I have also listened to all of Robert Jordan's books for the Wheel of Time series. This book was a disappointment. The main character is pretty much ignored, the dragon reborn himself, and nothing resolved or exciting happened throughout the entire book. I certainly hope the next book is much much better and that the entire series ends soon.
This book goes absolutely nowhere. I thought maybe several hundred pages fell out of the end and I missed all the action. I'm kind of curious how long Mr. Jordon thinks people will keep paying for books that don't move the plot at all. I forgave him for book #9 thinking that he was building up to a blowout in book #10. But....nothing. Hundreds and hundreds of pages of characters that I don't care about talking about nothing important or advancing the story in any way. You've profited enough from me, Mr. Jordan. Never again.
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I agree with other reviews..this book is tedious as well as poorly edited. Could be the editor got bored and didn't pay attention. Just be aware that you'll hear a lot of repeats of sentences.
While listening to this book, I reorganized my kitchen cabinets, sorted thru a couple boxes of tupperware looking for lids that went with bowls, spot cleaned my carpet, helped grand daughter with homework for a whole week...and on and on.
I just didn't have to pay any attention as the ONLY parts that are important is the marriage of Rand to his women and Aviendah and Elayne becoming sisters.
So the book should have been no more than 10 minutes long.
I started listening to this series and was realy engrossed in the story line all the way to book 9 when things started to go downhill. I have not yet listened to book 11 through to 13, so my review does not encompass those books.
-The book barely puts any focus on the 3 main chareters in the book. Rand, Mat and Perin. What little is mentioned about them does not drive the plot forward signifiantly one little bit.
-There is not a single cohisive advancement in any of the millions of other plot lines introduced in this book, with the reader strugling to keep up with the multitude of events happening.
-Most of the book is read by Kate, who is annoying to listen too, especially when she starts saying "Ohh light!" Too much drama and pleading in her voice.
-Too many charecters are portrayed as narrow visioned blind fools, especially the Aysaday, which is odd considering their reputation and supposed age they live which one would assume would supply at least a pinch of wisdom. Too much stereo typing and too many shallow charecters.
-With the advent of the rediscovery of traveling, and talking to each other in dreams, you would have assumed that the charecters would have had better ability to comunicate with each other critical events. Such as the cleansing of the male part of the one power and the fact that while guarding rand somebody had seen a woman chaneling the male half of the power was spotted along with many other critical things.
-How any times does the reader have to go through everything reexplained every time a new book comes out? Would it not be wise to assume the reader would rather get on with the plot rather than having half of the past 9 books summerised into the tength each time a charecter is reintroduced?
-I heartily recomend skipping this book and the reader would be no worse for loss of plot lines.
Disappointed, this whole book is filler, I hope book 11 gets better. Basically press play on the IPOD with this book and do something else. How many new sedai do we need to learn about???????
I think you could skip this book and not miss anything, which is to bad as the series up to this point was really good. What was Jordon thinking? I think he switched brands of smokes for this one.
Just when you think the action is going to start either Jordan switches story lines or nothing happens. The new prequel looks promising but this book is nowhere near the quality of the others. I listen on the bus to/from work and this one insures I get extra nap time each day!
Of course, since I have read the entire series, including the prequel, I liked this book. Many readers of this series are waiting for the climax, but this book merely sets the stage for it (and we may be way off stage as yet). Jordan is in no hurry and apparently needed to develop the parallel plots for the major characters (and I think this is why he released also a prequel to this series this year). I enjoy the detail and the manner in which Jordan develops his characters and plots, so I found this book very enjoyable. There is a lot happening to the characters in this book, but nothing much is resolved. What is wrong with that? If you have a relationship with this series, then this is an interesting book. Not the best book in the series, not the most exciting, but a good read. I prefer the audio version of this book to the printed version. The reader does a capable job on this book. Frankly, I think the printed book is difficult to complete. If you have not read the previous 9 books, then wait until you have and then I think you will find you'd rather listen to the audio book than read the print version.
Jordan started this series out on fire. The first 5 books or so were a great read with good pacing and enough twisting of plot that you kept coming back. I am about half way through this one, and the pattern seems clear to me. Originally, reports were that this was going to be a ten book series. I get the feeling Jordan slowed the story down and is trying to milk it for all it's worth. Maybe success went to his head, but he needs to get back to the formula that made him popular in the first place. As invested as I am in the series, I am no longer rushing out for the next book as it hits the shelves. I'll wait for the next one to come out in paperback.
All that said, I am hoping this will be easier to listen to than to read. If you're even remotely interested in seeing what's going on here, don't start in the middle. Go get the first book and work your way through the series, or this one will seem even worse.
He writes wonderfully, but his story and plots no longer makes and sense, and no one ever stays in character any more.
He may also want to go back and read some of his first books. When all the clans where brought together the Shaido numbered in around 60,000. Then about 25,000 died at thier first encounter with Rand, then another 40,000 at Dumies Well (or how ever its spelled). Big problem there, but maybe the brotherless bolstered thier ranks. All of a sudden with ten steppes they have 70,000 and they will join another 10 steppes. What these guys breed and grow like rabbits.
Sorry althought the writing style is pleasant to listen to the story is nonsense.