I have been a voracious reader since I was a child.
I've been reading fantasy novels since I was a kid. Someone handed me the first novel in the Wheel of Time series last year, and I had a hard time reading the paperback version with all the made up words, names, and places the author has invented. I thought "why not listen to an audio book, and see how to pronounce this stuff?" I totally got hooked to it in audio form. This installment is well read and a pleasure to listen to, and now I know how to pronounce Aes Sedai =)
Ok. I have changed my mind. The Great Hunt was much better than The Wheel of Time. In actuallity I am on the Fires of Heaven now and loving it, but I felt that I needed to reverse my previous lukewarm opinion of this series at this point.
The characters are much more fleshed out and made into individuals in this book. I laughed out loud at least twice.
I thought the first book was good! This one has me working my schedule to make listening a priority. After reading the first book and knowing there are twelve books in the series, I thought it must be twelve repeats of a good thing and it would get boring. Boy was I wrong so far... The author introduces so many new characters and ideas to the story that it leaves a vast amount of questions that no one book can provide answers for. I look forward to the adventures and experiences that will be provided in the next 10 volumes. I have actually contemplated shelling out whatever it would cost to buy all volumes now in one bunch. I think I'll check myself in to the clinic and get treatment - as long as they let me bring my audible player!!
By the way, the narrators do an excellent job, and boy, those voices... sexy!
Jordan is a genious and I am hooked!
As the second book in the series it continues to grab your interest with ever changing scenes of Light and Darkness and the continueing struggles of the sheepherder that is to become the worlds last hope.
The story gets even more interesting as Rand begins to know his powers, and more tense as it becomes evident that any one could serve the shadow. I liked all the action in this one.
I downloaded the first book based on the exceptional customer reviews. I didn't like it. I found the characters to be uni-dimensional, and more annoying than interesting. The second book had similarly exceptional reviews, along with comments that book 2 is much better than book one. It's not.
If you didn't like book 1, don't waste your time on book 2.
wow, this book is just plain bad. The Characters have already been fully developed.... or as much as they are going to be it seems. The plot is kind of looney and if you think about it, it makes little sense. A real disappointment
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
From the 2 books I've read so far, I gather this series is battle after battle, journey after journey and still the characters are shallow.
I may have been drawn into the series however but it's going to have to be with other books between...I tend to fall asleep listening to it and aren't sure where I ended!
I hope the next book improves from the first 2.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
YES, NO ONE WRITES FANTASY BETTER THAN JORDAN
RAND USES THE PORTAL STONE AND LIVES HUNDREDS OF VARIATIONS ON HIS LIFE
I THINK IF I READ THE BOOK I WOULD FINISH A LOT SOONER, THEY FORCE ME TO SIT BACK AND ENJOY SCENE AFTER SCENE, AS IF I WAS ENJOYING A FINE WINE.
ONWARD TO THE DRAGON REBORN