The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set II, Books 4-6: The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos Mass Market Paperback – Oct 27 2005
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This is the second box set in Robert Jordan's epic bestselling series, the Wheel of Time. The first set included The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, and The Dragon Reborn. The follow-up includes the next three books of the series. The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, and Lord of Chaos continue the great saga of Rand, the Dragon Reborn in a world broken in two by unimaginably powerful forces.
About the Author
Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time®, one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.
Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.
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I found the books to tell a story well-blanced between characters and general storyline, where the views and notions of each character give the reader a good overview of the direction of the series as a whole.
On the downside: although characters and storyline do develop, they do not really progress. For instance, after six books, Nynaeve still jerks her braid to stop herself from pouting, and Rand finds himself in the same predicament, only on a larger scale. It is stretched out too far. Further, the world in which the book plays seems almost too conveniently limited by the Spine and the Blight. That could also have been done a bit more elaborate.
It also surprised me that since the breaking of the world, 3000 years ago, basic culture has not developed. What was lost in the breaking is only now starting to be rediscovered, and slowly at that.
As to the comparison with The Lord of the Rings, It definitively has similarities, as, I think, any fantasy work of this magnitude will have. However, Jordan has a very distinct style that nowhere gives me the feeling that I'm reading a Tolkien book. The Wheel of Time deserves a place of its own.
All considering, it is definitively one of the best series I've read. It was every bit worth my time. When I started, I read almost full-time for two weeks, finishing the first three books, ca. 2000 pages. I just couldn't stop!
Jordan owes it to his readers to reach closure. One book every two years is way too long for a saga to go on. Will I have to reread prior books to maintain the continuity? However, his story and characters are so compelling that each book, with a brief synopsis of the prior one, can stand on its own well. So in short, it needs to end because I can't take the wait anymore! Will the Dragon ultimately go mad and break the world and become the fantasy genre's greatest anti-hero, supplanting Thomas Covenant? Or will I go senile before Robert Jordan ends this series???
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Great books, The box is rigid and the books 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 are brand new.Published 20 months ago by Sébastien Gauthier
a few loose pages but happy to have them for a good price. showed up in a timely manner. happy to be reading againPublished 21 months ago by Valgalbraith
Great price for a great set of books. If you are looking to collect this series this is the way to do it. ships fast so you can get this fantasy goodness into hands without delay.Published 21 months ago by CoreyT
This series is amazing! I'm on my second round with it. For anyone looking for an extremely well written epic series that captivates you and sends you into another world, check... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Faedrah
for the most part the books were good but there was a definite change in the flow of the writing which could be a little confusing at parts. Read morePublished on June 16 2013 by Jonathan
So far the books are great, took a little while to pick up. But as I've found in the past, when I've ordered book set of 3 they keep coming all banged up, and the binding is all... Read morePublished on March 18 2013 by Jayman
Thank you so much amazon. I tried getting this pack at coles and other stores in vernon but no one had them and if they did they were 32. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2011 by mercpunisher
I couldn't put the books down.I read all the hardcover version and it was hard to do anything other than read them. Read morePublished on July 3 2000 by JON SHOWALTER
Years ago I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. I was delighted to find the Jordan series to be even better and longer. Read morePublished on June 27 2000 by Ed W