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It was published by Tor Books in the U. It is pages long. Egwene , captured by the Tower Aes Sedai and reduced to novice white, begins undermining Elaida 's control of the White Tower from within. Rand escapes a trap by Semirhage while at the same time capturing her and losing his left hand. Mat and Tuon get married after their party reaches the edge of Seanchan -controlled territory.
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To view it, click here. Right, so I'm not one to usually bother wiring a review after I finish a book because I'm too busy looking for the next one to read. But after reading the whole series in under two weeks with few breaks in between, but I'm feeling a sense of withdrawal and the characters spoilers ahead.
But after reading the whole series in under two weeks with few breaks in between, but I'm feeling a sense of withdrawal and the characters continue to nag in my head wanting a continuation. As if 14 volumes was not enough from one world. So perhaps writing this will let me move on to something new. Anyhow, it was an epic, so obviously, the story was pretty epic, teasing out tears, sobs, laughter, fury, wishes to punch characters, wry smiles of irony and everything else stories make you feel.
It's hard to review a whole series, especially one this long, because opinions often changed. Characters changed. Characters I wanted to punch and strangle eventually became tolerable and even likeable, while others I found awesome and rooted for turned out to disappoint or somehow disappeared without good reason see: I hated how he just became forgotten.
I feel like there was so much potential in his situation and his presence there. He was like the only person Rand could really talk and relate to, back in Rhuidean but once he disappeared, it's like 'ah, the guy just disappeared.
Crap, I let a Forsaken out into the world, but oh whatever. I kept hoping for him to turn up again but nooo that couldn't happen could it. He's a Forsaken, after all. Forsaken do not deserve a chance at living or at happiness or at just being a fun lot. Well, actually, they were quite the fun lot, a lot more interesting than most of the main characters, but most of their fun resolved around compulsion and that's kinda nasty.
I'd have had more respect if they could earnestly gain respect from people and then trample on and betray them. In that sense Rahvin was quite a disappointment, needing to compel his harem despite his good looks and charm. In that same sense, Demandred was actually quite cool, the way he was trying to snuff out his feelings for the people he was manipulating.
It's quite sad the way he begging for attention for Lews, but Lews didn't even bat eyelash at it. In a way, most of the Forsaken turned out to be disappointing in the end. Except maybe Lanfear and Asmodean. And Elan. I actually came to find Moridin quite cool in the end. And Asmodean, so much potential just snuffed out. I still hurt over him. All he ever wanted was be recognised as a musician and spend eternity making music.
Though, I guess him surviving may have made me worried for Thom. And Thom is awesome. It was pretty long-winded, the story and sometimes never seemed to be going anywhere. And sometimes there was far too much description and rambling. But since I usually skim through those parts anyway, taking in only the important stuff, it didn't bother me too much. I'm the type that tries to skip to the dialogue as much as she can.
I don't care all too much about what colour a building is unless it's relevant to the plot. Let me start or continue, I guess, after that long paragraph about the forsaken in brackets with Nynaeve, Elayne and Egwene.
Three of the most arrogant, hypocritical, ungrateful, self-entitled idiots that think they know better than eeeeverybody else that I have ever read of in fiction that get faar top much screentime. I've come to eventually tolerate them and somewhat like them but ugh. For a looong time I just wanted to strangle the three.
And there I'd anticipated their awesomeness when they were first introduced. But apparently being a strong woman meant being an annoying know-it-all bitch in this series.
Unless you're Min or Verin or Satella or Alivia or Egeanin - they were pretty cool although, Min deserves a paragraph of her own. And Verin. Most women in this series have the same stubborn know-it-all personality.
I want them to have their ears boxed for once instead of them whining about how much better they think they are than everyone else.
For goodness' sake these barely adults still talking about egwene, elayne and nynaeve think they're smarter than the much older experienced Aes Sedai.
And I don't care if they're the most powerful in the One Power that the world's seen for centuries or something. The One Power doesn't give them brains.
And the Aes Sedai aren't any better. The girls fit in with them perfectly. Since the whole White Tower and every one of its inhabitants and members think they know better than every one else.
The only time one of their bigheaded controlling string of actions may have been justified, was after one of them gets herself on the Amyrlin seat. Before that they were just trying to assert to the world that they are indeed important and not complete fools. Some of Elayne, I can understand. She's a spoilt Daughter-heir, but what excuse did the - oh, I'm gonna stop now. It's a pointless rant that could go on forever.
