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The Wheel of Time: Boxed Set #1 (Wheel of Time, #1-3) PDF, ePub eBook The #1 Internationally Bestselling Series The Wheel of Time The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the dragon ride again on the winds of time. This boxed set contains: Book One: The Eye of the World Book Two: The Great Hunt Book Three: The Dragon Reborn

30 review for The Wheel of Time: Boxed Set #1 (Wheel of Time, #1-3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    I read these a long time ago, different editons than this, and in Swedish, but this is what I have in my bookshelf at the moment. I had read fantasy before these books, but The Wheel of Time series was what made me fall in love with the genre.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    I love these books. These are the books that truly got me starting into enjoying reading. I highly recommend these to anyone looking to get their young teenage boys away from video games and into amazing books. I love this series!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    the first books of the epic tales of Robert Jordan's wheel of time, the introduction of Rand, and his friends running for their lives from monsters and legends, only to find themselves drawing more attention from unwanted evil influences in their world. includes eye of the world, the great hung and the dragon reborn.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Heeg

    Oi... not the best fantasy writing out there. I got as far as book 9 and then felt as if none of the characters or writing style had anything to do with the previous books. That took years to read I won't get back.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Olga Werby

    This a big commitment... I want to start this review by being very explicit -- don't start unless you have the time to finish in one go (over many months). There is so much detail and so many characters (all sounding similar) that it would be difficult to get through without an online guide...or if you just give up caring. I posted the images of the books, spines out -- I want you to fully understand the commitment you are making. It took me about a year to finish all 14 books. I haven't decided i This a big commitment... I want to start this review by being very explicit -- don't start unless you have the time to finish in one go (over many months). There is so much detail and so many characters (all sounding similar) that it would be difficult to get through without an online guide...or if you just give up caring. I posted the images of the books, spines out -- I want you to fully understand the commitment you are making. It took me about a year to finish all 14 books. I haven't decided if I want to spend additional time reading the prequels; certainly not any time soon. Below are my short notes on each book (not summaries of the plot) and the number of pages per book: #1 The Eye of the World (written by Robert Jordan) -- 753 pages Very interesting world, very well defined, with many nuances. I liked the characters. It was a bit long-winded, but enjoyable. #2 The Great Hunt (written by Robert Jordan) -- 658 pages After reading the first book, I felt committed to continuing. I was still enjoying the story. And for the first time, I noticed just how much "The Game of Thrones" and "Harry Potter" 'took' from this fantasy. The parallels were numerous and kept coming. I feel like "The Wheel of Time" is the true original. It is both deeper and wider than either of these other fantasy series. #3 The Dragon Reborn (written by Robert Jordan) -- 673 pages Once committed to this story, I've read it one book after the other. For if I didn't, I wouldn't be able to keep up with all of the names and places. There is a LOT to remember! I wish there was a way to click on the name in the book and get a quick recap of who this was... I don't know how people read these books when they had to wait for the next installment for several years. Thank goodness I didn't start these until they were all done. #4 The Shadow Rising (written by Robert Jordan) -- 1051 pages Okay, this is where I've invented the term Peril Loop -- a continuous series of bad events that happen to the main character in a story -- and Peril Loop Fatigue — how the reader feels when too many improbable bad events happen to the main character one after another in a continuous barrage of peril. Book 4 is where I almost stopped reading these series several times. Enough is enough!!!! #5 The Fires of Heaven (written by Robert Jordan) -- 926 pages Still reading... #6 Lord of Chaos (written by Robert Jordan) -- 1049 pages I've made it this far... #7 A Crown of Swords (written by Robert Jordan) -- 902 pages I love how detailed the world developed in this fantasy is. Everything seems motivated by deep time events. You get a sense of how customs and people changed based on historical events. This is far better than "The Game of Thrones." Robert Jordan must have a library-worth of notes... Unfortunately, I don't. #8 The Path of Daggers (written by Robert Jordan) -- 669 pages This one is a bit shorter. Is Mr. Jordan getting tired? As much as I love the millions of details, I'm getting exhausted... I heard about these series many years ago, way before I read "The Game of Thrones" (GoT). I figured as a writer, I should read "The Wheel of Time" as a great example of world development. I have a lot to learn... Yet, GoT HBO series was in some ways an improvement over the book -- the stories were tightened up; many characters were combined; unnecessary details removed altogether. I will NOT be reading the last book of GoT if it ever comes out... #9 Winter's Heart (still written by Robert Jordan) -- 705 pages Like in any story, you fall in love with some characters more than others. Mr. Jordan is careful to give equal time to all his main characters and to develop their storylines fully. But I feel like the main story is getting sidelined... #10 Crossroads of Twilight (still written by Robert Jordan) -- 832 pages For all of the details, some main ideas are starting to get lost. Still reading... #11 Knife of Dreams (still written by Robert Jordan) -- 886 pages So glad that I'm reading this as an e-book version -- I don't have that much room in my house...or in my purse -- I read everywhere; and if I had to carry these books, I would have serious back problems. #12 The Gathering Storm (written by Robert Jordan AND Brandon Sanderson) -- 861 pages I began reading these series partly because Brandon Sanderson was one of the authors. He picked up writing the series towards the end. Brandon has an amazing imagination and I love his writing style. I think "The Wheel of Time" books are the better for having him as a co-author. Still, this story is getting long in the tooth. #13 Towers of Midnight (written by Robert Jordan AND Brandon Sanderson) -- 977 pages When will this end?! I love long books...but this is too much! And things are getting muddled. The story is getting lost in the details... Who are these people?!! #14 A Memory of Light (written by Robert Jordan AND Brandon Sanderson) -- 1025 pages Aside from Book 4, this was the worst of the bunch -- too long; too many unnecessary plot points while the main plot points are left unresolved. I couldn't wait for this one to end. Some interesting bits, but overall a disappointment. Peril Loop Fatigue. Peril Loop Fatigue. Peril Loop Fatigue. Overall review: the best-developed fantasy world I have ever read. But too long, too meandering, too lost. These series should have been shorter, tighter, more intense. The "side" stories were entertaining and might have been a nice addition as stand-alone novellas, but they should not have been included in the first read-through. People will probably hate me for writing this, but I'm also one of those who believe GoT would have benefited from some judicious editing. And did I mention Peril Loop Fatigue? How many readers gave because they just got too tired of the main characters continuously battered by bad guys and fate? At some point, such twists of fate stop being engaging and become burdensome. Still, for the sheer scope of vision, I rate the whole series as 4 stars. Some books are better than others...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dawne

