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Is Robert Jordan still doing the Light's work? Even loyal fans have to wonder. (And if you're not a fan yet, you'll have to read the previous 6,789 pages in this bestselling series to understand what all the fuss is about.)
Everyone's in agreement on the Wheel of Time's first four or five volumes: They're topnotch, where-have-you-been-all-my-life epic fantasy, the best in anybody's memory at the time since The Lord of the Rings. But a funny thing happened on the way to Tarmon Gai'don, and many of those raves have become rants or (worse) yawns. Jordan long ago proved himself a master at world-building, with fascinating characters, a positively delicious backstory, and enough plot and politics to choke a Trolloc, but that same strength has become a liability. How do you criticize what he's doing now? You want more momentum and direction in the central plot line, but it's the secondary stories that have made the world so rich. And as in the last couple of books, (A Crown of Swords and The Path of Daggers), Jordan doesn't really succeed at pursuing either adequately, leaving a lot of heavily invested readers frustrated.
Winter's Heart at least shows some improvement, but it's still not The Eye of the World. Elayne's still waiting to take the crown of Andor; the noticeably absent Egwene is still waiting to go after the White Tower; Perrin gets ready to pursue the Shaido but then disappears for the rest of the book. About the only excitement comes with the long-awaited return of Mat Cauthon and a thankfully rock 'em, sock 'em finale in which Rand finally, finally changes the balance of power in his fight against the Dark One. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The ninth installment in Jordan's sprawling Wheel of Time saga is as bountifully pregnant with plot threads as its predecessorsDand as bewilderingly esoteric for readers who have yet to commit its previous episodes to memory. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, seems no nearer to fulfilling his destinyDto unite the embattled races of his domain against the Dark OneDthan he was in The Path of Daggers. The warmongering Seanchan are pouring into Ebou Dar, setting refugees in flight and complex schemes in fidgety motion. Perrin Aybara is distracted from his mission to shepherd the prophet Masema to Rand when he pursues the rebel Aiel who have kidnaped his wife, Faile. The mystical sisterhood of the Aes Sedai remain divided between Elaida, pretender to the title of the White Tower, and Egwene al'Vere, ally to Elayne, Queen of Andor. Elayne, Rand's lover, barely escapes poisoning, and Rand himself, still smarting from the unhealed wound of an assassination attempt, shapeshifts through a variety of disguises to pass unnoticed in hostile territories. Jordan can always be counted to ground his dizzying intrigues in solid chunks of cultural detail, and he here rises to the occasion, with chapters as dense as Spenserian stanzas with symbols and rituals. Not all of his subplots tie together, and fewer than usual of his vast cast of characters make a memorable impact. Nevertheless, he manipulates the disorder of his narrative to credibly convey a sense of an embattled world on the verge of self-destruction, and he entertainingly juxtaposes the courtly civility of his villains with the precarious chaos they cause. Devotees accustomed to this ongoing epic's increasing lack of focus will no doubt find it on target. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Plot and characters were incredible. I truly gripping and interesting part of this series.
Only one complaint was not with the book itself but with missed words and... Read more
I enjoyed the book and enjoyed the series. It was a big time commitment with the length and number of books, but worth it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kathi
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 17 months ago by Faedrah
My favourite series. Truly an amazing piece of work. Need 11 more words for this review. Blah blah blah blahPublished 18 months ago by stephen
One wonders if the dear departed Robert was not a closeted drag queen given his complete obsession with female fashions. Probably not given his equal obsession with women's bosoms. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Decano
I have enjoyed reading this series by Robert Jordan and look forward to the last few. The books have been in excellent condition.Published 24 months ago by susan haley
Number 9 in the WOT I was not let down it caught my intrest very much and when I went on to read the online reviews for it I found a bunch of people chritisizing this book and for... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
Wait until Jordan decides to finish this series. I am not wasting any more money on the WOT until it's finalized.
Stick a fork in it already.
Ok, so I'll admit to being one of those who picked up this series after it had begun, yet not long after. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by B. Russell