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Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time, Book 9) Mass Market Paperback – January 7, 2002

3.3 out of 5 stars 343 customer reviews
Book 9 of 15 in the Wheel of Time Series

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The ninth installment in Jordan's sprawling Wheel of Time saga is as bountifully pregnant with plot threads as its predecessorsDand as bewilderingly esoteric for readers who have yet to commit its previous episodes to memory. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, seems no nearer to fulfilling his destinyDto unite the embattled races of his domain against the Dark OneDthan he was in The Path of Daggers. The warmongering Seanchan are pouring into Ebou Dar, setting refugees in flight and complex schemes in fidgety motion. Perrin Aybara is distracted from his mission to shepherd the prophet Masema to Rand when he pursues the rebel Aiel who have kidnaped his wife, Faile. The mystical sisterhood of the Aes Sedai remain divided between Elaida, pretender to the title of the White Tower, and Egwene al'Vere, ally to Elayne, Queen of Andor. Elayne, Rand's lover, barely escapes poisoning, and Rand himself, still smarting from the unhealed wound of an assassination attempt, shapeshifts through a variety of disguises to pass unnoticed in hostile territories. Jordan can always be counted to ground his dizzying intrigues in solid chunks of cultural detail, and he here rises to the occasion, with chapters as dense as Spenserian stanzas with symbols and rituals. Not all of his subplots tie together, and fewer than usual of his vast cast of characters make a memorable impact. Nevertheless, he manipulates the disorder of his narrative to credibly convey a sense of an embattled world on the verge of self-destruction, and he entertainingly juxtaposes the courtly civility of his villains with the precarious chaos they cause. Devotees accustomed to this ongoing epic's increasing lack of focus will no doubt find it on target. (Nov.)
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“Robert Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal.” ―The New York Times
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Product Details

  • Series: Wheel of Time (Book 9)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Printing edition (January 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081257558X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812575583
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I started this series before i could shave:

2 kids

1 wife

college

3 jobs

2 major moves

and a bit of hair loss later, i'm still reading about Rand, Matt and Perrin (and 312,456 other characters that i've filed away under "i hate that i have to remember you and your blasted, nonsensical name. especially since you'll probably not pop up again in the story untill book 17, and by that time you will share the same syntax, syllable length and letter configuration as 457 other characters of similar importance introduced since. In addition to not remebering who you are and why you suddenly interrupted an Aes Sedai tea party complete with serenity, dignified reserve and calm surface chatter about ice peppers from Saldea, i have to read a 7 page description of your feelings about the said Aes Sedai's choice of tea." And while that appears to be a long mental file to keep characters confined in, you should actually try reading these books and keep every freaking character straight!)

I once watched a PBS special about cab drivers in London. Doctors had discovered that there is a part of our brain that stores the necessary details we need to travel about our little corner of the world. For London cabbies, who have to recall VAST amounts of detail in a city that seems to have been designed by drunken Lugarders, this part of their brain was COSIDERABLY larger than average. So much so that when compared side by side to that of a "normal" brain, i gasped at the difference. Then something occured to me that had me quickly regaining a sense of serenity; i realized that this portion of my brain must now fill up my entire skull due to the amount of detail necessary to keep up with the story.
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OK, this is where I have to part with the series. The problems with the series have far outweighed its original appeal. Here are just a few that I feel compelled to describe:
1. Jordan isn't getting paid by the word anymore, he's being paid by the page. There are far less words in this book than previous ones, yet there are just as many pages. It would have been 1/2 the length of Book I if the font had been the same size. And they still charge us the same price for less book (much less).
2. The main problem with his stories is that Jordan is stretching his books out to these boring "One climax per book" stories. Remember in TEotW when things happened? First the Trollocs, then the chase, then Shadar Logoth, then the split story lines, etc. At the pace the story moves at now, each episode of TEofW would have been mangled into an entire book. Getting out of Emond's Field would have been almost 2 books, with the attack as one, and the chase to the ferry as Book 2. Now one thing happens in the entire book, usually in the last 50 pages.
3. The length of time between each book is way too long to remember or continue to care about each character. I don't mind waiting for books, but keeping track of all these interchangeable people with interchangeable names is impossible.
4. Actually, the only way I remember the story lines is by coming here and reading the reviews. They can't put a paragraph summary on the back of the book, since there isn't a paragraph worth of plot to speak of. But a brief synopsis at the beginning of the book or an enlarged glossary would be nice.
5. Everything everyone else has said about the constant "braid pulling" and irritating females and idiotic males is also true. I can't say anything about it that hasn't been said before, so I won't.
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Like many other readers, I was blown away by the first few books. The complex world Jordan has built as welll as the development of the smaller group of characters from the Two Rivers had me waiting for each subsequent book to come out.
But like a lot of others, I've become very disappointed with the tediousness of this series as of late. I've begun to wonder if Jordan is stalling the arrival of Tarmon Gai'don because he can't quite figure out how to do it. Jordan can surely write but let's face it, to write an apocalypse isn't all that easy. With all the secondary plotlines and characters he has developed along the way, he could be wracking his brains out trying to tie them all together, all the while writing "filler".
Or maybe something is happening in Robert Jordan's personal life (i.e.: an illness, loss of a loved one, etc.) that is causing him to lose focus on this series. If that is the case, he should stop writing and take care of himself because that's much more important than the continuation of any book series.
It could also be that since we've paid for his kids to go to college with the previous books in the series, he's now trying to set up a college fund for his great-grandkids by stretching out this series beyond all reason. Seriously, I found myself skipping whole sections of chapters dealing with various character's internal worryings (mainly Nynaeve's endless bitching about men and Elayne's endless bitching about men and almost every female character's bitching about men). And from reading other reviews about this book, I'm not alone in this.
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