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pdf The Great Hunt, ebook The Great Hunt, epub The Great Hunt, doc The Great Hunt, e-pub The Great Hunt, The Great Hunt f7b84b17c8f The Wheel Of Time Turns And Ages Come And Go, Leaving Memories That Become Legend Legend Fades To Myth, And Even Myth Is Long Forgotten When The Age That Gave It Birth Returns Again In The Third Age, An Age Of Prophecy, The World And Time Themselves Hang In The Balance What Was, What Will Be, And What Is, May Yet Fall Under The ShadowFor Centuries, Gleemen Have Told The Tales Of The Great Hunt Of The Horn So Many Tales About Each Of Th Hunters, And So Many Hunters To Tell OfNow The Horn Itself Is Found The Horn Of Valere Long Thought Only Legend, The Horn Which Will Raise The Dead Heroes Of The Ages And It Is Stolen

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  1. says:

    I say this all of the time, but reading old school fantasy books is like reading with a friend And they remind me of when I was young I don t know why Maybe because I m old school Happy Reading Mel

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    3.5 5 starsThe man who called himself Petrik will now review The Great Hunt, the second book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.Everyone who ve read the first book most likely knows what the title of this installment implies The Great Hunt continues immediately from where the first book left off Allow me to mention how ridiculously repetitive and hilarious, I guess the prologue of this book was It starts with The man who called himself Bors, and within a single prologue, the exact phrase the man who called himself Bors was mentioned literally 34 times The man who called himself Petrik could be wrong, but the man who called himself Petrik THINK that the man who called himself Bors, is in fact, the man who called himself Bors gasp suspense CPR the man who called himself Petrik out of this SHOCKING revelation The man who called himself Petrik was amazed by Jordan s way of increasing his word counts by 170 words Jordan could ve just written Bors instead of the man who called himself Bors but he won t, that 170 words is a matter of Light and Dark The prologue became a firm reminder to the man who called himself Petrik that this will be a series despite all the greatness that is full of repetitive phrases so far the man who called himself Petrik hasn t been proven wrong.Picture The Great Hunt by Kekai KotakiThe man who called himself Petrik is tired of repeating The man who called himself insert whatever you want for future meme uses here insane nonsense so the man who called himself Petrik will now get back to the man who called himself Petrik s usual speech.Continuing immediately from where the first book left off, the plot in The Great Hunt was pretty much a big chase scene over a stolen legendary item Excluding the first 20% of the book, the remaining content of The Great Hunt revolved mostly around this premise In terms of enjoyment of the book itself, I d say it was or less the same as how I felt regarding The Eye of the World The story starts off strong and engaging, slowed down immensely in the middle section, then back on track around 70% mark There were a lot of parts that this book excelled in the last quarter of this book, for example, was simply magnificent The slow build up towards it was worth the read and Jordan s way of escalating the tension slowly until the superbly written conclusion was something I utterly enjoyed But at the same time, there were also several moments in the middle section where I was quite bored and infuriated by the repetition regarding several character s behavior There were two issues I had with the content, one being Rand s stubbornness to continue hiding secrets and his reluctance in doing some which he ended up doing anyway crucial actions immensely slowed the pacing of the story The second one would be Nynaeve and everything about her really, that s all Also, I m seriously dumbfounded by the sword moves of this series Am I supposed to understand what The Swallow Takes Flight met Parting the Silk means Moon on the Water met The Wood Grouse Dances Ribbon in the Air met Stones Falling From the Cliff What even the man who called himself Petrik is has been struck by a spellbinding confusion spell.This, of course, doesn t mean the characters ever stopped being empathizing Even when I was infuriated by some of the character s actions, I feel like their attitudes were understandable if I were in their shoes I ll do a much poorer job than them The characters for better or worse were well written Two books into the series and I ve come to know their personality and inner voices really well Jordan, in general, is slow in progression Development in plot, world building, characterizations, and actions was all there they were just relatively much slower than most books these days I loved reading Rand and the characters