World Of Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time Hardcover – 5 Aug 1999
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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
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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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
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.
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.Read more ›
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Great read! Just love anything to do with the Wheel of Time. Buy it ....Published 9 days ago by Shadow
Lots of useful information. I have enjoyed reading it, However, the illustrations are not the best and are not always explained.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book, great detail, very colorful and an excellnet companion to The Wheel of Time seriesPublished 8 months ago by Paul Klonowski
Good companion book albeit only dealing with earlier novels in the series as it was written before the later books.Published 15 months ago by Denise Hart
Bought as a present for my mum, we're both big fans of the WoT series and this is a wonderful companion to the main story line.Published on 10 Mar. 2013 by Twpsyn
A word of warning, read this after A Crown of Swords as there are a few plot spoilers in here.
Overall, this is a good book, though could only be of interest to people... Read more