I have really enjoyed books 1-7 of this series. Yes, they are long, and in the case of this one, seem to end so abruptly, I'm left checking to see if somehow I missed a section... I love the characters, the world, the dialog, the narrators...and would recommend these books to everyone who likes good fantasy.
The world Jordan has created for this series is very complex. I really like the concepts of the wheel, the pattern, etc., and how the events could be taking place at any time - past or future - and how the age of legends may have even been recognizable to someone from present day earth. I also like how it makes me think about what could have come before us on this planet, and how maybe we've just "forgotten" about the "legends" of our creator and dark one...
It is very frustrating that Audible does not have book 8...but from what I understand, maybe enrolling in a 12 step program now is the right thing to do. I did go back and get New Spring - which is surprisingly entertaining so far, but I think after that I'll just be done with this series...
This was the hardest one to get thru up to this point. So many names and sub-plots. I love the series but this one was a chore to get thru. I may have made an error by listening to this one right after book 6. The ending of that book had me going so I plunged ahead without cleansing my palate with another book in between. I made it thru and the book was okay but I found my attention drifting quite a bit.
The Wheel of time is probely one of the best book series ever, but A Crown of Swords is not the best of it. Following the fight at Dumis Wells I had hoped we would get a great high impact addition to the series, and we got a good but not great story that added more plot twist and problems that seemed forced in. It is still a good adition to a very complex tale that has me completely drawn in. I just hoped for a little more.
Ok, I have to say I began really liking the story but, I am beginning to realize that he if didn't continue to describe every stitch of clothing each woman wears, like 10 times each, or how low cut their dresses are, or say "ageless face" (in fact I am going to count how many times in the next book!) or letting me know how every incidental character is doing besides getting to the story, I could go no and on... It took him a whole book to really accomplish nothing. This series could easily have been wrapped up in 5-6 books.
In each book he spends so much time describing useless details, and wraps up each book very quickly in the last few minutes, spending very little time on climatic scenes. Any way, going to try get through the series because I started it, but beginning to think I could get more out of reading the synopsis on Wikipedia
This series was fun while it lasted. If you have a lot of time on your hands as I did commuting each day, its pleasant to get lost in a world that seems endless. But an endless fantasy has a way of...not ending. Thus it is with "A crown of swords". If you are at this point in the series you may very well know where it/this is going. No-where fast. I myself am getting a bit worn on the over-descriptive longwindedness of Mr Jordans "reader must know everything" form of writing. I dont think he gives us enough credit. Part of the work in fantasy and fiction writing is done quite well by the reader. The color palate, the lighting, the creases in an old book on a shelf, are all things I can deliver quite well on my own without guidance. Give us plot motion or give us another fantasy series.
Side note. "Blood and Bloody ashes" has got to go.
I look forward to the rest of the series and the end of The Wheel of Time.