If you people have been following my blog you will know that I have something of a love-hate relationship with the series Wheel of Time. Don’t get me wrong – it started like a house on fire and I believed there wasn’t a fantasy series which could be better (I’ve changed my mind for another series which other people either love or hate, the Malazan Empire series by Steven Erikson). But with every book that passed, it become more and more of a labour to finish and to read to the point where it feels as though someone’s going to call out “These are the Days of our Lives”.
Unfortunately, Robert Jordan passed on before he could finish the series and the flame has been passed onto the more than capable Brandon Sanderson to finish. According to Jordan there was only one book left in the series, although let’s be honest, he wasn’t the best judge of how long it would take to finish the series since he had originally estimated that it would only take six books to finish. That increased to nine and then twelve and now the word is that it will be fourteen in total.
I’m at a crossroad because there is a part of me which wants to find out what will happen with Rand in the end, but there is another part which is telling me to give it up and find out on online synopsis.
I managed to read the first five novels but something changed in the sixth book and I couldn’t force myself through it. Eventually I got the audiobook and finished it and soon followed it with seven through nine. But the ninth book seemed to drag and I hear ten and eleven are even worse. So there is also the question whether I should just skip the next two novels and go straight to The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight where the series picks up again.
I thought the best thing would be is to put it up to popular opinion to see whether I should finish it, leave it or skip to Book 12.
Update: I eventually decided to carry on with the series and am currently busy with Book Ten. Admittedly, it does drag a bit but it doesn’t feel as bad as I had remembered. But it is early days and there are so few books left, I may as well power through.