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The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, Book 2) (edition 1991)

by Robert Jordan

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Title:The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, Book 2)
Authors:Robert Jordan
Info:Tor Fantasy (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 705 pages
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Much better than the first in the series. Still suffers from travelogue a bit.

Rand and co want to reclaim the Great Horn that summons the dead to fight on your side (whichever side it is that blows it), which has been stolen from the city they were recuperating in. The thief appears to be none other than the Dark corrupted merchant Fain whom they've previously had dealings with. But for no explained reason Fain doesn't seem to be blowing the horn, and doesn't head straight towards his big evil master. Giving the boys a chance to be all manly, whilst the girls go off and learn how to be witches. YOu'll be unsurprised to learn events 'conspire' so that they're all in the same place at the same time. ( )
  reading_fox | Mar 11, 2016 |
Rating the series as a whole, because I can't remember them individually without reading them again. Originally read the early ones in 2007, then the whole series in 2009.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
Of all the books in the series, the ending of this book is one of my favorites. For one, I actually remembered it (a lot of WOT stuff tends to get lost in space somewhere). Dead heroes coming back to fight for the Light, Rand fighting Balazamon in the sky for all to see, mounds of earth exploding and lightning flashing across the sky, Mat blowing the legendary Great Horn—a battle doesn't get much better than this.

I was very surprised to discover that the dramatic ending I looked forward to reading only took up a mere 50 pages, if that. By Jordan's standards, that's practically nothing.

In fact, most of the book was not really that exciting. Which is a shame, because it is all about the Great Hunt, a favorite gleeman tale—you would think that it would be more exciting. Then again, one of the common themes throughout WOT is that adventures aren't like the stories. Just lots of traveling and stuff. Ah, well. The ending still rocks.

I also was impressed with the way this novel is able to stand on its own. I could have picked it up on a whim with no WOT background and wouldn't have been very confused. It was kind of refreshing not being overloaded with information or being caught in a trap of "Is this something that I'm supposed to have remembered from the previous books?" Granted, this is only the second book in a monstrously huge series, but I appreciated the stand-aloneness all the same. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 2, 2016 |
Probably my favorite of the series (that I got around to reading). ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 20, 2016 |
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ERROR The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time (Boxed Set #1) by Robert Jordan (indirect)

Robert Jordan: Wheel of Time - 11 Book Set (Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising, The by Robert Jordan (indirect)

New Spring, Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, by Robert Jordan (indirect)

5 Titles By Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Series (1-5) : 1. The Eye of the World 2. The Great Hunt 3. The Dragon Reborn 4. by Robert Jordan (indirect)

Wheel of Time, Books 1-11 and prequel "New Spring" by Robert Jordan (indirect)

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And it shall come to pass that what men made shall be shattered, and the Shadow shall lie across the Pattern of the Age, and the Dark One shall once more lay his hand upon the world of man. Women shall weep and men quail as the nations of the earth are rent like rotting cloth. Neither shall anything stand nor abide... Yet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once more as he was born before and shall be born again, time without end. The Dragon shall be Reborn, and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth at his rebirth. In sackcloth and ashes shall he clothe the people, and he shall break the world again by his coming, tearing apart all ties that bind. Like the unfettered dawn shall he blind us, and burn us, yet shall the Dragon Reborn confront the Shadow at the Last Battle, and his blood shall give us the Light. Let tears flow, O ye people of the world. Weep for your salvation.

--From The Karaethon Cycles: The Prophecies of the Dragon,


as translated by Ellaine Marise'idin Alshinn,
Chief Librarian at the Court of Arafel,
in the Year of Grace 231 of the New Era, the Third Age
And men cried out to the Creator, saying, O Light of the Heavens, Light of the World, let the Promised One be born of the mountain, according to the Prophecies, as he was in Ages past and will be in Ages to come. Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs. Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

--from Caral Drianaan te Calamon, The Cycle of the Dragon,
Author unknown, the Fourth Age
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This book is dedicated to Lucinda Culpin, Al Dempsey, Tom Doherty, Susan England, Dick Gallen, Cathy Grooms, Marisa Grooms, Wilson and Janet Grooms, John Jarrold, the Johnson City Boys (Mike Leslie, Kenneth Loveless, James D. Lund, Paul R. Robinson), Karl Lundgren, William McDougal, the Montana Gang (Eldon Carter, Ray Grenfell, Ken Miller, Rod Moore, Dick Schimdt, Ray Sessions, Ed Widley, Mike Wildey, and Sherman Williams), Charlie Moore, Lousia Cheves Popham Raoul, Ted and Sydney Rigney, Robert A. T. Scott, Bryan and Sharon Webb, and Heather Wood.
They came to my aid when God walked across the water and true Eye of the World passed over my house.
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The man who called himself Bors, at least in this place, sneered at the low murmuring that rolled around the vaulted chamber like the soft gabble of geese.
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The eagerly awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed national bestseller The Eye of the World. The monumental task of retrieving the lost Horn of Valere--the legendary horn that will raise the dead heroes of the Ages--rests on the shoulders of Rand al'Thor. Here he begins the long journey of discovery.
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The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. For centuries, gleemen have told of The Great Hunt of the Horn. 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.… (more)

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