Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Saga Continues

Title: The Great Hunt [find in a library]
Author: Robert Jordan

If there's one thing Robert Jordan really gets right, it's the climaxes in his books. You may find yourself slogging along, and then suddenly you're cheering, fist pumping, or squealing in excitement at the fabulous characters and their heroic deeds.

I had to take a break from reading for a day or two after finishing The Great Hunt. The end was that good.

SPOILER ALERT: It is impossible for me to review Robert Jordan's series without spoiling the various plot lines along the way. If you have any interest in reading these books, you may not want to read further.

The Great Hunt tells the tale of the Hunt for the Horn of Valere (sorry, couldn't help myself, I love that it has a Wikipedia page), a horn that when blown will bring back historic armies of great strength and might. This horn will work for whomever sounds it, and therefore must not fall into enemy hands. So of course it does.

After finding the Horn (the first time), Rand and friends have very little interest in using it and simply want to pass it off to someone else who is worthy. Rand struggles endlessly with the fact that he has been told he is the Dragon Reborn. The one man who will "break the world" yet the only hope for mankind's defeat of the Dark One. Not a fate anyone would take lightly.

Then, the Horn is stolen by the unfathomably evil Padan Fain, who has been manipulated and imbued with various evil powers by The Dark One himself. Rand, Mat, Perrin, and an army of soldiers must follow the horn and retrieve it.

Meanwhile, Egwene and Nynaeve have moved on to the White Tower for training in becoming Aes Sedai. Until Liandrin (an Aes Sedai who seems likely to be working for the wrong team) informs them that Rand is in danger, and leads them right into the hands of those who wish to enslave them. Egwene is captured with Min (a friend who does not have the ability to channel the True Source, but who sees images around people that foretell their future, albeit not particularly clearly). Nynaeve and Elayne (a fellow Aes Sedai-in-training and daughter-heir to a throne) escape. Egwene's treatment during captivity leads the reader into a fist-pumping celebration at her escape (with Nynaeve and Elayne's help) and revenge.

Meanwhile, the hunt continues for the stolen Horn. Throughout the book, we learn that Rand is incredibly powerful and Nynaeve as well. Unfortunately, Nynaeve cannot channel the True Source unless she is incredibly pissed off. Luckily, that's a frequent state of being for her.

Will Rand, Mat, and Perrin retrieve the Horn? Will Egwene, Nynaeve, Elayne, and Min find them? I'm sure I'll have to reveal the answers when I review the next book....

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