Here’s another really fun installment of The Wheel of Time. Like The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt kept me thoroughly entertained. Everything I said in the review above goes for this book, too. It’s fast-paced and full of plot. I think this is the best book in the series.
We get to meet some excellent secondary heroes and villains in The Great Hunt — Egeanin and the Seanchan from across the sea who use captured and chained women with power to fight for them, and ship captain Bayle Doman, for example.
Also, in The Great Hunt, we start to get an inkling of just how well Robert Jordan has built his world and planned this series. There are aspects of the poetry, mythology, history, and stories of this world that we have been shown only tidbits of so far, but here we see them start to expand and we realize that there is so much more that he has left to show us. Since this is a re-read for me, I appreciate this aspect of The Wheel of Time much more than I could the first time through — it’s quite impressive, really.
There was only one truly obnoxious scene in The Great Hunt: three women get possessive about Rand while he lays dying. I wonder if Robert Jordan thought that women really act like that in emergency situations?
One last thought: Too bad the cover art is so horrid.
The Wheel of Time — (1990-2013) Publisher: The peaceful villagers of Emond’s Field pay little heed to rumors of war in the western lands until a savage attack by troll-like minions of the Dark One forces three young men to confront a destiny which has its origins in the time known as The Breaking of the World. This richly detailed fantasy presents a fully realized, complex adventure which will appeal to fans of classic quests.