The Wheel of Time Keeps Rolling.. and Rolling
Its been about a month since the latest Robert Jordan novel Knife of Dreams came out, and over a decade since Rand al'Thor arrived on the scene of fantasy literature. The Wheel of Time series spawned not only a cult following, but also a news network and a neverending plotline. I'm a fantasy reader myself and I loved them.. until about book 7, when I came to the realization that Jordan, like Chris Carter of the X-files, was not in control of his story. Spoilers(not explicit) after the break.
Nothing is more irritating in a series than when all of your favorite characters are being marginalized by the glut of new characters. And believe me, there are some great characters and interesting plots hiding in there somewhere. When Jordan knocked off a major character who shall remain unnamed, I realized she was one of the major reasons I was reading the series. Without her, the compass of story went awry. Which is probably why Jordan keeps hinting about bringing her back.
Apparently the newest installment recalls the better writing of the early books in the series, and brings certain plot lines to a well-deserved end. Does this mean the series is finally coming towards some sort of conclusion, or at least a semi-conclusion(with Jordan, can there ever be a real end?)?
And does anyone else wish Tor books would retire the burly midget cover art?