The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, Book 2)
By: Robert Jordan
My Rating: Four out of five stars
Best For: 14 and up
FINE! I’ll read The Wheel of Time!
I’ve been desperately avoiding The Wheel of Time series for years now. Even I, book nerd extraordinaire, am put off by the 14 book, 12,000 page commitment. It simply doesn’t fit with my reading habits, and it certainly isn’t compatible with my need to publish new and exciting content for http://www.onemanbook.com (hold on, give me one sec to remove my tongue from my cheek). Seriously though, reading it straight through would be something like 5 months of reading nothing but The Wheel of Time!
On the other hand…
The Wheel of Time is a fantasy tent pole, and legions of fans swear by it. I know some who’ve re-read it multiple times, and they’re less nerdy than me! It’s been on my radar since the mid-nineties, and it’s been a black mark on my reading scorecard for years. Plus I’d like to watch the Amazon series, but there’s no way I’d watch it until I’ve read the books.
I can’t promise how quickly I’m going to finish. I plan on multitasking–I’ll probably listen to one book while reading another (but not at the same time!). And I’m not going to read all 14 books back to back. I’ll stretch them out over the course of the year…maybe a couple years. But I will finish, and then I’ll have a party.
So then, Book 2, The Great Hunt. I finished it last month. Did it live up to the crushing weight of expectation? Let’s say…it definitely got closer than book 1 did.
The story is great. Early on in book 2, it finally became clear who it was I was supposed to be rooting for. Once I started caring about the characters and had some skin in the game, I started enjoying the experience more than I did in book 1. The characters showed growth, and even the complex world building started to make (some) sense. There was a strong climax and the ending was satisfying.
So, did I enjoy it? Yah, I did. I’m not feeling a powerful pull to move to the next book quickly though. The extreme descriptive detail sort of makes reading these first two books feel like I’m hiking through sand…like I have to work harder than normal just to get through each page. If it weren’t for the Branson Sanderson trio of books at the end of the series, I think I would stop at book 2. But I’m going to keep going (slowly), and trust the legion of fantasy nerds who love The Wheel of Time won’t lead me wrong.
I appreciated the teen-friendly content. No language or sex, and only mild fantasy violence. Best for fantasy lovers, 14 and up.