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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
He does realize who she is until at the end, which makes me want to read the next book more than ever.
I only hope the next book advances the plot (without introducing too many more characters and new story lines), and that it is not two or more years down the road.
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.
Robert Jordan rocks every book in the series. If you don't own it, get it!!!!!!!!!!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
finally getting more interesting considering how slow the last few books have been. do excited for the next book. wPublished 12 days ago by Evan Groetch
I really did not read it, but all the reviews convinced me not to bother.Published 15 days ago by Valerie R. Macaluso
I love WOT and really enjoyed this book as well. To be honest, the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because sometimes there is so much detail for trivial things, and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by M. Dragovits
I have followed the story over the years and look forward to its continuance. I am excited to see where it takes us!Published 23 days ago by sab
I like that as the story progresses and the world becomes more complex, the books no longer end on a real resolution.Published 23 days ago by M. Dumas