Is without a doubt my favourite author. Strangely at first I had a lot of trouble with the Wheel of Time. When I first started reading the Eye of The World I didn’t like it at all, to such a point that I stopped.
It’s only a few years later that a friend, told me to read it. I had all but forgotten about the wheel of time and that I actually owned the book. When I start reading it I thought oh no, not this book again. But this time I didn’t stop. I had a lot of public transport at that time and it was hard to find books to read; so, I persisted a bit more. And It became from being a burden to read to love.
For me Robert Jordan is the best fantasy author out there. I would be even so bold as to say he is better than Tolkien. But well they can’t be compared; they have different ways. Tolkien is more about creating a universe than the people in it, while Robert Jordan has different mix where the people are more at the center.
That is what I like with Robert Jordan, the way he builds, he creates, he gives live to the people in the book. And when I say give live I mean it, as the books progresses the people grows and you start to know them as if they were your own friends; you love with them, and feel their pain, their despair as darkness grows.
The universe of the Wheel of Time is also so vast, and complex. Usually fantasy books (not all of course) tends to concentrate too much on the main story, so the world grows to match the story. So when you learn about a new place in these books, it probably matters for the main quest. It’s not the same for the wheel of time, where they are side quest incomplete, places we know about that we wish to visit but yet we never see.
Robert Jordan builds his world & his persons with incredible ease. And keep you reading pages after pages, and without even knowing it you have read 14 books, 14 long books. He details each city & each nation. By his descriptions alone you could guess where someone comes from when seing her.
The main quest in the Wheel of Time might seem at firs unoriginal, but as the books gets deeper in the subject you will discover a fight between good & bad, between light & dark like none other. The quest is so much more important then some king or emperors wishes. Yet none of the wishes to loose what they have, they would prefer the world to burn that to lose their advantages.
Yet everyone is needed for the battle to come, the prophecies are clear “The north shall he tie to the east, and the west shall be bound to the south.”
If you like fantasy, the Wheel of Tome is definitively a series you must consider to read. It’s long & there is a lot of details. And some point it might seem unnecessary. But when you read the series again you start to see Robert Jordan’s vision. Those details they have a meaning, from the first book on there are details that will make sense only on the last books.
Robert Jordan is a Master, the way he simplifies, caricaturizes man/women relations can be criticised by some, but I thing he put’s in place very well.