World Of Jordan's Wheel Time Paperback – Aug 11 2000
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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.
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.
However, the art in this book is so bad that it actually ruins the entire experience of reading. It's so ugly that you simply can't stand to look at it. I don't know who thought that the art submitted was good enought to be included, but they are almost certainly related to either Robert Jordan or Teresa Patterson who "co-wrote" the book. It's almost childish the quality of work contained here. Perspectives are off, the colors are unwisely chosen, and I pray that the character protrayed look nothing like this in "reality".
And another thing...who the heck is Teresa Patterson? Was Robert Jordan too busy to explain the world he created himself? I mean come on. Is this woman some sort of expert on the wheel of time? I mean the writing is okay, but it's also poorly orgainized and not too insightful. I imagine that a 14 year old fan could've written a better description of the history of Jordan's universe here.
Get this book only if you want every possible scrap of garbage you can get on the Wheel of Time.
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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 morePublished on June 5 2004 by Dustin Shinn
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... Read morePublished on April 17 2003 by Jesse W. Fehr
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. Read morePublished on March 13 2003
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2002 by Jedidiah Carosaari
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 morePublished on Aug. 20 2002 by Jean Felipe Teotonio
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 morePublished on April 15 2002 by Mark Hargrove
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 morePublished on April 3 2002 by Bart Humphries
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 morePublished on Feb. 20 2002