Earlier this year I read book one in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series – The Eye of the World. I gave it the ol’ five star treatment because I just enjoyed the heck out of it. While I fully intended to read one of these books every year and finish in my 50s, that didn’t happen. Instead, I waited only two months before starting book two – The Great Hunt. I enjoyed this book even more than the first! All of the origin story stuff was out of the way – Jordan has already introduced us to many/most of the main characters. We know the world. We get what’s happening. Now it’s time for some moving and shaking. Moving and shaking we get!
Not a lot of time has passed between book one and book two, but enough time has passed that some players have moved around on the map a bit. The characters have leveled up and are on their own paths. But, as someone reminds the reader every 1.5 pages, these characters are ta’veren; they’re special people around whom the Wheel weaves its pattern. So they’re thrown back together, albeit in a bit of a remixed way. I liked that.
Without getting into plot specifics, I will highlight one thing I very much enjoyed in this particular book. We get to read about how other characters in the story react to the characters we got to know in book one. It’s fun to see the faith and even the fear that the kids from book one can inspire in others. Some of the main adults in book one seem less special and kind of recede into the background as new public figures move forward. It’s not that anyone drastically changes; it’s just that perspective changes a bit.
There, I think I successfully finished a review with zero spoilers.