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The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the… (2015)

de Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal (Autor), Alan Romanczuk (Autor), Maria Simons (Autor)

Sèrie: Wheel of Time (Companion)

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"Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files. Now The Wheel of Time Companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of this fantasy world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan's world to life. Included in the volume in an A-to-Z format are: An entry for each named character - An inclusive dictionary of the Old Tongue New maps of the Last Battle - New portraits of many characters - Histories and customs of the nations of the world - The strength level of many channelers - Descriptions of the flora and fauna unique to the world - And much more! The Wheel of Time Companion will be required reading for The Wheel of Time's millions of fans"--… (més)
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Exciting to the dedicated fan, but not interesting to the non-fanatic. Useful a few ways.

Did you try and maintain an Excel spreadsheet or database of Aes Sedai to find the Black Ajah? Obsolete!

Are you someone who is overwhelmed by characters that came back after thousands of pages? Here you go!

My wife and I have read WoT together, aloud, twice. Our third read was triggered by this coming out; each time a new character comes along my wife stops me to check the entry to better put everything in context. ( )
  BrainFireBob | Jul 20, 2020 |
After Robert Jordan's untimely death in 2007 there was unfinished business in the Wheel of Time universe. Brandon Sanderson was tapped to finish the series that year, but there was a need for a book to act as a comprehensive index for the series. Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan's widow, promised an encyclopedia-like book to be released shortly after 'A Memory of Light'. It was hinted that the book would contain passages from Jordan's own notes. I thought that might mean it would shed light on aspects of the books that had never seen print.

As an index, I was pleased with this book. There were a few odd choices in the organization of the book (as in which characters were listed by first name and which were listed by surnames), but in the end you can find every single named character in the book and there is detailed strength in the One Power descriptions for many of the Aes Sedai and Asha'man. That is awesome.

Other highlights include an Old Tongue glossary and alphabet and descriptions of nations. This was cool. I suppose I should include the art, because it wasn't bad - it was just that (obviously) they didn't match what was in my head. The sole exception was a picture of Mat and Queen Tylin, which...was fan service? It was repulsive.

However, what I was really looking for were hints to the unwritten sequels and prequels that Jordan may have been toying around with, substantial information about characters that never made it into the final books, and behind-the-scenes snippets about what sources Jordan used to help him create this engrossing world. There was none of that. The entries for 'Bela' and 'Chair of Remorse' were the only ones that expanded my knowledge by a significant degree other than the power levels and the Old Tongue entries mentioned above. I mean - not even some explanation on 'The Book of Translation'? Even 'The Big Book of Bad Art' had some unique substance in the form of 'The Strike at Shayol Ghul'. It was likely too much to ask, if other substantive notes exist Jordan's estate is well within their rights to hold on to them for future use (how magnanimous of me).

This is a great volume to have for any fan of 'The Wheel of Time', but hardly necessary. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 23, 2019 |
The Companion includes a lot of details from Jordan's notes that didn't make it into the novels. Whether those details are interesting is a matter of perspective. There is more new information about some characters than others, and more of it is things like ages and heights rather than secrets or detailed back stories. And there is not as much new information as one might wish for.

The purely alphabetically order means this book is a great reference if you want to look something up, but it's less accessible if you want to sit down and just read about one particular topic. I suspect this book is most useful for fans who are involved in things like debating theories or creating fan art, and for casual readers wanting to be reminded of details they've forgotten.

The Companion is not perfect. It doesn't include everything I'd hope it would. But I'm very glad to have it all the same. ( )
  Herenya | Jan 18, 2017 |
I'm one of the officially licensed Wheel of time artists. I have already used this book multiple times to help me in my artwork, to make sure I am getting details right.

I am unable at this time to write a review, but no one would listen to what I say since I'm married to one of the authors, and the other 2 are dear, dear friends. I also know the hard work and careful consideration that went into creating this reference book. For readers, it will be a little like that proverbial elephant being examined and described by six blind men-- a little different for everyone.

I, for one, am glad that it is available. My favorite bit it on old tongue, both the script, which I'm incorporating into art, and the definitions of words. Sure, there are things I would have liked to see, including a bit more artwork (not mine, but that of others), But, for the most part, consider me happy to have this as a reference for a series well done.

Good job, team Jordan. ( )
  bookczuk | Dec 16, 2015 |
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"Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files. Now The Wheel of Time Companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of this fantasy world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan's world to life. Included in the volume in an A-to-Z format are: An entry for each named character - An inclusive dictionary of the Old Tongue New maps of the Last Battle - New portraits of many characters - Histories and customs of the nations of the world - The strength level of many channelers - Descriptions of the flora and fauna unique to the world - And much more! The Wheel of Time Companion will be required reading for The Wheel of Time's millions of fans"--

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