Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Great Hunt

I just finished The Great Hunt, book two in The Wheel of Time series. My thoughts on the first book are here. Again, I am going to try to avoid spoilers; but if something crops up, don't say I didn't warn you.

TWoT really takes off with this book. We get to see much more of the world and we have more POV characters, too. One of Jordan's strengths with these books are the numerous mysteries he sprinkles about - character motivations, bits of prophecy, murders. It really engages the reader as you try to figure out what is going on. In fact, there is a whole website setup for discussing theories.

Another of Jordan's big strengths is battle scenes. The epic finale here is excellent and it's not even close to being his best one (that would be at the end of book six). He has a great way of detailing them at small and large detail that far from bores (as some authors do with battles), but makes them very vivid and exciting. I especially love the evocative names he gives to the sword techniques that the characters use.

So, as much as I enjoy the first book I think this is where the series really starts to shine.

1 comment:

Mistress MadamX said...

Sounds interesting. I will add it to my list of books I look for when I am at Half Price Books. I'm in the middle of The Hollow's Series by Kim Harrison. It's about a Witch, Vampire and Pixie who have a Detective Agency. It's pretty humorous and gets my mind off the real world. And then their are the books that seem to intrigue me about food it can heal your body naturally. I am really shocked at how much we as a society don't realize how much that is marketed to us is truely bad.

If it haves Elves and Druids that's even more awesome!