I can't believe I'm doing this... I've made it through the first nine books and 2/3 of the way through the tenth, and I have to put it down... I've tried and tried to come back to it, but gone are the trollocs and myrddraal, and the good page-turning adventure from the start of the series (The "Great Hunt" is one of my all-time favorite books), to be replaced by incessant political "game of houses" suspicions/mistrust; the "gilded, jeweled, highly polished mother-of-pearl enameled matching serving tray and goblets filled with steaming effervescent rose petal-scented spiced wine" (take a breath); and "high neck, gold embroidered pleated riding dresses with lace 'spilling' from the sleeves". Way too over-explained in the detail department! No need to explain the full dress of every single character in the room. And, on the note of characters... There are WAY too many of them, and too many of those have too similar names (trying to discern between/remember the 300+ Aes Sedai he's introduced is becoming a real chore... "Wait, who was she again? Is she the little plump brown ajah that I haven't read about since book five? Or, was it book seven?"). Too many long-winded, overly detailed, full-page explanations of irrelevant things... Primarily, characters that have absolutely no bearing on the story (Really, that much content to explain a serving maid?) I get it... He's trying to set the stage/environment for the reader, but there's a limit to the amount of detail necessary. And, then there's the gender dynamic: Every woman is spiteful towards men, and every man is a dullard where women are concerned... Mr. Jordan was definitely letting his real-life experience show through in his writing, and way too often (in my opinion, anyway).
On the positive side, the reading is performed well. Well, except for maybe the male reader's incessant need to sigh at the end of the majority of the sentences -- I guess for emphasis. Creeped me out a little. But, that's a minor thing and both readers performed well.
And, like everyone else has been saying in these reviews... HORRIBLE editing. Content read and then repeated several times throughout. Definitely emphasized by the overly detailed, unnecessary content.
I will probably try to come back to it again, because I have a lot invested in the series -- and at one point in time I really enjoyed it. Not to mention, I want to see it all come to a conclusion... I guess I just wish Jordan had done it in, maybe six or seven books, instead of 13.
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