starting to grow up it was quite satisfying seeing their slow development New characters also appeared and most of them were great, interesting, and complex There is one rule, above all others, for being a man Whatever comes, face it on your feet For now, though, my favorite character will have to be Rand and Loial, not saying that there weren t any other characters Perrin, Lan I liked but those two and their heartwarming friendship with each other were one of the main highlights of the book for me World building grew in complexities and details Jordan s world building captivated me and I love reading every lore, magic system, and prophecy in this book In the first book, the world building felt it borrowed too much from Tolkien, this book seems to have moved the world building away from Tolkien s and I m glad for its originality Some men choose to seek greatness, while others are forced to it It is always better to choose than to be forced.A man who is forced is never completely his own master He must dance on the strings of those who forced him Be prepared for this series, the prose might be accessible but the complexity and scope never stop increasing Jordan s prose was super wordy and descriptive, there s no way around it Two books 570k words in total so far into the series and when it comes to the actual story progression, not too much have actually progressed I strongly recommend getting a group of friends readers if you re about to undertake this series for the first time I m reading it together with my friends and it s such a fun experience moments that should ve been aggravating to read became humorous to discuss The Great Hunt was a great sequel that builds the characterizations whether you liked them or not and the intricate world building even further After reading the ending, I honestly feel like the first two books were merely foundational installments for the rest of the series, and you bet I m excited to continue reading through it.You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

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    The Eye of The world has some problems, but this book totally nailed it The Great Hunt is significantly better in almost every aspect Book 1 had serious pacing issues and is somewhat generic as it reminded me LoTR in a few ways It was ok and very average, but not much than that It showed some potential, especially toward the ending, but I expected much from it Not true true for book 2, though, as Jordan solved a few problems and upped his game Big Time The writing style is just as good as book 1 was, but the book is a lot better structure wise, and always things seem to happen, with almost no slow chapters that go nowhere There is really interesting world building here, as we get to know a lot places, including The White Tower New Enemies are introduced Seanchan, which seem to have a very intriguing culture, we learn about The White Cloaks, Padan Fain, The Forsaken, and get some glimpses into The Age of Legends.As for Characters, Rand gets much depth and I really start to like him There s a lot of development when it comes to Nynaeve and Egwene, both are slowly becoming my favorite characters Nynaeve rocks, really, I like that girl Even though Perrin and Matt seem like they have important roles, we don t really get to know them much better in book 2 Perrin was pretty much well drawn in book 1, but he didn t evolve much in book 2 Matt was ok in both books, but not much than that.New Aes Sedai are being introduced Elayne and Min, who join Nynaeve and Egwene at The White Tower, The Amyrlin herself , Verin, and Liandrin from the Red Aja.I don t want to reveal much, so I refrained from telling anything in regard to the plot But the plot is very engaging, I always wanted to know what happens next Epic fantasy at its best To conclude, The Great Hunt is a brilliant book One of the most enjoyable books I ve read this year.4.5 4.75 5

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    There is so much going on in this book, we get to see a few familiar faces when some of the minor characters from the first book make unexpected reappearances but we also have a lot of new people to meet, some you ll immediately love and others will make you much wary It s hard to know who to trust and there are definitely lots of side plots and foreshadowing going on that I think will make sense on a reread and I can pretty much guarantee I ll be rereading this series again in the future to test that theory Once again I was pulled straight into this story, it starts a little slower but the pace really ramps up in the second half and I m so invested in the characters that even when there s not a great deal happening I m just so happy to be spending time with them all While I wouldn t quite place this series as a favourite yet it s definitely heading in that direction and I m sure it will be on the list well before I reach the final book.

