Robert Jordan’s series of high fantasy novels The Wheel of Time has officially become an Amazon Prime exclusive show! This should come as no surprise considering the series has sold over 90 million copies worldwide.
There are 14 books in The Wheel of Time series that began in 1990 with the first volume, The Eye of the World. The final three novels in the series were co-written by fellow fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, following Jordan’s passing in 2007.
While you’re binge-watching the show and devouring the books, you might want to check out these read-alikes while you’re at it.
1. Lord Foul´s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson
-Excerpt: “He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself. Yet he was tempted to believe, to fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its greatest hero…”
2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
-Excerpt: “A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.”
3. The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
-Excerpt: “Young Lerris yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. In Recluce this means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses dangergeld. Lerris will need magic in the lands beyond, where the power of the Chaos Wizards reigns unchecked, and he must learn to use his powers in an orderly way before his wanderjahr, or fall prey to Chaos.”
4. The Way of the Kings by Brandon Sanderson
-Excerpt: “Roshar is a world of stone and storms. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them and won by them. One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.”
Feel free to check out our wide world of fantasy books in the GCPL catalog and Novelist Plus for further recommendations.
Submitted by: Alexandria Ducksworth
Copyedited by: Gabriela Tinoco-Arreola