    I love these books! I will re-read this series and I can hardly wait for the last book in January! I am currently trying to purhase all of the books in hard copy since I borrowed most of them in paper back.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This book series is amazing! It has the best character development I have ever noticed in a series. The author does a great job of developing and balancing so many main characters while keeping it exciting!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Classic: BAM!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Seyda Aylin Gurses

    One of the best fantasy series I've ever read. All 11 of them!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Lord of the Rings remade

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    A very engaging classic fantasy, this book has just the right mix of plot, action, and character development. I'd recommend it to all fans of J.R.R Tolkien, and to fans of D&D.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I've reviewed these books individually.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott Holmes

    Really enjoyed this long epic story of three boys growing up into destined lives of great adventure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I didn't read this all in one day. I read it earlier in the year, but since I reactivated my goodreads account I felt the need to go through and add reviews of the books I've already read. A good box set and a series I was surprised to enjoy. It had a Tolkien-esque feel to it, but I enjoyed the changes. Although in the first book I remember Egwene dancing with the Tinker boys and it came off as a stand in for sex like Jordan couldn't write a sex scene with one of his characters. After a while tho I didn't read this all in one day. I read it earlier in the year, but since I reactivated my goodreads account I felt the need to go through and add reviews of the books I've already read. A good box set and a series I was surprised to enjoy. It had a Tolkien-esque feel to it, but I enjoyed the changes. Although in the first book I remember Egwene dancing with the Tinker boys and it came off as a stand in for sex like Jordan couldn't write a sex scene with one of his characters. After a while though you'll get tired of reading "She crossed her arms under her breasts." I get it. The women have boobies. I like boobies so more so I got tired of being directed that way, but I still love this story. I have the second box set and I'm happy to see a super long fantasy series. The magic system stands out as something that Jordan took time and care to write. The land doesn't feel sprawling like a large world though. I would prefer to see larger tracts of land, so to speak. I anticipate continuing the series with the second box set books IV-VI. However I've heard that series drags in the middle, but that's to be expected. Large battles can't go on forever and sometimes you have to have some exposition or political intrigue.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This series started here, in 1990, with "The Eye of the World." And started with real promise, too. Unfortunately, it got bogged down in endless subplots, way too many characters, and circuitous rambling details. I really tried to get through, but the series kept extending. (The author has since passed away, and another writer has been finishing the series based on Jordan's notes.) I think it's up to 13 now, with the big finale coming out in 2013. (2013!) What ultimately drove me away was a comp This series started here, in 1990, with "The Eye of the World." And started with real promise, too. Unfortunately, it got bogged down in endless subplots, way too many characters, and circuitous rambling details. I really tried to get through, but the series kept extending. (The author has since passed away, and another writer has been finishing the series based on Jordan's notes.) I think it's up to 13 now, with the big finale coming out in 2013. (2013!) What ultimately drove me away was a complete lack of resolution of ANYTHING over the course of the 6 or 7 books I did manage to get through. Had I continued, it would have required notes or a database to keep track of the infinite plots, characters, and issues. Not enjoyable. Maddening, and self-indulgent of any author. Loose ends everywhere + new plots opening every other chapter + questions never answered = very little satisfaction for a reader, and a plot that continually went nowhere. Unfortunate, given the potential. Tolkien managed to create a world and an epic in 3 books. Read that, and still have some time for other things.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellafunk