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    This was no where near as good as the first novel in the series it completely lacked the initial plot driver that its predecessor wielded Previously, the innocent, and young, protagonists were taken away from their homes as they were forced to flee for their lives I wanted to find out exactly why this was going on thus, I stormed through it Instead, this premise of this book is Rand attempting to escape from his destiny, which, of course, is pure folly because one does not escape fate one does not escape the wheel of time Reverse character development I was a little disappointed with this because I just don t like reluctant heroes Well, at least not in this sense Rand began to annoy me so much at the start of this because by the end of the last novel, I felt that he had found his courage, and he d overcome his reluctant nature it was like his character development had gone backwards and taken him to an early state of the previous novel Thankfully, this didn t last too long as the wheel forced him to act he had to become the dragon reborn otherwise he would have fallen to his enemy I m glad he found his bravery, again But, I felt like he had already gained it, and that this novel was padded out with development that had already been achieved.I wanted this from the start Rand s full potential is obviously something he s not fully aware of, although it s clear to the reader, and every other character he may encounter, of what he will one day be able to do It s like he s the only person in this world who doesn t truly see what he is, and what he s capable of it s beginning to feel a little idiotic When he chases after the horn, during the great hunt, the depths of his powers begin to unravel along with the true nature of this series He is learning who he is, again, for the second time I do hope the author doesn t back track like this again because I want to enjoy this series completely and whole heartedly instead of having my precious reading time wasted with repetetive material This isn t just Rand s story, thankfully Many of the side characters form the last novel are beginning to develop of their own personal story arcs I think this made the story much stronger because if this was just about Rand, exclusively, I d honestly stop reading Through doing this the author is slowly revealing some of the mysteries of his fantasy world Nynaeve had many point of view chapters, as did Egwene I think this is the start of a transition away from a Rand central series Hopefully, they will be just as important to the overall plot as this reluctant hero He s a rather tepid protagonist, and at this point I think he needs a reason to face his destiny Perhaps, his relatives should die, or one of his friends, to give him an actuall reason to fight However, despite point of view characters, I think the chapter placement was incredibly poor, and plain frustrating What I mean is that there were four to five chapters of Rand s story in one massive bulk this was then interrupted by a single, or sometimes double, chapter from another point of view It would then go back to Rand I think the story would have flowed much better if Rand s chapters were broken up a little , and had no than two or three chapters together The result of placing chapters in the way that Jorden did is not seeing what happened to Mat and Perrin for almost three hundred pages I found this very annoying The pacing was very off Is this still perfect fantasy Despite my grievances with the protagonist and chapter placement, I still think this is a great series This is everything I like in epic fantasy, and hopefully will continue to be so The magic system is complex and interesting, and the different races cultures are diverse and well thought out The complexity of this fantasy universe is what makes this series enjoyable for me I just hope that Rand retains the character development he has gained twice because if I have to read about his reluctant nature, and him trying to run away, I may come to view this series as unnecessarily packed out Hopefully that won t happen, but time will tell This was not as accomplished as the first novel, but was enjoyable to an extent It may be just the side characters that saved this book for me, However, I do think this series creates a lot of apprehension to how it will all end, and where the characters will end I find books like this tend to be somewhat predictable, but I haven t had that with the Wheel of Time so far I m not entirely sure how it will end, but I do want to see Mordeth again And it would also be grear to see of Perrin, my favourite character, because in this novel he felt like furniture The Wheel of time 1 Eye of the World An unoriginal five stars2 The Great Hunt A reluctant three stars3 The Dragon Reborn A well developed four stars4 The Shadow Rising A strong four stars5 The Fires of Heaven A slow two stars And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died And men cried out to the Creator, saying, O Light of the Heavens, Light of the World, let the Promised One be born of the mountain, according to the prophecies, as he was in ages past and will be in ages to come Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time

