Now, I know what you’re thinking: it’s so long (14 books)! And those covers (truly hideous)! And those names (Aviendha? Nynaeve? And best of all Cadsuane)! And it’s so long!
Truly, there are many, many reasons not to start The Wheel of Time. In reality, I only have one reason why you should ignore your instincts and start the journey: it’s actually pretty good.
Not Game of Thrones good, but still, genuinely, really pretty good. Part of the reason I’m enjoying it so much is the frustration factor. I’m on book 8 – The Path of Daggers – and I can’t really count the number of times I’ve put the book down and vowed not to pick it up again. But I do and will continue to do so, because when you get right down to it, The Wheel of Time is actually, surprisingly, pretty good.
At its heart, the story is about a handful of small-town folks who get pulled from their normal, happy lives and shoved smack into the middle of the end of the world. It’s about the relationships these people have to each other and to the people they meet along the way, and their willingness to do the right thing, even if it makes them look like utter morons. There are some pretty cool characters, some fairly awesome battle scenes, and lots of magic. If that’s your thing, don’t let the horrible covers and the terrifying length drive you away. You really might enjoy the books and if you don’t, at least you can say you tried.
posted by Lindsay S.