I really like the way Jordan plays off the reluctant hero. His insights into men and women's views of the opposite sex are often funny and help relieve the seriousness of the story, which is, as always, incredibly original and well written.
I tried this book because I generally like Japanese stories. I really enjoyed the artistic quality of the imagery, the incredible honor yet powerful feeling in the characters, and the little bit of magic thrown in.
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 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.
Robert Jordan had a very new and interesting take on fantasy. Although the description can be exhaustive in detail, you feel like you know each of the characters and are part of their relationships.
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