First of all let me say I love this series. Every time a new book has come out I've re-read (or re-listened to as of late) all the books leading up to the new one again, ever since Eye of the World came out so long ago. Fans all know that Jordan has always been over-descriptive to the point that sometimes it detracts from the story, but the series up to now has been great in spite of it. I'm not sure there is a name for what Mr. Jordan did in this book. At one point I realized that I had been listening to a description of a bath for 30 minutes. After over four hours into Part 2 (of my downloaded medium) dealing with Elayne's politics I realized that absolutely nothing had happened to advance the story in any way, shape or form for that entire duration, and there was no end in sight. If this were any other author and/or series, I'd have put this down long ago. I've steeled myself to power through it so that I can move on to the next book in the series, but it's been sheer torture. Very disappointing.
As this is the tenth of the series, I am a fan, but this book was a disappointment. There is very little action and Jordan isn't spending the time setting the stage either. he uses much of the book describing details which no one will remember or probably care about - such as great detail as to what each of many of the Sisters are wearing. If the first or second book was like this, I would of stopped at that point.
This series is starting degrade. Most of the main plot lines are completely abandoned in this book. Many of the main characters are not even mentioned but in passing a handful of times. I am really hoping that the next installment of this series picks up because this must be the worst book in this series so far. Most of the new subplots in this installment of the series lead to dead ends. Many chapters that went nowhere left me feeling like I wanted my time back. I don't mind good details to help me visualize the scene, but when things are told from a slanted characters perceived opinion it is very difficult to know what is really going on. Especially when the character that Jordan describes the scene through is irrelevant to the rest of the story or even the scene.
Ive read/listened to all 10 books now and i have to say that this is a dissapointment to the series. In CoT, Jordan gives Rand about 15 minutes worth of reading time. Jordan adds even more subplots, resolves none, and the time spent on the other main characters is mainly drivel(in my opinion). While he may be painting a necessary picture, its hard to like a book where most of it is either about characters u dont know enough to like or the ones u do like doing little of interest.
However, if u have come this far, u will want to read this book in anticipation of book eleven(supposedly very defining) and may even enjoy it. I know i did in parts. Patience is a virtue and u will need it for this one. Jordan has created a new world with his series and it is only because he has taken his time to make it real. Love it or hate it, its not like u can stop now after 8000+ pages.
I've loved all of this series. I only just got into audio books as I travel alot now. The reading of this book is just astounding. It adds depth to the story and it's read almost the way I hear it in my head when I've read others of this series. If you love Jordan you should get this.
Stephen King fanatic, but I also like all Horror writing. Big fan of Fantasy writing too
I read books 1-5 and couldn't get enough. Well now I've had enough. Books 9 and 10 are such a big let down that I may never finish the series. Or I'll read the last one just to see the last battle if it ever comes.
I hope that Mr Jordan will see what he is doing to his faithful readers, and come back to actually writing something good.
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!
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 :)