I don't mind manipulative characters in fiction or giving them main roles, but when every actually-important-to-the-plot woman is a manipulative liar with communication and trust issues especially trust in the intelligence of others that aren't herself , it gets frustrating.
Min is the sole exception. And maybe Avienda, but Avienda's not all that much better. She made me realise for sure that Rand Al'Thor has a thing for tsunderes and is a bit or much of a masochist. Even if he pretends to be a sadist at some points throughout the series.
The girls eventually - eventually - warm up to you, though. Once they stop being pure bitches to Mat and Rand perhaps. Mat might actually be my favourite character. Maybe that's why I dislike Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve so much - because of the way they lie and use their own friends and think they are always correct because they are female they're like the type of feminist everybody dreads, the ones who see all men below them and their intelligence. Anybody who's not female is fair game for their lies.
And everyone forgives them for it. Even the author forgives them for it, since their stupid actions rarely have bad enough consequences. And when the consequences are bad enough, they manage to shift the blame on someone else. Acting like they were right all along. If Jordan wanted to give them some legitimacy, he should have made them taveren as well. Because coincidence loved following them around even if they couldn't win every dice game. Let's get back to Mat. Yes, Mat is awesome.
A scoundrel, maybe, but an awesome scoundrel that has all the luck in the world and a military mind that could compete with Demandred. Even Birgitte Silverbow admits it. And I want to take out this time for a bracket to mention that Birgitte is one woman that doesn't get annoying and is absolutely awesome.
That's gotta count for something.
Even though he started out as one of the characters I'd dread having to read about, he quickly became a favourite. And most of his annoyingness was clearly the Shagar Logoth dagger's fault. But she's the heir to an empire.
You can't expect conventional morals from someone whose empire's military power comes from the illusion of rightful slavery. Perrin is another slice awesomeness. He'd break the world if it was for his wife. At least, if his wife didn't need to live in said world. I want to hug him and his wolves. He's whiny before his wife gets kidnapped, but every character in this series is whiny at some point or another.
There's more to say about him, but I'm not one to sing praises for long - not even in a spoiler filled review like this. Criticizing comes easier. As for our dear ol' Rand. That's a character I'd rather not get into. He's a complicated old I disagree with him on a lot of counts and on a lot of others I wish people would just stop being such dicks to him and just spend a moment to listen to him. Though that's mainly aimed at the women.
I did quite love his arrogant Darth Vader phase. Though, sometimes I did frown and shake my head at his disregard of respecting others.
But what can you expect from the founder of the Dragon Empire. Really, what he ended up with was basically an Empire in the end, though he pretty easily gave away influence and set up other rulers since he had little wishes to actually rule, outside of making sure the citizens were being fed properly and that he left some kind of legacy behind, in the form of the schools he set up. All the romance surrounding him was pretty crap though.
I usually hesitate to call something in a book just plain crap, but the romance felt pretty crap to me. His period of being in love with Egwene felt the most heartwrenching, but that somehow just dissipated. It is a really good thing though that he wasn't in love with Elayne alone, since spending too much time with her would have destroyed him.
He may love her and she may love him back in whatever twisted way she loves people except with Thom, I quite like her relationship with Thom , but she would have been poison to him his character as well as his plans without Min and Aviendha balancing things out.
Min alone was good for him honestly. His only anchor. Avienda and Elayne both had other priorities and as much as I am an advocate for not letting a man turn you into a fool, their way of loving him were quite cold. They're more fling or occasional mistress or an old flame you can't forget material than wife material.
Funny thing is Avienda and Elayne became first-sisters to marry him, but both could only ever give him the time they give to an occasional affair. Min was the who one who could afford to actually be with him when he needed her.
She was actually useful to him as well and not just a pretty accessory for him to keep his sanity for. Also, I think the only reason he fell for Elayne was because of her uncanny resemblance to Illyena Several potential plot and character developments were ignored, but this is such a giant book already; there was probably no time. And the last three volumes did have to be written post Jordan's death by Brandon Sanderson who did a fantastic job btw.
It's just such a shame that Rand never got to really interact with any of his blood relatives. I wish I'd gotten to read some interaction that acknowledged his heritage. And I'm not even one of those people who give worth to noble blood or anything.
