Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
So far, “Lord of Chaos”, the sixth in Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series, is my favorite. It is more action-packed than the books I have read, and the character development takes a much more satisfying track.
Slight spoiler alert…
If you, like me, have been reading so far and have been frustrated that the Aes Sedai have not been taken down a peg or two, take heart, because in this book, they are. This makes the last few chapters a delight to read.
Phantastes by George MacDonald
I had read Phantases years ago. Recent readings in Lewis and Tolkien mentioned how they were influenced by this work, so I decided to open it up again.
Admittedly, this book took some getting-used-to. The first several chapters seemed to drag for me. I even considered doing something I rarely do – setting it aside before I was finished reading it.
I’m glad I resisted this urge, however. The end of the book came alive – particularly the last five or so chapters. In them, George MacDonald brings various threads together and in the process explores some profound truths.
I believe Lewis and Tolkien improved on the genre, but MacDonald’s contribution was significant, and for this reason alone the book is worth a read.
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