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4 Stars: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

We finished up our readalong for The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan a couple weeks ago, so it’s time for the review :D. There will be spoilers for those who haven’t read The Eye of the World, but not for the Great Hunt. I have to say that I didn’t find The Great Hunt as compelling as the first book for most of the book, however I loved the ending much more than the ending of The Eye of the World, so it worked out ;-). We’ll be continuing our reading of this epic fantasy series (epic in terms of length too D:), so keep your eye out for the first read along post :D.
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Title: The Great Hunt
Author: Robert Jordan
Length: 705 pages
Genre-ish: High Fantasy
Rating★★★ great ending, a bit slow

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. For centuries, gleemen have told of The Great Hunt of the Horn. Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

And it is stolen. — Goodreads

 

Strengths:

  • As I said above, the ending of the Great Hunt is so epic and much more clear than in The Eye of the World. There were also so many feelings, omg! Just the way I like it ;-).
  • There are a lot of story lines going on in the Great Hunt (and the series in general), but they are weaved together elegantly before once again splitting as characters go on their way for the moment ;-).
  • Awesome plot twists! I definitely didn’t see the big one coming and it was so moving and made a lot of sense in hindsight. I always appreciate being surprised :D (in books, not in life though >.>)
  • We are continuing to find out more and more about the world in The Great Hunt, including a lot about the Aes Sedai and the people of Artur Hawkwing that had been hinted at previously!

Weaknesses:

  • For me at least, the first 2/3 of The Great Hunt were rather slow. This is where a readalong comes in handy, since I pushed through and didn’t just put the book down, which did pay off in the end ;-).
  • There were a few information dumps barely disguised as long sequences of dialogue or characters teaching others. Those got a little boring after a while.
  • This was pointed out by Nrlymrtl, but the beginning of The Great Hunt remarkably familiar, ie just like the beginning of The Eye of the World…. Peace interrupted by a Trolloc attack leading to a great chase. The only difference was this time they were chasing the Trollocs >.>.

Summary:

While I had trouble getting into The Great Hunt, the ending more than made up for any slow parts. I literally got shivers multiple times while reading the ending (with white knuckles… poor book!). If you like high fantasy and all the complicated story lines, intricate world, and grand adventures that go with it, then you will probably enjoy continuing the Wheel of Time series. However, the Great Hunt also had the typical weaknesses of the genre, so you better be in the mood otherwise you might get bogged down in all those details.

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

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Comments

  1. I loved the Great Hunt, it was one of my favorite books from The Wheel of Time. I agree, the beginning is a bit a slow, but once it gets going it’s real good. The Seanchan really add another dimension to the moral fabric … they’re a real messed up culture. The ending is absolutely fantastic, I got goosebumps. Are you going to be reading the rest of the series?

    • I found that I needed to take a break between these books so I dropped off the read along that I was doing, but I do own the next couple so I might get back to them, I’m just not sure how to fit them in right now D:

  2. I really, really need to read this series! High Fantasy is awesome!! I’m going to try to get my husband to read it too! :P

  3. Yay, glad you liked it so much! I don’t remember the ending, but if it’s giving you shivers… Yeah. I cannot WAIT for you to get to the final three books in this series. SO GOOD. <3

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