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Product Details

  • Series: Wheel of Time (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1011 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reissue edition (November 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812513754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812513752
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

From Library Journal

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.

More 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(R), 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.

Customer Reviews

This is the sixth book of their series that I've read.
dwight maxwell
I love how the books start where the last ends and how it gets better and better the more I read I've never been bored reading this series.
I couldn't even finish this book...the women characters have no depth and are catty and the story line moves way too slow.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A. Doweyko on August 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid reader - I read close to 2-3 books a month. Ever since I laid my hands on the Eye of the World, though, I have been wrapped up in this amazing story. However, I feel that I need to say something about the reviews I have been reading of the Wheel of Time series, and I have to say that some of these reviewers are only in for the "quick fix". I only have one thing to say to them - "If you don't like reading, don't". This is by far one of the most fantastic and imaginative series I have ever read. Robert Jordan is a creative individual who has done an exquisite job of relating his story to the reader. He uses the descriptive voice like no other that I have read. "When something can be described by 10 words, he uses 250". So what? Do you think he enjoys writing these long books? He's trying to paint a picture of this world of his, and it's fascinating. Keeping track of the characters in the book is really not that hard if you pay attention, especially when there's a "glossary" in the back of the book to remind you if you do forget. Savor each page, each word, because it is truly a beautiful story.
I have just finished Book 6, and I have to say that this story just gets better and better. Questions are answered, while new ones spring up. Mysteries that are solved only lead to deeper mysteries that you had no idea were there. The compliment of characters gives this series every possible point of view you can get. I started this series only a few months ago, and I have been obsessed by it. The descriptions of Jordan's world are almost at enjoyable to read as the interaction between the characters. Reviewers complain that the series is too long - that's because they must not enjoy reading.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joel Adamson on February 26, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This review is intended for people who have not read the series yet
and not as a discussion piece.

I was thrilled by Lord of Chaos. I have read a lot of disparaging
remarks about this book from supposed Wheel of Time fans, but this
book did not live up to their badmouthing. For one thing, the story
takes a noticeably different track than the previous books, focusing
on the developments laid in The Fires of Heaven. In other words, this
book does not follow the "pack up and leave" storylines of the
previous five books. With a few exceptions, the characters are not
journeying, but are dealing with developments as other characters come
to them. I found this quite refreshing.

I expected Lord of Chaos to be a dud because I knew that there were
several events in the storyline that had to take place, and at the end
of The Fires of Heaven, none of them seemed close to happening.
Quite the contrary, Lord of Chaos shows new windows into previously
neglected areas, including The Forsaken, men who channel, and several
other areas. The workings of Aes Sedai are further fleshed out by the
events in Salidar --- I really like reading about the ceremonies in a
way that is relevant to the characters. That is particularly
satisfying in a way that The Star Wars prequels just were not.

Further disappointment in my expectations occurs in the last third of
the book where no fewer than six major twists occur in the plot.
These were things that I totally did not expect. In other words, the
first six hundred pages are merely good and the last three hundred are
incredible. I was blown away by things starting at around page 600.
The story picked up phenomenally at that point.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Erin M. Waller on February 22, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are tons of reviews out there that will tell you that this is a horrible book, slow, verbose, and dull, and just as many that will tell you this book is the best they've ever read, etc. The truth lies somewhere in between. If you like Robert Jordan's previous works (which, seeing as you're considering reading the sixth, you probably do) then you are going to love this book. The conclusion of this book (which the cover - horribly drawn as it is - alludes to) is arguably the best of all those in the Wheel of Time series. It's dramatic, frought with tension, and rather chilling. Personally, I feel that the 600+ pages that get you there aren't that bad either; they are also some of the best Jordan has written. If you don't like his style or his story, though, you won't like it and I don't recommend it. It's as simple as that. But for any Jordan fan - well, what are you waiting for?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Greg Polansky on December 26, 2012
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The climactic end of The Fires of Heaven saw several Forsaken dead or captured. Lanfear was killed by Moiraine. Rahvin was balefired out of existence by Rand. Asmodean was killed by some nameless character (to be revealed much later). And Moghedian was captured by Nynaeve. And by now you should see a pattern. Forsaken are killed off in odd numbered books. Balthamael and Aginor in Book 1. Be'lal and Ishamael in Book 3. The above in Book 5.

Now, at the start of Lord of Chaos, Rand is in charge of both Cairhien and Caemlyn. During his stretches of the book, at least in the first 3/4, we see lots of diplomatic maneuvering between Rand and Aes Sedai in both cities mentioned previously. One diplomatic mission is from Tar Valon. The other from Salidar. Both sets of Aes Sedai seek control over Rand, although one set appears to be "nicer" than the other. Either way, during the book if you already had some contempt for the Aes Sedai you're going to love hating them even more because they are some of the most petty, nasty and insufferable women of the entire series. How far they have fallen from the Aes Sedai of the Age of Legends.

Meanwhile, during the Egwene sections of the book, and her POV is the second greatest, we see her being summoned to Salidar. This is quite sad. Why? Because her POV gave us insight into the Aiel, probably the most interesting people of the entire series. Now, without her there, we see her POV among the Aes Sedai of Salidar.

After Rand and Egwene, the other sections of the book focus on way too many characters. Jordan fractures his book into so many points of view that one wonders if he was trying to make his book into a simulacrum of the Patterns of the Ages.
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