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The Wheel of Time

“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 comes again. In one age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor ending to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”

Day 23 of the A to Z Challenge is about the amazing book series by Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time. (Click here for a list of all the topics)

The Wheel of Time

When I was 12 years old, I ran out of books to read and went to my dad to ask if he had any for me. He gave me Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean M. Auel. It was beyond my 12 year old self to understand what was going on in that book (If you’ve read it, you may understand), and eventually I went to him and said that I couldn’t read it. My mom was shocked my dad had given me that book to read. Apparently, he hadn’t actually ever read it. So my dad gave me The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan; the first book in the Wheel of Time series.

I devoured it. And once I had read all five of the books my dad had from the series, I bought the next few and devoured those. Then I began re-reading and re-reading the series until the next book came out. Then I re-read again until the next came out. And I did this until the final book, A Memory of Light, was released. Now I am re-reading once again just because.

That’s one of the things I love about this series, it is so very re-readable. Each time I have read the series, I have discovered new details and small plot lines that I didn’t pick up on the times before. It’s also fun to see how the characters act and talk when I know what is going to happen to them. Or to see the mass amount of foreshadowing for books further down the line. I don’t think I will ever get sick of re-reading The Wheel of Time.

After the 11th book in the series, Knife of Dreams, came out, I found out that Robert Jordan was sick. One day I went in to work and my coworker informed me that my favourite author had died. I was in shock, and my coworker quickly realized that I hadn’t already known and was now very upset. What was going to become of my favourite series?

Luckily, Harriet (RJ’s wife and editor) was able to get the amazing Brandon Sanderson to finish the series with all of RJ’s notes. He did an excellent job (Although some may point out the inconsistencies, but I think those were bound to happen and that they were few and far between anyhow).

As for my favourite characters. Well, I love each of the characters each for their own reasons, but my top two are Matrim Cauthon and Egwene Al’Vere.

Mat Cauthon

In the first few books, Mat seems like an inconsiderate scoundrel, and well, he is. But as the series progresses, I saw that underneath his facade of the “I don’t want to do any work or be in any danger even if my friends need help”, was a guy who really cared about his friends and wanted them to be safe and wanted to help but was scared to do so. He grows a lot in the series and well, who can resist a flirty gambler anyway?

Egwene Al'Vere

Egwene wasn’t always on my top two list. I started out thinking that she was to hard on the boys and was stuck up. But then I began to notice how she only acted that way because she was trying to prove that she could do anything she set her mind too and that she was strong. And it turned out that that was the truth. Egwene becomes an amazing, strong, and powerful woman. She is selfless (as an Aes Sedai should be since it literally means Servant of All) and willing to sacrifice everything in order to save all.

I don’t want to give away too much, in case you haven’t read the series or haven’t finished, so I will leave it at that.

I know that The Wheel of Time is a long series and therefore very daunting, but I promise it is worth the time to read the books!

Have you read the series? Who is your favourite character and why? (Please keep your answer as spoiler free as possible!) 🙂

Why I Love Brandon Sanderson’s Books

Woo! I made it too day two of the A to Z Challenge 😛 (Click here for a list of all the posts!)

Brandon Sanderson

I first discovered Brandon Sanderson after Robert Jordan died and RJ’s wife, Harriet, hired Brandon Sanderson to finish the Wheel of Time series. Before he finished the first of three books for the Wheel of Time, I picked up his Mistborn series to find out who this guy was and if he was worthy to finish my beloved series. Turns out, he was!

Mistborn blew me away with it’s amazing magic system. The ability to swallow different types of metals and “burn” them to enable some sort of ability based on the type of metal. The nicknames for the different magic people were great (example: Tin Eyes) and the description of how each power worked was spot on. And the world was amazing. The corrupt political system (which was less of a system and more of a major dictatorship) and the ash filled landscape and misty nights made the world come to life while also making it seem far away.

I was happy with what I had read and looked forward to Sanderson finishing the Wheel of Time (although I was still scared he would ruin it… silly lingering fear…). Then the Gathering Storm was released and most of my doubts vanished. There were a few things that made me think “Robert Jordan wouldn’t have written it like that” or “that character wouldn’t do/say that”, but for the most part, I was just happy to be reading more about the world and characters I loved.

Next I read Elantris and fell even more in love with Sanderson’s style. But it wasn’t until I read Warbreaker that I was hooked. Warbreaker is one of my favourite novels. I would read it again and again. It has the right mix of political mayhem, comic relief, and passion/sacrifice to make it memorable and amazing.

When the Wheel of Time was over, I began to read Sanderson’s epic, the Stormlight Archive. At the time, only one book had been released, the Way of Kings, and I devoured it. I wanted more right away but I had to wait. By the time the waiting was over, I bought the second book, Words of Radiance, and I just stared at it. I still haven’t read it. I don’t want to until the third book is either published or almost published. I don’t want to wait again. So, there it sits on my bookshelf waiting for me to crack it open. And I will, just… not yet.

I have also read other books by Sanderson over the past couple years — Alloy of Law (a mistborn book), the Emperor’s Soul, and the Rithmatist — and I loved each of them. I look forward to more!

If you haven’t yet read a Brandon Sanderson book, start with Warbreaker! It is an excellent read and is a standalone, so you don’t need to be daunted by the prospect of dedicating yourself to a long series. You’ll love it!

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