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    2 1 16 Day 1 of WoT 2 buddy re read in BBB We re only reading one book per month, so if you want to jump in, you ve got plenty of time to squeeze in The Eye of the World and still participate Reviewed by Rabid ReadsNOTICE this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14 That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series Thank you.For whatever reason, this is the installment that s held up the least well for me Not b c it s not awesome it absolutely is but b c even MORE awesomeness is IMMINENT And I know it b c fiendish rereader SO We have a Dragon Reborn and a Wolfbrother, but what s behind door 3 raises hand b c I know, I know sighs The Great Hunt is a concept that can be found in numerous mythologies, but not surprisingly my favorite versions have always been the ones with Fae roots.If you re unfamiliar, it s fairly simple if the moon is particularly bright, and you hear a horn sounding in the distance, DO NOT LEAVE THE SAFETY OF YOUR HOME B c Fae on horses that don t get tired with hounds that have super senses and may or may not have been human at some point , are out and about, hunting big game and NO GOOD can come of you getting caught up in that shit Jordan s version is pretty nifty too The Horn of Valere, prophecied to be found just before the Last Battle, will call the greatest heroes who have ever lived to fight on behalf of the horn sounder whatever their intent may be YES, you read that correctly The greatest heroes of legend will be compelled to fight for either good or evil, depending on who gets their grubby lips on it first So that s exciting Which is kind of impressive if you think about it a hunt for a brass instrument vs a hunt for human prey But yeah for the grave is no bar to my call goosebumps BUT If I m being honest, there are a couple of legitimate reasons that I didn t like this installment quite as much as the last one You know, beyond being impatient for my favorite character to stop being an adolescent idiot Like Lanfear One of Forsaken, Lanfear has been used as a boogieman to scare children into behaving a concept that I find horrific, incidentally Does anyone actually do that Tell their children that some super scary monster person will get them while they re sleeping, if they don t do as they re told I sincerely hope not Anyway, this early in the series, the Forsaken are mostly feared for nebulous follower of the Dark One reasons However we do learn a few things about Lanfear 1 Before Lews Therin the Dragon met and married his wife Ilyena, Lanfear had been his lover.2 Ultimately the reason she joined the dark side is b c hell hath no fury YES, seriously And she wants him back Does not care that the Dragon Reborn is a completely different, maybe twenty years old model, when she herself probably had a couple of centuries under her belt before she was sealed inside the Dark One s prison for several thousand years.If that wasn t obnoxious enough and trust me, it is she still hasn t figured out that it was her obsession with power and acquiring ALL OF IT that drove Lews Therin away the first time So we get to watch her numerous failed attempts to entice Dragon Reborn into seeking glory for himself It s just sad I mean, really how can she claim to love him, yet willfully know nothing about him Then there are the Seanchan and the Seanchan freak me the hell out Besides practicing numerous and varied types of slavery, which shows a terrifying lack of regard for human life These people aren t just ethnocentric, they re an entire population brainwashed into wholeheartedly believing in the superiority of specific types of people and the inferiority of others o.O Right So in addition to that, they ve tamed monsters like grolm bear sized, three eyed beasts with grayish green, lizard like, impossible to penetrate with things like swords or arrows, hide, and sharp, hooked beak like mouths to the point of riding them like horses And what do they wear when they ride their pet monsters Metal armor lacquered and segmented to look like an insect carapace to better match the mandibles and feelers on their helmets Ye gods.I don t know about you guys, but I can t come up with a scarier image than a GIANT INSECT riding some kind of prehistoric looking monster into battle Oh, and the ground might just swallow you whole before you even get a chance to defend yourself, b c wielders of the One Power Yeah, they re one of the MANY previously mentioned enslaved people groups