EQII Revisit: A Long Gravelly Road

A number of years back I started reading the Wheel of Time series of books by Robert Jordan.  I absolutely loved the first book, Eye of the World, and instantly became drawn into the world and the promise of the story to come.

My excitement for the series continued through books two and three, but started to wane a little by the time I reached the fourth book.  The world itself, and the over-arching story was very intriguing, but the books started taking longer and longer to get to their point.  It took an epic battle of endurance to power my way through the fifth book, The Fires of Heaven; a battle which, as it would turn out, paled in comparison to the one it took to get through the sixth book, Lord of Chaos – which many people consider to be one of the good ones.

I ended up taking a break halfway through that sixth book, putting it up on the shelf until returning to it over a year later to finally finish it.  That’s where I am today.  I look over towards my book shelf and I see books seven through eleven (with a twelfth – made up of three separate volumes no less – on the way) staring back at me and I wonder if it’s even worth it to continue.

I’ve been away from the series long enough at this point that while I remember the major plot, many of the details have been lost.  I will never go back and re-read the first six books because, quite frankly, there isn’t enough money that you could possibly pay me to do so.  If I ever return to the series I’ll just find some summaries online in order to get caught up, but it’ll still feel like something is missing.  I’ve bought all the books, and I like the story enough to want to know what happens, but I’m not really sure if I want to continue.  It doesn’t help to see people saying things in forums like, “books seven through ten are the worst in the series and are mind-numbingly boring”, I have to wonder a little if I really want to put myself through that.   Book ten, Crossroads of Twilight, has been described as “an 800 page novel where literally nothing happens”.

A friend of mine described the problem I have with the series perfectly.  He said that Robert Jordan would take twenty pages to describe two characters walking along a gravelly road, detailing every rock they stepped on, but the big huge epic battle at the end would be told in two sentences.  Basically, the series has become an incredible grind to read for little payoff.

That’s where I’m at with EverQuest II.  I’m trying to like it, and I really like the idea of being into it, but it’s been on the shelf for just a little too long, and working my way through the seven levels required to hit the cap is starting to look like one of Robert Jordan’s gravelly roads.

3 Replies to “EQII Revisit: A Long Gravelly Road”

  1. The grind from 70-80 is admittedly horrid and requires solo questing if you want to do it with any speed. However, if you can push through the 80 game is doing very well right now. I am just opposite of you in that I am just returning and in a bit of EQ2 revival. I suggest break up the grind with some TSO instance groups.

    Theo – proud member of Eq2-Daily.com

  2. And Jordan, the bastard up and died before finishing off the storyline. I bought and read all the books written so far hoping that this time around he wouldn’t drag it out but alas I was disappointed each and every time. Maybe just wait for the upcoming movie(s). . ….

  3. Necro post comment, but I just found your blog, and this post talks about two things dear to me, EQ2 and WoT series.

    When people say books 8-10 are the worst, it’s true and not. The series really did start to slow down with Lord of Chaos, and it gets felt particularly strong in book 7, a Crown of Swords. The problem (if you see it as such) isn’t so much with Jordan’s overly verbose manner of explaining the world and settings in exquisite detail, and also reitirating facts of the world that we all know by heart, but more with the focus on the support characters. Egwene, Nynaeve, Elayne, Aviendha are second tier, but when they focus on Siuan Sanche, Leane, Gareth Bryne, and Min in book 5, it gets painful. Up till that point, they had been tertiary, or even lower level of importance. However, it does help to set up the political climate of the books and further developments for the world. While not particularly necessary, especially to the extent that Jordan takes it, it does help.

    That all said, book nine is Amazing, as is book eleven. Book ten was a blow to the gut, as it covers only a mere few days after the tumultuous cliff-hanger that nine left us with, and many people wanted to see a much more action-packed follow up to what happened. Still, book ten and eleven are where you REALLY start to see that Tarmon Gaidon is just around to corner, and bad stuff is almost here.

    Moving on to EQ2, I’ve just recently made the return myself, and am doing the leveling up to 80 (at 76 right now), and as Theo said, solo questing seems the way to go. It’s fast, and monetarily profitable, I’ve purchased the rares for 7 of my adept 3’s, and bought two full sets of the 72 MC gear, the SK version for me to wear, and the Paly version as I wanted to betray and check out the changes (plus, paly armor is darker, looks better). you’ve probably re-dropped EQ2 by now, but wanted to give my opinion on it!

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