You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.
I have never read any of jordans work before starting this series , I love kate reading and micheal kramer , but the story is just not that good the characters are shallow and contrived , no suspense and way way too much magic , everyone has powers , too much third grade romance too, imo if you cant do sexual tention well better to leave it out. I dont see how it got so may good reviews.
I stopped reading the series after this book. The tragedy of this series is that the world, the back-history, and magic system are exquisitely developed, but the plot is repetetive and the characters are hollow. The pattern of the plot (no spoiler) is a less-than-brilliant move by (insert character), which leads to an emergency, which is resolved at the last second in a maddeningly convenient manner (usually either an unlooked-for rescue or a new manifestation of magic). The characters are fantasy stereotypes. However, the books are very suspenseful, and these are common issues in all but the best fantasy. All might be forgiven except for the sheer unnecessary length of the series. There are at least two major plot lines that a good editor would have axed altogether to bring focus to a badly meandering story arc and cut the size down a bit. I would recommend this series only to die-hard fantasy aficionados who will appreciate what was done well and forgive what was done poorly.
Good listen but some things were very annoying. First off Mr. Jordon seems to love to jump from one plot to the other with no other warning then you being confused. A couple times I though I had hit the forward button on my Ipod on accident. Took me five min to figure out where I was in the story a couple times. Also lots of filler in this book..God strike me down for saying this but maybe Ill look into the abridged versions of the next book..He describes WAY too many things that dont need to be discussed.
Jordan has successfully created an interesting new fantasy world, but the strength in his characters, the hardships they go through, the obligations that pull them so many ways you never know which way they'll choose, makes it something more. The story divisions are becoming a little hard to follow though--I think it splits to at least 4 different locations, not to mention points of view.
The story is good, to many women who are always upset, angry, and aggressive and to many oblivious characters for me but the story is good. The performance is a travesty, as usual, with readers who speak during the most exciting parts of the story as if they are are telling you the 8 O' clock news. During exciting parts of the story you may not even notice that something important and exciting is even happening because the tone is as flat as it is at all times by these performers. I would greatly welcome all these books being re-read by a more creative performer(s). Perhaps then I wouldn't think every woman in the book an angry, bitter, shrew (both good and evil) and characters might appear less clueless.
Just a warning to anyone working your way through this series this one has a huge slow patch roughly between the 2/3rds mark and the 3/4ths mark. I haven't noticed this in any of the books so far, and while the actual quality didn't wane at all, i got distracted due to slowness and was lost in the story about 3 or 4 times. Just a warning so others don't have to get lost there like i did: pay attention! :)
Great, loved every minute of it. Which is good because I didn't love the third book. This one though delivered.