Review: The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2)The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was quite a slow burn. (And I know some of the later books in this series are strongly disliked for keeping the story running in place) About a quarter of the way through the book I was certain this would be the end of my stroll through the Wheel of Time. But, gosh darn it!, Robert Jordan pulled it through at the end. The climax was pretty incredible and we learned some very interesting aspects of the in-world history. I thought the best part was the damane sul’man backstory which reminded me a lot of the backstory to The Handmaid’s Tale. There was definitely some schaudenfreude there.

At this point in my reading journey, I’m OK with a slow burn of a book. Otherwise I wouldn’t read The Stormlight Archive. But the biggest bummer with this book is that there was basically a real lack of character growth. The characters just kept denying what they needed to do. And, yes, many books involve that trope. But this one has essetially been going on for 1.5 books at this point. That makes it a bit tiresome. I’m hoping that, going forward, we can have a bit more character growth and a bit more plot movement per book (even if I know there are a few books later on where things get stuck). This series is still on probabation. Let’s see if they can earn my desire on the next entry. We’ll be back to the world of the Wheel of Time later this year – probably in the fall.

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