Three times I have read the series through to the midpoint of book five, The Fires of Heaven. Then I become bogged down in this seemingly endless saga. However moving past this point on the fourth(and final) attempt proved to be a very good choice. Books 7-9 build momentum very quickly and hold it at a steady pace throughout. Jordan builds a realm that is very easy to immerse yourself in, vast and interesting, this world has many intriguing qualities. Do not be daunted by the number of volumes involved, read this series.