Wheel of Time Series
The wheel of time series follows the adventures of Rand Al’thor as he leaves his village along with two of his friends along with a Lady of the Light and her guard.
Rand learns, by the second book, that he has the ability to control the male half of the power that had long ago been forbidden to be used by men. The male half of the source, the power used in the series by both men and women, had long ago been tainted and thus caused any male who used it to go mad.
Rand grows into a man through the books and staves off the madness as it threatens to overpower his will. It turns out that he is the Dragon Reborn, the born again guy from the past that ripped apart the world in a war with the other powerful wizards of the past.
As Rand’s character is developed through the books he appears to be taken through a series of trials and misfortunes… all of which are used to grow an inner strength, which in turn helps him to overcome the taint of the male half of the source. And yet, even as he goes about the land fighting off the immortal ones who are returning, he is hunted by the Ladies of the Light. It is their mandate to destroy any male capable of working the male half.
During his travels through the land he befriends all manner of people. From seafaring women to desert nomads. The desert nomads are interesting as he takes to his guard a group of ladies that are renowned warriors, deadly in their own right. Yet even as they guard Rand, they are the source of much of his embarrassment and anger.
But Rand has friends in the Tower of the Light, and it is because of this, and his incredible endurance, that he is able to escape from all manner of traps. He has gathered a small army of males who are capable of working the male half of the power, and even though they provide him with protection, he is always wary that they may succumb to the madness that the male source induces in those males who work it.
Eventually Rand is able to clean the male half of the source, and in doing so almost destroys himself.
This takes me up to the last book that I have read in the series, and I assure you that if you read this book you will grow to enjoy the characters in it, and will always be anxious to see what happens next. You will find yourself rooting for Rand and his friends.