[Reread] The Shadow Rising – Wheel of Time

Wow, I’ve really forgotten how long these books are… But I am well into my reread. I just finished the fourth book of the series, so I thought I’d jot down a few of the thoughts that popped into my head on my second time reading this.

  • According to Wikipedia, “at 393,823 words, The Shadow Rising is the longest book of The Wheel of Time although it has fewer pages than ‘Lord of Chaos.'”
  • Given that information, it will probably take me all summer to get to book 14.
  • Rand’s arc is definitely the most exciting one in this book. His face-off with Couladin that leads the Aiel clan chief to declare him the Car’a’carn is so well done; the tension and climax practically leap off the pages. I could picture the scene basically akin to the Dothraki proclaiming their allegiance to Daenerys in Game of Thrones.
  • I had completely forgotten about the history of the Aiel and their connection with the Tinkers, but wow, what a reveal. This world and its history really does take on a life of its own.
  • Perrin’s arc and his victory against the Trollocs and the Whitecloaks probably comes a close second.
  • Mat is still whiny and insufferable in this book, but I’m excited for the ones to follow because his arc gets significantly more attention and importance.
  • It’s so exciting reading this series a second time because as each new character is introduced and joins the cast of characters (Egeanin, Logain, Amathera, Faile, to name a few), I can anticipate and see how Robert Jordan is setting up the events to come in later books.

[Reread] Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

I’m currently in the beginning of my epic endeavor to reread Robert Jordan’s equally epic Wheel of Time series. A bit of background – I began reading these books when I was in middle school. I know, I know, the content is WAY too mature for a middle school child, but somehow no one ever stopped me?

Anyway, I made it to book 13 and waited and waited for the final book. Then, I learned that Robert Jordan had died and this wonderful, complex series that had essentially ruled my childhood would be left unfinished. For those of you who don’t know, every book in this series is a monster in itself. I own most of them in the Tor paperback version. Lord of Chaos, the longest one, clocks in at a whopping 987 pages, and the “shortest” one, The Great Hunt, is 681.

The brilliant Brandon Sanderson picked up the series and finished the final book in 2013. By that time, I was in high school, and didn’t even have the time to think about finishing what I had left off.

It’s now 2017. I am determined to finish this series and find out what happens to all of the characters I grew up with and this hugely complicated and populated world. Since I took a 7 year hiatus from the series, I’m starting back at square/book one (gotta refresh my memory!), and I’m going to do a full read-through without a break. That’s right, I’m gonna read all 14 books in one go. I’m currently at Book 4, and I’ll try to record my thoughts as I re-familiarize myself into this epic fantasy series, its characters and its history.