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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
While I really wanted to get the whole series done by year's end, that just wasn't going to happen.
The last two books were disappointing in that very little of significance happened to any one character, and Jordan seemed to be spreading himself far too thinly.
I do not have the patience to wait 2 years between books for another 4-5 books that will be needed to finish this series.
The series seemed to drag on. I got tired of the story. I quit reading 1/4 of the way into the ninth bookPublished 11 days ago by Deborah D. Pierson
The story is picking up speed. There are still a few slow spots, but not as bad as previous books. Rand & Nynaeve clan the source. Rand finally asks Cadsuane to be his advisor. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
I am not that far into it yet. The Wheel of Time is a very hard series to read, I believe. It sucks you in with the first 5 books then the Author starts to drag things out. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Pamela Selim
More great adventure and character development. This was tough to put down like the others so far. I love this series!Published 1 month ago by James Lee