Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Maybe I should give the series another shot someday -- but Wheel of Time really seems like a series that collapsed under the weight of all the ongoing plotlines and took it's characters down strange and odd pathes.
I agree with this for the most part but I'll point out that the last two books have been terrific since Brandon Sanderson has taken over for Robert Jordan. Jordan fell into the same problem most writers have in epic fantasy where he cared about all of his characters more than his readers' did. Sanderson was told to bring the series to a conclusion and has done well with the first two of the three final books. Of course, I'm a huge Sanderson fan (loved the Mistborn trilogy).