The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt

by Robert Jordan

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Now 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.

  • Series: The Wheel of Time
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Rating: 4.22
  • Pages: 705
  • Publish Date: October 15th 1991 by Tor Books
  • Isbn10: 0812517725
  • Isbn13: 9780812517729

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3.5/5 stars The man who called himself Petrik will now review The Great Hunt, the second book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The Great Hunt continues immediately from where the first book left off. Jordan couldve just written Bors instead of the man who called himself Bors but he wont, that 170 words is a matter of Light and Dark! 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. The slow build-up towards it was worth the read and Jordans way of escalating the tension slowly until the superbly written conclusion was something I utterly enjoyed. I loved reading Rand and the characters starting to grow up; it was quite satisfying seeing their slow development. World-building grew in complexities and details; Jordans world-building captivated me and I love reading every lore, magic system, and prophecy in this book. 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. 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.

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 more places, including The White Tower. Even though Perrin and Matt seem like they have important roles, we dont really get to know them much better in book 2. 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 dont want to reveal much, so I refrained from telling anything in regard to the plot.

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. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. *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. 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. 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. 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? Anyway, this early in the series, the Forsaken are mostly feared for nebulous follower-of-the-Dark-One reasons. Before Lews Therin (the Dragon) met and married his wife Ilyena, Lanfear had been his lover. the reason she joined the dark side is b/c hell hath no fury . 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. 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. 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. 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. I tried to tell you, Rand, Loial said. Hurin turned his horse, refusing even to look at the spire any longer. Rand said. Not here, Loial said slowly. Ive been thinking on it, and I believe I know what the worlds that might be are. In this world, I think, the Trollocs won. To dance with the Dark One, Min said.

Reverse character development I was a little disappointed with this because I just dont like reluctant heroes. 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 hed overcome his reluctant nature; it was like his character development had gone backwards and taken him to an early state of the previous novel. But, I felt like he had already gained it, and that this novel was padded out with development that had already been achieved. I do hope the author doesnt 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. Many of the side characters form the last novel are beginning to develop more of their own personal story arcs. I think this is the start of a transition away from a Rand central series. However, despite more point of view characters, I think the chapter placement was incredibly poor, and plain frustrating. I think the story would have flowed much better if Rands chapters were broken up a little more, and had no more than two or three chapters together. Despite my grievances with the protagonist and chapter placement, I still think this is a great series. I just hope that Rand retains the character development he has gained twice because if I have to read more about his reluctant nature, and him trying to run away, I may come to view this series as unnecessarily packed out.

While reading Eye of the World, I kept seeing its similarities with LoTR but this book simply outshine its predecessor in every way. This is a long book and had tons of characters where everyone pop up out of nowhere as the need arise. What made this book a real pain was the secrets that Rand, Mat, and Perrin kept from each other. She doesnt think twice before facing evil if someone she loves is in trouble.

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 more lay his hand upon the world of man. 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. 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. 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. "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. 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. 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

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. Even the villain has a POV in this book, which was an excellent inclusion, and really added a lot to the book. 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. "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 more adequate explanations regarding the magic system as well, which was much needed, and it is actually extremely interesting and even more creative than I remember (I read this book a LONG time ago). I hesitate to say more 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. 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.

(See, there's always a silver lining!) Also, as of this book, Nynaeve has officially surpassed Moiraine as my favorite Wheel of Time character!

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.