A few years back while browsing in a book store, I stumbled upon a book called “the eye of the world”. After reading the blurb, I decided to pick it up. And that proved to be a very rewarding and satisfying decision in the years to come. The wheel of time series has become my comfort read, my all time favourite.. It’s a journey that I am willing to take all over again and again and again with Rand Al Thor- The Dragon Reborn.
Spilt in 14 books, fat 14 books for a glutton like me. When I started reading 9 out 14 had been published. Like millions others, I too waited for the grand epic fantasy series to take me to the age of legends again. 2003 is when the 10th book got published. In one night I devoured the book. And next day itself, started from the first part. And then I began to wait again. 2 years later I went to the whole cycle again. And then tragedy struck. Robert Jordan- the creator, the author of the books passed away. I was saddened that I might never know what happened to the characters I had grown to love Lan, Mat, Perrin and Rand. What I knew of Mr. Jordan was from the net, from reading his books an as once of his loyal followers of WOT, his untimely death left a void too. Mrs. Harriet, his wife got us Brandon Sanderson to finish the legacy her husband left behind.
Mr. Brandon stepped in to his shoes and how, hats off to the man to have penned the last 3 books with his own unique style yet holding true to the creator of Wheel Of Time. Each book left me waiting for the grand epic finale- A Memory Of Light. From the 1st page itself, this has you tight in its grip. Yes, I ptoo feel proud to see what a man Rand has become. He wears the mantle given to him. His journey, the way his character has been written is a masters work. You laugh with him, you cry with him, you hate him and yet you love me. You want to reach out and protect him. But in the end, you too read the MOL with a proud smile on your face. I know I did.
Each character, each journey is tied up so neatly that one is left wanting for more. From Moiraine return to Mat’s gamble, and to read Lan rising up against the forsaken. Each page had me in a smile, or a watery smile or a very proud mother hen smile. Each page brought out emotions in me, the last battle described so clearly, the sounds the smell, the terror and the courage is so vivid that I saw it happen in front of me.
Promise made with the first book is delivered. The story wraps up nicely with a bow on top. Yes, there are reviews that say a few of the books went off the plot, I am of opposite opinion. Because those books didn’t centre on Rand Al Thor doesn’t mean that they went off track. Theme remains the same, good vs evil. Mat and Perrin needed to those books and chapters dedicated to them because they formed the crux of the last battle. It’s has been a very satisfying journey for me. The previous book had me clapping and cheering for Rand. I too wanted to cheer when Perrin finally accepts that the last hunt is his to lead. And Mat! Well, he is the hero cause he does bring Moiraine back!!
This is one epic fantasy series that will always remain top amongst the re- readable material. Over and over again.
The Wheel Of Time
Robert Jordan-1 to 11
Brandon Sanderson- 12 to 14