Just a quick warning before I start. This review will contain spoilers from the previous book! So if you do not want to know until you have read it I suggest you put off reading this for a little bit.
With the seals on the Dark Ones prison strengthened by the One Power contained at the Eye of the World, remnants from the Age of Legends discovered that could hold the key to Tarmon Gai'don and the Dark One supposedly dead, can Rand al'Thor come to terms with the fact that he can channel the One Power and will one day succumb to madness. But is the Dark One really dead and how many of the Forsaken are now awake and roaming the world? Now, along with his friends Mat Cauthon and Perrin Aybara, Rand Al'Thor must accompany a group of Shienaran soldiers to hunt down a group of Trollocs and Darkfriends who have escaped with a valuable treasure. With the Darkfriends motives unclear the company of humans follow, through alternate worlds to a town at the continents farthest point to the west. Meanwhile Nynaeve Al'Meara and Egwene Al'Vere travel to the White Tower to begin their training to become Aes Sedai but have they uncovered a dark secret in the Tower that will take them to a mysterious army rumored to be in the west. As paths converge, all roads lead to Falme, but what will happen at the edge of the world and how will it affect the never ending battle against the Shadow.
The Great Hunt is even more fast paced than the first book; one continuous race to get to their goals before time runs out and the ones they love pay the price. The characters are beginning to develop, changed by their adventures as well as their upbringing away from the world. Events begin to shape around them as each battle their personal demons brought on through their individual situations. Lan and Moiraine all but disappear after the beginning of the book that leaves us to get to know our main characters' natural instincts and how they react to the world. Where the story line split for as couple of chapter in the last book this time you have two completely separate story lines with a couple of small offshoots for a couple of chapters from the boys adventure. Bringing characters into the book now that only had bit part roles in the last film in Min Farshaw and Elayne Trakand, we see events unfold from more points of view than just our Emonds Field villagers.
All in all another brilliant read! Robert Jordan followed up his first book with one that easily matched it in both drama, pace and excitement. This book drives the story forward and at the climax you are left wanting more, driving you into the third book before you can think.
10 out of 10!