Still a fantastic installment though PLUS, whispers I may not have mentioned it, but WoT 3 brings ALL KINDS of awesome, so gird your loins, little fishy and keep on swimmin.My other reviews for this series The Eye of the World Wheel of Time, 1 by Robert Jordan The Dragon Reborn Wheel of Time, 3 by Robert Jordan The Shadow Rising Wheel of Time, 4 by Robert Jordan The Fires of Heaven Wheel of Time, 5 by Robert Jordan Lord of Chaos Wheel of Time, 6 by Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords Wheel of Time, 7 by Robert Jordan The Path of Daggers Wheel of Time, 8 by Robert Jordan Winter s Heart Wheel of Time, 9 by Robert Jordan Crossroads of Twilight Wheel of Time, 10 by Robert Jordan New Spring Wheel of Time, 0 by Robert Jordan Highlights view spoiler 1 Lan with Rand before audience with Amyrlin There is one rule, above all others, for being a man Whatever comes, face it on your feet As they approached the women s apartments, Lan suddenly snapped, Cat Crosses the Courtyard Startled, Rand instinctively assumed the walking stance as he had been taught, back straight but every muscle loose, as if he hung from a wire at the top of his head It was a relaxed, almost arrogant, saunter.2 Portal Stones Is that Hawkwing s monument, Lord Rand Hurin asked uneasily It doesn t look right, somehow Rand recognized the harsh, angular script that covered the face of the monument, and he recognized some of the symbols chiseled on the breadth, chiseled as tall as a man The horned skull of the Dha vol Trollocs The iron fist of the Dhai mon The trident of the Ko bal, and the whirlwind of the Ahf frait There was a hawk, too, carved near the bottom With a wingspan of ten paces, it lay on its back, pierced by a lightning bolt, and ravens pecked at its eyes The huge wings atop the spire seemed to block the sun He heard Loial galloping up behind him I tried to tell you, Rand, Loial said It is a raven, not a hawk I could see it clearly Hurin turned his horse, refusing even to look at the spire any longer But how Rand said Artur Hawkwing won a victory over the Trollocs here Ingtar said so Not here, Loial said slowly Obviously not here From Stone to Stone run the lines of it, between the worlds that might be I ve been thinking on it, and I believe I know what the worlds that might be are Maybe I do Worlds our world might have been if things had happened differently Maybe that s why it is all so washed out looking Because it s an if, a maybe Just a shadow of the real world In this world, I think, the Trollocs won Maybe that s why we have not seen any villages or people 3 Trollocs as puppets in the Foregate It s just cool The end.4 Fly in the Seanchan ointment Where are you we going Seta said, quickly adding, If I may ask Into the lions den, Elayne told her To dance with the Dark One, Min said. hide spoiler

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    While reading Eye of the World, I kept seeing it s similarities with LoTR but this book simply outshine its predecessor in every way While first book was a drag in the middle chapters, this one has no such issue and that made it a better reading experience This book picks up from where Eye of the World has ended Horn of Valere has been stolen and it is crucial to get it back before it fell into evil hands and dead heroes could be called back from the graves So Rand, who is too eager to leave Aes Sedai behind, along with Matt and Perrin went on to get back the Horn but it s not so easy as they re not the only one looking for the legendary Horn.This is a long book and had tons of characters where everyone pop up out of nowhere as the need arise Some were new and scary others were beautiful but equally horrible characters What made this book a real pain was the secrets that Rand, Mat, and Perrin kept from each other This book should have been cut by 100 or so pages if these goons had just trusted each other with their secrets While most of the characters get a chance to shine in this book, two outshines everyone else for me First was Rand He has come a long way from the farm boy we first met in Eye of the World He has power now but he is scared to use as he don t want to get mad as people have drilled it in his mind, the one touch Source, the closer they get to insanity I love the part where this mental struggle was described He wanted to help and yet also remains hidden but in the guy accepts his duty and does what was necessary Second character that won my heart in this instalment was Nynaeve I just love this girl She is stubborn, get easily angry and yet she cares deeply She doesn t think twice before facing evil if someone she loves is in trouble She has flaws but she is just too good a character to deserve hate or dislike It was a great story specially last five chapters and fared much better than I had expected from this Now my expectation are sky high from Dragon Reborn.

