Originally Posted by izzy's dad
Started re reading The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. Great book. The last time I read this series there were only 8 books... now there are like 80. I am gonna power through the whole series this time. It might take some time.
Books 1-4 were amazing, page-turning reads.
Books 5-8 were decent, at times good, reads
Books 9-10 were soul-crushingly boring and mostly annoying.
I stopped at that point. I'm told they got much better once Robert Jordan died and they hired the other guy to finish the series off.
There are lots of book series that I read and think to myself "Man, I wish there was another 10 books I could read about these characters" and then I remember the Wheel of Time. Jordan clearly fell in love with the characters he was writing and the world he had created and, somewhere along the way, forgot that he was telling a story. The things that makes the first few books so special (a truly torrid pace, danger nipping at the main characters' heels, intrigue all around them, big revelations along the way) are completely absent as the series progresses.
With more self discipline and a 6-7 book "limit," I really think Jordan could have written a series to rival Lord of the Rings or Song of Ice and Fire. Instead, he died with the plot at a 3-book standstill. Sad, really.