It would just have been nice if it wasn't just something acknowledged, or rather just mentioned, right near the end in that offhand way. I could write another few thousand words on how great the world building and actual writing was, but you can read someone else's review on how cool the Aiel are or the intricacies behind Dae's Daemar dunno if that's spelt right.
I'm tired now, so I'll finish off with how worth your time the series is. Just don't read it within two weeks forgetting all about real life for the duration like me.
Even though I was complaining most of the time, that's a pretty good sign. For a book to get me talking that much means it's worth reading. I think. View all 4 comments. Jan 05, Georgi rated it liked it. The things that I didn't like about the series: The Prophecies - from the first chapter of the first book you know that your heroes would reach the final battle which is 14 books later.
You have a main character Min which can pretty much see every major plot point before it happens through the series and it's really frustrating when you read a quality chapter but somehow know the end of it. Offcource there are some nice moments with the whole prophecies system Mat but it end, personaly, thi The things that I didn't like about the series: Offcource there are some nice moments with the whole prophecies system Mat but it end, personaly, this reduced my overall score with one star.
It's like viewing one of the greatest football matches while knowing the final score. Sea of characters - the story somehow expects from you to remember 2nd-3rd grade characters that keep coming back and back again. In the first book a random captain saves out heroes, in the second book the story needs a captain of a ship half a world away and it uses the same random captain, later on you meet the same captain every time the story demands it.
And it's not only him, after the 3rd or 4th book every time our heroes need some random help in order to progress somehow we meet a character that we already met or at least is connected to someone in the story.
Constanly they are arrogant, presuming, daring and proud and I can't count the times that I wanted to slap them really bad. For example after books Elaine meets Perin- the childhood best friend of the love of her life Rand whom is also the strongest person in the Galaxy and her first words are - tell me one reason why I shouldn't cut your head off!!! Nynaeve is really poorly written in my opinion, no way she can survive that long in the story before her character becomes bearable 9thth book.
Love is in the air - I would start with the main love story. No way in hell 3 women would love one man and they would be "ok" with each other and even become best friends. Let say that I understand that Min is open minded given her gift, that Aviendha is coming from a open minded comunity but Elaine is a princess a future queen that lived her entire life receiving everything she wants and somehow suddenly she is ready to share a man with two other women?
Every lovestory in the books seems forced except maybe Aviendha-Rand. They meet, they stare at each other and week later they are in love.
I am single and I find this offensive! Who is the bad guy - the Dark Lord has 12 choosen ones on his side. They are thousands of years old, being strong in the force and the story present them as very powerfull foes and yet somehow they lose every battle against our green teenager protagonists.
We have orks - they are big strong powerfull and you can guess right they never kill anyone. Everytime our heroes needs to level up they meet orks and unexpectengly they kill them with their last breath. You have Padan Fain whom had potential as a character but somehow fades away after the 3rd book and gets unsatisfied ending in the final chapter of the last book.
To me the Church guys never felt right in the story, especially after the 2nd or 3rd book they occasionaly receive some chapter ploting some evil plan but in the end nothing really happens with them. The Saenchans probably didn't spell them correctly are really cool as an idea but in the end they are "So-so" in the whole story. In the second book they are presented being tyrannical towards the ordinary person living in the village and yet later on they became a fair rulers defending the human rights which completely contradicts their methods of enslavement for people using the force.
I really dont know what to thing of them and we have a major character whom somehow marries their emperor Nobody dies - till the very very end nobody of mather really dies - not the bad guys whom are reborn later in different bodies, not the good guys not even their horses. Till the end they kept riding the same fu..
What happen to Moiraine was obvious from miles away. How can you feel about someone when you know that they can't die? Too much dreaming chapters - in my eyes they were boring. I get that different people from me can like them but still just from the dreaming chapters alone we have material for books which is just too much. Lord of the rings - I get that this is the very foundation of the fantasy genre but still I can see way too much similar story lines.
Four kids from a small village, a wizard whom helps them, a great warrior whom is also the king of a great fallen kingdom, a Dark Lord with dark knights using a poison blades, a swamp escape scene, the big final All in battle to give some time for our main protagonist Fro Why Rand didn't meet his father before the final books.
