The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt

Book - 1990
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As Moiraine Sedai recognizes young Rand al'Thor as the Dragon Reborn, the prophesied hero who alone can stand against the power of the Dark One, the Horn of Valere, destined to play a key role in the final confrontation, is stolen.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 1990
ISBN: 9780312851408
Characteristics: 705 p. ; 17 cm


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Dec 05, 2017

It took me awhile to get through this one. Large books don't intimidate me, but they do tend to slow me down if there is a lot of exposition, world-building, or description. Thankfully, there isn't much exposition in this one, as the world was already established in Eye of the World. The reason why this particular novel is so long is that it's set in several different locations, from the points of view of many characters. This book could be considered an epic journey unto itself. The swapping of points of view made it interesting, though. We got to see Rand and his struggles with his power, and Egwene and Nynaeve with theirs. We even got to see through the eyes of the villain. New ideas, concepts and places were woven so seamlessly into the already existing fabric of this world that when the Portal Stones or sul'dam/damane were introduced, we were able to accept it at face value and roll with it. My favorite characters in this second installment were Nynaeve, Rand and Perrin. Nynaeve didn't truly come into her own until about 2/3 of the way through the book, but at that point, I noticed a significant turn around in her attitude. Perrin's powers are becoming easier for him to use, and one of the most interesting. Rand complains for the ENTIRE novel and denies that he's the Dragon Reborn (sarcastic spoiler alert: he is). His only saving grace is his bravery and willingness to do whatever it takes to save his friends and do the right thing. I can only hope that in the next book he stops being afraid and accepts his destiny and really opens up his powers- because that would really be something. I will certainly be continuing on in the series. I just wish Jordan wrung the extra fluff out of this one before sending it to the printers. Final score is 3.5.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 22, 2017

This is the second book in Jordan's massive "Wheel of Time" series. Rand al'Thor, beset by Morgaine Sedai's claims that he is the Dragon Reborn, sets off with a group of warriors and friends on a quest to regain the Horn of Valere, which has been stolen by followers of the Dark One. The Horn has the magical quality of summoning heroes from beyond the grave to help whoever sounds the horn. In the meantime, Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne begin their training to become Aes Sedai; their training is interrupted when one of the Aes Sedai tricks them into being sold to a group of foreign warriors. Rand and the other warriors must retrieve the Horn, rescue the women, and stop the Children of the Light, a fanatical group of warriors who seek to eradicate anyone who is friendly to the Dark One (including, in their eyes, the Aes Sedai).
I enjoyed this book a lot. Jordan does seem to borrow from some of the other standards of fantasy fiction - the warriors called by the Horn are reminiscent of Tolkien's Shadow Host, and there are numerous references to the Arthurian legends. But the book is well-written and entertaining; if it weren't for information about the characters that you have to know from the previous book, this volume could stand on its own as a full fantasy tale. Jordan does a good job of drawing together parts of the story that were started earlier, helping the reader realize that all these seemingly unrelated events are all threads in the same tale's fabric.

Jan 17, 2017

Nothing too exciting, but a good instant classic fantasy overall.

There were some disappointments throughout the writing. Some of the characters from the first book were missing mostly throughout this squeal. They tried to have a love connection between Rand and Egwene but that's hard to pull off when the characters have only momentary interaction. Beside the disappointments, there wasn't much exciting going on in this story. The story is very basic. This magic horn gets stolen, and Rand and the crew go off after it while female characters go to Tar Valon for training. I imagine even the author saw that side story going nowhere fast. Certainly not too impressed by the plot.

I liked the situation the Aes Sedai find themselves in Falme. Some of the creatures and magic stuff was cool.

There was a gap between when I read this and the first book of the series. There were a couple things I didn't remember too clearly (and don't remember them being described well to begin with) and was hoping there would be a small descriptive debriefing beside some of the arcane things in the story. It's a long 14 book series and I'd find it unfortunate if that particular 'lack of information throughout' carries on.

The cover looks poorly proportioned. I don't think those characters are supposed to be relatively the same height. Hmmm

Jul 30, 2016

WARNING: Spoilers!
The Great Hunt is the 2nd book in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. After facing two of the Forsaken, the Dark One’s most devoted servants, and perhaps even the Dark One himself, Rand al’Thor and company return to Shienar, a Borderland nation. They are welcomed not only by Shienaran nobles, but by the closely following arrival of the leader of Aes Sedai and arguably the most powerful person in their world, the Amyrlin Seat herself, and an escort of many Aes Sedai. After Padan Fain, the more-than-Darkfriend masquerading as a peddler, escapes, and the legendary Horn of Valere and Mat’s dagger from Shadar Logoth go missing with him, it is up to the Emond’s Field crew (plus some new additions) to find the items and stop Fain before he can do any more damage.
The tone changes between the two books, especially after the arrival of the Amyrlin. The Great Hunt focuses a little more on Aes Sedai culture, and the politics of the White Tower, such as relationships between Ajahs, as well as introducing Aes Sedai leadership, all of whom are very interesting and unique characters. Readers get an inside look at how the White Tower works, and it’s fascinating.
Another different aspect is the increased and more explained use of the One Power. It was a bit of a mystery to me in the first book, but while Nynaeve, Elayne, and Egwene are getting trained in how to use saidar, I feel like I’m also getting trained in understanding it. It’s enthralling to see the effects of the One Power on characters and on their world.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first, or who wants to see how magic can be a part of the world (though it’s probably still a good idea to read the first one beforehand…) - @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 05, 2014

This book was such a fun read. I enjoyed reading 'The Eye of the World', the first book, but this next one in the series of The Wheel of Time was so unique. The plot is really original and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
The ending climax was so crazy I couldn't put the book down!

Aug 09, 2013

On hiatus for a while.

Apr 24, 2013

Second in the Wheel of Time series. Rand learns more about his destiny and begins to control his inner power. While I enjoyed this book, I got bogged down in the end and haven't continued. The story and the tension keeps building without much hope of a happy ending.(I'm big on happy endings) Will Rand go crazy? Or can he change his fate? Only one way to find out, I guess. Still, it was very well written.

Sep 12, 2012

Yeah. It's important to have a good villain

unbalancedbutfair Apr 30, 2012

This book improved upon the first. The story picks up pace and the plot is revealed to be even deeper than it at first seemed. I tore through this book. And yet, for the increased pace of the story there is not any depth of characterization lost. As I mentioned in my comment on "the eye of the world" Jordan's subtle and compelling characterization shines through. Even minor characters have depth. Jordan knows his world, his characters, and how they interact incredibly well. Nowhere does it feel stilted or forced, it feels real and that there is even more depth that he is not telling you about but exists. The philosophies in the different cultures are real, not caricatures. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Oct 30, 2011

In the 2nd book of the WOT series characters are more fully developed, myths are found to be truths, and new cultures are introduced.

Rands wrestles further with being the dragon reborn as allies gather around him.

Im hooked, looking forward to the next book

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