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Lord of Chaos: Book Six of 'The Wheel of Time' Mass Market Paperback – Nov 15 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reissue edition (Nov. 15 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812513754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812513752
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.3 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly

While Jordan's prose is sometimes bloated, he rises above his Tolkien-influenced contemporaries (Brooks, Eddings, et al.) with his skill at narrative pacing and his ability to create fully realized characters (though his treatment of sexuality will appeal primarily to adolescents). In this sixth volume in the immensely popular The Wheel of Time series (The Fires of Heaven), Rand al'Thor consolidates his power base and attempts to come to a rapprochement with the Aes Sedai, the female mystics who channel the One Power and whose schism lends tension to his meetings with them. The schism has unexpected consequences for three young women: determined Egwene al' Vere, precocious Elayne Trakand and braid-tugging Nynaeve al'Meara. Centering upon that trio's exploits and discoveries, and on Rand's further adventures, this volume offers several major turns of events while laying the groundwork for future intrigues. It may be be several more volumes before Rand al'Thor confronts the Dark One in Tarmon Gai'don ("the last battle"), yet, as Jordan demonstrates here, he's likely to keep his fans interested throughout the long and winding journey. 250,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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While the armies of Rand al'Thor, a farm boy cast by destiny into the world-changing role of the Dragon Reborn, continue their progress toward the Last Battle against the forces of the Dark One, other powers seek to exert control over the reluctant hero. Panoramic in concept, yet always focusing on the individuals whose actions make up the unfolding drama, the complex interweaving of plots and counterplots continues to gain momentum. Jordan's talent for sustaining the difficult combination of suspense and resolution, so necessary in a multivolume series such as this one (which includes The Fires of Heaven, LJ 11/15/93), is nothing short of remarkable. Libraries should anticipate considerable demand for this title.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Okay, before all you hard-core Jordan fans beat me blind for daring to give it less than a four star review, or for all those who are disgusted with the series thus far, let me explain. No, I am no blinded by my love for the series; no, I am not angry at having to trudge through a thousand pages all these books. I don't care. I love this series, and I am dreading the day that the final book comes out, and am rooting along with everybody else for Jordan to decide that he actually will write fifteen books instead of twelve (and maybe even more.) I love longer books, and I love detail. Also, I want to point out that Jordan isn't on the same plane of detail as Tolkien was. Tolkien described scenery; Jordan describes actions. That's a bonus on my clock, because I like actions more than scenery. This book was amazing, and shame on the people who said that nothing happened.
So why am I giving it three stars? Because Jordan should have either made this book five hundred pages or two thousand, and I'm beginning to see a pattern here. In the beginning of the series, Jordan took painstaking time to write battle scenes and war scenes. And they were breathtaking, even for me, who prefers characters over war any time. He knew what he was talking about, since he was actually schooled on warfare. Starting with the Fires of Heaven, he's focusing too much attention on the women, who aren't doing anything. Their chapters would better off be blended into one large mother-chapter. If Jordan included half the stuff that goes on in Lord of Chaos, then it would be two thousand pages, and I would prefer ten thousand pages if it included those missing events.
Jordan writes the afternoon-tea well, I'll give him that. I'm not saying they suck.
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For those of you who think that this book is the most wonderful thing on the face of the planet, I can't help but wonder how boring your lives are. To be perfectly honest I stopped reading the book about halfway through it, and whether or not I'll ever have the ambition to finish the rest of it is doubtful. Every single one of his books feels the same when you read it. The first 100-250 or so pages are the dullest, most pointless things in the world. The amount of detail he puts in to his stories is even harder to get through than Tolkien, but unlike that master story teller Jordan fails to hold his audience's interest for very long because he spends so much time talking about stupid, pointless things. His story is very reminiscent of another series (or at least the early books are) by Terry Goodkind called "The Sword of Truth," but the difference between the pair is that Goodkind's books are the type that you never want to put down and unlike Jordan's characters Goodkind's act their age, but of course that brings up another flaw in the books--the timeline. You look at the appendix or whatever it is in the back of the book and it seems amazing how much he focuses in on the timeline, but if you actually keep track of how much time passes between the first and the sixth then a slight problem arises: how is it that his characters went from being young teens to suddenly being in their twenties when only a few years, if that, have actually gone by? And is there even one somewhat kind woman in this entire series? I think that Jordan must have a problem with the ladies since every single one is a devious scumbag that doesn't care about anything but what they want, or else an idiotic little fool.Read more ›
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This was the last book I read in this series four years ago. I didn't even finish it, and I will tell you why. The moment I stopped reading was when Egwene was made head of the Aes Sedai. This just passed any point of ridiculasnes that had occured in the other books (I was humoring Robert Jordan until that point). There was no reason that the Aes Sedai would choose Egwene. She has little experience and is obviously unfit for such a duty. Why would Robert Jordan decide that this would make sense?
Because he is a creator of schlop and is a hack, so therefore the plotline must be schlop and reflect his hackiness. I also honestly could have cared less if any of the characters died. In fact, I hoped they would, because by that point, I hated them all. I also had heard that Rand was going to hook up with Min and Elayne and have a three way relationship later on that both girls were perfectly all right with. Robert Jordan must be living vicariously through Rand or something. What a piece of crap.
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Plot summaries are available elsewhere. What seems notable to me about this book and series is that each volume is like an episode in an old-time serial: it is truly one long story, not a string of sequels. I am continually amazed at Jordan's inventiveness, as well as his ability to juggle so many different characters (more are added with each book).
However, he is woefully inadequate as a creator of character. They have a few stock reactions which cover every situation. If you've made it this far in the series, you're probably sick-unto-death of everyone, absolutely everyone, muttering under their breath. Women all "sniff" to show disapproval. They endlessly smooth their skirts. They blush at the slightest suggestion or thought of sex. Nynaeve yanks on her braid until you want to scream, "just cut the damned thing off, already!" Men and women misinterpret each others' motives over and over again. Women think, "Men always . . ." and men think, "Women always . . . " Rand, Mat and Perrin each think the other two are smooth ladies' men. The universal epithet is "wool-headed." Emotions are seldom subtle or moderate; usually as broad as in a cartoon or children's story. Every woman treats every man as if he were a little boy in need of a spanking; men find all women unfathomably mysterious. (How Jordan slipped up and allowed Perrin and Faile to find each other and get married is a REAL mystery!)
How Jordan manages to make the lives and adventures of these cardboard cutouts so interesting deserves a spot on "Unsolved Mysteries." Yet, somehow he does.
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