Here is an example of communicating through foreshadowing as far back as the first book. It would seem nothing is presented to the reader that isn't at least mentioned at a later point if not developed in detail. it keeps the reader on their toes.
This book really spends all of its time with the others guys Perrin and Matt. We get to know their thoughts and spend time on their journeys. Excellent installation of the series.
No, it's extremely long and there are still a lot of books left in the series to finish.
The climax at the end, and the way Mat finally became a whole character.
Yes. They are my two favorite narators. I hear so many people talking about Michael Kramer in a negative way and I don't understand why. He has so many different voices for all the characters. He pauses in the correct places and his voice inflections are perfectly timed. My only knock on both of them is that they read a little slower than I do, but that is no big deal at all. I think they both have a good idea of what Robert Jordan intended his books to be percieved as.
NO WAY!! This book is LOOONNGG.
This book is hard to rate because overall it is a fantastic story with deep characters. The world is alive with politics, good, evil, and everything in between. It has another fantastic climatic ending that really starts to get rolling from 2/3 of the book on. I do have 2 gripes about this series as a whole. First is the fact that a rediculous amount of time is spent talking about stuff in past books and explaining them for someone that might not have read the previous ones. This becomes really annoying. My second gripe is the "in between" stuff. You could read 30 pages in this book and not have a single thing happen. This is however what makes the world so intricate, and the characters so deep. Would I trade it for a shorter version? Probably, but I'll take it like it is for now and move on to the next book with the same excitement that got me this far.
Lets you focus on the content and I use the books to travel and it keeps your mind active .
I don't know what to say about this book other than wow! Great plot development and a very crutial part of the whole series. Do not miss this book if you're at all interested in the series.
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3rd in the series, both literally and in story quality - but that is still not bad. Maintaining my interest for 30 hours is not always easy but this book succeeded. I was glad to see Perrin's and Matt's characters finally develop but felt like the female characters really did little other than travel and talk. I did not like the Rand was basically left out of this book until the very end. I expect some good future stories with Fael and the Aiel.
Rand and Callander made obvious allusions to King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone. The entire series reminds me of Lord of the Rings but probably Dragon Reborn less than the other two.
Kate seems to be at her best with the "High Ladies" like Morgase, Elayne, Moraine and Lanfear. She is maybe less successful with the "rough and tumble" women like Fael and the Aiel, and somewhere in between with townswomen. Michael does best with the scoundrels and lower classes but I also enjoy his interpretation of Loyal. The real "bad guys" like Balel, Gabriel, and Baelzimon all sound the same to me.
There were actually two: when Nynaeve healed the Aiel woman and the clear feelings between these women, and as Perrin tried to save Fael.
I thought the author could have done more with the city of Tear and it's people. I look forward to the situations and interaction with the Aiel in the next book. I just hope there is much more development of the Aiel characters as it would be too easy to keep them as two dimensional backdrops for the other main characters.