Now, I know that the third challenge was for a normal book review, but I'm enjoying the Wheel of Time series to much I thought I'd do it on what I've read so far.
All in all, there are 14 books in the series and I'm up to book 8 "The Path of Daggers".
The Wheel of Time is a fantasy series set in a world where the 'Dark One' is trying to take over. The 'Dragon Reborn' is a man who is trying to counter that. He has many people who try to help in various ways. There are his friends Mat and Perrin who are also very influential. There's also some very strong female characters in the form of the Aes Sedai and Wise Ones (women who can use magic).
The Wheel of Time series is great in that it explores different cultures and the interactions between them. Also, the interactions between the different characters is amazing. They really do seem like real people.
While reading this series you really feel as though you're almost experiencing what's happening - or at least watching from afar. There's always something different going on and there are many different storylines to follow that all interlink in some way.
I try to read one chapter a night but sometimes I find myself reading much more (much to my husband's annoyance - but it's his fault, he introduced me to the series).
If you've never tried reading a fantasy series, then I suggest this one. If you are a woman like me who never read fantasy until her husband recommended it, then I suggest giving it a go. Especially if you choose a book that has strong female characters.