By book five I was hoping this series would never end, multitudes of characters and plot lines, an immense fantasy, I loved it.
By book nine all the characters had stopped communicating with their own allies and went in frustratingly opposite directions. This book brings none of them together again for the hopefully impending final battle and answers no questions.
Very hard work to read or listen to. If you follow the series, get someone to tell you about this one and hope the next is better.
Please Mr Jordan, end it soon for the few remaining loyal readers/listeners!
I guess Jordan decided not to move the story forward. The readers get a C-; but it could be the material. I would not recommend.
There is a word in Spanish, which has no translation to English, it is "desenfado". "Enfado", means angriness, to be in a hurry, and the suffix "des" 'means lack of', one of my favorite writers says he likes the "desenfado" of the blues....
That is what I like about Jordan, and yes, the book is not action-filled like some other, but variety is very important when it comes to listing the qualities of a writer. I like fast books, with a climax (this last seems to be the word of the hour :) such as The DaVinci Code, and that is why is there, but if you want to kick back and read with desenfado, get this book. If you want to try how much of a desenfadado you are, get The Hours :)
PS : This book made me pick up the Dragon Reborn again, I have no clue why :)
This is the first time I have heard of this series and I may have been very interested in listening, as I enjoy this genre, except that the narrator, Michael Kramer, has all the excitement in his voice of a dead fish, plus he speaks so quickly it is hard to hear what he is saying. Nice try and I will pass on this book.
Like many of the other reviewers, I was utterly disappointed in this book. Nothing real has happened in a couple of books and I found myself becoming more and more frustrated by Jordan's apparent lack of desire to wrap any of the subplots up - in the end the reader is left wondering "Will this ever end?" Throw in the fact that he's still hung up spending inordinate amounts of time describing dresses (you could probably cut 500 pages off the total series if all the elaborate descriptions of the dresses were omitted), and the reader is left with the distinct impression that Jordan is just trying to milk a dying cash cow for every last penny. Blech.
Nothing much happens here except perhaps setting the stage towards more sub-plots. The Wheel of Time series is very entertaining that I look forward to its completion. However, with too many sub-plots and unnecessary details which is more rampant in this book, it seems the author is deliberately making the story longer. To what point? gold crowns perhaps. Unlike the previous titles, there's no climax here but it's still a must read to follow the story. I just hope Robert Jordan ends this saga in his lifetime or at least mine...
not the best in the series. This one is mainly about the women in the story, which I've always viewed as a tangent. But I suppose it's necessary. As always, the narrators are superb.
I found that this one was a bit better than the last couple Robert
Jordan books. Of course the last few I've been reading and this one I listened to so that might be the only difference. Things did move very slowly in the book, but at least there was some more background information on the Black sisters which made things a bit more interesting at times.
I have been an avid reader of the WoT for years... simply because that is how long it has taken RJ to get this far. I was teribly dissapointed with book 9... build and build only to stale and die at the end. It's bad enought that book 8 leaves you with questions but book 9 doesnt deam to answer much of any of them. Book 10 is simply that of a nattering old man going on and on and on but not actually going anywhere. The reader drones on as does the author making for a rather boaring story all the more. Had I purchased this in hard cover I surly would have thrown the book upon gracing the last words of the last chapeter on the last page. Extreamly dissapointing... In the future I may only barrow from my local library to satisfy my need for closure of this once tantalizing story.
I enjoyed the story the most when it was following Mat or Perrin.
They were as good as always. I don't think I could listen to these books read by someone else.
This story was some what of a filler book. It was mostly about other characters in the series and while the story might not have moved to much, it is still an important book to set up the rest of the series.