnight

The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.

Perrin Aybara is haunted by spectres from his past. To prevail, he must find a way to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it for ever.

Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.

The end draws near. It’s time to roll the dice.

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A Memory of Light

“And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died.” From Charal Drianaan te Calamon, The Cycle of the Dragon.

In the Field of Merrilor the rulers of the nations gather to join behind Rand al’Thor, or to stop him from his plan to break the seals on the Dark One’s prison—which may be a sign of his madness, or the last hope of humankind. Egwene, the Amyrlin Seat, leans toward the former.

In Andor, the Trollocs seize Caemlyn.

In the wolf dream, Perrin Aybara battles Slayer.

Approaching Ebou Dar, Mat Cauthon plans to visit his wife Tuon, now Fortuona, Empress of the Seanchan.

All humanity is in peril—and the outcome will be decided in Shayol Ghul itself. The Wheel is turning, and the Age is coming to its end. The Last Battle will determine the fate of the world…

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WHY I WANT TO READ IT:

As many of my followers know, I am a huge reader of fiction novels especially those which delve into the realm of fantasy and magic; it comes as no surprise then that The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan would find its way on to my to be read list.  What might be seen as shocking though, is just how long this series has been on that list…if I remember correctly, this series was first suggested to me in 2005 by my friend Kyle.  Yeah, almost 10 years later and I am finally planning on starting the series…don’t look at me like that with those judgmental reader eyes, I’ve read a lot of good and not-so-good stuff in that time!  Kyle isn’t the only friend who has suggested this series to me, many of my friends from my junior college days recommended it to me, but Kyle was the first and for that it will always be his fault.

Regardless of friendly suggestion, I want to read this series because it is what I have come to expect of a fantasy series.  I have come to expect a scope which embodies a great deal of depth and detail in a story.  I want to feel as if I am a part of this world, to be fully immersed in it as I turn the pages so much so that it doesn’t feel like I am just reading a book…rather it will feel as if I am reading a history of an actual place and time.  I am a major supporter of immersion and as such, it is the criteria by which I judge a great deal of my thoughts and opinions on novels.

I wish I had more depth of reason behind my choice for reading The Wheel of Time, but I just don’t.  I just think I am in the right frame of mind, the right place for reading it.  If I had read it when it was first suggested to me I don’t know how I would have handled it, but I know that I am in a place where I am able to appreciate and prepare for the immense undertaking that comes with the reading of a series of this magnitude.  Fourteen novels is a lot, in the scheme of things it is like reading Harry Potter or The Dark Tower twice in a row but with a much higher page count from what I have been told.  I think that I have grown as a reader in the time since this series was first suggested and I think because of that I will have a deeper appreciation for the books.  I look forward to starting them once I complete my current read through of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series!

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