Monday, March 29, 2010
Review: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
Genre: Fantasy (of the epic kind)
For: own personal Wheel of Time challenge
From: bought it!
So, I'm not quite sure how to go about reviewing each succeeding book in this series, because whatever happens in that particular book might spoil something from the books that come before. My plan is to summerize it without spoilers, then make a list of random thoughts that may or may not have spoilers, and will most likely be intersting only to those who have read the book... at least I hope they will be.
This, the second book in the Wheel of Time series, is called The Great Hunt. That's because they, our heroes Rand, Mat, Perin and their new friends, are trying to find this special horn that when blown calls the Heroes of Ages Past to come help fight the last battle. It was found at the end of the first book, then stolen at the beginning of the second book. It's dire that they get it back, along with Mat's dagger that he is unfortunately connected to, or else he'll die. Meanwhile, the girls head off to the White Tower to learn how to become... basically sorceresses. While there, they meet up with a couple other girls we know from the first book, and they all become fast friends.
And now for my random thoughts that may have some spoilery elements:
-- I missed that Lan wasn't more in this book, can't wait to learn more about him.... and what is up with him and Nynaeve anyway? Sheesh, just get ON with it!
-- I liked Egwene more in this book than I did the first book, and was so bugged at Rand when that awful Selene came around. Ugh... we got a hint at the end, didn't we, who she really is? Stay away from Rand!!
-- I really like Min. She reminds me of Jack in th Robin Hood series. So if Rand decides to notice her, it will be okay.
-- Speaking of which, boy, he does have a bunch to choose from, or what, these days!
-- I missed that Perin wasn't more in this book too. More Perin please!
-- I really like Loial too, and how he can read no matter what's going on around him, and that he NEEDS to read just to relax and clear his head. He is too cool.
-- The end was very intense for me and I had to remember to breathe. Wow. Is this how every ending will be for all these books?
-- I loved that there wasn't much "now remember what this is?" explanations and reminding us about stuff from the first book.... especially since there wasn't a huge break for me between books.
-- I'm starting to get into the swing of the culture, language, mythology, etc. I love that. Some stuff I still don't get at all, but imagine it will all come as I go along.
-- And does Rand play the reluctant hero part well or what? Wow, he is going to have to face the facts soon I'm thinking.
-- What is up with that awful Liandrin? I hope we get more about what in the heck she was thinking. Sheesh.