At the beginning they were presented as very close, his father was injuried when he left and you would at least expect that when Rand found the portal system he would go visit his father and this never happened.
Why Two rivers from a small village that nobody ever visits and which is minor enough for the queen not to ask for taxes suddenly can produce an army of the best archers in the world? Why every interaction between man and women ends with stupid comments as such "Pffff Mennn", "Pfff Womennn". Why people snort so much?!
Everytime someone says something, the person next to him snorts in disagreement. We have ordinary snorts with no meaning, silent snorts, loud irony snorts, accepting snorts. At the end of the series I felt that there is at least one snort per chapter.
I get that real people snort and probably some of them far too often for my taste but they also go to the toilet and yet not a single time in the books someone went to the toilet For example if all this was concentrated in books, the story would be far more action packed and it wouldn't feel like soap fantasy opera.
Jul 12, Jason rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Long Winded Fantasy. Recommended to Jason by: A friend from an earlier age. I suggest this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy, can make the time commitment to get through 12, pages, and deal with some slow books in the middle. If you like great prose, this will work for you. Character development?
Jordan's your pusher. Compelling story? This is your hook up. However, be prepared to be frustrated with effusive excess and repetition. Mark Twain encouraged James Fenimore Cooper to "eschew surplusage.
And so should I, actually. Everyth I suggest this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy, can make the time commitment to get through 12, pages, and deal with some slow books in the middle.
Everything I have to say about the series can be found in my reviews for the individual books: Mar 19, Peter Gould rated it it was ok. I definitely enjoyed the first 3 books in this series. The advice my older brother gave me when picking it up was: Though this advice was being given around midway of the books being written. I feel that I should have heeded his advice. After the first 3 books the author held me in for a while yet the story continued to expand, and more and more characters were introduced.
I never felt much I definitely enjoyed the first 3 books in this series. I never felt much attachment to the newer characters and some of the old characters who still got focused on began to become tired.
What I wanted was a resolution, the plot to move forward and the secrets to be revealed. However the further I went the slower that resolution seemed to become.
Instead the focus seemed to go toward repetitive mannerisms, introducing new characters and expanding the scope of the story. Bitter and bored I gave it up around book 7 more or less. After Book 0,1,2,3,4,5 i can tell the Wheel of time is a very good story, but it has some major issues. And thats why i wont continue reading the series. First of all its too long, its obvious the author wanted to write more quantity and less quality. In a lot of chapters nothing happens. Secondly i hate most of the female characters.
Their arrogant feminist attitude has really bothered me throughout the books. I'd say this series would be as good if not better than Lord of the Rings if instead of After Book 0,1,2,3,4,5 i can tell the Wheel of time is a very good story, but it has some major issues.
I'd say this series would be as good if not better than Lord of the Rings if instead of pages it would be and there would be a lot less gender hate. Apr 26, Pratyush rated it it was amazing. I would have given 9 out 10, rounding off on the upper side. Finished the series yesterday. I would have liked to review this independently, but I read the reviews before I started the series. So, perhaps, since I was looking for stuff, I didn't find it.
First of all, don't start this series unless you have a couple of months time. Or you can binge read it in about twenty days. You won't be able to put it down.
Second, this is a book about a world. There are stories, there are plots, there is wri I would have given 9 out 10, rounding off on the upper side. There are stories, there are plots, there is writing, but mostly, it was the world which was the driving force. Writing is okay, sometimes good, sometimes great, but the world is brilliant. Yes, too much braid tugging and hands folded beneath the breasts, but the way RJ poured out details without doing an info dump was simply mind blowing.
He wasn't master of words or sentences say, like Rothfuss , but he really wanted to tell this story in its full glory. Third, the complaints from feminists - they are just plain wrong. The series is so detailed that everyone will find different people as the best protagonist. For me, the main hero of this series is Egwene and her growth as a character from the first book to the last. In the beginning, the characters are teenagers, perhaps caricatures, but after the third book, they really seem to start showing their development.
This is perhaps, the only world where women were inherently more powerful than men except a few and although the Aes Sedai are shown as arrogant and unreasonable, it can be attributed to either story or better, RJ's general contempt of nobles and rulers. According to him, all people in position of power are ass-holes and that is why, the simpletons are his heroes.
Fourth, the slump in the middle.
