Robert Jordan goes into much detail about the characters and environment in all of his books. While this helps bring the story to life, I began to find it a bit overwhelming by the time I finished this one. What kept me interested was the intriguing story line. My advice: If you're looking for a quick read that you don't have to think about, don't choose any of Jordan's books. But if you've got the time and want a story with a whole world brought to life through vivid detail, this is it!
Wow. I couldn't finish reading this...I was so disappointed but it just dragged and dragged and then I had another book from PBS come in and well, I just couldn't justify forcing myself to read something that I just couldn't get into(even though I felt obligated cuz it's supposed to be this amazing series). I just have so many other books calling my name waiting for me to pick them up....
I went about 200 pages in, and still lots interest.... Book one was great, so maybe I will pick this up and start over some other time...
Pretty soon the book starts to follow the same story arc as Book 1. Something evil and unexpected shows up and the folks have to leave for various reasons and are separated. Yep, there is even a river and ferry involved early on. Yes, I do have to gently joke about this. In a way, Robert Jordan made Book 2 feel like an old friend before you have even finished it. In another, this similar beginning was a little predictable in the big sweeping story arc.
In general, in this book we get to meet more Aes Sedai and learn what the different colors of Aes Sedai mean. Rand, Mat, and Perrin all get to go gallivanting off in the hunt for a powerful item. We see a lot of growth in Rand and Perrin, coming into their powers. Mat was still on the sidelines, providing some comic relief here and there but far less of a presence than in Book 1. Loial is still around being the cutest Ogier possible. We learn about these transportation stones that are remnants from before the last breaking of the world that allow a person to access a parallel world and travel a short distance there equal to great distances in their home world. We also get more info on the world myths of both the various versions of the Dragon Reborn and also of the ancient hero Artur Hawkwing and how he took his folks across the seas.
I really enjoyed the adventuring through the land, getting to know the various cultures better. Also Min, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne all get some time to bond and grow a bit. Nynaeve and Egwene especially are tested and show some character growth by the end. The pacing and detail was excellent. On the flip side, the climatic ending went by too quickly and was rather nebulous compared to the rest of the detailed narrative. Honestly, I wanted details, in full glory, peoples thoughts and feelings, etc. But that wasnt there and I noticed its absence immensely. Still, a fun read, especially with a group of enthusiastic friends.
I have read all of Jordan The Wheel of Time Series and I can say that these are the greatest books. Sometimes in the first chapter or two it is slow going, (especially if it has been some time since you have read the series) but when it picks up it picks up and you can't put the books down. And these are fat books! lol. This book The Great Hunt introduces a character or two that remains with the whole series. You see the growth in his characters. I just love these books. Strong women. Just great. Joalice
Chosen by fate to become the Dragon Reborn--savior and destroyer of his world--young Rand al'Thor attempts to outrun his destiny by joining in a mad search for the lost Horn of Valere. (synopsis by Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This book, the 2nd in the series, actually piqued my interest more than the 1st book did. While I found the 1st book, The Eye of the World, to be a decent read, I found this book way more interesting. Some of the early chapters are a bit slow, but it picked up momentum, so much that I actually decided to buy the next 2 books in the series rather than just getting one at a time.