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World Of Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time Hardcover – 5 Aug 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857237447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237443
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best-selling fantasy series tend to spin off nonfiction books about their otherworld settings, such as The Atlas of Tolkien's Middle-Earth and The Discworld Companion. Robert Jordan's immense "Wheel of Time" sequence began with The Eye of the World (1990) and still continues, with eight fat novels published and more to come. This lavish companion volume first appeared in 1997 and has been repackaged at a bargain price--though not updated to cover the events of Jordan's 1998 instalment, The Path of Daggers. It goes into great detail about the saga's vast historical back-story, the interlocking systems of magic, the many countries, races, institutions, power-wielders and monsters, and much more. There are over seventy full-colour illustrations and maps. Fans of the series will appreciate this as an attractive coffee-table volume which, like Tolkien's detailed appendices in The Lord of the Rings, casts light on mysteries and trivia that didn't fit into the narrative. Newcomers may be less enchanted as Jordan's considerable talent is for storytelling and cumulative narrative power: this background material is ambitious in scope but not wildly original, featuring familiar fantasy landmarks like a Pit of Doom (and, for variety, Mountains of Doom). A must for Jordan addicts; others should try the novels first and see what the excitement's all about. --David Langford

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With the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal (NEW YORK TIMES)

Best-selling fantasy series tend to spin off nonfiction books about their otherworld settings, such as The Atlas of Tolkien's Middle-Earth and The Discworld Companion. Robert Jordan's immense "Wheel of Time" sequence began with The Eye of the World (1990 (DAVID LANGFORD, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW)

worlds that become realities. Robert Jordan has (MORGAN LLWELYN)

A powerful vision of good and evil. (ORSON SCOTT CARD)

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Format: Hardcover
I have leafed through this book and have placed it on order, and think it is well worth the money. However, I am glad to see that I am not the only one who was bitterly disappointed in the illustrations. The characters were similar to a "Mr. Potato Head" in that all the characters looked identical with just the hair colour changed or clothing. And when the simplest details such as that are wrong, it brings down the rating of the book. I am sure I am not the only one who would have given it a five-star rating, if it hadn't been for the poor work of the artist. I am eagerly awaiting the ninth novel, and have been since I first completed the eighth- bring it on! Hopefully, there will be a second edition of the World of Robert Jordan, with up to date information and new illustrations!
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By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
this book makes a valiant effort, but the art in it is truly horrible. if you're looking for good WoT art, you'd be better off buying the rpg. i only gave 2 stars because, while the information is fine, its mostly based on the art, so bad artwork takes a lot awat from it.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
interesting book on the world of wheel of time.

Jordan wrote the book but considers it outside the canon of the epic story.

I thought it would be interesting given the Hugeness of the story. Being able to look at someone and read they history all on page rather than spread over several novels.

There were 15 books in total in the series and many of them 900 - 1200 pages.

Nothing wrong with it as a guide just wondered why it was not considered canon
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hardcover edition, Orbit 1997.
A big book (28x22cm, 304pages), glossy paper, many colored pictures. This is a book telling the history of the world of wheel of time, its nations and people, so it is not written in lyrical and poetic language but more like a history book. It's a quite detailed description of this world and the book is densely written. I think reading some wheel of time novels can make this book more accessible.
The book has many colored and some black-white maps, paintings of people, animals, banners. There are some full-page paintings and seven beautiful two-full-page paintings of the cover artwork of some hardcover editions of books of wheel of time. The artist of some other paintings has a kind of modern way to paint, not the classical/romantic style; i guess thats why the negative comments in other reviews.
The hard cover is dark blue colored, with golden letters on the spine only, and a beautiful dust jacket. Overall a very nice edition.
I havent read any of the wheel of time novels so i can not tell if this is a usefull book for fans of this series (other reviews tell that). I bought it because i like to read books telling the history of fantasy worlds, and this one is a book i liked. I give 4 stars for the book because i like classic/romantic style of paintings but if one likes more modern artwork this is more like a 5 star book.
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Format: Paperback
If this book is supposed to be aimed at the people who have read all of the series and want to know more about RJ's world then it is a bit of a dissappointment. The pictures are awful and the only reason that anyone would want to read it is because they MUST have this book to complete their collection.
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Format: Hardcover
While this book was a quite good plot-filler and provides an excellent insight into the characters and forces in the books, I was VERY disappointed with the drawings. Could whoever had drawn them at LEAST have read the books first so that they could have got things like hair colors, general appearance and little things like, oh say WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE right?!?!?!? It's like reading about a set of characters, then reading a book with pictures from an alternate dimension or something, what the hell happened??? I was very irritated by this after being extremely impressed by the quality of writing in the actual books, I hope if there is a sequel RJ gets a better artist, or at least one who knows what to draw...
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By A Customer on 3 April 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book as I wanted to find out more about the fantastic Wheel of Time novels. The book itself is great and gives a lot of background information on the characters and places. BUT as everyone else has already mentioned the artwork is awful so it lost two stars for that. I preferred the artist from the RPG.
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Format: Paperback
I'm sorry, but I found this book rather a poor excuse for 'bonus material' for the Wheel of Time series. I'm enjoying the main series again - it's picked up a bit again in book seven, which is where I am - and as that's where the series was when this companion was published I decided to take a break from the narrative to see what it added.

The beginning of the book was interesting - it detailed the history of the world, explaining things which had only been hinted at in the novels and developing the backstory. It explains how the baddies came to be, and about previous battles with the 'Dark One'... interesting, I thought.

But then it gets to the present, and turns into a book of endless lists. A list of different types of animal found in Seanchan... a list of all the countries of the part of the world which for some reason doesn't have a name, and what types of clothes the people there wear. It just seemed to get bogged down in what ultimately read more like a guide to someone wanting to expand the universe (or make a film, for example) rather than adding value to the whole series for a reader.

So is it worth reading? I suppose so... if you are really into the series - at least for the history of the world part... I can't imagine getting anything from the second half unless I were some die-hard WoT fan... which I'm not... probably because I've only just arrived at the series as it is almost finished. Perhaps if I had read the first seven novels as they were published this would serve as an interesting reminder... but having read them all this year it's just repetitive.
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