PRIME TIME

Ev­ery­thing we know so far on Ama­zon’s epic fan­tasy adap­ta­tion

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The Wheel Of Time? That’s like The Cir­cle Of Life, right?

Not quite. It is, rather, an epic se­ries of fan­tasy books writ­ten by Robert Jor­dan. Sprawl­ing across 15 vol­umes (in­clud­ing one pre­quel) the books were pub­lished be­tween 1990 and 2013, the fi­nal three writ­ten by Bran­don San­der­son, after Jor­dan’s death.

An­other Game Of Thrones wannabe, then?

Not re­ally. This one’s ‘high fan­tasy’, so much heav­ier on the magic, which, in­ci­den­tally, is split into two halves: the male (Saidin) and the fe­male (Saidar). Of course, Saidin is tainted by evil and drives all male ma­gi­cians mad, which is a downer.

Mad wiz­ards. Got it. So what’s the story?

It’s a clas­sic hero’s jour­ney in­volv­ing a trio of small town friends called Rand, Per­rin and Mat (yes, Mat) who de­part on a grand ad­ven­ture that in­volves Aes Sedai witches, Aiel war­rior women, bes­tial hench­men called Trol­locs and the rein­car­na­tion of an an­cient wiz­ard called The Dragon. It may sound daft, but the mythol­ogy is in­tri­cate and the sto­ry­telling com­pelling.

Who’s mak­ing it?

Ama­zon is adapt­ing the novel into a se­ries, with Chuck and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer Rafe Jud­kins adapt­ing the nov­els. Re­lease date is TBC, but ru­mour has it we may see the show in late 2019, just in time to fill that Thrones-shaped hole in our lives. JAMES DYER

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