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World Of Jordan's Wheel Time [Paperback]

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June 6 2002
The Wheel of Time is one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy ever published - a series that has topped the international bestseller lists and is now appearing in fourteen languages. This essential companion to The Wheel of Time is for everyone interested in the history and the background of this incredible series - never-before-told legends, previously unknown peoples and lands, exotic beasts and portents of what may come to pass.This comprehensive guide is indispensible to any fan of Robert Jordan. Look out for more information on this book and others on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

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"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again." Jordan's Wheel of Time series has uncountable fans, and those who are looking for an encyclopedic history and mythology of Rand al'Thor's world will enjoy this work, which fills in background rather than furthering the story. Also included are double-page spreads of Darrell K. Sweet's seven book jackets for the series. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Fans of Jordan's popular "The Wheel of Time" epic fantasy series now in its seventh volume (A Crown of Swords, Tor, 1996) will benefit from this illustrated guide. It includes 70 new full-color paintings of maps, flags, characters, and objects of power. A detailed text explains plot and characters in a narrative form rather than in encyclopedic entries. Although the lack of an index may make this volume hard to use as a reference source, its completeness will serve to introduce new readers to the series. Recommended where the series is popular.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wheel Of Time Dec 7 2003
Artwork has nothing to do with the book. I create all the picturs in my mind anyway. If I want to buy a book for pictures I'll buy a comic book. This book however was great. In the large elaborate world of this series a guide is almost a necessity. I know it takes from some of the intrigue of the book. But there are so many characters that directly relate to the plot that I think some of the facts covered in this book will never see print in the series. I highly recommend this to all true fans. I have read the series almost as many times as there are book in the series. Maybe even more. I am unsure. But I still like the information presented here. Artwork is never as good as the pictures in my head anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to fill in the gaps Jan. 15 1998
By A Customer
Have you read the books yet? If you haven't then this book is useless to you But if you've read most of the series so far then this is the book for you. Ever wondered what the Age of Legends were like or what the flags of the nations looked like? Have you ever wanted to know more about the Bore or the Aiel, well its all in here for you.
It serves as a reference book an fill in many of the details that were fleetingly mentioned in the book, but not elaborated on. If you love the series and want to know more about customs etc of the World of the wheel of time then I strongly recommend it.
And yes, the pictures do suck. Lan's face is bigger than Moraine's body, but the content is excellent. Remember the old saying? "Don't judge a book by its cover (or its pictures in this case)."
Ususally I'd just give Robert Jordan a rating of 10 on all his wheel of time books, but b/c of the pictures, the book deserves a 9.5.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Ok History Book Dec 27 2003
This is a nice, big illustrated coffee-table book that gives background on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time fantasy series.
It's not that bad. However, since the series is ongoing, it doesn't focus on characters or plot details, so it aint much help in clearing up questions about the series. The most revealing thing you'll get is the occasional picture of a main character. Instead, the book heavily focuses on providing a history of the fantasy world depicted in the series. In this regard, the book breaks new ground by covering the events before and after the Breaking of the World, pictures of the Seanchan creatures, and hints of what other lands (Sea Folk islands, Shara, Isle of the Madmen) are like. There is also a rather nice section on the Forsaken and Shadow creatures.
The major flaw of the book is that the history can get pretty boring at times. There's a lot of unnecessary repetition and political history. The book doesn't just focus on the political background of kingdoms such as Andor and Illian, but on the long-forgotten kingdoms that preceded them as well. This attempt to make the land more complex just falls flat. Mantheron, once hailed as a mythic empire, is shown just to be one of dozens of tiny blobs on a map. Even more annoying, while the maps show dozens of lost kingdoms, Malkier is missing in action. Malkier was supposed to have been claimed by the Blight. Yet every map in the book dating back to the Breaking of the World shows the Blight as unchanged. Unless it was a tiny dot the size of Mayene you would think a kingdom that was supposed to intrude up into the Blight would show up.
All in all, despite its flaws, the book is ok. If you're a die-hard Wheel of Time then go for it. But if you're just a casual fan, or are looking for answers to plot details about the series, then don't bother with it. At most, you can pick it up and glance at the pretty pictures while killing time in a bookstore or library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good All Around April 17 2003
Not bad really. The pictures were awful though! The artist must have never read the books at all! If you've read or seen the Wheel of Time Roleplaying book, the pictures are much better there.
Stuff on the Seanchan and Shara weren't bad, but most of the stuff thru the book was pretty vague, like Jordan didn't want to reveal anything. Which makes sense considering this book came out only when Jordan's 7th in the series was out. A lot has happened since then.
But basically, everything in the book you could get from the series, if you just read it carefully. It's a good companion book for extra history and details, but it could've been better with more maps, better pictures, and more history and details. Don't buy it unless you're a hardcore fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good! March 14 2003
By A Customer
I don't know about you guys but I enjoyed it. Yeah, the pictures aren't Michael Whelan or Keith Parkinson quality but I think what they do lack, you make up in your imagination. I would rather see a sketch of a character I have fully imagined in my head versus seeing a complete rendition of a character that I have imagined to be something else comepletly. The sketch kind of makes you...Fill in the spaces. These pictures were obviously sketches, lol. Anyways, the rest of it is interesting and if you don't want to look up a bunch of info on the books in the books, look in here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Reminder to a *Long* Series Aug. 30 2002
For those who liked the Silmarillion best of all Tolkein's works- who really enjoy history and geography, even if it's fictional, this is an excellent work. Jordan provides the history, culture, philosophy, xenology, and geography to his world, with many extra bonuses that you won't find (yet) in any of the novels. For a series that has dragged on way too long, with some 7,000 pages, it is really hard to keep track of who is doing what, and who is who. This very encompassing work gives you the background you need to remember whenever that new Jordan novel comes out. And it is amazing to discover secret tidbits that you can't find anywhere else, like a large continent to the South of the main two, populated by madmen, where the anarchy and lasse faire attitudes towards the One Power rain supreme. You got to check out this book to find out more about this place, and many others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars right thing wrong time
Great marketing idea that has been done before on hugely successful fantasy series. Even more information to feed to the die hard fanatics of this is series of books. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Dustin Shinn
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing...
Having read all of the Wheel of Time books (so far) I,like any other fan, love to imagine the world of the books in my head and I was very excited when I heard this book existed. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002 by Jean Felipe Teotonio
4.0 out of 5 stars Great WoT Background History
This book gives great background history for Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time Series. It has lots of information that you won't find just reading the novels. Read more
Published on April 15 2002 by Mark Hargrove
2.0 out of 5 stars This may have been a good buy when it first came out . . .
Widely reffered to on WoT (Wheel of Time) webpages, including "official" webpages, as the BBA (Book of Bad Art) this book (with the release of several more volumes of the... Read more
Published on April 3 2002 by Bart Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
The information helped a good deal in giving a better view of the series and background on nations and cultures. Such as the Aiel. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by its cover artist
I have read the entire series so far, and have never been disapointed in the content of his books. He provides a rich and animated world of calibur not seen since Tolkien's famous... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002 by Joshua Jenkin
2.0 out of 5 stars Good only if you want every possible piece about the WOT
My apologies to the artists who worked on this book. I feel bad for what I'm about to say about somebody's work. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by Brian Benton
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of interesting information.
When i bought this book, it took me awhile to get into it, but once i started reading it more frequently, i wasnt dissapointed. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by D. Pachal
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