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For all you Wheel of Time (WoT) lovers out there this book is a must, even if only for the reason of completing your collection. If you have never read Wheel of Time then this book may read as a book of nonsense to you.
The World of... book is a mini-encylcopedia that tells you everything about everyone in The Wheel of Time series including main characters, classes of people i.e details about the Aes Sedai and their Ajahs. It is a great companion to have lolling about on your bedside table for those moments that just need clarifying.
The WoT is an epic journey of one boy and his friends trying to save the world (sound familiar?) over the space of 14 books (13 at time of writing, the last book due for release January 2013) and all the complications that ensue. There are so many side stories, mini adventures and clues throughout the series that you can very easily get lost. I did the first time of reading the series (back when there was only 9 books released) and now I am onto my third read-through I still have the odd moment of confusion.
And this is where The World of... book comes in. Pick it up and look for what you need clarity on and it is there. My weakness is names. Some of the names are so similar and there are so many smaller characters that I often confuse them. Not with this book though and I can continue with my WoT obsession for many more years to come.
I have always been a fan of fantasy books and have never found anything that i would consider as good as the Harry Potter books. I then came across this series after my boyfriend suggested it. I owe him a million pound for recommending it.
This series is about a boy who has grown up as a shepard who then finds out that he has a bigger purpose in the world. Its about battle between dark and light and uses a very vivid magic system. The magic system explains exactly how something is done in the book and really makes your imagination work by explaining what each of the 5 elements(water,air,earth,fire and spirit) are doing to do things such as put a fire out.
However if you don't like in-depth books this is a no for you but if you do then i highly recommend this series. Im still to get through all the books but i can't get my eyes away from them. Also recommend you buy these in advance as they have had printing issues with these books which meant i had no book to read for 1 week!!!
Overall it is a very good fantasy book and is a must for all fantasy readers out there. At least give the first book a try!
Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time consists of some eleven books with the last one in the tale being written. Sometimes it's just hard to keep track of the diverse characters and locations featured in Jordan's wonderful works.
This book is effectively an encyclopaedia for the Wheel of Time. You can look up information on any major character, be it one of the Aeil from the Three Fold land or one of Seanchan from beyond the oceans or even the Dragon Reborn himself.
You can also find out about the diverse nations and their traditions. If you come across someone who wears silver bells in their hair, a read of this book would let you recognise them as an Arafellin.
The book is a must have for every fan of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time as it provides with concise details about the books, filling the void in your knowledge before you tackle another of the books after some time.
I only started to read this set of books recently. It was a daunting task being faced with eight books ( the ninth one has only just been released ), each three inches thick. However, I was assured by my better half, that they were well worth the read, and I haven’t been disappointed. I am new to fantasy books, I started with the obligatory “Hobbit” & “Lord of the Rings” and though I found these a good read they were hard going at times. The “Wheel of time” series has kept me gripped with it’s in depth look at characters and constant surprises. The basic storyline is of a group of youngsters from a sleepy farming village. They have rarely left the safety of the village, and are unaware of the world outside. As it turns outs, three lads from the village are very special indeed – in very loose details – only they can save the world from the clutches of the Dark One. The girls in the village are also quite special they are learning to be Aes Sedai – again in loose terms - sort of witches. We find out that they have more power than any Aes Sedai in the last few thousand years, a useful weapon to fight the Dark One with. Along the way the youngsters are fighting the Forsaken, the Dark Ones minions, and trying to stop the Dark One being released from an ancient prison, the seals of which are breaking. They have to deal with all sorts of enemies Whitecloaks (fanatics that accuse innocent people of being under the Dark Ones influence and killing them – whether they are guilty or not), Black Ajah ( Aes Sedai that secretly support the Dark One), the constant pull by various “good guys” that think their way of fighting the evil is best, and the threat of the inevitable madness that will eventually consume them. It has its light hearted moments, characters fall in love and marry, the main character is involved with three woman at on