    This is a review of the whole series. As of today there are 12 books, and one final due. I love this fantasy series. I love the detail, the names, the complex characters who don't stay in stereotypical boxes. I am an avid fan and when attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta I geek out to the Wheel of Time tracks. However, books 6 - 9 are painfully slow. The amount of uneccessary detail goes overboard and there are big chunks that I wish I had just skipped. That being said, I believe that Jordan was tryi This is a review of the whole series. As of today there are 12 books, and one final due. I love this fantasy series. I love the detail, the names, the complex characters who don't stay in stereotypical boxes. I am an avid fan and when attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta I geek out to the Wheel of Time tracks. However, books 6 - 9 are painfully slow. The amount of uneccessary detail goes overboard and there are big chunks that I wish I had just skipped. That being said, I believe that Jordan was trying to go somewhere with the story and got sidetracked. His passing before finishing the series was tragic. But like a true fantasy novel writer who cares about his characters and his fans, he lovingly detailed the ending and passed the torch to Brandon Sanderson who did a wonderful job with book 12 and I look forward to the final book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    I read the first Wheel of Time book, 'Eye of the World,' so long ago that I can't really date it accurately. I was in Middle School at the time, and it was this great revelation for me as a fantasy reader. The setting for Wheel of Time is really amazing, as are some of the main characters. On the down side, Robert Jordan added sequels to the book to the total of 14 volumes, and the writing quality of the later volumes was really poor. I plan on reading the first three over the course of 2016, as I read the first Wheel of Time book, 'Eye of the World,' so long ago that I can't really date it accurately. I was in Middle School at the time, and it was this great revelation for me as a fantasy reader. The setting for Wheel of Time is really amazing, as are some of the main characters. On the down side, Robert Jordan added sequels to the book to the total of 14 volumes, and the writing quality of the later volumes was really poor. I plan on reading the first three over the course of 2016, as time allows, but I don't plan on continuing the series. Since it has no real ending, I'm docking a great kick-off some stars in my review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rex Fuller

    Verbose garbage. If you're going to borrow from Tolkien then at least do it succinctly. Fourteen books is immensely excessive for writing of this caliber. There are interesting elements brought to the table (such as the magic system and cultural ethos) but Jordan seems to be writing for the least common denominator here. This is a great way to make money (Fifty Shades of Grey now holds the record for the fastest-selling paperback of all time) but there are better and ultimately more rewarding wa Verbose garbage. If you're going to borrow from Tolkien then at least do it succinctly. Fourteen books is immensely excessive for writing of this caliber. There are interesting elements brought to the table (such as the magic system and cultural ethos) but Jordan seems to be writing for the least common denominator here. This is a great way to make money (Fifty Shades of Grey now holds the record for the fastest-selling paperback of all time) but there are better and ultimately more rewarding ways to spend your time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pablo Martinez

    I don't know if this is the best intro to the series. I recommend it reading either at the end or when you wnat a break in the story. This short book gives you a glimpse of the background of some main characters, 20 years before the story starts. Though its interesting to see them like that, I prefer seeing them at the time of the story and start discovering their past and motivations form there. Anyway, you should read it if you are into Wheel of time

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victor Starr

    This set accurately contains the three books i read before giving up on this sprawling, disorganized scam of a series. Well written technically, but chaotic and sloppy in terms of the broad story. Robert jordan had the last laugh on all those who stuck with this neverending series. He up and died on them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gordon

    It is a big story 11 books so far. Lots of characters and fun read. Robert Jordan really puts you in this world. Only problem is that it keeps on going - which can be good or bad. My brother and his wife gave up on the series after book 10 because they were looking for some closure. I think that I am ok with a good story going on and on. Have not read book 11 yet.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura Calvo

    One of my favorite fantasy sagas!!! I normally hate long sagas, and this one gets a little overwhelming after book 5, but it is worth reading. I have to say that after reading the very end, you get a feeling similar to seeing Inception for the first time: "Wait... What just happened?!" And I am not satisfied about the way some characters end up...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shteven

    This is a book series that gets harder and harder to read the further you go through its volumes. You should at least try reading the first three volumes of it. Robert Jordan is one of the most descriptive authors I have ever encountered.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gaynor Jones

    Although a lifetime fantasy reader and in spite of the reviews, I really didn't like this book and didn't bother to read anymore of the series

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Devlin

    Begins to epitomize the worst in fantasy: endless books that never climax, but just continue, characters that never embrace their actual humanity, but manage to stay 2 dimensional, but hey, otherwise Jordan's at about 12,000 pages and still going.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    If you are looking for a fantasy series to read, go for this one. It is full of rich characters, a fully thought out world, and wonderful plot twists. My only worry is that he will die without finishing the series!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keeley

    I really enjoyed the story at first, but the author drags it on and on. He is still writing this series and there is no end in sight! Too much information, too many plots and stories to follow. Don't bother.

  28. 5 out of 5

    J

    Pretty typical high fantasy for the most part but good stuff. Read full existing series but just marking this for laziness :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andria

    There are so many, I just put the 1st box set on the list but the entire series is amazing. He's a modern Tolkein. GREAT books!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Grant

    The first three books of this series were mostly a pleasure to read, though there were already signs of the annoying things to come later on.

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