When it comes to fantasy literature, the first works that come to mind are The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien and the Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin. These two important works of fantasy literature have reached countless readers over the years. However, after appearing on the big screen and television screens, it became one of the favorite popular culture products of not only fantasy literature readers but also millions of people. However, there was another series that, although it has a special place for fantasy literature fans, was not as popular as The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones: The Wheel of Time! The 14-book series, started by Robert Jordan in 1984, was completed in 2013 by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s tragic death in 2007. The series, which sold more than 90 million copies worldwide, was among the most important works of its kind for many people closely related to fantasy literature.
The series, which is among the most powerful works of fantasy literature for millions of people, certainly deserved to meet with more people! Thus, it was announced in the past years that the Wheel of Time series will be published on the digital broadcasting platform called Amazon Prime Video. This statement caused great excitement for fantasy literature enthusiasts who were familiar with the 14-book series. However, the series, which met with the audience in November 2021, was well below expectations with its first season. Especially for fans of the series. However, the second season of the series will meet with the audience in the near future. Here’s what you need to know about the Wheel of Time books before you start the series.
What does the Wheel of Time say?
In this huge corpus of 14 books, thousands of pages and millions of words, many topics such as friendship, heroism, journey, the ancient war of good and evil are covered… The story, which begins with the first book of the series, “The Eye of the World”, takes place in one of the cyclical history of a fantastic world. In the war between good and evil, which is about to begin once again, the struggle of the dark side and the community called “Aes sedai”, which has stood against it for ages, is told…
Aes sedai are composed of two groups called “Saidin” and “Saidar”. Saidin is the masculine part of power and Saidar is the feminine part.
These two groups form what is called the One Power in the Wheel of Time universe. This power is described as an element that will change the course of the war between good and evil. But long ago, the One Power becomes available only to the Saidins, as dark forces contaminate the masculine part of the power. Thus, the Aes sedai community turns into a women-only community. However, men with the power to use force are more likely to cause great harm to themselves and others because they are tainted. That’s why those on the feminine side of power are tasked with finding those on the masculine side and cutting their ties with the power.
The Wheel of Time stands out with its impressive atmosphere filled with dozens of details, as well as its skillfully reflecting thousands of characters, almost all of which are related to each other.
Geography, the daily lives of the characters, psychological descriptions and many other impressive elements place the Wheel of Time in a privileged position in the eyes of fantasy literature lovers. In addition, thousands of characters in the series and the relationships between each other are described successfully. However, the Wheel of Time series focuses on characters named Rand al’Thor, Egwene al’Vere, Perrin Aybara, Nynaeve al’Meara and Matrim Cauthon…
The lives of five young people living in a village in the “Two Rivers” region are completely changed when they meet a mysterious woman named “Moiraine”.
Because Moiraine, a Saidar of the Aes Sedai community, believes that one in five youths is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior who could end the war between good and evil. Accordingly, the spirit of Lews Therin Telamon, a legendary warrior thousands of years ago in the ages when the One Power could be used by both men and women, will be born as the “Dragon Reborn” through one of the five youths and will play an important role in the ancient war…
The Wheel of Time resembles Tolkien’s “Middle-earth” at first glance
However, this was a conscious choice made by Jordan. The author states that he made such a choice in order for the reader to step into a familiar world. However, while the reader is waiting to encounter a “familiar” fantasy world in a sense, a brand new world and the codes of this world, combined with Jordan’s unique skill, emerges an original and impressive corpus that can stand out from all other fantastic works!
Not a stereotypical fantasy story told in the Wheel of Time
Although the theme of the “hero’s journey” lies at the heart of the series, Jordan manages to break away from the usual patterns of fantastic literature thanks to the side elements and narrative technique he uses. What if ordinary characters who find themselves in the shadow of a great destiny to save the world do not want to be saviors? This question emerges as the most important starting point that distinguishes the work from its counterparts.
Robert Jordan draws from many different sources as he creates his own fantasy universe
Different cultures, religions, beliefs, mythologies and historical periods are masterfully blended in the magical world of the Wheel of Time universe. Thus, Wheel of Time brings fantastic elements together with the reader in a very realistic way. The fact that the universe is handled as a whole consistent with its own rules and dynamics and that different sources inspired by the real world are placed in the universe in a very successful way make the series one of the best works in history…
Why was the series broadcast on Amazon Prime Video not liked?
Fans of the Wheel of Time were quite impatient and excited to see this fantasy universe on their television screens. It was also exciting that the series would bring the series together with large kits, just like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. However, the first season, which aired last year, was a disappointment for many, especially fans of the series. The reason for this was that there were significant differences between the world created by Jordan and the world reflected on television screens. Of course, it is quite common to make significant changes to literary works adapted from a book. However, the failure of what is told in the Wheel of Time series to convey the atmosphere and emotion of the original story drew criticism. Still, Wheel of Time managed to become one of Amazon Prime Video’s most watched productions. The second season of the series will be released in the future. Although the first season was a disappointment, fans of the series and many fantasy literature readers are looking forward to the release of the second season…