The first large series that I ever listened to on audio book was called the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I thought over all that it was a good series and I enjoyed listening to it. It had magic, human vs magic creatures, dark one vs creator, magic rules over human pretty much, fighting, sex, and gore. Everything that you need in a great fantasy novel. Here are a few things that I really enjoyed about the book: Spoiler I really enjoyed Richard Rahl's journey into his wizard powers, and how he came to know his grandfather on his mothers side. My favorite magical creatures in the books were the Mord Sith, they were creatures that could capture your magic and use it against you to control/cause pain. These were some bad mama jamas I loved reading about different types of wizards and their magics. I liked the Sisters of the Light who lived at the Palace of the Profits ... until I found how how bad their controlling mechanism was for young wizards in training, the radahan. I could talk forever about this book because again I enjoyed it. However the next series that I read was the Wheel of Time and I believe that it blew the Sword of Truth out of the water. I also found many similarities between these books. It was a different story line, yes. However why do I keep linking the WOT with the SOT when I am reading them? Its almost too much. I am going to put the rest in spoiler so I do not ruin the books for people. Spoiler The first similarity is the magic system, especially the Sisters of the Light compared to the Aes Sedai. The Sisters of the Light are a Dominate group, that have influence on rulers of the land. There is one supreme ruler of the Sisters of the Light who is called the Prelate which is much like the Amyrlins in the WOT. Unlike the WOT the Sisters of the Light's main job is to "train" wizards (stealing them from their families, stick them in a collar that produces pain and keeps them from using magic when undesired). The only similarity here to the Aes Sedai is the fact that the Red Adjah would collar male channelers that would allow them to control the mans power until they can gentle him at the White Tower. After the Rhand cleansed the source, then the Red Adjah wanted to bond them and help "guide" them. The idea that wizards and male channelers need to be controlled in order to protect them and the public was a common thread in both series. The radahan was exactly like the collar/chain that the sul'damuse use to control their damane. Both of these collar type items would limit the use of the magic of the wearer and it gave others the ability to control them. There are Sisters of the Dark like there is the Black Adjah. They both serve the "Dark/Evil one". Their main job is to bring this supreme evil beings wishes come to pass. I am sure that if I listen to the books again I will find more similarities between the two book series. I did read the Sword of Truth over 5 years ago so I am not remembering everything exactly. I am thinking about re-listening to them. I will have to skip a few of the really gory books because I really do not like reading about rape all the time. If I wanted to read that then I would pick up an SVU type of book . I very well could be nit picking. But I did pick these similarities up as soon as I read the first couple of books in the WOT series. The Eye of the World was published 5 years before the Wizards First rule. I have to say those two books are nothing the same but as the magic system is introduced that's when I am seeing the most similarities. I just was disappointing when I started seeing those because I felt like some of Jordans book was stolen BUT then again how many other ways can you have a woman centered magic system... idk What do you all think?