The Wheel of Time: Boxed Set

The Wheel of Time: Boxed Set

by Robert Jordan

The Age of Prophecy is a time of magic and peril, when everything hangs in the balance and one man, Rand Al'Thor, may hold the key to time's wheel.

The Wheel of Time series tells his story, a fantastic adventure and a journey of discovery beyond compare.

This exciting gift set includes the first eight books of the Wheel of Time series: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, A Crown of Swords, and The Path of Daggers.

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Once I made it through the first couple hundred pages, though, I was hooked. Seriously hooked. So it really came as a shock when I was halfway through book four and I realized that I was reading nothing but descriptions of tapestries and different styles of dresses.

I started reading the series in 1994, when I was still in high school and fell in love with it at once. By the time I started reading, the first 6 books were already released, so to begin with it was just a matter of going to the library to get the next one.

The Eye of the World is the first book in the long line that is The Wheel of Time series. There are about 11 books in the series and they are all quite long.

As much as I enjoyed Mat's story, it was totally unnecessary to the main plot except that Jordan kept torturedly returning him to it. Jordan could have told Rand's story in three or four books, then moved on the Mat and Perrin if there was interest and demand.

December update: They've announced the author who'll finish the last book using Jordan's notes, etc.

#2 The Great Hunt (written by Robert Jordan) -- 658 pages After reading the first book, I felt committed to continuing. #3 The Dragon Reborn (written by Robert Jordan) -- 673 pages Once committed to this story, I've read it one book after the other. #4 The Shadow Rising (written by Robert Jordan) -- 1051 pages Okay, this is where I've invented the term Peril Loop -- a continuous series of bad events that happen to the main character in a story -- and Peril Loop Fatigue how the reader feels when too many improbable bad events happen to the main character one after another in a continuous barrage of peril. Book 4 is where I almost stopped reading these series several times. #5 The Fires of Heaven (written by Robert Jordan) -- 926 pages Still reading... #7 A Crown of Swords (written by Robert Jordan) -- 902 pages I love how detailed the world developed in this fantasy is. #8 The Path of Daggers (written by Robert Jordan) -- 669 pages This one is a bit shorter. I heard about these series many years ago, way before I read "The Game of Thrones" (GoT). I will NOT be reading the last book of GoT if it ever comes out... #9 Winter's Heart (still written by Robert Jordan) -- 705 pages Like in any story, you fall in love with some characters more than others. #10 Crossroads of Twilight (still written by Robert Jordan) -- 832 pages For all of the details, some main ideas are starting to get lost. #12 The Gathering Storm (written by Robert Jordan AND Brandon Sanderson) -- 861 pages I began reading these series partly because Brandon Sanderson was one of the authors. #13 Towers of Midnight (written by Robert Jordan AND Brandon Sanderson) -- 977 pages When will this end?! #14 A Memory of Light (written by Robert Jordan AND Brandon Sanderson) -- 1025 pages Aside from Book 4, this was the worst of the bunch -- too long; too many unnecessary plot points while the main plot points are left unresolved.

She told me to read this series of books, boldly claiming "It's better than Lord of the Rings". If you like Lord of the Rings, read this shit.

The "Wheel of time" series is by far the best books that i have read.I started reading it last year and couldn't stop till i finished it all.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. Responding to queries on the similarity of some of the concepts in his Wheel of Time books with Freemasonry concepts, Jordan admitted that he was a Freemason. In his own words, "no man in this country should feel in danger because of his beliefs." On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, and that with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics. Jordan was cremated and his ashes buried in the churchyard of St. James Church in Goose Creek, outside Charleston.