Hot damn, I did it. I DID IT.
I finally finished the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Technically, I haven’t read New Spring, the prequel, but I finished the fourteen books that are probably between 1000 and 1200 pages each. This has been a year and a half of my life. I’ve never made this kind of commitment to a series before. Yes, waiting for series like Harry Potter to be released is a big time commitment, but this was a year and a half of one series nonstop. And I read fast. Honestly, sometimes the world of the Two Rivers and Aes Sedai and the Wheel and Pattern seem more real than what’s going on around me. I can definitely speak better about politics between Cairhien and Andor than I can the real world. (whoops)
This isn’t my review of the books. I’ll probably do that later, when I reread the series, because that is most definitely happening. This is also FAR from the last time that I’ll talk about the books. Right now is my chance to say OH MY GOD THIS SERIES WAS AMAZING and talk about how this series has affected me and what I want to do.
Can I even really explain how this series made me feel? This wasn’t just a book series. This wasn’t just good world building of magic rules and country politics. This was a literal WORLD that I lived in for the past year and a half, people that I began to know and understand, magic that I began to study like a science. This book was the quintessential epic story: a battle of Light versus Dark, the Chosen Hero, the Age of Legends come again. This book reached from the power of the Dark One himself and the motivations of his greatest servants to the humble relationships between a man and a woman, a boy and his father. And, not to mention, super badass female characters.
I finished the last 300 pages of the final book in a massive reading binge. I walked around in a daze for ten minutes after, clutching the book and repeating “oh my god”.
Finishing it makes me think about what I want to do with my life. I want to be an author. I want to create that. (At the same time, I know I’m not quite ready to take on something the scale and scope of Wheel of Time, so I’ll lower my goals just a teensy bit) But Jordan does inspire me to get to that point, and I will eventually. If I keep writing, keep pushing and improving, maybe one of my books can affect readers the way I was affected by WoT. And I want to share this journey with people–the books I read along the way, the books I write along the way.
A Memory of Light marked the end of an era in the Wheel of Time. The Last Battle brought about the end of the Third Age, and they have moved into the Fourth Age. I have reached the end of an era, too. Not only did I finally finish these books, but I also graduated college. I’m moving to a new state, starting a new life. I’m not exactly sure what to call this era (the Era of Adulting?) but I’m excited for the opportunities ahead of me.
Dovie’andi se tovya sagain–it’s time to toss the dice!