- Mass Market Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (25 Jun. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857230272
- ISBN-13: 978-1857230277
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.6 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great Hunt: Book 2 of the Wheel of Time: 2/12 Mass Market Paperback – 25 Jun 1992
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On very rare occasions, very talented storytellers create worlds that are beyond fantasy; worlds that become realities. Robert Jordan has (Morgan Llwelyn)
A powerful vision of good and evil. (Orson Scott Card)
With The Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal'
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Top Customer Reviews
The plotline is much more straightforward in this novel, there being one main story that runs through the novel - again it is a journey, but that seems, from my limited experience, to be a running theme in the fantasy genre. There's several other branches to the plot, but they are smaller than in the first novel, and one of them only joins back for a moment at the end.
Speaking of the ending, this volume has a very abrupt conclusion, it seems very hurried, and there isn't much of an 'epilogue' after the final climax. To an extent I suppose that is designed to encourage moving on to the third book, but at the time of publication that wouldn't have been available and it would have been nice to wrap things up a little more roundedly.
There are still some mysteries hanging over, although I'm still not sure how he is going to drag the rest of the story over the remaining books, or exactly what the characters' plan is.
However it was still excellent. The introduction of the Seanchan made the usual collection of Ghoulies a litle more human and easier to palate. The time spent in Tar Valon was intriguing and I desperately wanted these scant chapters to last longer!! The capture of the heroine Egwene was only just bearable by the fact that I was sure there was going to be a climatic finale. Egwene continued to moan and scream, on and on and on...
Rand is doing a 'Garion' (for all you Eddings fans!) by moaning constantly, however, he is a better realised hero than the One of David eddings imagination. Mat and Perrin were to stuck up in parts but other than that it worked wonderfully. the description flowed brilliantly in every superbly crafted sntence and the other characters were just as brilliantly described as Rand. Loial was innocent and wise enough to pass for Merry and Gandalf and Moiranes cool control was masterful, Lan is halfway between being my favourite character and my most hated. His protection of Moirane, though totally in character is just a teensy bit annoying, his cold calculating fighting and firm pride balances this out.
One word to sum this up. As Ron Manager would put it: Marvellous!
Jordan continues to develop the characters in this book and gives greater detail of their personalities. The story is lso revealed more as we begin to see more of what we must expect from the later part of the series.
Jordan manages to bring in a new enemy that is not really known in the first book and so manages to keep the plot fresh andinteresting. More is revealed about the prophisies that are hinted at in the first book and we also gain more knowledge on the mysterious and powerful Aes Sedai.
On that note i am also pleased to say we get our first look inside Tar Valon in this book. We get to get inside the minds of some of the Aes Sedai and learn more about what they have planned for the characters of the first book.
More characters are also revealed that forward the plot. These characters such as the Amyrlin Seat and the borderlands people.
The good thing about this series is that you cannot predict or even guess randomly at the ending or how the series will reach the last battle. I have read this in other reviews and i think it is a very good thing. You know Rand will win the last battle but no clue is given as to how it will happen or how he will get there.
This book is highly reccomened, but if you have already read the first book you will read this one anyway. If you haven't read 'Eye of the World' yet dont read this as you will not have a clue what is going on!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not much to review. It is a good quality product and the content is up to everyone to judge.Published 5 months ago by David Santander
Did not enjoy at all. The book starts well... and builds up to this epic ending.... but then the epic ending you're expecting is such a let down and over within 2 lines of text... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr JWS
The story picks up the pace a little after the first book, which felt a little slow. Ending seemed a little rushed and weak, but otherwise an engaging and enjoyable read.Published 7 months ago by Gem
The saga continues with new characters, mythology and devilish confrontations as our heroes and their nemeses clash amongst the intrigue, love and betrayal of the epic sagaPublished 8 months ago by embramike
Spine chilling. Excellent book. Cannot wait to consume the rest of the series. Every fantasy fan should read this. The dragon reborn!Published 8 months ago by Jack Fleet
There's nothing to really say about this. If you are planning to buy this you have already read book 1 and enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by state1970
It took me a long time to get around to reading the Wheel of Time Books and I'm sorry that I waited so long
Well written, in great detail with characters I found myself drawn... Read more