ce, all that he claims to love – but cannot be with for fear of putting them in danger, and the loveable Giant Loial, who Is following them around, so that he can write a book on events and be confined to History. All in all whether you are a fantasy fan or not, these books truly belong on the shelf next
Having only started reading the Robert Jordan ‘Wheel of Time’ series and thoroughly enjoying it I decided to buy the compendium of the history, geography and sociology of the world where Jordan’s books are set that accompanied the novels. The book illustrates how the world in which the books has been shaped to the current time and is excellent in illustrating what is not fully explained. The compendium itself is split into three sections. The first section chronicles the history of the world from the Age of Legends. The style of writing is that of someone actually living in Jordan’s world recording the history and, therefore, there are many references to the lack of sources and contemporary accounts. The history takes in account the War of the Shadow and the Time of the Breaking giving accounts of the Dark one and the Forsaken as well as Lews Therin and the hundred Companions. The rest of the history tells of how the world was rebuilt with most emphasis put on the Aes Sedai and Arthur Hawkwing. This history is probably the best bit of the book and puts the novels into context. After reading this I really understood the story better as parts that were unfamiliar become instantly recognisable. The second part gives you the geography of the whole world and is the portion in which I was very fascinated, as the whole world is not illustrated in the books. It describes the three major continents of which one is not described that thoroughly but this emphasises the writing style as by an author set in Jordan’s world as not much is known about this third continent in the story. This section of the compendium also describes the major races of the planet fitting them into their places in the story and giving me more knowledge than I would otherwise of had. The Third section describes the major nations in the land where the books are set. This gives a more in depth view of the peoples which Rand al’Thor an
d his friends interact with. This is also thoroughly detailed and gave me more understanding of the natives I had already read about and those I was about to meet. As well as the narrative in the compendium there are pictures to emphasis the major characters and settings in the books. These, however, are poor and I would say that forgetting them completely is probably the best thing to do. In a fantasy book like this one it is best to use one’s own imagination to sculpt the people and settings you read about. Most of you who have read up to this part have probably never read the books to which this compendium is related and will, therefore, not know what I am writing about. My advice then is not to buy this reference book until you have read a few of the Wheel of Time Novels and gained some understanding into what Robert Jordan’s world is like. For those who have read the books this encyclopaedic accompaniment really adds to the great experience gleaned form reading the story. You may recognise some of the information but instead this being stretched out throughout the novels it has all been condensed into sections and is solid reading. This is a book for those who are hardcore fans of the series and have been really enchanted by the tale of the ‘Wheel of Time’. I enjoyed reading it a lot and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the story of the Dragon Reborn.
I was SOOoooo looking forward to this book. I bugged my bookshop every day for about a month before it came out. Nearly died of excitement when I got my hands on it (this was in Nov 97, waiting for a Path of Daggers to come out). I raced home and opened what is undeniably a beautiful book. My heart soon sank. The problem with this book is the pictures. I had expected pictures that I might find strange because it would be pictures of characters that I had already established in my head, but what I had not expected was pictures that were just BAD. Badly painted, and not incorrect, but just lacking in any grace. I don't know whether the artist suffered from not understanding the books, or understanding them too well and hence being unable to paint them well. Some of the pictures are good, some of the larger full page ones, but some of the small watercolour ones are just off-putting. The other problem is that there isn't enough of what I think many readers would have expected. Maps, charts, population demographics, explanations, a basic tourist guide to Randland. Instead this book is just a sort of review of the previous books. There is some new info in the form of a lot of information on the Seanchen, and there is the Strike at Shayol Ghul story included, but a lot of it is the explanation of what channeling is composed of, and basic history that you picked up while reading the books. The information on the Seanchen is interesting. You see what many of the creatures look like, and we even get a map of Seanchen (as well as a global map of the Randland planet.... Randland is small, about the size of Europe - a little bigger maybe, but certainly not the core of the world). All in all this is a book for the fanatics. If you are a fan you will need this for your collection. If you merely enjoy the Wheel of Time books, borrow it off someone, but don;t fork out the money