True, a tl;dr would be helpful. So before I write up the last long post on my blog, I'll do as Yoda requests right now. From best to worst:
1. The Shadow Rising, book 4. Takes a while to get started, but once it does it goes nonstop. Lots of action and revelations about the characters and the fictional world.
2. A Memory of Light, book 14. Written by Brandon Sanderson. Again, takes a while to get started, but once it starts it doesn't let up. The whole book is essentially one large battle taking place on various fronts. Comes to an excellent, unexpected conclusion in many ways.
3. The Fires of Heaven, book 5. No pacing issues! Many revelations and lots of action again. Jordan proves himself to be very adept at writing large scale battles.
4. Knife of Dreams, book 11. The first half of the book is slow, but the latter half is completely explosive. Many plot threads that have been ongoing for multiple books finally conclude.
5. Towers of Midnight, book 13. Written by Brandon Sanderson. Even more plot threads that have been ongoing for multiple books conclude here, mainly involving Mat and Perrin. Lots of great character development and page-turning action. Sanderson had a much better grasp of the characters this time around.
6. A Crown of Swords, book 7. Not as action-packed as some of the previous books, but there is some excellent character development on almost all fronts. Nynaeve in particular shines in this book.
7. The Great Hunt, book 2. Starts off with a bang, but has some pacing issues afterward. Seems a bit more focused on world-building and starting new plot threads than the characters (not a bad thing). Comes to another action-packed ending.
8. The Eye of the World, book 1. Has some pacing issues throughout, and can be disorienting for new readers who will need to make use of the glossary at the back of the book frequently. A good start with well-rounded characters and a wonderful climax and ending.
9. Winter's Heart, book 9. Some very crucial and exciting plot developments happen in this book. Unfortunately, character development is kind of stagnant. Lots of action in yet another explosive climax.
10. New Spring, prequel. Not a great, or necessary addition to the series, but it does tell the story of how two very important characters meet prior to the main series. Blissfully short in comparison to the main series.
11. Lord of Chaos, book 6. Character and plot development stagnates for most of the book. Redeemed by an excellent, climactic battle that seriously gave me goosebumps at several points.
12. The Dragon Reborn, book 3. Develops the supporting cast, including the women characters. Unfortunately, the pacing is pretty awful, and Jordan may have written himself into a corner with all the prophecies he teased in the previous books which forced him to fulfill all of them.
13. The Path of Daggers, book 8. All the excitement happens at the beginning of this book. After that the rest of the book is a long protracted battle that's sole purpose is for a minor plot development.
14. The Gathering Storm, book 12. The first Brandon Sanderson book. A few plot developments in this book, but mostly nothing happens. The conclusion may not be very believable to readers. Sanderson didn't seem to have a grasp of the characters yet.
15. Crossroads of Twilight, book 10. Nothing happens in this book. Seriously. The only important plot development happens in the last two or three pages.
EDIT: Fourth post covering books 11-14 is on my blog here: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/the-wheel-of-time-series-part-4/
. I'm going to write one more post reviewing the series. I'm also going to include the above tl;dr in that post, but you guys won't need that since you have it here.