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A Good Place To Start

The Eye of the World 2

A Bad Place To Start

Crossroads of Twilight 2


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Robert Jordan (1948 - )

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SatansParakeet February 1st, 2006 10:17 AM PST

"The Wheel of Time" series consists of these books so far (specific publication dates are copied from wikipedia):

1. The Eye of the World (15 January 1990)
2. The Great Hunt (15 November 1990)
3. The Dragon Reborn (15 October 1991)
4. The Shadow Rising (15 September 1992)
5. The Fires of Heaven (15 October 1993)
6. Lord of Chaos (15 October 1994)
7. A Crown of Swords (15 May 1996)
8. The Path of Daggers (20 October 1998)
9. Winter's Heart (9 November 2000)
10. Crossroads of Twilight (7 January 2003)
11. Knife of Dreams (11 October 2005)

This is a really interesting, but highly complicated series that tracks the individual lives of dozens, if not hundreds, of characters. The focus is upon the Dragon Reborn and his attempt to unite an empire that is capable of standing up to the forces of evil. Loads of magic and otherworldly politics are thrown into the mix. I recommend reading them in order if at all possible and try to keep reading through to the end. If you start now (2006) you just may be ready for the final book that is projected to be released in 2007 or 2008. Good luck!

Kristen February 2nd, 2006 10:47 PM PST

I can't imagine beginning anywhere other than the Eye of the World, as there are literally dozens of primary characters, numerous plot lines, and so much original vocabulary that there is a glossary in the back!

For people who are still wading through the series, I seriously think you can skip Book 10, Crossroads of Twilight, and not feel lost.


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