Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is probably my favorite fantasy series. Since some of my friends on facebook are asking me for the audio, I am doing this post as kind of a gateway to his thought.
While in many ways it is your typical “Hero fights dark lord from taking over universe,” it is far beyond that. It raises questions dealing with Possible Worlds theory (shades of Plantinga!).
Is it hard to get into? Not really. The prologue is kind of misleading but it makes sense 8 books later (kidding!). The prologue takes place 3000 years before the present moment. It is at the end of a cataclysmic war and the Dark Lord’s lieutenant is goading the then-hero (known as “the Dragon”) into doing something rash.
And then the book goes back to the present day and the hero Rand al’Thor.
Why should you read the book? Because o the character Mat Cauthon. Mat is one of Rand’s childhood friends and he is about as perfectly written as one can be.