Any avid reader has at least heard of Conan. No not the ginger headed late night talk show. Conan as in The Barbarian. That is the first series that I had heard of that was done by Robert Jordan. Strangely I had never heard of the Wheel of Time. Once I had I was excited to read the epic series.
However, I also know that Robert Jordan passed away in 2007 and that 3 books in this series were published after his death. I decided to give it a go anyway and hope that the last 3 lived up to their predecessors.
Brandon Saunderson wrote a few paragraphs in the beginning explaining how he came to write these last books and his own admiration of Robert Jordan. It was touching and honest in a way that I appreciated. Nevertheless, I was skeptical that the following book would stay true to the personalities and quirks that I had come to love of each protagonist that was created by Robert Jordan.
Here's what I think now... GREAT JOB MR. SAUNDERSON! While I can see a bit of optimism creeping into the character, Rand, that was missing in the last few books written by Jordan, I feel it was exactly the right time to bring that out and I hope that it was exactly what Robert Jordan had planned for the character.
The jump from one protagonist to another is smooth and easy to follow. I got easily wrapped up in the continuation of their stories and how each one is living out this adventure just as another is living out another.
Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are all characters whose story I want to follow. Each with their own unique outlook on the struggles and each one with their own brand of honor and devotion. Naturally I have found a favorite, but I won't allow my choice to color anyone elses.
Suffice it to say, I have enjoyed this series from the beginning. I will continue to the end with a bittersweet emotion. I have enjoyed this Mr. Jordan, I wish you could be hear to know that. Mr. Saunderson, Thank you for continuing the story, I believe you have done RJ proud.