Review: Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan

Warrior of the Altaii
Published by  Tor Australia on October 9th 2019
Source: Publisher Provided for Review
Genres: High Fantasy

RRP: $32.99
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Rating :★★★★

Epic fantasy legend Robert Jordan’s never-before-published first novel, for fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling the Wheel of Time®.

Draw near and listen, or else time is at an end.

The watering holes of the Plain are drying up, the fearsome fanghorn grow more numerous, and bad omens abound. Wulfgar, a leader of the Altaii people, must contend with twin queens, warlords, prophets and magic in hopes of protecting his people and securing their future. Elspeth, a visitor from another world, holds the answers, but first Wulfgar must learn to ask the right questions.

But what if the knowledge that saves the Altaii will also destroy them?

Surprisingly I haven’t read Jordan book prior this novel.  Though I know of his Wheel of Time series, I haven’t had the time to dedicated to the classics that made the genre for what  it is today.

I have only started in the last couple of years  truly appreciate  good fantasies  the after devouring some classics when I was younger. The chance to read Warrior of Altaii, and experience Jordan’s  writing for the first time was something I wasn’t going to miss. I was anticipating this novel,  wanting to read some good high fantasy.

To say I wasn’t disappointed, I didn’t put too much expectations on this book, knowing the genre was vastly different and Warrior of Altaii was written prior to his other books.

The choices made by Jordan felt deliberate for this book, it made the book standout and intriguing from the moment that Jordan set the scene and introduced the magical world he has created. Written in first people, we  meet Wulfgar who leads the Altaii people. They struggle with drought  and face  a threat that wants to destroy them thinking that they are warriors and foes to be destroyed.

The conflicting opinions of the Altaii people  drives this novel. We are presented with various opinions of these people and seemingly one answer. A prophecy that drives the novel,  Wulfgar is the only person who seemingly can help his people . Yet he is conflicted like the other characters. Older doesn’t  wiser in his case and his thoughts and action drove this novel.

He was interesting choice in leader, he loved his people it was evident but he was quick to anger and make judgement. Wulfgar was facing a tough situation and Eslpeth balanced that out by being a fantastic female character was the voice the novel need to balance things out. She was part of  contingent of interesting female characters that  I was intrigued by and added an interesting element to the story.

There is a lot going on this book, that the reader needs to process for themselves. I feel that fantasy lovers need to form their own opinion on certain things  and experience this early Jordan writing for themselves. 

I felt that having older characters  who face the issues prophecies helps with this story and gives an interesting take on fantasy. It reminds of the older fantasies that peak my interest in this genre.  It’s action pack and for a standalone  has beautiful world building and magic system. I felt I had a different reading experience given that this was my first time reading one of Jordan books. I honestly curious to see how he grew to the author who is well known today and honestly I can see why readers have fallen in love with Jordan’s writing. I only can wish that Jordan wrote more set in this world as I fell in love with this world after this one book. But that is not to be so I will have to enjoy this early piece from Jordan on it’s own .

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