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!) 🙂

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.

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  • I have never read Clan of the Cave Bears!

    And I loved the Wheel of Time books in HS – read the first few very quick. But at some point it got too much for me. The description, I mean, I wound up skimming a lot and than stopped altogether. So my love for it probably only lasted a year or so, as I found books.

  • I read Clan of the Cave Bears when I was in my first year of university and devoured the whole series – I loved it. I love the premise too — it’s so original, and a time period you don’t often find in novels. (if at all? I don’t know of another book that features that time period)

    I tried WoT in my twenties and just couldn’t get into it. I read the first couple of chapters and it felt like a bad imitation of LOTR to me so I gave up… Maybe I need to give it another go, as everyone hails it as a cornerstone of the fantasy genre.

    • Yeah, I love Clan of the Cave Bear now. Not so much as a 12 year old 😛

      You should give it another try! The first book reflects LOTR quite a bit but then the rest of the series doesn’t really at all. (And it’s a long series so it really isn’t very much of it that is similar :P)

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