Epeolatry Book Review: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
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Title: The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, Book 2)
Author: Robert Jordan
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: October 15th, 1991
Synopsis: Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!
Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, continues as Rand al’Thor and his companions set out to retrieve a powerful magical artifact from The Dark One’s Shadowspawn in The Great Hunt.
For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of…
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.
In pursuit of the thieves, Rand al’Thor is determined to keep the Horn out of the grasp of The Dark One. But he has also learned that he is The Dragon Reborn―the Champion of Light destined to stand against the Shadow time and again. It is a duty and a destiny that requires Rand to uncover and master magical capabilities he never imagined he possessed.
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.
In book two of Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series, we dive deeper into the complex world of Rand al’Thor and his friends from the Two Rivers. Rand, being one of the dangerous few men who can channel, comes to grips with the fact that he is the one prophesied, and he must eventually fight the great evil beneath the Mountain of Shadow. We start with a visit from the leader of the Aes Sedai, the female magic wielders, when the Horn of Valere and a magical knife bound to Mattrim Cauthon, one of Rand’s best friends, are stolen. Matt cannot live long without the knife, and the enemy cannot gain the power of the horn, so Rand, Matt, and a few hunters track the thieves.
While this goes on, the Aes Sedai and the women who came from the Two Rivers, return to the White Tower, the seat of power for all Aes Sedai. There, they train to become Aes Sedai for varying reasons. We also see a few familiar faces from book one. As the adventure progresses, we learn more about this fascinating world and the different forces at play, all building up to a massive battle in Arad Doman between multiple armies, both living and dead.
The stakes really ramp up in this book.
Another 5 out of 5 stars for this one.
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