I enjoyed the series but the middle books did drag quite a bit but the ending volumes
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by Brandon Sanderson who finished the series made up for it. He did a great job of writing in place of the deceased Robert Jordan, but improved the writing with leaner style. Robert Jordan left quite a bit of material for him to work from but it was a daunting task to complete.
It is a huge series....14 volumes and each 1,000 pages or so.
Brandon Sanderson might encourage me to read them IF the blasted library ever reopens at a time and day I can get to them.
NO weekend days at any branch currently. The closes to my house is only open Mondays and Tuesdays and close at 5 Pm which doesn't work with me working across town and those being my meeting days.
The only unsed bookstore is NOT currently open.... and I'm too miserly to actually pay full price for books.... when I know there's Wheel of Time books at the blasted library and the library book sales.... but I just can't get to them.
through online lending, and pick them up when you can?
When Covid hit, the libraries in my area (even school ibraries) immediately went to online lending only, placing the checked-out books outside their doors in labelled bags. (We're back to sort-of-normal now, but many wary folks still use this method.)
back in the day I was put off by what I heard about how it just went on and on with no end in sight AND people were afraid Jordan would die before finishing it. Why start, I figured?
And now . . . I've gone off a bit on the formula of the prophesied Chosen One who is going to save the world from being taken over by the ultimate evil in an all-out final battle. So many fantasy series follow that plot that I've become very picky about which ones I'll read. P.C. Hodgell's "Kencyrath" series continues to play fast & loose with the concept in a most provocative way, so I'm sticking with her - and she promises that she's actually at work on the LAST BOOK in the series, yay!
I stopped reading partway through The Gathering Storm. At that point, I was so (relatively) close to the end of the series that I've often wondered if I should go back and finish, but something about Sanderson's writing style wasn't really clicking for me, and from Lord Of Chaos onwards the books became so complex that I was having a hard time keeping up with the story, and then worrying that if I missed a single detail or forgot something I would be completely lost. But I do like Jordan's writing style, the overarching story and themes are fascinating, and the Amazon series compelled me to learn a lot more about the lore at least so that I'll be better prepared for a reread. I think I'd appreciate the books more the second time around.
I've read all of it twice, if my memory is correct; possibly three times but I don't think so The earlier volumes I have read many more times, since my modus operandi with an ongoing series is usually to re-read all earlier volumes before reading the new one.
But I do read quickly, it helps to have read them before (and some of them quite a few times), and I usually can manage to spend at least a couple of hours a day reading--I watch almost no television, which makes a difference.