Genejoke [..] wrote:I thought Jordan had died?
The eye of the world...
It's a very good book but it is the beginning of a mammoth series, one which meanders somewhat later on. That said i have read them all several times and they are better when you aren't rushing through trying to find out what happens next. Also the long delay between books is frustrating. or was as the final one comes out in november. Take your time and enjoy them.
That series is long... I suspect that was 100% based on commercial considerations. The whole story could've been shortened into two novels. There is a shitload of padding in those books. Beware.
The characters of the "Aiel" (or whatever they're called) and a clumsy homage to the "freemen" in Frank Herbert's Dune. ...that's a nice way of saying that's where he ripped them off from; basically awesome mysterious European Arabs.
That said, the first novel was really entertaining... and so were a couple of the other early ones. It only got stodgy and interminable later on.