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The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series Kindle Edition
The Wheel of Time is now an original series on Prime Video, starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The definitive encyclopedia of the series, the companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of the world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan's world to life.
Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.
Included in the volume in an A-to-Z format are:
An entry for each named character
An inclusive dictionary of the Old Tongue
New maps of the Last Battle
New portraits of many characters
Histories and customs of the nations of the world
The strength level of many channelers
Descriptions of the flora and fauna unique to the world
And much more!
The Wheel of Time Companion is required reading for The Wheel of Time's millions of fans.
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#10 Crossroads of Twilight
#11 Knife of Dreams
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00W190USK
- Publisher : Tor Books (November 3, 2015)
- Publication date : November 3, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 17605 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 816 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,872 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2021
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With 14 installments, each hovering around the 700-900 page range, the Wheel of Time series is a massive time sink in not just the reading, but the comprehending and following along with locations, characters, plots, and of course a variety of cultures. I am definitely of the type that likes to not only read, but completely dive into these fantasy worlds. I love maps, artwork, bios, backstory, etc. The wealth of information available is one of the things that drew me to the LOTR franchise and what has made the WoT franchise such an attractive prospect.
That's where the companion guide comes in. It compresses a ton of information that I would otherwise be cataloging myself as I read. Yes, like many times before, absent this guide I would be sketching maps (complete with plotted routes of various characters and story arcs), creating flow charts of plots, and character trees with small bios. But, thanks to this guide, I don't have to.
The guide itself is quite comprehensive and provides a ton of information pulled straight from the source material. The most useful of which is the battle maps and character bios. That said, there are a few areas that I feel this guide is lacking in (and, to be fair, perhaps with the current length of the guide, adding all of this would require a second volume).
The first, and most glaring, is a lack of pronunciations associated with each entry. This is particularly interesting because these pronunciations already exist at the back of each of the books so I found it odd that it would be excluded from this guide.
Secondly, I would have liked it if the maps were given their own specific section in the book as opposed to being scattered about as they were. It's fine if you remember the name of the particular city or battle associated with each map, but if you don't then it's a bit of a scavenger hunt (albeit a shorter one).
Additionally, WoT is a world full of quite diverse cultures which can sometimes be difficult to keep track of and I would have liked to see some sort of guide or identification chart included in this book to aid in keeping track of which culture was which.
Finally, there is a bit of a concern of spoilers and, while it is an issue, admittedly I don't know what could be done to avoid this. To their credit, the Authors do warn of this in the Introduction section at the beginning, and as such I didn't dock any stars over it, just something for the reader to be aware of.
Continuing on the subject of the Author's honesty, I must again credit them for being completely genuine out the gate about what this book is and is not. They make no bones about the possibility of errors, inaccuracies, and even offer alternative sources of information available at the time of publishing.
In all, it's an incredibly well written piece containing an indispensable wealth of information collected in a single volume. Whether you're just starting your journey down the Wheel of Time rabbit hole or are a seasoned veteran of the franchise, I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this companion guide.
A must have if you intend to take on the WoT series (which I whole heartedly encourage you to do)
As a side note, the cover of the book I received was a little worn just down one line of an edge, so I think moving around in the box in shipping caused that. A little disappointing, but nothing I wanted to return it and have it replaced for... dust jackets get worn over time anyway, and I want the book to actually use it and read it, not to look pretty and pristine on a shelf.
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This is not a book I would read from cover to cover as it is not a story in itself although it does have backstories . It is a collection of author's notes and pen portraits collated in alphabetical order (cross-referenced). A book for flipping open at random to see what gems are revealed or for interrogating on a specific subject.
I am so glad I bought it.
1) supplementary material or appendices to outline what happened to characters post-series finale
2) a resolution to mysteries or puzzles not cleared up in the series finale: not sure who someone was in series, how someone did something impossible or whether a character even survived The Lat Battle? You still will be
3) a source of new information about the world and mythos of WOT like The World of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time (published in 1997 mid-series)
With that out of the way, what it is: an A to Z of author's notes on characters, places and objects of note.
It's not polished text, it's a glossary to keep track of everything and character bios were updated as new events occurred. So it has all the information RJ jotted down but the entries feel like a working document rather than a "for publication" document. Despite the back cover saying it has a wealth of new information I didn't really find any: the series of maps outlining the progress of the Battle of The Field of Merrilor was the one thing I considered new material.
So what's it best used for? If you dip into it while (re-)reading you will almost undoubtedly hit spoilers, so, at your own risk. If you wait until the end it won't answer any unanswered questions you have. It is comprehensive, so if you want a list of Aes Seda and former Amyrlin Seats we never meet, a reminder of who a minor character is that you have forgotten or a detailed dictionary of the Old tongue or Lini's sayings then this is for you.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 22, 2021