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    And it shall come to pass that what man made shall be shattered, and the Shadow shall lie across the Pattern of Age, and the Dark One shall once lay his hand upon the world of man Women shall weep and men quail as the nations of the earth are rent like rotting cloth Neither shall anything stand nor abideYet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once as he was born before and shall be born again, time without end The Dragon shall be Reborn, and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth at his rebirth In sackcloth and ashes shall he clothe the people, and he shall break the world again by his coming, tearing apart all ties that bind Like the unfettered dawn shall he blind us, and burns us, yet shall the Dragon Reborn confront the Shadow at the Last battle, and his blood shall give us the Light Let tears flow, O ye people of the world Weep for your salvation The Great Hunt begins right where The Eye of the World left off, with our heroes still sheltering within the walls of Fal Dara But soon enough, the fragile peace is shattered The Amyrlin Seat arrives from Tar Valon, with dozens of Aes Sedai by her side The Horn of Valere is mysteriously stolen from within the keep itself, along with the terrible dagger from Shadar Logoth And from the borderlands in the far north, a new journey begins to recover what was stolen.Already in the first few pages of the prologue, the reader is made aware of the dangers that lurk in the shadows The darkfriends are everywhere Nobles from all across the nations secretly serve the Great Lord of the Dark Even the Children of the Light have been infiltrated by the servants of the Shadow And in the halls of Tar Valon roams the Black Ajah an eight Ajah and a secret fraternity containing those of the Aes Sedai who have given themselves to the Dark One.While the battle rages on between light and shadow, new forces emerge on the horizon to make their impact on the world In the east, groups of Aielmen come out of the Spine of the World in search of the Dragon Reborn On the western shores, the Seanchan, claiming to be the descendants of Artur Hawkwing s armies, arrive from beyond the Aryth ocean to conquer the world once And in Cairhien, Daes dae mar, the Great Game, is being played by the noble houses with increasing brutality and ruthlessness, and the threat of civil war is becoming and real It is never over, al Thor The characters are what really shape this book, for good or ill, and one of the most interesting characters from the world of the Wheel of Time is Padan Fain From being a seemingly mad darkfriend in the dungeons of Fal Dara, he is sprung from his prison when the Horn is stolen, and after going along with the group of Trollocs and darkfriends for a while, he assumes leadership of it by nailing a Myrddraal to a village wall From that point on, Fain becomes a villainous mastermind.The matter of the main characters is sadly enough a totally different one On the positive side, Mat and Perrin seem to be improving by each passing chapter Egwene is as she was in the first book a dull, uninteresting character with not much of a personality at all And Nynaeve continues to astound me with her uncontrollable temper and her completely unfounded hatred towards Moiraine.Nevertheless, there is only one reason why this book got only four stars from me, and that reason even has a name Rand al Thor I know some of you who read this will not agree with what I m saying, but so far Rand is just the worst main character I ve ever read about He refuses to acknowledge the truth of anything, he shuns and apparently even despises those who would help him and accuses them of trying to use him, and he s blind towards being manipulated by mostly everyone else Nynaeve can be quite irritating occasionally, but Rand constantly left me wanting to throw the book in a wall somewhere.Fortunately there are than enough interesting supporting characters to read about Geofram Bornhald, such a rarity as a benevolent Whitecloak commander the beautiful and mysterious lady Selene, encountered by Rand and Loial in a different world Bayle Domon, Verin Sedai and many The Great Hunt is in most aspects a better book than The Eye of the World The writing is flawless, and both the storyline and the setting is perhaps even interesting in the second volume than in the first I considered giving this book five stars like I gave that one, but in the end I came to the conclusion that Rand al Thor alone was by far enough reason to remove one star at points when reading I was wondering if this was a three star read , and other main characters were not good enough for a five star rating either In the end though, the book was entertaining enough with a great ending, and it managed to build the suspense leading to the next volume in the series Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Wheel of Time reviews 1 The Eye of the World 2 The Great Hunt 3 The Dragon Reborn 4 The Shadow Rising 5 The Fires of Heaven 6 Lord of Chaos 7 A Crown of Swords 8 The Path of Daggers 9 Winter s Heart 10 Crossroads of Twilight 11 Knife of Dreams 12 The Gathering Storm 13 Towers of Midnight 14 A Memory of Light

