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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.
More great adventure and character development. This was tough to put down like the others so far. I love this series!Published 6 days ago by James Lee
Ugh... still not much really to note in this one since the beginning of TPOD. The climax finally returns with a seismic event that's somewhat worth reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James I
It was a quick read, if you are this far in the series you are going to keep going. Not the best of the Jordan books but it was somewhat compelling.Published 1 month ago by R. Yerby
Bought this for my husband's Kindle. He really enjoys reading Robert Jordan books using this media.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Like its predecessors, the ninth Wheel of Time novel, one of the shorter ones of the series, is somewhat derivative of the Star Wars franchise, given the female/male and light/dark... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Michael Gallen