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“Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal.” The New York Times
“Jordan can spin as rich a world and as event-filled a tale as [Tolkien]. Will not be easy to put down.” Booklist
“On very rare occasions, very talented storytellers create worlds that are beyond fantasy, worlds that become realities. Many writers attempt this. Few succeed. Robert Jordan has.” Morgan Llywelyn
In this first half of Volume 2 of Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, Rand sets off on a quest to find and reclaim the stolen horn of Valor. To do so, he must face incredible challenges, including confronting his own identity. He also faces the consequences of his ability to channel the Power, which is something that only certain women can do without falling into madness. Moreover, his companion, Mat, is suffering from a huge evil growing inside of him, and only the retrieval of the horn can save him. Robert Jordan has been compared to Tolkien for his ability to weave masterful fantasy, and his writing is indeed suspenseful and gripping. Once in awhile, however, the dialogue is somewhat stilted. For instance, Liandrin Sedai's speech is simply too reminiscent of Star Wars hero, Yoda: "Any Aes Sedai in the halls you pass, a black sister could be. This I swear. I cannot tell you which they are, but my protection you can have. If in the Light you walk and me obey." I read this book without having read Volume 1, and, in the beginning, it was very difficult to figure out what was going on. The extensive glossary helped, but I would certainly recommend reading the books in order. 2003 (orig. 1991), Tom Doherty/Starscape, Ages 12 to 18.
Kathy Egner, Ph.D.