Reasons to Read the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

One of my obsessions this year has been the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and today I’m setting out to convince you all to read it (and obsess over it) as well!


FIRST OFF, WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs – a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts – five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

I don’t like any of the covers for this book frankly, but the first one is definitely the ugliest

1. the tv adaptation: “Wheel of Time” (2021)

If you’ve watched and loved one of Amazon Prime’s most recent series, Wheel of Time, you may be curious to read the original book series that lead to it! But, if you still haven’t watched it, I’ll leave you the trailer and some spoiler-free screenshots below. But here are my thoughts: I loved it! It wasn’t flawless by any means, but I fell in love with this world and its characters, and I couldn’t stop wondering what would happen next so I decided to pick up the first book and see what I thought. It’s visually stunning, and overall, very entertaining, and I strongly recommend it. Long-term fans of the book series will likely feel differently than I do, though.

Bear in mind that this adaptation has the same issues that tv adaptations often do. The narrative follows the main events of the book, of course, but it lacks the complex worldbuilding, secondary character journeys, as well as many small details present in the book that just make a huge difference in your enjoyment. If you look at the book as a body, the tv adaptation is merely the bare skeleton of this story.


2. Try something new

If you’re looking to expand your reading horizons this year, try some epic fantasy or try reading more fantasy, the Wheel of Time series is a great choice. This is an epic fantasy classic!

It can be quite intimidating at glance considering its 14 books total, and some can be thick, but you have to think about it this way: if you like the first book, you’ll want to continue and enjoy the whole journey; but if you don’t, that’s it, you can just stop. And personally, I recommend starting with the ebooks, or reading from the library if you can.


3. read this if you like:

  • a large cast of characters
  • multiple POVs
  • lots of political intrigue
  • unpredictable plot twists and endings
  • a unique and evolving magical system
  • complex, comprehensive worldbuilding
  • great writing

If you like George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, for instance, you’ll find it’s pretty similar to this one in several ways.


4. Worth the Hype

Last but not least, I just want to say you should read these books because they really are all that. I understand the reluctance in reading yet another long fantasy series written by a middle-aged white male author, but I truly think these books are worth all the praise they’ve received.

I’m currently in the middle of book #7, A Crown of Swords, and the settings, character journeys, and plot have taken so many turns and progressed in directions I could never predict since the beginning of this story. I just love this series so much I’ve been reading these almost back-to-back and I’m so obsessed that I literally dreamed about it once!

And you know those books you love so much or are just so intense, you don’t even know how to begin to write a review? Well, I’d review these if I could, but most of the time I’m so excited when I finish that I just want to jump straight into the next book.


I hope I’ve at least managed to convince one person to read this series (or maybe watch the tv adaptation). If you’ve already done so, though, tell me what you think in the comments! Would you recommend this series to your fantasy reader friends?

2 thoughts on “Reasons to Read the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

  1. I feel like the length of this series is what intimidates from reading it šŸ˜‚ I’d love to find time to read it at some point because as the years go by I’m finding myself more interested in adult fantasy books.

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