Wheel of time main characters
The Wheel of time series by Robert Jordan (1-11) by Robert JordanThis series is the reason that I havent added anything to Goodreads in a while. Ive been reading the 13 books of The Wheel of Time. And Ill say right off that it is fantastic. Rather than reviewing each book individually, I decided to just review the entire series together, since it is an integral story and it just wouldnt do to read any of the books on their own.
I often find myself trying to explain to my friends why I dont like the Harry Potter series, or other similar young adult fantasy/scifi books. I struggled to explain the lackluster writing, inconsistent and implausible characters, and unsatisfying/frustrating plot elements. From now on, whenever Im in a similar discussion, Ill simply point them to this series and say, Read this, and youll understand.
There is still one more book to be written (#14, A Memory of Light), that should be released early next year. The last three books (#12, #13, and #14) are written by Brandon Sanderson, since the passing of Robert Jordan in 2007. As I got closer to these final books, I was worried that the series might suffer, being completed by a different author. It might be simply the fact that major threads of the story are nearing their conclusion, but Ive actually enjoyed the Sanderson authored books even more than the Jordan books.
This is the first fantasy series I have read that can be put on the same shelf with my Tolkien collection. I have often heard Jordan compared with Tolkien, and after reading his series, I agree that he deserves the comparison.
The story of The Wheel of Time can be described as epic, intricate, detailed, elaborate, engaging, and satisfying. I originally listened to the audiobooks during my commute (with wonderful voice acting by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading). Since finishing the audio of book #13, and while waiting for #14, Ive started re-reading the physical books. Ive noticed plot elements that are teased in book #1, that only finally come full circle in #13. Its amazing that Jordan was able to plan his story with such detail, that far in advance.
With such a long series, I worried that the books would fall to the same failures of most modern TV dramas. That is, the writer introduces mysteries that he cant write a satisfying conclusion to, so he simply adds more mysteries. The story quickly becomes a quagmire of confusing and inconsistent plot arcs. I never felt like this happens in Wheel of Time. The story always seems to be moving forward with a confidant air of direction and purpose. I only hope that the final book to come can resolve the story with the same satisfaction.
Ill close by saying simply, The Wheel of Time is a pure joy to read.
**Update**[Feb 4th, 2013] - I recently finished the 14th and final installment in this saga. The last book is a hefty 393,000+ words, and yet I felt as though Brandon Sanderson really struggled to include everything that needed to be covered. I actually could have gone for splitting this book into two parts (even after the original finale, #12 was split into three parts to give us #13 and #14). It left me not quite satisfied about how some of the smaller plot lines were closed. In order to resolve these, a lot of the related action had to happen off screen.
That being said, I really like the way the story ended. I felt that the finale was just as epic as any 14-book series deserves. While I would love to have kept reading past that final sentence, I felt satisfied with were the story left the narrative and the characters.
Now that the story is complete, I re-double my recommendation for this series.
The Wheel of Time Mythology/History Explained (SPOILER FREE)
List of Point of View Characters
The fantasy epic is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. Moiraine believes that one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism. Physically, she seems more fitted to play Leanne or Birgitte, characters introduced later in the series. Photo by Eamonn M. Should fans be worried at this disparity? In a word, no.
Five of the show's main characters have been cast. He plays the central character of the series, Rand Al'Thor. The Wheel of Time is one of the most popular and enduring fantasy series of all-time, with over 90 million.
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Who are all these characters?
Six shalt be the number of main characters, and the number of main characters shalt be six. Thirteen shalt thou not count, neither count thou three, excepting that thou then proceed to six. One is right out. Once the number six, being the sixth number, be reached, then I shalt tell thou who I think they are and why those six. TV show casting for five of the six has now been announced. See below:. Not only do those six characters have the most POVs, the character with the sixth most, Nynaeve, has almost twice as many POVs as the next two characters, Min and Moiraine, with 35 and 33, respectively.