Yes, book ten shouldn't have been that long. Better, book nine and ten could be clubbed into one book without any loss of story. That is, if you focus on Rand, Perrin or Mat. I think, these books are dedicated to Egwene. I loved the Egwene portions and the political drama. Fifth, after pages, there should have been some more of Padan Fain. He dies too meekly in the end.
The last four books are gorgeous and the last book gave me goose-bumps and tears. Well, after such a long series, I don't think, I could have been satisfied with the last couple of chapters and I wasn't. I wanted those last chapters to end with a flourish, it didn't. Overall, loved the world To myself, I am still speaking, "Light! Apparently, the second and third readings are even better than the first.
Feb 05, Tanya rated it it was amazing. For me, this will forever be one gigantic book. Two years and four months! What can I say? It is a great book and if the prequel and the 1st book had been the end I would have been happy. The middle as everyone I know who has read or tried to read has said is the never ending slog. And yet, Robert Joran, for all his purple prose and split skirts, creates an amazing world. He is able to give voice to the prejudices and bigotry, xenophobia and nationalism that an entire world would bring.
But, at its heart, it is also a story about some young people from a quiet, out of the way place and their trials and tribulations. Both epic in scope and amazingly intimate at the same time. Some of the main characters could have shown a bit more growth but this is certainly a fantasy masterpiece. Still, it was worth reading. Also, Lan. I totally have a crush on Lan. Jun 11, Bhavik Semi Hiatus is currently reading it Shelves: I think I might just read this mammoth of a book next year!
Jan 01, Liesbeth Kampen added it Shelves: Feb 21, Lundos rated it it was amazing Shelves: Men tended to have most all of the leading roles and most of the power, the general level of epic fantasy was more or less a fight of good vs. Then came Robert Jordan RJ.
While the overall plot is heavily inspired by Tolkien and is a fight of Good vs. Evil, RJ went his own way regarding world building, magic system, characters and especially the way society is controlled. WoT is an epic tale of love, life, friendship and duty. It's full of adventure, suspense, surprises and invention.
The plot is timeless both in the sense of the good vs. The world is rich and diverse with different cultures and manners from each country from the extremes of Aiel tribes of the Waste to the Seanchan caste system.
Each are individually described in detail as the main characters visit each cultural area. The cast is huge entering into the hundreds over the 14 books. While the main three characters are arguably Rand, Mat and Perrin there is no denying that Egwene, Nynaeve and Moirane are almost as important in the overall plot and then we have Min, Aviendha, Elayne, the Daughter of the Nine Moos, etc who are also very important.
One of the main concepts are the way that men and women interact and behave, how love can affect you to make stupid decisions but also "force" you to do more than you thought possible , how men and women are equal and how - despite differences and behavior - men and women have to work together.
This is set up in the first book when it's mentioned that in the Age of Legend the most powerful magical creations were done by women and men working together, and it's important during the entire series even until the end.
The magic system itself is extremely innovative. Only women can use the One Power without fear of madness in this Age. The background for this and how it affects the world is one of the better parts of books and it is an important plotline from the beginning of the Eye of the World. Both in which women uses their magic power and how they use the fear of that power in a way to control men and countries and society.
Overall, while it's quite long, it's the best classic tale of good vs. There are, quite right, also some critique of the series.
One of the better ones are this review contains spoilers for the first 10 books: Jun 29, Kevin rated it really liked it. Well, pages takes some time. It's hard to encapsulate a review of 14 books in one post. But, I didn't want to do individual books because after five and until Brandon took over become quite a bit of a blur. Some random thoughts: The first several books are outstanding. After five, it starts to slow down but is still fine. Eight through eleven become a slog, though.
If I hadn't known that Brandon was taking over, I probably wouldn't have survived that. I felt like the final three were un Well, pages takes some time. I felt like the final three were uneven, but at least things were happening. At the close of Knife of Dreams so many "side quests" had finally been completed that maybe the avalanche of events would have finally started anyway.
But, in any case, as everything begins to happen in The Gathering Storm, it's just such a relief. The unevenness came in some of the characterizations. I do think it was reclaimed in A Memory of Light, though.
Of course, during the middle book slog, they at times would become boring too. I think the saving grace of the series as a whole is that the three of them were never all boring at once. The conclusion was excellent. Many threads were brought together in an emotionally satisfying way.