The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: The Eye of the World, the Great Hunt, the Dragon Reborn Mass Market Paperback – Box set, 15 Oct 1993
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ROBERT JORDAN (October 17, 1948-Setember 16, 2007), a native of Charleston, South Carolina, was the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time, with millions of books in print.
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Throughout the book, though, the strongest ta'veren, main character and eponymous hero, Rand, does not appear much. I believe this is a good idea. The book is all about Rand and how he may affect the world, but by not having him there, he appears more alien and you end up feeling you've lost a friend in the same way Mat and Perrin have. It's a fantastic strategy. What it also does, is give the other characters time to shine. For the first time in the series, we get to see through the eyes of Mat, and find out he is quite honourable in his own way (if maybe a little selfish about it). Perrin gets an interesting story and finds another wolfbrother which makes him question his future with his ability.
Special mention has to go to one particular chapter though. 'The Hammer' may seem out of place at first, but in this chapter, occurring just before the climax, everything slows down as Perrin works at a forge for a day. Jordan goes off about the workings of the smithy and the intricacies in working with iron in great detail. He describes what Perrin is doing and why he's doing it. Perrin eventually forgets his troubles for a few hours; and for a few pages, so do we. It makes us feel for the life he's left behind and may never go back to.
This book doesn't end with an epic battle like the previous one, though there is fighting, but somehow it seems more epic due to fulfilment of many prophecies,
The Dragon IS reborn!
P.S. I do need to say this edition has a ton of errors in it, so many, that I would feel right in saying it has not been proofread. Most of the errors can be understood, though some are more difficult, often 'stern' is written as 'stem' and many other words where 'rn' is replaced by 'm' and vice versa. 'Ilyena' was once written as 'hyena' and it took me a while to realise what was meant then. But then there are others which I can't explain away. Occasionally some words were preceded by something completely random like the number 0. It could have let the reading down a bit, but these are things that are easily fixed if the editors can see their way to doing it.
The story is gripping and more complexities continue to unfold. I love the way the characters develop and I have become very attached to many of them. These books have everything I love in fantasy stories and are not predictable.
I think these books would appeal to teenagers and upwards, those who love fantasy. It won't be long before I start book 4.
3-4 spelling mistakes on a single page, strange combinations of characters where there was a symbol or perhaps a smudge in the original copy - and such. If you've never read the book before, consider getting the real thing as you'll stand more chance of understanding it - if you're an old hand at WoT, you'll be fine. :)
One of the best books in the entire series for me.
Re the kindle edition, there are a huge number of errors "Sammace" instead of "Sammael" in the last chapter being an example. For this reason I only give it 3 stars.
This book is excellently crafted, and the Forsaken are great characters :) And we get to see more of Mat, who is just love on a plate (come on, seriously, who wouldn't?) Mat is witty, charismatic and a great character, and Jordan does his voice expertly. I'm glad that Rand takes almost a back seat in this book; it gives the other characters in his little 'Fellowship time to shine as well
If you've not been fortunate enough to have found Robert Jordans wheel of time works-and you like all things fiction fantasy-tolkien etc-give this guy a read-I can't believe I took until 2010!!