Read all of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series in a year

What is the longest book you’ve read? The longest series? It might be the seven books in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” or the five (hopefully seven) books in George R.R. Martin’s grim “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, better known as “Game of Thrones.” In today’s world full of hyperstimulation, information overload, and shortened attention, sitting down and reading a book can be a challenge, not to mention staying focused and committed long enough to read an entire series.

While I’ve read longer series in the past (including “Harry Potter” and “Game of Thrones”), one series in particular has always intimidated me because of its length: The Wheel of Time.

With 14 books—15 if the prequel is included—consisting of over 4.4 million individual words and 147 unique perspectives, Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” (WoT) is one of the longest-running fantasy series out there. This sprawling saga with astounding scope, mountain stakes, and meticulous detail isn’t an easy thing to tackle. Both the series and the individual books are lengthy, and as such have consumed my literary mind as I’ve read them over the past year.

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