I mentioned on twitter that I was re-reading or in some cases, reading for the first time, The Wheel of Time series. Someone remarked they didn’t know how I had the patience. Can’t argue with that – some parts of the series are infuriating, as I’ve already expressed. Well there’s a really simple thing that keeps me reading. I’ve so far, generally, avoided all spoilers about the books I’ve not read, including the ending.
That means for me, many of the mysteries are still mysteries (especially as Jordan himself failed to resolve many of them before his untimely death).
Chief among those (pun intended) is what’s going on with the Aiel. I’m in the middle of The Shadow Rising at the moment, and we get what I think is a pretty good summary of what the Aiel are about. I love the Aiel, and discovering their origin is really interesting. Of course, I’d already read this bit, but I’m sure there’s more. There must be more. I want there to be more. So I read on, hoping that Jordan or Sanderson give us more information about the Aiel, and what they were up to.
That goes for many other things and people too, Moraine, Mat, Lan, Verin, so much back story and stuff to explain there, that I really hope there are reveals and closures in later parts of the series.
I think, what I will enjoy most, is once I’ve finished the series, finding some comprehensive online resource describing the truth about everything in Randland and burying myself in it. There’s a rumour Jordan’s widow is planning an official encyclopaedia. I really hope that happens.