I read the first book of the Wheel of Time Series in January 1997
and in four months had read the first six books. I waited patiently for the
seventh and eighth books, but found myself disappointed. Up until then I had
been willing to give Jordan a great deal of credit for sustaining such a large
story and keeping everything going through so many books. Now I will reserve
opinion until the series is finished. The last three books seem to be introducing
new story threads rather resolving running threads. I cannot recommend that
anyone start this series until Jordan has completed it.
The characters in the series are completely different than from those in J.R.R.
of the Rings, even though the first book was a homage to Tolkien.
Jordan started small with the traditional small town-farm boy hero with a secret
lineage and built from there. All his heroes and heroines have flaws and are
just on this side of good, while many of the villians are just on that side
of evil and have become more entertaining and interesting than the heroes and
heroines. The characters are meant to be more realistic in their personalities,
which is something I usually don't look for in fantasy, but the story has been
complex and interesting.