I really liked this book.  It had many common themes with other fantasy novels like the LOTR series and Narnia.  It takes a bit of a different view of these and brings the characters more down to earth so to speak.  The character development in these books is done really well.  I also couldn’t see what was coming next, but there was enough foreshadowing to give a hint of it and keep me going.  The universe for the Wheel of Time is really well thought out and has a lot of interesting tidbits that fit well together.  There seems to be a good bit of forgotten lore, which is full of half truths.  The way the author makes these peice of lore talked about early in the story come to life when they actually come upon what was talked about later is phenomenal.  I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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