Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.
Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.
Now The Wheel of Time Companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of the world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan's world to life.
Included in the volume in an A-to-Z format are:
An entry for each named character An inclusive dictionary of the Old Tongue New maps of the Last Battle New portraits of many characters Histories and customs of the nations of the world The strength level of many channelers Descriptions of the flora and fauna unique to the world And much more!
The Wheel of Time Companion will be required reading for The Wheel of Time's millions of fans.
The Wheel of Time® New Spring: The Novel #1 The Eye of the World #2 The Great Hunt #3 The Dragon Reborn #4 The Shadow Rising #5 The Fires of Heaven #6 Lord of Chaos #7 A Crown of Swords #8 The Path of Daggers #9 Winter's Heart #10 Crossroads of Twilight #11 Knife of Dreams
By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson #12 The Gathering Storm #13 Towers of Midnight #14 A Memory of Light
By Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons The Wheel of Time Companion
By Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a Wheel of Time Fanatic. I've read the series more than 7 times in total, in book form and Audiobook, and some of the early books are falling apart because I've read them more than fifteen times apiece. Suffice it to say that I'm the kind of guy who was waiting out in front of the bookstore early on a Tuesday, and could barely believe that I was the only one.
I should love the WoT Companion. But I don't.
There are some interesting entries. Cadsuane's, as well as a few other Aes Sedai entries, are well done. Some of the minor characters have a bit of an expanded history, and there are occasionally a few turns of phrase that, while anachronistic and occasionally goofy ("adventures were her bag"), tell you that this entry was largely part of Robert Jordan's notes file, not meant to be released to the public. At times, it's an interesting look behind the scenes.
And then there's the fact that really, there's almost no new information in...
I started reading the Wheel of Time in 1992 right before "The Shadow Rising" was published. I Have enjoyed the books in hardcover, softcover, cassette, CD, and Audible. I even had the Wheel of Time video game on PC. Needless to say, I purchased "The Wheel of Time Companion" as soon as it was available. It did not disappoint! It is exactly what it says. The book is alphabetized, so it is easy to reference. I wondered what the Nine Rods of Dominion and the Ring of the Tamyrlin were since the Prologue of The Eye of the World. They're in here. Every named character, place, and object of power are included, some explained in more detail than others. Don't expect an encyclopedia that wraps up every loose thread. That is not the purpose of this volume. Harriet and her team did an amazing job compiling this information. I plan to re-read the series with this book next to me for reference. Brandon Sanderson wrapped up the series. This puts a bow on top! Thank you Harriet!
The Wheel of Time books have been a part of my life since I read The Eye of the World while I was in Junior High. I've read each of the books several times over the years, but reading the entire series with my copy of The Wheel of Time Companion handy was an entirely new and rich reading experience. I believe that Harriet McDougal and the rest of the group that worked on this book succeeded in their effort to provide a reference book that is useful to WoT fans in a number of ways. Personally, I enjoyed how this reference helped to connect the dots on certain topics, how I could refer to it as I read to help recognize some of the foreshadowing in the series, how the astounding breadth of Robert Jordan’s world-building is highlighted by the contents of this book, and how the new artwork enhanced my mental images of the characters and places in the series. The detailed explanation of some topics that had previously been left to the reader to figure out is a wonderful provision,...
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