Read: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Drinking: Earl Grey Classic, Fortnum & Mason
The Wheel of Time is easily my favorite series, written by James Rigney (aka Robert Jordan) until his untimely death in 2007 and finished by Brandon Sanderson. I began reading it at the age of 12 when two friends gave me The Eye of the World for my birthday. I read all of the books that were published at the time (I think through the eighth book?). I have re-read the series prior to the release of each new installment since then. The fourteenth and final installment will be released soon. It will be the end of an era for millions of fans, myself included.
What is it about The Wheel of Time that has captured me and all these other fans? I have a few ideas. First, the characters are likable, not completely implausible, and have great growth throughout the series. Second, the world building and magic system are amazing. Personally, I was captured by a story that had young people, not much older than myself, leaving their small town to travel the world. It was a dream of mine to do the same (and now I have!). Each time I re-read the series, , so I relate to the characters better or pick up on things I previously missed. I’ve been following the re-read on Tor.com for the last few years, giving me access to not only the fan community but also completely different ways of looking at the books that have only increased my enjoyment.
Have you read The Wheel of Time? If not, go get started – you might be able to finish by the time A Memory of Light comes out.