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The Great Hunt: Book Two of 'The Wheel of Time' (Wheel of Time, 2) Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2019
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In The Great Hunt, the second novel in Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al’Thor and his companions set out to retrieve a powerful magical artifact from The Dark One’s Shadowspawn.
For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of...
Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.
And it is stolen.
In pursuit of the thieves, Rand al’Thor is determined to keep the Horn out of the grasp of The Dark One. But he has also learned that he is The Dragon Reborn―the Champion of Light destined to stand against the Shadow time and again. It is a duty and a destiny that requires Rand to uncover and master magical capabilities he never imagined he possessed.
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.
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Praise for Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time®
“His huge, ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre.” ―George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
“Anyone who’s writing epic or secondary world fantasy knows Robert Jordan isn’t just a part of the landscape, he’s a monolith within the landscape.” ―Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller Chronicle series
“The Eye of the World was a turning point in my life. I read, I enjoyed. (Then continued on to write my larger fantasy novels.)” ―Robin Hobb, author of the award-winning Realm of the Elderlings series
“Robert Jordan's work has been a formative influence and an inspiration for a generation of fantasy writers.” ―Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Shadows
“Jordan’s writing is so amazing! The characterization, the attention to detail!” ―Clint McElroy, co-creator of the #1 podcast The Adventure Zone
“[Robert Jordan's] impact on the place of fantasy in the culture is colossal... He brought innumerable readers to fantasy. He became the New York Times bestseller list face of fantasy.” ―Guy Gavriel Kay, author of A Brightness Long Ago
“Robert Jordan was a giant of fiction whose words helped a whole generation of fantasy writers, including myself, find our true voices. I thanked him then, but I didn’t thank him enough.” ―Peter V. Brett, internationally bestselling author of The Demon Cycle series
“I don’t know anybody who’s been as formative in crafting me as a writer as [Robert Jordan], and for that I will be forever grateful.” ―Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Riot Baby and War Girls
“I’ve mostly never been involved in any particular fandom, the one exception of course was The Wheel of Time.” ―Marie Brennan, author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent series
“I owe Robert Jordan so much. Without him, modern fantasy would be bereft of the expansive, deep worlds and the giant casts which I love so dearly. It's not often I can look at another author and say: that person paved my way. But such is exactly the case with Jordan.” ―Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings
“You can't talk about epic fantasy without acknowledging the titanic influence Robert Jordan has had on the genre.” ―Jason Denzel, author of Mystic and founder of Dragonmount.com
“Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal.” ―The New York Times
“The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive American fantasy saga. It is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
“Hard to put down for even a moment. A fittingly epic conclusion to a fantasy series that many consider one of the best of all time.” ―San Francisco Book Review
“The most ambitious American fantasy saga [may] also be the finest. Rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended.” ―Booklist
“Recalls the work of Tolkien.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This richly detailed fantasy presents fully realized, complex adventure. Recommended.” ―Library Journal
“Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal.” ―The New York Times
“Jordan is able to take ... familiar elements and make them his own, in a powerful novel of wide and complex scope. Open religious and political conflicts add a gritty realism, while the cities and courts provide plenty of drama and splendor. Women have a stronger role than in Tolkien.... Each character in this large cast remains distinct.... Their adventures are varied, and exciting.... The Eye of the World stands alone as a fantasy epic.” ―Locus
“Robert Jordan has created a fantasy world as tangible and credible as history. He has a fine eye for detail and a vivid sense of drama.” ―Morgan Llewelyn
“Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World proves that there's still plenty of life in the ancient tradition of epic fantasy. Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil-- but what strikes me as most pleasurable about The Eye of the World is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world.” ―Orson Scott Card
“Jordan's world is rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended.” ―ALA Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : Tor Fantasy (October 29, 2019)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 736 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250251486
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250251480
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.28 x 1.48 x 7.48 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Names of places and people can be confusing for those not used to fantasy writing, but the author conveniently provides a pronunciation guide at the end of the novel that can easily be referenced (although the presence of such a thing is telling in-and-of itself).
This series as a whole has everything one could wish for from high fantasy: action, magic, politics, history, relationships, character growth, triumph, betrayal, hope, tragedy, comedy. Not as dark as A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), not as light as Narnia, not as magical as Harry Potter, not as political as Malazan, and not as historical as Lord of the Rings. However, what this series accomplishes is a blend of all of these in a masterful work of art that is unrivaled in balance across themes.
RIP Robert Jordan, may your work be preserved from the turning of the wheel to delight future generations, time without end.
This is an extremely well-paced book. The reader can take a pretty good guess what is going to happen during its plot, and yet it doesn't totally fall to predictability. And even the things that I did see coming were still fun. While the first book plods along a bit at the beginning, this one moves naturally and flows through its builds and its releases. We already know most all of the characters (including a couple I did not expect to see again), and so we are able to just sit back and take in the story. I mentioned it above but I really feel like the series is starting to form its own identity with this installment. The world is opened up in new and interesting ways (Portal Stones/Mirrors of the Wheel immediately come to mind, as do the Seanchan and their exotic culture), and Jordan's skill as a writer is apparent in several powerful, trippy scenes. Jordan is not shying away from the freedom that a story based on cycles and cycles, years and years of time and events gives him. And the nature of the One Power (as we discover more about it alongside the characters) gives way to some very cool scenes.
I believe the hook is in me now. And having just ended the second installment I am eager to see where the story goes next. On to The Dragon Reborn.
Death is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than a mountain.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.
Rand is a very frustrating protagonist to read. He seems to actively work against the progression of the plot. He displays a stubborn hesitance to proceed with truly important endeavors while sometimes showing brash impassivity in leaping to do things that are totally foolish and counter-productive.
It's not just Rand either. many of the major characters in this series seem to act in irrational and frustrating ways. Communication is particularly lacking between the main protagonists. Often the failure to relay important information proves costly and there are times when the main characters make inexplicable errors in judgement at the worst possible times. There is also this irrational blaming of Aes Sedai for pretty much everything that all of the main characters seem to cling to no matter what happens. In my opinion, too much of the drama comes from that and it does frustrate the reader.
All that aside, this book is, at times, a tour de force! There are epic battles, terrifying enemies, dark prophecies and legendary relics. It is a book that really hits you with everything and, despite a couple of points where it struggles for pace, it was definitely an enjoyable read.
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If you’ve read book one but are worried this isn’t as good, you can rest assured. As I said, it’s Great.
With the first book I understood the complaints about the Tolkien comparisons. However, I think this book opened up the world so much more expansive than the first. As I reach each book I think this trend will continue. The Seanchan and the Mirrors of the wheel was amazing. I wont go into anymore detail because its kind of spoilers, but this book starts to become brave with more complex ideas. Absolutely loved it! Cant wait for The Dragon Reborn!