Group Read of Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson's) 'Wheel of Time' series
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The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legends. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
A breeze arose beyond the jungle and blew its cool air across my balcony, ameliorating the tropical heat as I set up this thread. And so we begin.
Welcome to the group read for the Wheel of Time (WoT) series! (Jump to >4 for links to threads for individual books)
There are 14 (count 'em!) books (plus a prequel and a companion book) in the series of what was originally planned as a trilogy. Sadly, Robert Jordan (the pen name of James Oliver Rigney) passed away before completing the series but he left copious notes for Brandon Sanderson to write what would be another three books. I didn't get as far as that the first time I started the series (I had lost track a couple of books before, while waiting for the next ones to be published) but from all accounts, they live up to the solo books.
The rumour mill is fairly definite about a TV series which will start filming in the second half of this year, so it's a good time to pick up the books whether for the first time or as a refresher (or, in my case, to finally - hopefully - finish reading the entire series).
1- The Eye of the World January 1990
a) From the Two Rivers2- The Great Hunt November 1990
b) To the Blight 2002
a) The Hunt Begins3- The Dragon Reborn October 1991
b) New Threads in the Pattern 2004
4- The Shadow Rising September 1992
5- The Fires of Heaven October 1993
6- Lord of Chaos October 1994
7- A Crown of Swords May 1996
The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time (companion) November 1997
8- The Path of Daggers October 1998
9- Winter's Heart November 2000
10- Crossroads of Twilight January 2003
0- New Spring (prequel) January 2004
11- Knife of Dreams October 2005
12- The Gathering Storm October 2009
13- Towers of Midnight November 2010
14- A Memory of Light January 2013
The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series November 2015
Pick a book, crack it open and enjoy!
Link to the Tor reading of the series in 2018: https://www.tor.com/2018/02/20/reading-the-wheel-of-time-eye-of-the-world-part-1...
Link to the index for the Tor reading in 2018/ 2019/ ....: https://www.tor.com/series/reading-the-wheel-of-time/
If you want more, link to the index for the Tor re-read (2009): https://www.tor.com/features/series/wot-reread/
but it does warn you it has spoilers for the rest of the series.
Please note: each instalment of the Tor read and re-read covers a few chapters, so make sure you’ve read those chapters before you read that instalment (it tells you which chapters at the top).
>31 has found a couple of useful sites, so I’m adding them in here:
Theoryland (a WoT forum): https://www.theoryland.com/vbulletin/
The Thirteenth Depository (background information, links to Jordan’s and Sanderson’s blogs - ‘ware spoilers): https://13depository.blogspot.com
I will set up threads for individual books for people to comment on, so there are no spoilers for people reading along more leisurely. I'll start with the first two books; give me a yell if you'd like me to set up more.
ETA: I'll also set up the thread for the prequel for those who prefer to read in chronological order.
0) New Spring: https://www.librarything.com/topic/303074
1) Eye of the World: https://www.librarything.com/topic/302888
2) The Great Hunt: https://www.librarything.com/topic/302895
3) The Dragon Reborn: http://www.librarything.com/topic/304667
4) The Shadow Rising: https://www.librarything.com/topic/308376
5) The Fires of Heaven: https://www.librarything.com/topic/308378
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:
>6 rretzler: My books are a mix of the Orbit (UK) publications; 1-9 in the third row and the rest from the first two rows (I have two of the last book).
The fourth row, with the same artwork, are the US Tor editions while the fifth row are the e-book ‘covers’ which seem to have the same illustrations as the hardback covers in the last row.
>9 ronincats: Yay! Thanks for the links Roni. I'll add them in.
>10 rretzler: I'm quite looking forward to starting The Eye of the World now, but I want to get through Ship of Magic first (I'm so far behind). And as well as the Kencyrath books, I'm hoping to join the Ranger's Apprentice group read with my boys so they can start to discuss what they read (or, in the case of my older boy, start reading again).
Oh - I'd better set up a thread, hadn't I?
ETA: thread set up and ready to go.
ETA: Actually, I have the World of Robert Jordan's WoT written with Jordan, not the Companion written by his wife, Harriet McDougal.
Having said which, I’ll have to find time to start soon, myself.
>9 ronincats: Also a plug for what Roni said, the TOR reread is really good IMO and pick up a lot that I missed the first few times I read the series.
I remember it as dense and tense, starting with nothing but the bare bones of winter around and we as innocent as Rand and his friends although Nynaeve, the surprisingly young wisdom, seemed to think she knew it all. Racing time in an urgent but unrecognised mission to save the world.
Okay, less talking so I can start ...
ETA: popping back for a sec; does anyone know how they calculate Ages in this? Probably not important and something I paid no attention to before ( - but why not find out this time?)
Chapter 1 of book 1 begins in a Third Age.
I found a couple of interesting sites which I thought I would share: Theoryland which has links to interviews and discussions about the series and The Thirteenth Depository which has theory and analysis of the books. Both look to be excellent references for anyone who is interested in something more in-depth.
The Thirteenth Depository does seem to contain information from further along the series, though, so may be better left for analysing it after finishing the whole thing.
Plus, I need to get started on THe Great Hunt...
It’s fun to hear the comments on the characters - there will be a lot of them! His world building is one of the things that makes the series a standout, IMO.
How is anyone else going with reading (apart from Anita, who's shooting away as usual)? I seem to have lost my reading mood (probably because number one son has his first public exam coming up and since he's not stressed, I have to be); I'm still on the first book, but enjoying it when I can get to it.
>41 humouress: >42 drneutron: I started The Great Hunt early this month, and am still chugging along at about 50% right now. Haven't had a lot of time to read, but now that April 15 (US tax return due date) is almost here, I'll have more time to devote to reading (thank goodness!)
I find myself trapped. I am not enjoying the series as much as I had hoped. Some parts I like and some parts not so much (the parts about annoying characters). And the endless whining about the other gender by both male and female characters wears out. But I am almost halfway and now I want to know how the story continues.
I am going to try Lord of Chaos next month. And if I still feel the same I might skip a few books and read the summaries instead...