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    Yet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once as he was born before and shall be born again, time without end The Dragon shall be Reborn A Full Five Stars This book really did it for me In The Eye of the World, Jordan spends a lot of time laying foundations for the characters, and for the plot as a whole, which made for a very slow experience that required a lot of patience The worldbuilding and character development, while still very good, was done at an extremely gradual pace that left me wondering if it was ever actually going to take off The story felt slow and poorly paced as a result, even though I still thought it was a great book.In this book Jordan finally begins to build on the foundations he laid in book one Looking back, I m actually glad that it moved as slowly as it did because the patience required to get through it definitely pays off once you reach this book, in so many ways There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth at his rebirth In sackcloth and ashes shall he clothe the people, and he shall break the world again by his coming, tearing apart all ties that bind The Story Best word I can think to describe the nature of the story in this book is multi faceted Originally, the overall plot of the series seems almost too simplistic in nature, and by the end of book one we don t really have anywhere near a full scope of what to expect That changed pretty drastically in this book, and the change was a very positive one.Multiple threads were expertly woven into this story, through a myriad of POVs We have our primary cast of characters in the form of the five Emond s fielder s Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, and Nynaeve , but sprinkled throughout the book we also get small glimpses into the lives of men and women spread out all over the continent We see things from the perspective of a ship s captain that we met in book one we get a POV from the perspective of a general among the religious elite Moraine, the Aes Sedai, gets some air time Even the villain has a POV in this book, which was an excellent inclusion, and really added a lot to the book The first book didn t have a villain beyond The Dark Lord , who we know nothing about Combine this with the fact that this book is no longer just the simple Good vs Evil trope, and you get something that is truly unique and no longer feels borrowed There are so many conflicting sides that you re left to wonder who is with who and who is actually against everybody else It sounds like it would be confusing, but Jordan did an incredible job of bringing it all together Each thread that was woven concluded perfectly, with some genuinely unexpected twists, which is another thing worth mentioning This book had a totally satisfying ending If a book like this is going to get a high rating from me, the last 100 pages had better be incredible, because if I m going to read 900 pages worth of material, there needs to be a substantial pay off in the end You will not be disappointed Like the unfettered dawn shall he blind us, and burns us, yet shall the Dragon Reborn confront the Shadow at the Last battle, and his blood shall give us the Light Worldbuilding Character Development The worldbuilding in this book was simply fantastic, and the great worldbuilding ties in directly with the development of some great characters and villains This book finally gives us some adequate explanations regarding the magic system as well, which was much needed, and it is actually extremely interesting and even creative than I remember I read this book a LONG time ago We get to know people from all different regions of this world, ranging from the mysterious Aes Sedai, the Whitecloaks, the Seanchan, and a whole number of people from different cities and cultures all over It was actually very impressive to read, because many fantasy books fall into the trap of having only one singular culture, with only slight variances And that one culture is usually the typical medieval Lords and Ladies kind of thing Our characters made some really good progress in this book, as well The main protagonist, Rand, accelerated a lot in this book compared to book one I hesitate to say than that to avoid spoilers for people who are considering the series, but Jordan did a great job of making these characters each into their own people They feel much real to me now, which is always a good sign Let tears flow, O ye people of the world Weep for your salvation In Conclusion I didn t realize how much I loved this book until I started writing the review Originally I was going to go for 4.5 stars, but genuinely, this book had very few failings that I could even think of or point out adequately And the one or two things I could mention didn t actually impact my experience or enjoyment of the book at all Jordan proves himself to be a master of the genre in this book I hear from a lot of people that it tapers off by book four, but I m still going to enjoy it for what it is, and I can say honestly that this is one of the best books I ve read this year Definitely check these books out if you don t mind the hefty commitment and you re looking for a truly epic story that doesn t require an encyclopedia to figure out coughcoughMALAZANcoughcough Happy reading.

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    Loved this one even than the first book in the series The world building is so rich and vast, and the characters are very compelling This book was so good, I was almost grateful for my hospital time, since it gave me time to read See, there s always a silver lining Also, as of this book, Nynaeve has officially surpassed Moiraine as my favorite Wheel of Time character FULL REVIEW TO COME

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