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Lord of Chaos: Book Six of 'The Wheel of Time' Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B003BQZ80M
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reissue edition (March 11, 2010)
- Publication date : March 11, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 6488 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 732 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0312854285
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,861 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's hard to look at the book as a whole at the moment rather than just gush about that ending, and it is increasingly hard to review these without gushing in general about a bunch of spoiler material.
Lord of Chaos, the sixth installment in the Wheel of Time. I remain heavily immersed in this story and world. Though it may take a little time to really sink back in when I take a multi-book break, getting comfortable again within this world is very rewarding. In fact I noticed with this book, though it was true in some if not all of the ones before it, that the Wheel of Time rewards readers for dedicating solid chunks of time to reading it consecutively; and that reward is a more immersive experience of course. I find that I enjoy Jordan's series more when I sit down and dedicate three or four chapter's time to it; rather than when I read only one, or less even, and set it down.
This book had a notably slow pace in the first half or so. It did. There was scheming, and posturing, planning, thinking, talking. Politics. This was noticeable. However it really didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. Because while the aforementioned activities may be a bit slower, they are very interesting. Especially when those things center around Rand al'Thor, as his situation at this point in the books is just so enticing to me. He has come a long, long way from the farm boy from the Two Rivers. A long way. His chapters were truly excellent in this one, and his character growth has been the most intense, and the most believable.
I was also pleased to see the girls' plot lines pick up in this installment, after a few relatively major developments. For a long time it felt like Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne were treading water, and shuffling their feet. But Jordan definitely has them back on track, and is steering their sections of the story in a way that is fun to read; which wasn't always the case with them, especially when compared to events like those surrounding Rand and Mat, or Perrin. Speaking of Perrin, I was glad of his re-entrance into the story (even if it did take an entire book, and a good chunk of this one as well). Nynaeve's story arc is especially interesting to me, and is building toward big things, I think, and Jordan is fleshing her out well. At the beginning of this story Nynaeve comes across as an unlikable woman full of anger, annoying almost everyone around her. Jordan gives us a bit of understanding as to her motivations, but not a lot. Now though, spending more time with her, we get a deeper understanding of her. Of her anger. Of her drives. I'm enjoying it. Egwene also has her time to shine in this one, and seemingly will have much more time to do so in the future. Elayne has yet to grow on me much; and while I'm being critical, Rand's relationship(s) is clumsily done at best. It really is. And it's just odd. It's not as strange as it could be, given the amount of foreshadowing that went into it, but still it's odd.
One more down, and eight more to go, I'm left feeling like I don't have any idea where the series will go. If that is the punch that the end of the sixth book throws.. Where can it go from here? Only one way to found out.
I like reading about the big world, but sometimes it seems like the characters just move about from place to place just so the author can show off the big world that he created. I imagine every location will have been visited by the time the entire series concludes.
The story picked up in the second half of the book when some of the various storylines started to converge and characters reunited, which was fun.
My biggest frustration continues to be with the characters. Many are written as shallow stereotypes that act immaturely. The women characters are frustrating, and the author does not write the romance sections very well. And there is something weird about women sitting on men's knees... very odd, but it is all over the place.
Overall, this is a very conflicting series. I would not recommend it to others unless they were diehard fans of the genre. The immature characters might be better appreciated by a Young Adult audience. But I am going to continue reading because I want to see where the story goes, and because this is such a well-recognized staple of the genre that I feel obligated to finish it up. And I'm looking forward to where Brandon Sanderson takes over, because I want to read his books next.
We see a little more of Robert Jordan's hands moving on the page but it is not too distracting. What could be arguably called idiot plotting occurs to get the main character Rand to the narrative positioning Jordan wants. While he does justify what happens a bit in the story by pointing out how and why it occurred, the “idiot” aspect of it comes about from not only Rand's actions but the minor antagonists who somehow think it was a good idea in the first place. Of course this particular group have been shown throughout the story to be constantly arrogant and a bit backward in how they expect things to aways go. If I was a bit vague...good otherwise spoilers.
Again the name of the book 6 is a bit apt in terms of chaos. The story is carried by multiple povs which in turn carry on several major and minor plot lines. With how everything is stirring about it is not surprising that when one plotline is cut off or storyline made moot by another it feels almost organic. It does make the reader wonder if plans will succeed or can succeed at times with everything moving about. This inturn makes it feel that something is always legitimatily at risk. This can also help hide the authors hand at times while other times makes some of his story direction decisions more obvious, aka idiot plotting where a character or a group of characters are made to act in just the right way to bring about the perfect situation for chanaggins to occur.
I like the introduction of more males that channel or perform the magic of this universe. It makes since and is a bit like watching Rand getting a group of explosive rattlesnakes, which we know he needs to win in the end, together then wondering when and if they're going to either go boom or turn around a bite him. I will say that the “voice” in Rands head is a bit annoying but the person he puts in charge of group is an obvious future antagonist in a way. The character knows it to a point and so does the reader, the only question is how and when the character will betray Rand.
Rand is once again only one of several povs we get the see as we jump back and forth in the story. Perrin, who was not shown in the previous book returns and he has become the everyman character in a way even if he has some unique abilities himself. Mat is remains a unique and funny character who is a reluctant hero that seems to be grudgingly maturing in some ways and not in others. Elayne, Min Nynaeer, Avenda and Egewene, all continue with Povs that are funny at times and as action pact as male povs.
Part fo the humor and fun of the series is to see how the characters see each other and act accordingly in each of their Povs. Robert Jordan uses this to be funny at times and cutting at others. The shifts in povs are fun to see and showcase the authors talant in bringing out the most for the characters he has made.
Book 6, like all the series so far is appropriate for young adults and above. I do not see this series now as something good for preteens and below mainly because the books are not targeting the age group. Also throughout the series they are some situations that while not explicit are at the very least more mature. Each book gives a little more credence to this.